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Huge NFL News, Part Two: Tim Tebow to the Jets

Timothy Tebow has been traded to the New York Jets. The Jets were one of the many teams interested in his services, though considering they just invested big money in Mark Sanchez over the next two seasons they weren’t the likeliest destination. But there you go: Tim Tebow, the biggest story of the 2011 NFL season, is a Jet.

As someone who dislikes the Jets and hopes for nothing but bad things for the franchise, I couldn’t be happier with this move. New York now has three quarterbacks on the roster — two first-round draft picks (Tebow and Sanchez) and one second-round pick (Drew Stanton) — and they still don’t have what could be called a legitimately elite NFL quarterback. It’s amazing. As for the entire team, they have just enough talent to contend, enough star power to draw eyeballs and just enough flaws and problems to fall short.

It’s also good news if you are a fan of Tebow (and as a Florida Gator, my collegiate loyalty means that I am obligated to at least hope for moderately good things for the guy, even if he is an average NFL quarterback). He will have a chance to challenge for the starting job in New York — not early in the season, because Sanchez is the current regime’s guy, but at some point after the Jets drop to 2-3 and Sanchez looks wildly overmatched and also has guaranteed money for this season and next season so he won’t exactly be pushing himself to improve, you know? Tebow was a gigantic story last season — for many reasons having nothing to do with football, but for at least a few football reasons — and you can only imagine the noise now that the New York media has Tebow in their midst.

So this is really a win-win for almost everyone. Denver is rid of Tebow and can move forward. The Jets have a huge storyline that will draw attention without instantly reminding people of the team’s 2011 meltdown. Sanchez has some competition, but not so much that he will be overtaken. Tebow has a major media market he can use to further his fame, profile and influence. The Jets have a player they could either use when Sanchez fails or, more interestingly, they could insert into specific plays for short yardage or goal line situations (much like how the Gators used Tebow during his freshman season; of course, whether or not an NFL team can replicate that depends quite a bit on how much Sanchez can handle being pulled because he’s not a red zone threat). The NFL has Tebow in New York.

The only bad news: This means Tebow won’t be going to a franchise like Jacksonville, which really needed him; even if he wouldn’t have improved their offense¬†that¬†much, he would have still reinvigorated the fan base and made the Jaguars at least semi-relevant. He would have been the focal point for the Jags, on and off the field. In New York, he will be the biggest star on the team but still part of a bigger soap opera with multiple ongoing storylines.

Conference Championship Sunday: Bears/Packers and Steelers/Jets

Hey, it’s the conference championships! History tells us one game will be terrible and one game will be good, so, you know, that’s something to remember. Here are my picks, guaranteed to be wrong, et cetera, et cetera.

GREEN BAY AT CHICAGO

(I can’t believe the Bears made the NFC title game. I know the NFL has this amazing, be-all, end-all postseason, but isn’t it kind of silly that a team like Chicago could have such a weird season, beat Seattle at home and now they’re one game from the Super Bowl?Playoff byes are ruining the league, is my point. This is three times more important than concussions and five times as relevant as an 18 game season.)

It’s somewhat amazing that the Bears and Packers are meeting in the title game. They have one of the NFL’s preeminent rivalries (unless you are Bill Simmons and decide they are a feud based on some preposterous non-logic that says real rivalries involve Boston and also he is paid seven figures to write about sports for a living, and he wrote that the Bears and Packers aren’t real rivals. Seriously. He said that. That is worth remembering) and this is their 182nd matchup, but the first in the conference title game.

I want to pick Chicago. I really, really do. But Aaron Rodgers is playing out of his mind right now, the Packers have that terrific offense and a stout defense, whereas the Bears have a great defense and…Jay Cutler and Mike Martz. If the game is close, I think the Bears can stay in it, but what happens if Green Bay jumps out to a big lead and Cutler and Martz are playing from behind? Does anybody trust Cutler’s rocket arm but iffy decision-making skills? Or Martz’s sense of restraint? The thought of the Bears playing from behind terrifies Chicago fans.

Sigh. I think the Packers will win. Begrudgingly.

NEW YORK JETS AT PITTSBURGH

Wow, this is an absolute dream matchup for people who love off-the-field issues and hate watching good football teams compete without any distractions. Look, either of these teams will be endlessly annoying for the weeks leading up to the Super Bowl. We either get two weeks of “Rex Ryan is a blabbermouth genius, Mark Sanchez isn’t 100 percent awful all of the time, also their wide receivers are an interesting and varied bunch” coverage, or two weeks of “Did you know the Steelers have won a few championships, and also Ben Roethlisberger is not exactly a nice guy but he’s REDEEMED with on-the-field play! We swear!” stories.

If pressed, I’d rather the Steelers win, just because there are almost no circumstances under which I like seeing the Jets win or succeed. (Well, last week was nice, just because the Patriots are the Patriots.) I also think these are bizarrely evenly-matched teams: Both defend the run and can run the ball. They are so evenly-matched it likely comes down to a quarterback matchup. There is no way to imagine Sanchez bests Roethlisberger that way. Of course, you could have said the same thing about Manning and Brady the last two weeks. But I refuse to imagine a world where Mark Sanchez beats Manning, Brady and Roethlisberger three weeks in a row.

I think the Steelers win this one.

Bill Parcells is a modest, well-mannered man

Bill Parcells! The erstwhile Tuna. You know the guy, he has worked for every single NFL franchise in existence, just searching for more kickers to belittle and psychologically assault. Anyway, he was most recently running the football operations of the Miami Dolphins. The Dolphins are bitter rivals of the New York Jets, one of the many spots where Parcells used to work.

The Dolphins, a team Parcells helped mold, are at home for the second straight postseason; the Jets, a team he hasn’t worked for in a decade, are in their second straight AFC title game. You might think Parcells would have nothing to say this week. You’d be wrong! He wants to make sure you know he told the Jets to hire Rex Ryan, and he totally would have hired Ryan if not for his relationship with Tony Sparano. And that whole thing where he was working for the Dolphins but giving the Jets crucial hiring advice? That’s just the way football is played. But please, please pay attention to Bill Parcells. If the Steelers make the Super Bowl, expect Parcells to let everybody know he seriously considered drafting Ben Roethlisberger, and also he literally birthed Mike Tomlin and Troy Polamalu.