NFL Nation: Tebow Time

Robert Kraft endorses Tim Tebow

June, 13, 2013
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The New England Patriots made a controversial decision to sign popular quarterback Tim Tebow to a two-year contract earlier this week. It’s the kind of move that doesn’t happen unless everyone in the organization is on the same page.

Patriots head coach Bill Belichick and offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, who drafted Tebow three years ago with the Denver Broncos, have always spoken highly of Tebow. On Wednesday, Patriots owner Robert Kraft weighed in on the new addition.

“If you want to win in this league, you need quality depth management,” Kraft explained. “In the age of the salary cap, whenever you can get a competitive, first-grade person to join your team, you never know what happens. But for me personally, having Tim Tebow on this team, he’s someone who believes in spirituality, he’s very competitive and works hard and has a great attitude and he’s a winner.

“Having him as part of our franchise is great but he has to compete just like anyone else. We’re blessed to have a lot of people like that, but the fact that spirituality is so important to him is very appealing to me.”

At best, Tebow is New England’s No. 3 quarterback. Future Hall of Famer Tom Brady is the unquestioned starter and Ryan Mallett is a promising backup. Belichick would not shed light on what Tebow’s role with the team would be. Tebow must first make the 53-man roster in training camp.

But Tebow has the support of New England’s owner, the man who signs the checks. That’s obviously a good sign in Tebow's favor.

Kraft said he saw “two or three” of Tebow’s games in person at the University of Florida. Kraft also met Tebow during the pre-draft process and has always been impressed with the quarterback.

“I think he’s hard-working and very cooperative,” Kraft said. “I don’t think there’s any coach who wouldn’t like to have a team full of people like he is. Like Brady, he comes out there and works hard or Vince Wilfork, Jerod Mayo. They come in, they work hard, they prepare hard and they’re all business. You can’t get enough people like that on your team. We’re honored that he’s with us.”
New England Patriots quarterback Tim Tebow met with Boston media for the first time Tuesday. Tebow didn’t field questions but made a statement that he is “thankful” and “honored” to play for the Patriots and head coach Bill Belichick.

Tebow signed a two-year contract with no guaranteed money, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Tebow must first make the 53-man roster this summer and earn a role on the reigning AFC East champs.

Bill Belichick talks Tim Tebow

June, 11, 2013
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The much-anticipated Bill Belichick news conference took place Tuesday, less than 24 hours after the New England Patriots signed popular quarterback Tim Tebow.

Dozens of media members showed up to Foxborough, Mass., to ask the Patriots why they made the much-hyped signing of Tebow.

Here is a transcript from the Patriots of Belichick’s question and answer session with the media.

What can you tell us about your decision to sign Tim Tebow? What is it about his personality or attitude that leads you to believe that he can contribute to the team?

Belichick: Anything we do is what we feel is in the best interests of the team. Tim is a talented player that is smart and works hard. We’ll see how it goes.

How much of a consideration was the attention that was going to come before making the decision to sign him?

Belichick: None, we try to do what’s best for the team.

How do you deal with a player coming in with all this fanfare and celebrity? Do you have to sit him down and talk to him?

Belichick: In all honesty, we’ve been in front of bigger crowds than this before. We’ll just keep doing what our job is. We’re going to try to get better as a football team, individually and collectively, and that’s what we’re going to do.

How do you plan to use him? What position?

Belichick: We’ll try to do what we think is best for our football team. I don’t know, we’ll see.

Is it possible he could be used on special teams or defense in addition to offense?

Belichick: We’ll see, I don’t know.

Specific to his off-field traits, what are some things you liked about Tim Tebow when you evaluated him?

Belichick: He’s a talented guy, he’s smart, he works hard. We’ve all seen him play. He can do a lot of things -- we’ve seen that.

Can you talk about your relationship with Tim? You’ve known him a long time, obviously there are things you like.

Belichick: Yeah, I like Tim. I have a lot of respect for Tim.

