When Tim Tebow arrived at the New York Jets training facility Monday morning, he was told that he was no longer needed. When the Jets acquired Geno Smith in the NFL draft last Friday, he may have seen the handwriting on the wall.
In the 2012 season Tebow threw only 8 passes for 39 yards and rushed 32 times for 102 yards. Insiders reported that he was never a part of the plan for the 2013 season.
In 2011 the Heisman Trophy winner led the Broncos to the playoffs. He was traded to the Jets when Denver acquired Peyton Manning.
“We have a great deal of respect for Tim Tebow,” Coach Rex Ryan said in a statement. “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.”
I was never a Tebow fan, but the Jets showed little concern for the young man’s future. If they had made an effort to trade him earlier in the spring, he may have found a team that could have used his services. Now, with the free agency season and the NFL draft completed, it is unlikely that any team will hire him as a quarterback.
The big question for New York is “where does this leave Mark Sanchez”? Sanchez was unimpressive in 2012. He is an immobile quarterback who often makes bad decisions. Acquiring Geno Smith will force Sanchez to work very hard to retain his starting position. The NFL has seen a trend for a new style of quarterback with proven success by Russell Wilson, Robert Griffin III, and Colin Kaepernick.
Columnist-The Guardian Express