The New York?Jets made a big mistake, then almost got rescued before making the same big mistake a few hours later. It’s understandable the Jets chased after Peyton Manning despite being committed to Mark Sanchez, but now they’re inviting a circus atmosphere they don’t really want infecting the team. Drew Stanton was already signed to be the Jets’ backup quarterback, but now add Tim Tebow to the mix and you have a mess.

The New York?Jets made a big mistake, then almost got rescued before making the same big mistake a few hours later.

It’s understandable the Jets chased after Peyton Manning despite being committed to Mark Sanchez, but now they’re inviting a circus atmosphere they don’t really want infecting the team.

Drew Stanton was already signed to be the Jets’ backup quarterback, but now add Tim Tebow to the mix and you have a mess.

Tebow will be a good soldier, but his Tebow-maniacs likely won’t do the same.

Sanchez has had an erratic career and one bad performance will bring out the chants for Tebow. The Jets gave Sanchez a big extension after they failed to land Manning a week ago and needed to make good on that commitment. The?Jets needed to sink or swim with Sanchez.

Tebow has a strong leadership quality and has proven to have some fourth-quarter magic, but it’s a mistake to make him a long-term franchise quarterback. Tebow has a role in the NFL and might be able to turn himself into a serviceable quarterback, but he is clearly lacking as a pocket passer (career 47.3 completion percentage).

If the Jets traded for Tebow for marketing and competing for the back pages with the New York Giants, then it’s an even bigger mistake. The Jets should not be concerned about the Giants and vice versa. Worry about your own team and don’t get into a tabloid war with a team in the same city — just ask the New York Mets how that has worked out.

Rex Ryan has often talked about owning New York?(and New Jersey) and topping the Giants, but this is not the way to do it. The only to “beat” the Giants is on the field with wins. Trading for a mediocre quarterback is only going to take you further from the success of the Giants.

Once again, it looks like the Jets have made a big move that will end up blowing up in their face.

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Roger Goodell would rather be criticized for being too harsh than too soft. Say what you will about the NFL?commissioner dropping the hammer on the Saints, but how could anyone think about using a bounty system again?

Sean Payton probably deserved a six- or eight-game suspension like general manager Mickey Loomis, but this should assure that the bounty system is gone forever. If the NFL conducted such an exhaustive investigation into this one, they will be even more diligent about snuffing out others.

Any coach would be a fool to try and implement one now with the risk of losing your job and the head coach for an entire year — or longer. Not to mention the Saints lost two first-round picks and are paying hefty fines.

Goodell probably was too harsh on the Saints, but he knew he had to send a strong message and show that he is serious about stopping this reprehensible practice.

It’s irrelevant that other teams likely have had bounty systems themselves. The Saints got caught and they are the poster child for it now. It’s like steroids in baseball. There are likely many other players who did it who weren’t caught. It’s not fair that the players who were caught are the only ones with the steroid scars in their careers, but that’s just how it is.

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