Have you had a close relationship with him over the years?

Belichick: I’ve never coached him before so I wouldn’t … I’m certainly closer with a lot of the players that I’ve coached through my career.

People around the league question his ability to play quarterback in the NFL. How do you feel about that?

Belichick: I’ve already said that.

I’m talking about specifically at quarterback.

Belichick: I’ve answered the question twice. He’s a talented player who is smart and works hard.

Will you discuss with him some of the ancillary stuff that seems to come with him? You know, the way his training camp was covered last year with the Jets and what he’ll be doing outside of football.

Belichick: We have a team full of players. Everybody has a job to do and I’m sure he’ll try to do it the best that he can. We’ll all try to do our jobs the best that we can.

As you can see, Belichick wasn’t extremely forthcoming. But this is the kind of persistent questioning and media attention the Patriots signed up for when signing Tebow. This is only Day 1 of Tebow and the Patriots.

Tim Tebow: Five games to watch

June, 11, 2013
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Tim Tebow is back in the AFC East. I'm sure everyone in our community is excited and couldn't get enough of Round 1 of Tebow-mania last season with the New York Jets. So now it's time for Round 2 of Tebow with the New England Patriots.

Of course, Tebow first must compete this summer and make the 53-man roster. In the event he does, here are five games worth highlighting this season:

Game No. 1: vs. New York Jets, Week 2

Date: Sept. 12

Tebow tie-in: Rest assured that Tebow would love to get some revenge against the Jets. Last season was a disaster, and a strong case can be made that Tebow never got a fair shake from New York and coach Rex Ryan. Tebow could show the Jets what they're missing by contributing. The Jets have a chance to lose to former players Darrelle Revis and Tebow in Games 1 and 2. That would be an awful way for the Jets to start the 2013 season.

Game No. 2: at Jets, Week 7

Date: Oct. 20

Tebow tie-in: Tebow returns to New York. This is where Tebow-mania was on steroids last year. Many Jets fans wanted Tebow to play in place of Mark Sanchez, but that never materialized. They could get a chance to see Tebow on the field in another uniform.

Game No. 3: vs. Pittsburgh Steelers, Week 9

Date: Nov. 3

Tebow tie-in: The biggest win of Tebow's NFL career came against the Steelers in the wild-card round of the 2011 playoffs while he was with Denver. Tebow threw for 316 yards and two touchdowns in a 29-23 overtime victory. Some Steelers players say they respect Tebow because he proved himself on the field in a big playoff game. Tebow may get to face Pittsburgh's physical defense for the first time since that memorable game.

Game No. 4: vs. Denver Broncos, Week 12

Date: Nov. 24

Tebow tie-in: This is another game Tebow should circle on his calendar. Tebow was riding high in Denver after the 2011 season until Peyton Manning came to town. The Broncos quickly traded Tebow to the Jets and went with the future Hall of Famer. Tebow’s career arc began to drop after that. He wouldn’t mind performing well against Manning and Denver in some capacity this season. The Broncos will have Wes Welker going to Foxborough in this game, and he will be looking for his own measure of revenge.

Game No. 5: at Miami Dolphins, Week 15

Date: Dec. 15

Tebow tie-in: This is the second game between the Patriots and Dolphins this season. But why is this game more important? First, it’s a December matchup between the top two teams (on paper) in the AFC East. That means playoff positioning and possibly a division title might be at stake. Second, Tebow had one of his best moments in Miami in 2011, when he played poorly for three quarters, then staged a miraculous fourth-quarter and overtime comeback. Tebow went on to lead Denver to the postseason and the playoff win over Pittsburgh.
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The New England Patriots are set to take a step back offensively in 2013. They lost both starting receivers – Wes Welker and Brandon Lloyd -- from last year’s group that led the NFL in scoring and replaced them with mostly unproven players and rookies.

