Tim Tebow had no impact on the field in his one-and-done season with the Jets, but the collateral damage caused by last year’s ill-conceived and misguided trade has left careers shattered — including his own, which may be irreparably harmed.
Tebow never said anything controversial or did anything wrong, but his presence overwhelmed the organization, left the coaching staff clueless on how to take advantage of his limited skill set and unnerved Mark Sanchez, hardly secure enough to share the locker room with the most popular and polarizing player in the NFL whose character far outdistances his ability as a quarterback.
“It was a disaster,” one source said. “The ramifications and repercussions are unbelievable.”
The Jets endured the chaos with little return for a supremely religious young man who is not a supremely gifted NFL quarterback, a position in which mechanics, instincts, throwing spirals and throwing them accurately are prerequisites for success. He produced 141 yards of offense for the Jets.
“He’s not Otto Graham,” one personnel executive said Monday. “He’s Billy Graham.”
I could care less about Tim Tebow’s religion and politics but he got a raw deal from the Jets.
As a college quarterback Tebow took his team to two national championships and won the Heisman Trophy. Then he got drafted by Denver in 2010. He didn’t play much his first year. During his second season with the Broncos he took over a 1-4 team and led them to the playoffs by winning 7 of their next 11 games. Then against all expectations he led Denver to a victory in their playoff game against Pittsburgh. The following week they lost to the eventual AFC champions.
In the off-season he was traded to the NY Jets after the Broncos acquired Peyton Manning. In New York Tebow basically rode the bench all season. Now they have cut him.
Tim Tebow is a winner. In college and the pros he has won games when he got the chance to play. They might be ugly wins, but they count the same as the pretty ones.
Tim Tebow reminds me of Doug Flutie. They were both Heisman Trophy winners who did well in college but who never got the respect they deserved in the pros. All they ever did was win.