Tim Tebow: Jets Must Cut Loose Overhyped QB This Offseason

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistDecember 5, 2012

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - NOVEMBER 22:  Quarterbacks Tim Tebow #15 and Mark Sanchez #6 of the New York Jets before the start of their game against the New England Patriots at MetLife Stadium on November 22, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Rich Schultz /Getty Images)
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It's become increasingly clear that Tim Tebow will never see the field as the starting quarterback for the New York Jets. Heck, he can barely even crack the field in the Wildcat formation.

And because of that, Tebow no longer serves a purpose in New York. At this point, he's nothing beyond a potential trade chip for the team, and should absolutely be moved or cut this offseason.

And we finally have proof.

In the wake of Mark Sanchez being benched last week against the Arizona Cardinals, many folks speculated that if there was ever a week for Tebow to start, this was it. After all, Tebow was injured last week and surely would have played over Greg McElroy, right? 

Maybe, maybe not. But according to Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News, Tebow was never in the running to get the start this week:

Rex Ryan never seriously considered starting Tim Tebow this week vs Jaguars. #nyj

— Manish Mehta(@MMehtaNYDN) December 5, 2012

As Gregg Rosenthal of NFL.com notes, that makes the likelihood of Tebow sticking around in New York beyond this year both unlikely and utterly unnecessary:

It's hard to see any way that Tebow will stick around in New York in 2013 unless Ryan is fired. Tebow is due $2.5 million next year, which doesn't sound like much for a backup quarterback, until you realize he's a backup quarterback in name only. If the coaching staff won't play Tebow now, this late in a miserable season, they'll never have a use for him. Even Ryan and owner Woody Johnson would have to admit Tebow's presence has proven to be a distraction. Mehta reported that owner Woody Johnson reportedly pushed for McElroy to start on Sunday, so even the publicity-loving owner doesn't want to see him start.

Apparently, Tebowmania never quite caught on for the Jets coaching staff or front office. Maybe they were just burnt out from Linsanity, who knows?

I can't figure out the Jets, I really can't. This team went out of its way to trade for Tebow, knowing full well that fans would scream and holler to see Tebow start if Sanchez struggled. Sure enough, Sanchez has struggled, and now the Jets won't even consider starting Tebow?

It's obvious enough that Ryan doesn't believe in Tebow as a starting quarterback and isn't willing to risk creating a major rift with Sanchez just to throw the fans a bone. His loyalties lie with Sanchez, and the fact that the struggling quarterback is still owed a guaranteed $8.25 million next season surely is a big reason why.

In other words, the Jets aren't going to cut him, and it sure would be a waste of money to bench him. The Jets want Sanchez to be the guy—even if Johnson is temporarily smitten with McElroy.

But Johnson knows fans are losing interest in this team, and probably wants McElroy just to give the fans something to get excited (or at least intrigued) about. After all, the Jets have become infamous for having a contentious locker room and losing Fireman Ed in recent memory, not for winning games.

They'll take any bump in positive publicity they can get, and for good reason—the Jets have become somewhat of a running, dysfunctional joke around the league. If football teams were television shows, the Jets would be akin to the Bluth family in Arrested Development.

You would think Tebow would provide a huge bump in positive buzz, but apparently this team has soured so much on his ability to play the position that the Jets won't even entertain the notion.  

And if that's the case, why the hell would you keep him around next year?

It's all incredibly bizarre, and I can't help but think there was a major divide between the front office who wanted the hype Tebow would bring, and a coaching staff that never really intended to do much with Tebow other than accommodate him in a limited manner within the offense.

A house divided cannot stand. A benched Tebow does no one any good. And truthfully, a Jets offense with a dearth of weapons doesn't provide the most accurate measuring stick for Sanchez.

The Sanchize may never earn that nickname, but it's clear the Jets are never going to bench him in favor of Tebow. 

It's time Tebowmania was sent packing.


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