New England also has huge question marks at tight end. Rob Gronkowski has had five surgeries on his arm and back since last November and may not be fully recovered for Week 1, and fellow tight end Aaron Hernandez also had major shoulder surgery and missed six games last season.

The Patriots signing quarterback Tim Tebow off the scrap heap isn't the answer to New England’s offensive woes. If anything, it shows an unexpected sign of desperation for a New England offense searching for answers.

This is yet another sign that New England’s run of Super Bowl appearances and NFL dominance is coming to an end. Future Hall of Fame quarterback Tom Brady and Belichick have made it to five Super Bowls -- winning three. But it looks more and more like last year may have been the Belichick/Brady era Patriots’ final shot to win a fourth championship when they lost at home to the Baltimore Ravens in the AFC title game.

To put it bluntly, New England simply is not good enough to win a Super Bowl this year. Last year’s team was better, especially on offense. Brady, who will be 36 in August, is a year older and has less firepower. Adding Tebow to the mix doesn’t fix anything. It simply brings more media and a huge distraction, which is something Belichick usually tries to avoid.

And what exactly is Tebow’s role in New England?

Tebow is certainly not playing quarterback. Brady is clearly the franchise starter in New England, and I would take my chances with the strong arm of Ryan Mallett over the inaccurate and poor mechanics of Tebow any day. Tebow is the No. 3 quarterback at best.

Would the Patriots really take Brady off the field to insert Tebow in a Wildcat package? Taking an elite quarterback like Brady off the field for any amount of plays is a huge mistake. Opposing defenses would love to see less Brady and more Tebow on a weekly basis. Would the Patriots be silly enough to oblige?

Maybe Tebow can play H-back or on special teams in New England. But that is nothing more than what he did with the New York Jets last year when things went awry. Is all of that worth the extra attention that Tebow brings? The Jets got their answer last year. Now, it's New England's turn to make the same mistake.

I do not see how adding Tebow makes the Patriots a better team. This is a franchise which prides itself on competing for championships. But New England took yet another step backward on Monday.

I completely believe New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick when he says he doesn't "hate" Tim Tebow. Hate is a strong word to use about anybody, especially with a person as nice and grounded as the former New York Jets and Denver Broncos quarterback.

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Belichick was stern this week in his rebuttal of a Yahoo! Sports report. He rarely takes the time to refute anything, true or not. So it’s notable when the tight-lipped Patriots coach publicly decries an article about the popular free-agent quarterback.

"I wouldn't get into the probability of us pursuing any free agent. Every single player has strengths and weaknesses, but regardless of that, for anyone to have represented that is the way I feel about Tim Tebow is completely untrue, baseless and irresponsible," Belichick told ESNBoston.com. "It is unfortunate that something so inaccurate was reported."

But I think Belichick slyly avoided the million-dollar question: While Belichick may not hate Tebow, does Belichick like Tebow as a player?

That is the void Belichick left unfulfilled in his response to the Yahoo! report. It's one thing not to hate Tebow. But there's plenty of evidence that Belichick isn't high on Tebow or in a rush to add Tebow to New England's roster.

For starters, Tebow has been on the market for weeks and there is zero interest from New England or any other team. Money certainly isn’t an issue, because Tebow is looking for work and would play for a low wage. There also would be zero quarterback controversy in New England because of future Hall of Famer Tom Brady.

One of Tebow’s biggest NFL supporters is also New England’s offensive coordinator: Josh McDaniels. He drafted Tebow three years ago in the first round. It’s a safe assumption that McDaniels wouldn’t mind getting his creative hands on Tebow again. But the person in charge of all personnel moves in New England is Belichick, and everything must first go by his desk. Tebow doesn't pass the Belichick test.

Forget about hating Tebow. Belichick set the record straight there. But if Belichick truly likes Tebow, the Patriots' coach can prove it at any time by signing Tebow to a contract for next to nothing.
New York Jets Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Namath usually doesn't have many good things to say about his former team. So any time "Broadway Joe" offers a compliment to Gang Green, it becomes noteworthy.

