- Rich Cimini, ESPN Staff Writer
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Barring a stunning upset, Tim Tebow won't be back with the Jets. He's also not wanted by his hometown team, the Jaguars, who made their position clear last week when newly-hired GM Dave Caldwell declared Jacksonville a no-Tebow zone. Caldwell's candid comment fueled speculation that perhaps Tebow is done in the NFL.
Or perhaps not.
Tebow has a strong supporter in new Bears coach Marc Trestman, a quarterback guru who tutored him in preparation for the 2010 Senior Bowl.
"I believe in the right environment Tim Tebow will figure this out," Trestman said at the time to the Morning Journal of Northern Ohio, via ProFootballTalk.com. "He doesn’t have explosive arm strength, but he has more than adequate arm strength to throw the ball in the NFL and make all the throws. I saw him do something totally different in seven or eight days. I can only imagine what he’s going to do in one year or two years, because he’s going to outwork everybody else and find a way to figure it out.”
Trestman tried to recruit Tebow to North Carolina State in 2006, and they stayed in touch. Now he might have a chance to make him Jay Cutler's backup, which would be an odd-couple pairing. It's hard to imagine the moody Cutler buying into the whole Tebow thing.
“If you’re a coach and you love coaching quarterbacks, you’d love the opportunity to develop Tim Tebow," Trestman said then.
Let's see if he still means it.