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.

James Walker | email

ESPN Miami Dolphins reporter

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