Tim Tebow Must Be Released By Jets Before NFL Draft
Stop the madness, already!
Woody Johnson on Tim Tebow: "We’re looking at all possibilities with him. We’ll see what the offseason (brings)." #nyj— Manish Mehta(@MMehtaNYDN) March 18, 2013
Forget about the offseason. The time to make a move is now.
The Jets have been trying to find a trade partner for Tebow since early February (h/t ESPN's Adam Schefter). There hasn't been a single rumor generated on that front, as teams seem to be completely disinterested in such a proposition.
In the meantime, it seems the Jets can't decide what they want to do with him.
Recently, new offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg talked up Tebow to reporters, via Mehta:
Mornhinweg on Tebow: "He would be taking reps at QB... the man can play football. So how do you utilize him will certainly be the key"— Manish Mehta(@MMehtaNYDN) March 11, 2013
That sounds eerily similar to the spiel we heard last year.
In a recent interview with NFL Network, Rex Ryan spoke briefly about Tebow, saying he'd compete for the starting job, "for now," and was a member of the team, "for now." That's not exactly a ringing endorsement.
The simple truth of Tebow's existence with the Jets is that Ryan has never been a fan of him as a quarterback. He watches Tebow flail around in practice with apparent disdain and doesn't seem to have any faith in his ability to play the position.
Should the Jets simply release Tebow, or should the team head into the 2013 season with him on the roster?
The fact that Tebow was shoved down the depth chart in favor of Greg McElroy last season bears out this truth.
Ryan isn't the only member of the Jets with a lack of faith in Tebow, either. Back in November, Tebow was publicly slammed by his teammates, via Mehta, who called him "terrible" and an "athlete," among other things.
According to Schefter's report in February, "There are members of the Jets organization who regret not giving Tebow a chance last season to prove whether he could succeed at quarterback." Given the way the team struggled in every possible way on offense last season, that's not surprising.
But Tebow will never be viewed as a viable option at the quarterback position by the people who really count, especially now that David Garrard has arrived to compete with Mark Sanchez for the starting role.
Dragging out this circus can only make a bad situation worse.
The last thing the Jets need is Tebow showing up for mini-camps and OTAs. The media throng that surrounds him will never cease, and the best thing the Jets can do is simply release the embattled quarterback before the draft.
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