Surprisingly, Namath offered praise this week for embattled Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez, who is a major target in New York. Sanchez led the NFL in turnovers the past two years and briefly lost his starting job late last season. Now, Sanchez is in a four-way competition in New York with fellow quarterbacks Geno Smith, Greg McElroy and Matt Simms. Many Jets fans want the team to hand the ball over to Smith, this year's second-round pick, in order to start a new era.

But Namath says pump the brakes on a quarterback change, because Sanchez is due for a good season.

“I know Sanchez is going to play better,” Namath said, according to the Associated Press. “He went through some major distractions last year. Now matter how much you say, ‘Oh, that doesn’t bother me, that’s not a focus breaker.’ I promise you you’ll see a different guy.”

Namath is referring to the immense distraction of Tim Tebow, who was recently released by the Jets. Sanchez did not respond well to “Tebowmania.” In fact, Sanchez regressed significantly last year.

It’s clear that Sanchez is not the long-term solution in New York, but Namath believes he’s the answer in 2013. Sanchez will make $8.25 million guaranteed this season and most likely will be released from his expensive contract after this season.

“As far as Sanchez goes, even if he’s not with the Jets, he’s going to play as long as he wants to,” Namath said of Sanchez's future. “He’s that good. As long as he stays healthy, he’ll be in the NFL.”
Now that the 2013 NFL draft is in the books, the New York Jets are undergoing a major makeover in their front office.

The latest report comes from Jason La Canfora of CBSSports.com, who reports New York will hire former Arizona Cardinals general manager Rod Graves to join the team's front office. New York also didn’t renew the contracts of former Jets assistant GM Scott Cohen and former director of football administration Ari Nassim this week, according to ESPNNewYork.com.

Changes to New York’s front office should not come as a surprise. First-year general manager John Idzik has made an immediate impact since joining the Jets. He started by cutting overpaid veterans to get under the salary cap. Then, Idzik made two major decisions: he traded star cornerback Darrelle Revis and cut popular backup quarterback Tim Tebow. Remaking the front office now is Idzik's next focus.

Graves brings a lot of experience to the Jets. He starting in the NFL in 1982 and worked with the Chicago Bears, Philadelphia Eagles and most recently the Cardinals.
New York Jets owner Woody Johnson is back in the spotlight after his team made a series of controversial quarterback moves. In the past couple of weeks, the Jets drafted West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith in the second round and released Tim Tebow, who was recently voted the most influential athlete by Forbes.com.

Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News caught up with Johnson in Philadelphia, and the owner addressed both quarterbacks. Johnson liked the pick of Smith and said the quarterback competition in New York is "going to be fun."

"He was the highest-rated player (left) on our board," Johnson said of his rookie quarterback. "I'm extremely happy to have him. ... Great body of work. He was a gifted athlete from Day 1. I guess they identified him very, very early when he was a little kid as being something special."

Johnson also talked about the decision to cut Tebow. The Jets initially wanted to trade Tebow for a 2013 draft pick but could not find a suitor. As a result, New York released the popular quarterback after the draft.

"It was something that didn't work," Johnson explained. "It didn't work for us. That doesn't mean it won't work somewhere else."

Johnson also added that he doesn't regret the Tebow trade last year with the Denver Broncos. The team just has to move forward.

"There's nothing bad about trying to make yourself better," Johnson said. "The fit obviously wasn't perfect or he'd still be here. ... A lot of decisions in football are not helpful. And you have to move on from those decisions."
The 2013 offseason is just about over with the NFL draft complete and free agency reaching a slow crawl.

With that in mind, let’s take a look at whose stock is rising and falling in the AFC East.

