- Adam Schefter, NFL
Adam Schefter answers reader questions in his mailbag twice a week. Got a query of your own? Submit it here.
-- Gerry (Kansas)
A: Pretty simple, Gerry. Tebow is going to be used in the Wildcat. He is going to be used in the red zone. He is going to be used on third-and-short situations. He is going to be used where he can be effective.
It will cause problems for the opposing teams, but it could cause some problems for the Jets too. The second there's a sniff of struggles for Mark Sanchez, there will be a contingent of fans, maybe a big contingent of fans, calling for Tebow. It will be like a circus. New York usually is, but this is going to reach new levels. This will be a field day for New York tabloids.
Q: I think the Tebow trade was a really bad move for the Jets. Not only did they create controversy, but they lost a couple of valuable draft picks for a team that needs to get younger, and the front office looked bad making the deal. Do you think Rex Ryan was behind this deal or management? Could Ryan be on the hot seat if this doesn't work out?
-- Lisa (North Carolina)
A: Ryan definitely was influential in this deal, Lisa, and if it doesn't work out, many people will be blamed. Invariably, when NFL teams fall short of the playoffs and their expectations, people lose jobs.
But the Jets aren't thinking that way. They made a move they think will help this team. They believe that Tebow will help them. They're not thinking of the negative consequences that you've brought up. That's just not how NFL people think. Now the interesting part is to find out whether they or you are right.
Q: Adam, what was your reaction to Roger Goodell's punishment for the New Orleans Saints' bounty scandal? I thought that the NFL should've taken away a first-round pick next year instead of a second and come down harder on Mickey Loomis. What did you think?
-- Frank (New York)
A: The NFL came down as hard as it could have in this instance. Two second-round picks is basically the equivalent of a first-round pick. Plus, the Saints don't have their first-round pick this year, having traded it to the New England Patriots last year to draft running back Mark Ingram.
And Mickey Loomis was hit hard. Eight games and a $500,000 fine isn't enough punishment for Loomis? Wow, the Saints are fortunate you weren't commissioner, Frank, because they were hit harder than any team or individual ever has been. These are the most punitive penalties in NFL history. Part of it was for the cover-up, as the cover-up, in the opinion of the NFL, was worse than the crime. The penalties were swift and fair.
Q: Do you think the Saints have to give in to Drew Brees' contract demands now? How does the bounty scandal affect those negotiations? Is there any chance he leaves the Saints?
-- Hampton (Rhode Island)
Brees isn't going anywhere, Hampton. He has the franchise tag. He and the Saints are stuck with each other right now, for better or worse. These suspensions don't have much influence on Brees trying to procure a new deal. New Orleans was going to try to get him signed anyway, and he wants a long-term deal.
But if this doesn't get worked out by the time the Saints start their offseason training activities next month, this could get uglier -- and the Saints don't need any more ugliness. They've had enough already.
Q: What do you think is the part of the punishment that will hurt the Saints the most? I feel like losing Sean Payton for a full year will be devastating. He means so much to that team, and the offense in particular.
-- Paul (Illinois)
A: It's going to be difficult to overcome the loss of a head coach for a full season, Paul. That has to be crippling to an organization. No doubt New Orleans loses plenty there. But the loss of two second-round picks is considerable. For starters, those are two players who would make New Orleans' roster and make it at a cap-friendly salary. Chances are at least one of them would have materialized into a legitimate starter. Teams value high picks, and to lose two seconds is a big blow. In the short term, the loss of Payton hurts more. In the long term, the loss of the two second-round picks hurts the team more.
Adam Schefter answers questions on how the Jets will use Tim Tebow, whether the move could put Rex Ryan on the hot seat and how the Saints will be affected by the bounty-related punishment handed down by the NFL.