For some reason the New York Jets decided to have a conference call with fans this past week featuring new GM John Idzik and Head Coach Rex Ryan. Not surprisingly there was a question about TIM TEBOW that was responded to in a manner that hinted he could remain on the team next season. Shame on Idzik for not answering the question “We don’t want Tebow. Nobody wants to trade for Tebow so we are going to have to cut Tebow…and there goes any small percentage of trade leverage we had.” By giving the only answer he had a choice to give, a non-answer, he spawned articles like this from Ian Rapoport at NFL.com and a slew of others arguing for the Jets to keep Tebow. Um, what?
Everything the New York Jets do should be with 2014 and beyond in mind. You just hired Marty Mornhinweg to be your offensive coordinator to help implement an offense that can function in the 21st century of the NFL and now you are bringing the Tebow circus back to town for another summer?
Don’t let anybody fool you, the media parade around Tebow isn’t going anywhere, particularly if he stays in New York. Do the Jets want another summer of ESPN daily attendance, fictitious Daily News headlines and endless questioning of Tebow’s role? Tebow isn’t bring you the read option quarterback you are seeing around the NFL. He isn’t Colin Kapernick. He isn’t Russell Wilson. He isn’t Cam Newton. He doesn’t even belong in that discussion. We saw what a disaster part time use of Tebow was last year and if you hand off the offense to him fully, you are stuck running an outdated offense based on a run-heavy approach with no proven running backs currently on the roster.
Tebow can’t play in Mornhinweg’s normal offense. There is no evidence of him ever successfully operating 3 and 5 step drops, while consistently hitting timing and option routes. You think Mark Sanchez is inaccurate? Tebow was lucky to complete 50% of his passes in the high school offense Denver built around him in 2011, what do you think he’d complete in a version of the West Coast offense?
Here is the part where you say, but how can they keep Mark Sanchez? DID YOU SEE HIM PLAY LAST YEAR? They are keeping Mark Sanchez because of the 8 million dollars they owe him this season. Putting that aside, he has shown his NFL ceiling to be higher than Tebow and there is a chance he will have trade value after this season if he puts together a moderately competent year. Yes, I know most Jets fans and Tebow fans like to act like parts of 2009-2011 didn’t happen and love to reference Tebow leading the 8-8 Broncos to a home playoff win over the mighty Pittsburgh Steelers in the Wild-Card round in overtime. That victory…Tebow’s peak? Doesn’t hold a candle to Sanchez’s 2010 season and his road victory over a 14-2 New England team in the Divisional Round. Sanchez’s value league wide is still higher than Tebow, despite his abysmal 2012.
The Jets don’t need a player with backup capabilities who has the media following of the best player in the NFL. They don’t need the awkward substitutions at quarterback for the 3.2 yards per carry. They don’t need to waste reps in their quarterback competition this summer on rotating Tebow through. We’ve seen this movie in 2012. Learn from your mistakes.
You want to recruit a decent free agent to compete with Sanchez? David Garrard, Matt Moore or Chase Daniel? Those guys are taking the next offer from another team because they aren’t going to want to deal with the Tebow circus, just like Drew Stanton didn’t want to last year. You want a mid-round quarterback who you draft to get some work this season? Don’t bury him behind Tebow on the depth chart. You want to implement a 21st century offense with your new offensive coordinator? Let him teach the offense without having to craft a sideshow offense for a quarterback with a 48% completion percentage who averaged 3.2 yards per carry last year.
Keeping Tebow on this team is running in the mud. You want a fresh start at quarterback in 2014, then don’t keep extra quarterbacks on the team from 2012. Don’t muddle things further by dragging on the Sanchez-Tebow fiasco another full season. You are keeping one mediocre quarterback because you have to, don’t keep two for no reason.