Falling

1. Tim Tebow, free-agent quarterback: Things are not looking good for Tebow’s NFL future. The popular backup quarterback was released by the New York Jets this week, and it’s questionable when he will get his next chance. Tebow didn’t get any trade interest with the Jets, and now we’re about to see if a team wants to sign him. Tebow simply isn’t a franchise quarterback and the distraction he brings is bigger than his talent. The CFL and Indoor Football League are both clamoring for Tebow, but he will most likely wait for his next shot in the NFL. But now there is talk that Tebow wouldn’t cut it in the CFL, either. Ouch!

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Robert Duyos/MCT/ZUMA PRESSRyan Tannehill could be on the run more during the 2013 season if the Dolphins fail to secure some veteran experience on the quarterback's blind side.
2. Miami Dolphins’ left tackle: The Dolphins on paper had another solid draft, which we will get to later. But they failed to fill their biggest need at left tackle. The Dolphins explored both free agency and the draft and came up empty handed. Second-year quarterback Ryan Tannehill has a lot of new toys at wide receiver and tight end, but he lost his blind-side protector when four-time Pro Bowler Jake Long signed with the St. Louis Rams. Talks with the Kansas City Chiefs for Branden Albert fell through, and now Miami is exploring options such as Bryant McKinnie, Eric Winston and Winston Justice. If the Dolphins can’t land a veteran, they will probably have to turn to 2012 second-round pick Jonathan Martin to play left tackle, which is a risky move.

3. Mark Sanchez, Jets quarterback: Despite a career-worst year in 2012, there was some optimism for New York’s incumbent starting quarterback. Sanchez has a new offensive coordinator under Marty Mornhinweg, 35-year old David Garrard was his biggest challenge and everyone knew Tebow was on his way out. But a lot of that optimism for Sanchez changed when the Jets drafted highly-touted quarterback Geno Smith in the second round. Smith is clearly the quarterback of the future, and he maybe the present if Sanchez struggles. Many believe Smith is the top quarterback in this draft. Fans will be clamoring for the rookie if the Jets lose a game or two early.

Rising

1. Dolphins’ pass rush: The Dolphins were looking for a defensive end to pair opposite Pro Bowler Cameron Wake, and they certainly found one in the draft. Miami traded up to No. 3 to take former Oregon defensive end Dion Jordan. He was the highest-rated defensive player in the draft and a tremendous athlete. Jordan first must learn to fit in Miami’s 4-3 defense. But once that happens, Jordan and Wake could provide headaches for opposing AFC East quarterbacks.

2. Buffalo Bills’ passing game: Despite the conventional train of thought that Buffalo could've drafted EJ Manuel in the second round, NFL people I’ve talked to this week understand why the Bills fell in love with the former Florida State quarterback. Manuel has a lot of things you look for in a quarterback and could pan out just fine if he’s coached well and puts it all together at the next level. Buffalo also improved its receiver position with the additions of rookies Robert Woods, Marquise Goodwin and Da’rick Rogers. All three rookies are talented and have a chance to make an impact with a group that already includes 1,000-yard receiver Steve Johnson.

3. Aaron Dobson, New England Patriots receiver: Dobson came from a small school but landed in the perfect place. Dobson, unlike most receivers drafted, gets to play with Hall of Fame quarterback Tom Brady. Dobson has very good speed and athleticism, which is why New England made him a second-round pick. Dobson also has a chance to make an immediate impact with the Patriots doing a complete makeover at the receiver position. Dobson will compete with Donald Jones and Michael Jenkins for a starting job with the Patriots. That’s a long way from Marshall.

The NFL future of former New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow remains cloudy. But Tebow could play in another league this year, such as the CFL, if he so desires. His rights have already been claimed by the Montreal Alouettes.

But would Tebow also be a major bust in the CFL? Former quarterback Warren Moon, who is well respected with Hall of Fame credentials, doesn't believe Tebow has what it takes to thrive in the league north of the border.

"If you can't throw the football, it doesn't matter where you play quarterback," Moon said. "You have to be able to throw it. That's his biggest problem, just being able to complete passes, be an accurate passer. I think he's a really good athlete playing the position, but I don't think that's enough sometimes."

