Tim Tebow Must Leave Jets to Save His NFL Career

Michael DulkaContributor IMarch 11, 2013

NASHVILLE, TN - DECEMBER 17:  Quarterback Tim Tebow #15 of the New York Jets warms up prior to the game against the Tennessee Titans at LP Field on December 17, 2012 in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Despite a recent discussion with New York Jets new offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg, Tim Tebow must leave the Jets to resurrect his NFL career. 

According to The USA Today, Mornhinweg spoke on a conference call, revealing details of his talk with Tebow:

I'm excited to coach all of our players, including Tim. We had a long discussion. He's got my thoughts on the situation, and he has some thoughts as well. If he's on this football team, which he is right now, I would do it a certain way.

That's not a glowing endorsement. 

It could be said for many players, but Tebow would definitely benefit from getting out of the toxic environment surrounding the New York Jets. He's far from a polished player, but his time in Denver showed he's capable of contributing on more than just punts. 

Given Tebow's skill set as a strong, athletic player, he would be much better suited with a team that was willing to get creative with him. This doesn't even have to be in a situation where he's the full-time starter. If a team is willing to incorporate Tebow into their offense, and not just for five to seven plays per game, they could get some solid production. 

The success of the read option around the league should point to athletic and rush-capable quarterbacks getting more opportunities. He doesn't have the quickness of Russell Wilson or Colin Kaepernick, but he does have decent speed which, when paired with his strength, make him tough to bring down. 

Another option for Tebow is to find a team with a resume of breeding quarterbacks through great coaching. The Green Bay Packers would be a perfect example of this. Their staff is known for doing incredible work with quarterbacks through Mike McCarthy's quarterback program in the offseason. 

If he stays with the Jets, Tebow is going to mostly rot on the bench. As The USA Today article mentions, the Jets intend on having a quarterback competition for the starting job, but that Sanchez would 'have a leg-up' on the quarterbacks. 

According to Manish Mehta of The New York Daily News, the Jets will also bring in David Garrard:

Tebow needs coaching. New York isn't a place where he's going to get the coaching he needs to become a better football player. He needs a coaching staff that will use him creatively and/or be willing to take the time to overhaul his throwing motion.  

The best hope for Tebow reviving his NFL career is to leave the Jets. This isn't to say he's destined to achieve greatness as a starter somewhere, but that he can be used more efficiently than he is with the Jets.