If there was even a shred of hope that New York was going to hand Tebow the keys to the offense for a few games this coming fall, that was lost earlier this week when the team announced that it signed veteran quarterback David Garrard.
After all, it was difficult enough for Tebow to earn time under center last season while battling against the likes of Mark Sanchez and Greg McElroy. Throw an experienced quarterback and leader like Garrard into the mix, and things really get tricky.
Tebow attempted just eight passes all of last season, less than a year after leading the Denver Broncos to the AFC West division title in 2011.
If he couldn't earn the starting job after knocking off the Pittsburgh Steelers' No. 1-ranked defense in the AFC Wild Card round, then there's no reason to believe he'll get a shot in 2013.
On top of the Garrard signing, the Jets are set to enter 2013 with a new offensive coordinator.
And already, first-year shot-caller Marty Mornhinweg, who was hired back in January, has provided some telling comments regarding Tebow and his uncertain future with the Jets (via USA Today's Lindsay H. Jones):
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.
The key word there is "if."
There's obviously serious doubts about whether Tebow will be a Jet next season, but Mornhinweg's comments only add to the mystery.
Plus, it's very unlikely that the first-year offensive coordinator would be willing to risk his job and reputation by playing the polarizing signal-caller over a proven veteran like Garrard or even over Sanchez.
Mornhinweg has already stated that Sanchez has a "leg up" on the quarterback competition in New York (h/t Jones). That said, Tebow's days in the Big Apple seem to be numbered.
The Jets have made a handful of offseason moves this season that suggest Tebow is on the way out.
If signing another quarterback wasn't the final nail in the coffin, it was Mornhinweg's comments earlier this week that confirmed that Tebow was brought in for no other reason than to make headlines and confuse defenses.
The Tim Tebow era in New York is coming to an end; it's just a matter of when at this point.
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