Moon, who played in the CFL, brings up a good point: Other places like the CFL and Arena Football League are wide-open, high-scoring passing leagues. Tebow’s biggest weaknesses are his shoddy mechanics and throwing accuracy.

The more Tebow throws, the worse it is for him and his team. An NFL quarterback may need to throw 30 times a game to be successful. A CFL or Arena Football League quarterback may need to throw 40 to 60 times per game. It's hard to imagine Tebow thriving in that scenario, even against easier competition.

The best move for Tebow is to simply switch positions, the best way to prolong his football career. Tebow has the athleticism to play H-back, tight end, running back or special teams. Some teams would probably be interested if Tebow was more open-minded about a position change. But the more Tebow tries to be a throwing quarterback, the closer he gets to retirement.

Tebow would be wise to wait as long as possible for his next NFL shot. Going to the CFL right now would be a major risk. If Tebow fails in Canada, as Moon predicts, he may never make it back to the league where he won a playoff game as quarterback of the Denver Broncos.
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 quarterback 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. In the past 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
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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.
After Monday's release of Tim Tebow, the New York Jets have five quarterbacks on their roster. Other than second-round draft pick Geno Smith, no quarterback on the roster is guaranteed to be on the Week 1 roster.

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Allen Kee / ESPN ImagesGeno Smith has a shot at starting this season in New York.
So who in New York will stay and who will go?

Let's examine odds for the remaining quarterbacks.

No. 1: Geno Smith

Analysis: The Jets liked Smith so much in this draft that they considered the former West Virginia quarterback with the No. 13 overall pick in the first round. But New York took defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson instead. The Jets felt fortunate when Smith, widely regarded as the best quarterback in this draft, fell in their lap at No. 39. He is now the quarterback of the future and maybe the present. Although Smith’s role in 2013 is yet to be determined, he will be on New York’s 53-man roster.

Odds of staying: 100 percent

No. 2: Mark Sanchez

Analysis: It’s been a rough year for Sanchez. In March of 2012 he signed a $58.25 million contract extension with New York and things quickly went downhill. Sanchez had an awful 2012 campaign and was benched late in the season. However, Sanchez’s contract guarantees him $8.25 million this year. Cutting Sanchez would cost New York the guaranteed salary and a $12.35 million cap hit. There have been reports that the Jets are considering it, but I will believe it when I see it. It’s cheaper to let Sanchez play out the year, either as a starter or expensive backup. New York’s cap is too tight for the Jets to take that kind of hit.

Odds of staying: 75 percent

No. 3: David Garrard

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Mike Ehrmann/Getty ImagesDavid Garrard hasn't played for two seasons but would be a solid veteran presence.
Analysis: Garrard is a good fit for the Jets in a variety of ways. He has a lot of experience playing in a West Coast offense and can be a veteran leader for the group of quarterbacks on the field or from the sideline. Garrard hasn’t thrown a regular-season pass in two years, but he does have a chance to compete and should earn one of the three available roster spots if he can stay healthy.

Odds of staying: 70 percent

No. 4: Greg McElroy

Analysis: McElroy is a popular player among Jets fans. He’s smart and played winning football in college. But McElroy had his chance to play for the Jets last year after Sanchez was benched and didn't produce. McElroy is an OK option as a No. 3 quarterback, but the Jets do not need that right now. Barring injuries to other Jets quarterbacks, don't expect "Big Mac" to make the team.

Odds of staying: 15 percent

No. 5: Matt Simms

Analysis: Simms is the son of popular former New York Giants quarterback Phil Simms. But mostly he's a camp body. With so many quarterbacks on the roster, Simms has virtually no chance to make the Jets.

Odds of staying: Zero

Due to various reasons listed above, the three quarterbacks most likely to stick with the Jets in September are Smith, Sanchez and Garrard. That’s a competitive trio that the Jets would want to bring the best out of each other this season.

Cutting Tim Tebow was long overdue

April, 29, 2013
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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.

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