Where Did It All Go Wrong for Tim Tebow in New York?

Jesse ReedCorrespondent IDecember 19, 2012

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - NOVEMBER 22:  Quarterback Tim Tebow #15 of the New York Jets during warm ups 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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Tim Tebow should have known his tenure in New York was doomed from the start.

I mean, did he really think the Jets would give him a shot at playing quarterback? 

Remember, this is the same group that called Tebow a "gimmick" quarterback in 2011 before the two teams met (h/t ESPNNewYork.com's Johnette Howard). Darrelle Revis made it clear that he didn't think Tebow could win long-term in the NFL, and the players in the locker room have never been on board with the Tebow phenomenon. 

That became perfectly evident earlier this season when several unnamed players (h/t New York Daily News' Manish Mehta) bravely (scoff) slammed Tebow, calling him "terrible," with one player saying, "We don’t look at him as a quarterback. He’s the Wildcat guy.”

And that's all he's been this year, along with a smattering of special-teams appearances. 

Tebow should have known he'd never be afforded the opportunity to start for the Jets. 


Personal feelings aside, the Jets gave Mark Sanchez a big extension before Tebow got traded, as Sanchez got his new deal on March 12, 2012, and Tebow was traded to the Jets on March 22, 2012.

They gave Sanchez over $20 million in guaranteed money before Tebow got traded, and his contract made him the seventh-highest-paid quarterback in the NFL (h/t ESPNNewYork.com's Rich Cimini). 

And in another "Here's your sign" moment, the Jets asked Tebow to bulk up to about 250 pounds when they traded for him (h/t ESPNNewYork.com's Rich Cimini) so that he could handle the pounding he'd be taking from all the carries they planned on giving him.

Tebow never had a chance. 

The coup de grâce for Tebow as a Jets player came after Week 15. Sanchez threw four interceptions against the lowly Tennessee Titans on Monday Night Football, sinking the team's last playoff hopes in the process, and we all knew Rex Ryan had to make a change.

Greg McElroy was chosen over Tebow, and none of us were surprised. 

The Jets never intended to use Tebow as a quarterback. Ryan and his players have never seen him as one, and the best he'll ever be in their eyes is a glorified running back who doesn't deserve the privilege of leading their team.

How's that working out, Jets fans?

Tebow may be the most unconventional quarterback in modern NFL history, but there's no doubt he brings something special to the table. The Jets never believed in him, though, and unless he goes somewhere else where he's wanted, he'll never get a chance to shine.


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