Friday, November 23, 2012
Tim Tebow needs out of New York
By James Walker
Has any NFL player had it worse the past few weeks than Tim Tebow? The polarizing backup quarterback continues to be misused and abused by the New York Jets.
First, Tebow was ripped anonymously by Jets teammates, including being called "terrible,” which caused a major controversy. Then, Tebow played the fewest snaps of the year (three) in a win over the St. Louis Rams. Now, Tebow has been diagnosed with two fractured ribs and still dressed for a Thanksgiving loss against the New England Patriots?
Tebow should not have been in uniform with two broken ribs. Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, who is as tough as they come, also has broken ribs and is sidelined for several games. Tebow should be taking the Roethlisberger route to rest a few weeks and get healthy. Dressing and not playing doesn’t make sense. It doesn’t help Tebow or the Jets.
This is further evidence that Tebow needs to get out of New York ASAP if he wants to salvage his NFL career. Tebow came to New York with a lot of hype and a unique set of skills. Eleven games in, it’s clear the Jets have no idea what to do with him.
In fact, the Jets have done everything possible -- poor coaching, poor decisions, backbiting players -- to derail Tebow’s career. All the momentum he built during last year’s playoff run with the Denver Broncos has come to a screeching halt.
Tebow deserves some blame for all that’s going on. He had the choice between the Jets and Jacksonville Jaguars this offseason, and Tebow picked New York.
It was a poor choice by Tebow, who probably would be starting in Jacksonville right now instead of Chad Henne. But Tebow can right this wrong next year by requesting to be traded or released by the Jets. This would allow Tebow to find a team with a less toxic locker room and more innovative coaches to best utilize what he brings to the table.