After all the adversity that enigmatic quarterback Tim Tebow faced in New York throughout the 2012-13 season, the class and positive attitude he displayed despite the drama prove he has the mental ability to handle the rigors of a starting job in the NFL.
Was Tim Tebow mistreated by the Jets?
When New York traded for the enigmatic Tebow this offseason—the team gave up fourth-and-sixth-round picks in return for the star and a seventh-round pick from the Denver Broncos—head coach Rex Ryan and the coaching staff made it clear that Mark Sanchez would remain the team’s starter.
The thought was that Ryan and the team would use Tebow in a Wildcat system, the same way they used dual-threat QB Brad Smith before he signed with the Buffalo Bills after the 2010 season.
After going just 6-of-8 for 39 yards through the air and rushing the ball 32 times for 102 yards over the course of the entire season, it is clear that Ryan never had any intention of using Tebow in his offensive schemes.
Despite the blatant disrespect, Tebow has remained calm, cool and collected throughout the process.
The backup QB told Jane McManus of ESPNNewYork.com after the final game of the season about his season synopsis and how he felt he handled the adversity of the season:
I felt like it was a learning opportunity for me. There was a lot that I'll take from it. There's a lot that I learned and there are lot of relationships that I've built, so I know that it happened for a reason.
I'm not going to worry about whether I was treated fair. You just try to worry about what situation you're in and handle it the best that you can, with the most character and integrity, and worry about what I can control because that's the most important thing.
There is no question that Tebow was mistreated during his time with the Jets, but the lack of an issue being raised by the hard-working star proves that even the toughest situations won't shake or rattle his confidence.
That’s the kind of mental prowess a starting QB in the NFL needs.
With plenty of teams dying for a change at quarterback and the Jets obviously not planning on using Tebow in the long-term plans for the franchise, trading the backup QB is the only option for New York.
While Tebow’s numbers from this season won’t sway any perspective trade partners, the way the QB handled himself during Sanchez’s benching was enough proof of his worth to make a team like the Jacksonville Jaguars take the risk.
Tebow will start next season, but it will definitely not be in New York City.
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