Tim Tebow Will Use Jets' Disrespect as Fuel for Next Season

Ian HanfordFeatured ColumnistDecember 31, 2012

ORCHARD PARK, NY - DECEMBER 30: Tim Tebow #15 of the New York Jets warms up before an NFL game against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium on December 30, 2012 in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
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Tim Tebow was completely disrespected by the New York Jets this season, and he will use that to his advantage in 2013.

The Jets' handling of the polarizing quarterback won't improve his throwing motion, or make him into a more natural quarterback in any way, but it will loom large in his determined mind when he takes the field next year.

It doesn't matter where Tebow winds up. He could compete for a starting job with the Jacksonville Jaguars, or he could go elsewhere and push for a No. 1 job.

Either way, he's going to have this season in mind. He will remember standing on the sideline while the Jets, slowly but surely, turned into a circus every week. He will recall standing by as Mark Sanchez imploded on a game-by-game basis, and he will remember being passed over for Greg McElroy on the Jets' depth chart late in the season.

All of those things will provide motivation for Tebow next season. It seems unlikely that he would sign anywhere that won't allow him to vie for playing time.

After what he went through this season, that has to be a prerequisite.

This isn't a testimonial to Tebow's quarterbacking ability, but he's a winner through and through. He gets by on blood, sweat and tears when he has too, and he has a ton of emotion that he should be ready to unleash in 2013.

It's easy to say that Tebow didn't give New York the best chance to win, but that seems like a cop-out at this point. The Jets never had any idea how to use him, which makes you wonder why they picked him up in the first place.

The Jets could have been up front about things, but they butchered this situation every single week. Tebow may not have Peyton Manning's talent, but he didn't deserve to be dragged through the mud either.

Look for Tebow to be Tebow next season as he continues his quest to prove his detractors wrong.

It's never going to be pretty, but he's gotten the job done before as a starting quarterback. Don't be surprised if he Jets' antics this season give him just enough juice to turn some heads again next season.