December 20, 2012 18 Comments
The script had everything that a person could want — intrigue, drama, and a flawed main character. It was a Broadway show that had the makings of being a huge money-maker but the director decided to go another route. Tim Tebow was supposed to be the next big thing in New York but he didn’t even get the chance to be a flop.
It was reported earlier today that the New York Jets are ready to part ways with Tim Tebow. Despite all the expectations heading into the season and the plethora of ESPN coverage, Tebow’s tenure in the Big Apple was just rotten. Following the Mark Sanchez benching this week, Tim Tebow was bypassed as starting quarterback for 3rd stringer Greg McElroy. It was the last straw for Tebow and ultimately signalled the end for the former Heisman Trophy winner.
Unfortunately for Tebow and ESPN, this failure with the Jets might have signalled more than just the end of Tebow’s days in New York.
The director, Rex Ryan, obviously wasn’t comfortable with Tim Tebow having a starring role in his play. This special Tebow package that Tony Sparano designed for Tebow has yet to be found and I don’t think anyone is sure if it actually exists. The coaching staff refused to insert more Tebow into the offence despite Mark Sanchez’s consistently abysmal play. It speaks volumes to what the coaching staff thinks of Tebow.
The clock never struck Tebow time in New York and it appears as though the clock is ticking rather quickly on Tim Tebow’s opportunity to be one of the NFL’s 32 starting quarterbacks.
Although he was such a success in Denver, it appears pretty clear that Tim Tebow will never be more than a novelty in the NFL. A ploy that owners use to increase jersey sales and media hype for their team. No one, except maybe Josh McDaniels, believes that Tim Tebow can be the long-term solution for their franchise.
Nor should they.
The New York Jets had an entire season with Tim Tebow. They saw him workout, practice and play. Well, sort of play. Out of any team in the NFL, the Jets coaching staff knows Tim Tebow better than anyone else does at this point in his career. Regardless of their immense struggles, they still didn’t believe it was worth putting him under center.
They felt it would be better if Tim Tebow didn’t get a sniff at leading their Sanchize.
They knew that Tebow time can lead to short-term success. However, the possibility of short-term success would undoubtedly lead to long-term problems. The potential limited success of Tim Tebow wasn’t worth the pain of having to find a real quarterback somewhere down the road. Let’s be real, that would be an inevitability.
I mean, it has been 3 seasons and Tim Tebow still throws while rolling out to his right about as well as I can cook, which is not very well if you couldn’t guess.
To commit to Tim Tebow means committing to a completely different style of game. It means tailoring personnel to fit his very unique brand of football. It means going all-in on a system that has absolutely no guarantee of working.
After watching the Tebow experiment fizzle out in New York, teams are seeing that Mr. John 3:16 is more headache than help. Any ownership or management group that is more concerned with winning than merchandise sales won’t be willing to roll the dice on Tim Tebow. For a project as defective as Tebow, who wants to take the risk?
Everyone is learning what John Elway knew all along.
I can’t even imagine that Shahid Khan is considering Tebow as a viable starting quarterback option at this point.
Tim Tebow did not get the big break he was hoping for after he was dealt to the New York Jets. All he has left to do now is to hope that someone else sees what Josh McDaniels saw at the 2010 NFL draft.
The thing is, that ticking clock, it’s already close to zero.
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