Monday, August 6, 2012
Esiason wrong to say cut Tim Tebow
By James Walker
Everyone has an opinion on New York Jets backup quarterback Tim Tebow. But few have gone as far as former Jets and Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Boomer Esiason would.
According to Esiason, the Jets should cut Tebow -- now. Esiason says Tebow shouldn’t be on the team and is bringing more harm than good. Tebow was 0-for-3 in New York’s team-wide scrimmage.
"It's not in any way, shape or form I think benefitting this team,” Esiason said. “Right now in relation to who Mark Sanchez is, your starting quarterback, it’s a major mistake."
Esiason joins Joe Namath as former Jets quarterbacks who think the Tebow experiment is a bad idea. Esiason may prove to be right in that regard. But he’s simply wrong to say cut Tebow. That simply won’t happen.
Tebow is in the best shape of his career. He’s bulked up and will be a threat running the football. Tebow averages over five yards per carry in his career and will be a nice change of pace to New York’s gound-and-pound offense. Tebow also is helping the Jets on special teams as the team’s punt protector and is getting work on the kickoff team to see if he can help there.
Huge distraction or not, Tebow is one of the best 53 players on the Jets' roster. That will be enough to get him a roster spot. Tebow may not be a legit franchise quarterback. But he’s a solid football player who can help the Jets in several different ways.