AFC East: Jets release Tim Tebow

Let’s be realistic: Matt Simms will not be the New York Jets’ starting quarterback in 2013, and neither will Greg McElroy.

That is why New York Jets general manager John Idzik’s claim Tuesday that all five quarterbacks will compete for the starting job this summer in training camp comes off as merely lip service. New York has a legitimate, three-horse race between incumbent starter Mark Sanchez, veteran David Garrard and rookie quarterback Geno Smith. The other two quarterbacks are fillers who probably won't make the 53-man roster in September.

Jets head coach Rex Ryan has a huge challenge ahead of him this summer. It is difficult enough to equally manage reps for two quarterbacks in training camp. Ryan has to do that for three players (not five) in order to give Sanchez, Garrard and Smith a fair shot to win the job. Ryan is a defensive coach who prefers to hand the offense to others. That blew up in Ryan's face with former offensive coordinators Brian Schottenheimer and Tony Sparano. But the Jets have their most proven offensive coordinator in years with Marty Mornhinweg.

The Jets did themselves a huge favor to relieve some of the circus atmosphere by cutting Tim Tebow on Monday. Let’s hope Idzik and the Jets do not add to the circus by having an unprecedented five-way quarterback controversy.

Should Patriots sign Tim Tebow?

April, 29, 2013
The New York Jets were na´ve to think another team would offer up a draft pick in a trade for popular backup quarterback Tim Tebow. The Jets finally released Tebow on Monday after an ugly and tumultuous one-year experiment.

Tebow is now a free agent who can sign with any team. Should the reigning AFC East champion New England Patriots consider “Tebowmania” in Foxborough?

There are several reasons to think the Patriots may have interest. For starters, Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels drafted Tebow in the first round in 2010 with the Denver Broncos. McDaniels is a huge Tebow supporter and thought he could make Tebow into a starting NFL quarterback. However, McDaniels was fired before he had enough time to develop Tebow in Denver.

New England head coach Bill Belichick also was very complimentary of Tebow before the 2010 NFL draft. The Patriots had a pre-draft meeting with Tebow and came off very impressed. The Patriots like high-character players who are versatile. Tebow could be both under the right coaching. The Patriots are creative enough on offense to come up with a way to use Tebow’s unique talents.

The Patriots also have the no-nonsense football culture to handle “Tebowmania” in Foxborough, Mass. New England is completely different from the circus atmosphere of the New York Jets. The Patriots would not allow Tebow to become a distraction.

New England also has an opening at quarterback behind future Hall of Famer Tom Brady, and young Ryan Mallett is the backup. There is room to fit Tebow in as a third-stringer if the Patriots are interested in a gimmick quarterback.

Cutting Tim Tebow was long overdue

April, 29, 2013
The New York Jets finally put an end to the Tim Tebow experiment. The team cut the popular backup quarterback on Monday, just 72 hours after drafting quarterback of the future Geno Smith. It’s the first step toward settling New York’s jumbled mess at quarterback; the team still has five on the roster.

It was a bad joke that New York would hold on to Tebow this long. The Jets were hoping some team would offer anything, even a seventh-round pick, for the backup quarterback. No team did, so Tebow was released after the draft.

Tebow-mania was one of the worst one-year experiments in recent memory. From beginning to end, the Jets had no idea what to do with Tebow. The Jets tried him in the Wildcat, as a punt protector and even at H-back. One time, I saw quarterback Mark Sanchez hit Tebow in the head with a pass against the Miami Dolphins. It was usually a bad comedy show, as coach Rex Ryan and former offensive coordinator Tony Sparano tried to figure out this puzzle.

It turns out the Jets never believed in Tebow. Even when Sanchez was benched late in the season, New York passed over Tebow for third-stringer Greg McElroy. That signaled the end of Tebow’s days in New York. At that point, it was official that Tebow was on borrowed time.

But Tebow should not have lasted this long with the Jets. He was always more of a distraction than an asset. Tebow even participated in the start of offseason workouts, which didn’t make sense and was unnecessary.

The circus tent in New York got a little emptier on Monday with Tebow’s release. Smith is the new character in town, but he actually has a chance to be New York’s quarterback of the future. Tebow never had much of a chance to do anything with the Jets.

Video: Tebow first shoe to drop for Jets

April, 29, 2013
AM ET's Rich Cimini discusses the Jets' release of Tim Tebow and other possible moves for the team.

Video: Tim Tebow done in the NFL?

April, 29, 2013

Ron Jaworski discusses the Jets' release of Tim Tebow and Tebow's future in the NFL.

New York Jets release Tim Tebow

April, 29, 2013

One year after bringing Tim Tebow to Broadway, creating a nationwide fascination that slowly evolved into a salacious controversy, the New York Jets made the long-anticipated move Monday of releasing one of the NFL's most popular players.

The Jets confirmed the release in a three-paragraph press release, a long way from his Super Bowl-sized news conference last March.

"We have a great deal of respect for Tim Tebow," coach Rex Ryan said. "Unfortunately, things did not work out the way we all had hoped. Tim is an extremely hard worker, evident by the shape he came back in this offseason. We wish him the best moving forward."




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