Tim Tebow: Jets Must Give Him Shot at Quarterback or Trade Him

Jessica MarieCorrespondent IIJanuary 9, 2013

ORCHARD PARK, NY - DECEMBER 30: Tim Tebow #15 of the New York Jets throws snow in the direction of Mark Sanchez #6 as offensive coordinator Tony Sparano looks on before their 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's time in New York is over—or at least it should be.

Back when he was first traded to the Jets last March, the last thing the team could afford was the circus he created on arrival. They had suffered a terrible year, going 8-8 and missing the playoffs. They needed to regroup, and facilitating an unnecessary quarterback controversy was not the way to do it. 

But now, almost a year later, the very, very last thing the Jets can afford is keeping Tebow around for another year and risking another season like the last one. If they do, the press conference Woody Johnson and Rex Ryan will hold this time next year will be nowhere near as seemingly jovial as the one they held on Tuesday.

The Jets should let Tebow go. They should give him the opportunity to be a quarterback elsewhere instead of letting him spend another season toiling away on the bench and never getting his shot, even when the starter is benched. That's not fair; Tebow is better than that. How much better remains to be seen, but he at least deserves the same shot Greg McElroy got.

But now, reports are surfacing that the Jets may not be done torturing him yet.

Though most of the rumors over the last month have insisted that Tebow will be shipped out of town sometime this offseason, possibly to Jacksonville, USA Today's Mike Garafolo says, "Not so fast."

He wrote on Tuesday that the Jets' game plan regarding Tebow is, at this point, "unclear," adding that Ryan, Johnson and whoever the new offensive coordinator ends up being could "think about the possibility of trying to hold on to Tebow and expanding his role to, among other things, running back."


Which is a bad idea for so many reasons.

It's clear that the Tebow-Jets marriage was never meant to be. For one thing, he barely ever got in a game this season, even when there was ample opportunity to use him. It's possible that he could get more opportunities now that Tony Sparano is gone, but even then, it doesn't seem likely those within the organization are too amped on the idea.

Rumors swirled in 2012 about Tebow's underwhelming impact in practice. More rumors swirled toward the end of the season that the coaching staff—not just Sparano—had lost faith in Tebow, which could explain the team's reluctance to name him the starter even after Mark Sanchez was benched.

Then there's the fact that Tebow's teammates didn't seem to be his biggest fans. According to a New York Daily News report published in November, a collection of offensive and defensive players had no faith in Tebow.

It's clear that Tebow was frustrated with his role, or lack thereof, this season and wants to explore other options, and keeping him in New York to spend another year doing virtually nothing just isn't fair, especially when there's another team out there willing to give him a shot at a more substantial role.

Tebow isn't a running back. According to Garafolo, he wants to be a quarterback, and even if the Jets meant to use him in the backfield this season, they didn't.

They had their shot, they decided Tebow wasn't going to work for them—for whatever reason—and now that the experiment has failed, the time has come to just let him go.