If recent comments made by New York Jets general manager John Idzik were an accurate accounting of the Jets' plans, that franchise is in serious trouble.
During a conference call with Jets season ticket holders, Idzik had this to say (via Mike Garafolo of USA TODAY Sports) on Tebow and the Jets' quarterback situation:
Tim, as you know, (is) currently on our roster and what we're doing is we're trying to increase competition at that position and positions across the board. We're going to let the competition play out. We're going to see who we're able to bring on board and let it play out this offseason and into training camp.
That will be healthy for all concerned, including Tim.
That's the spirit, Idzik—open competition is always healthy. Wait...what?
You mean the quarterback who didn't get a single start despite your team's woeful play at quarterback and offered little more to the team than a distraction is in your future plans?
Making this possible scenario even more baffling is the fact that Rex Ryan will be returning as head coach. Ryan never admitted it in public, but he clearly does not think highly of Tebow's skills, or he would have given him a bigger role last season.
Ryan, while trying to be politically correct when talking about Tebow, couldn't keep his body language from giving away his frustration of having to answer questions about Tebow's lack of a role. That only increased as the season wore on.
When the Jets finally decided to pull the struggling Mark Sanchez, they turned to lightly regarded Greg McElroy to take over the quarterback duties instead of Tebow.
At that moment there was no mistaking it: The Jets did not value Tim Tebow.
After getting shunned, Tebow reportedly told the Jets coaches he didn't want to be used in the Wildcat anymore. My guess is that Tebow was promised a much bigger role when coming over to the Jets in a trade, and he was disenchanted and upset over his lack of opportunity.
Where will Tebow play next year?
While we are left to guess what was really going on behind the scenes, it certainly appears that the relationship between Ryan and Tebow is strained.
Yet, here is Idzik hinting that Tebow is in the future plans. Being a part of the Jets didn't work out for Tebow or the team last season, and it would be even worse should he return.
It's not like Rex Ryan is suddenly going to think that Tebow is a good quarterback, and it's not like Tebow will be happy to be a complete afterthought for the Jets.
The hope here for Jets fans is that Idzik is simply trying to help his team find a trade partner for Tebow. No team is going to rush to acquire him in a trade if they believe the Jets are going to release him.
I believe that is exactly what Idzik was doing, and if he wasn't, Jets fans should be deeply concerned over their new general manager's football acumen.