Tim Tebow: The Former Heisman Winner Deserves Better

Stacey MicklesCorrespondent IIJanuary 11, 2013

ORCHARD PARK, NY - DECEMBER 30:  Tim Tebow #15 of the New York Jets takes his only snap against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium on December 30, 2012 in Orchard Park, New York. Buffalo won 28-9.  (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
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After reading an article today about what the Jacksonville Jaguars' new general manager had to say about Tim Tebow, one thought came to mind: the kid deserved better.

Jaguars general manager David Caldwell made it very clear about his stance on the Tebow matter when he was quoted as saying ''I can't imagine a scenario in which he'll be a Jacksonville Jaguar - even if he's released,'' he said.

What a sad and perhaps end for Tebow. Most say that this maybe the end of his NFL career which would be tragic. Tebow may not have been the best thrower in the game, but he was one thing: a winner.

Before he took over the starting quarterback position with the Denver Broncos last season, the Broncos were I believe 1-4 and on the verge of missing the playoffs again. He comes in, the Broncos go all the way to the playoffs and even beat the mighty defending AFC Champions, the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Sports writers have fallen all over themselves praising Cam Newton who was named Rookie of the Year last year, but neither in his rookie season or in his second season, has Cam made the playoffs or even won his division.

Tebow led his team to not only the playoffs, but to a playoff victory; Cam hasn't done either. Neither has Tony Romo. Romo hasn't lead the Dallas Cowboys to the playoffs in four years and has as many playoff victories as Tebow which would be one.

Has Tebow won ugly at times? Yes he has, no doubt about it and while the Broncos defense was good, keep in mind as good as they were, they didn't start to play with a lot of passion until Tebow started.





Which is why it was ridiculous for the New York Jets to trade for the kid knowing he would probably never start.  In hindsight, Tebow, as many have pointed out, was just a sideshow for the Jets to take the shine off of the New York Giants Super Bowl victory.

I blame not only Rex Ryan, but Jets management as well for using Tebow. Even when the Jets were out of the playoffs, Ryan added insult to injury by letting the third-string quarterback start ahead of him.

I'm not saying the Jets would have made the playoffs if Tebow had started, but now we'll never know because of Ryan's own stubbornness. Jets fans and even some teammates thought Tebow should have at least been given a shot to prove himself.

Defensive end Mike DeVito expressed his feelings recently on WFAN (h/t Newsday) stating: "Guys just want to rally behind him," said the defensive lineman, who will test the free-agent market this offseason. "I think if you put Tim in there, we win games. I really believe that."

Tebow's career might have been better off if he was back-up to Peyton Manning in Denver. Who knows, he may have learned to become a better passer by learning from the master and perhaps saved his NFL career.

But I know one thing, for a kid who brought some excitement to the NFL, he deserves better treatment than this.

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