Tomorrow Timothy Richard Tebow will wake and face the day no differently from millions of other Americans.
Unemployed and looking for work.
After the horrendous New York Jets drafted Geno Smith they found themselves with half-a-dozen quarterbacks on their roster. So they cut Tim Tebow and put ESPN into crisis mode with round-the-clock coverage with updates from all 32 teams where reporters pestered puzzled general managers and coaches about how soon they would be flying Tebow in for a visit.
The headline from CBS Sports wondered, “Where will Tim Tebow play now that the Jets have set him free?”
The answer is, Canada or nowhere.
This day was long anticipated and now that it is here, I don’t know why anyone would be surprised. Tim Tebow may be a God’s favorite son not named Jesus, but he sucks as a quarterback. I specify “quarterback” because if he were willing to convert to a tight end or fullback, Tebow might be able to play in the NFL. But as someone to lead a team as a quarterback, nobody wants to be bothered with the Tim Tebow Show coming to their town.
If Tebow wants to be mad at anyone he should be mad at his own rabid fan base and ESPN which has swung on his nutsack since he came over from his glory days as a Heisman Trophy winner. He wouldn’t be the first stud whose game in college didn’t translate to the pros, but the bread and circuses that follows Tebow wherever he goes makes him unemployable in the NFL.
Tebow’s presence sucks up all the oxygen in the room. The sports media led by ESPN’s fawning over all things Tebow is a constant distraction and divides locker rooms. Tebow can throw a bit, run a little bit better and win just enough to instantly becomes the biggest star on any team.
And for what? Last year in a 34-0 skunking of the Jets by the 49ers, I watched with amusement as Terrible Tim loped onto the field and accomplished the following: A 1-yard run, and he had a 9-yard completion that resulted in a lost fumble. The mystery isn’t why Tebow is likely over and out as far as the NFL is concerned now that the Jets and Broncos have given up on him. The real mystery is how he suckered two teams into thinking he could ball?
Tebow is an imposter. He’s been impersonating a professional football quarterback. He isn’t. He wasn’t. He never will be. He can’t read defenses. He can’t check down to a second or third receiver when he can’t find his first. He can’t even make plays with his feet when his suspect arm fails him as it usually does.
The hype and hysteria that follows Tebow is what now makes him an unwanted commodity in a league where the fall-off from first-string to second and third-string quarterback is drastic. Most of the 32 teams carry three QB’s over the grind of a NFL season. That’s 96 potential job openings and what’s it say about Tebow that he isn’t good enough for one of them?
In one way it’s nobody’s fault but Tebow he’s joined the long list of unemployed players looking for a job. His fans act as if the Chosen One is owed a job in the NFL and his enablers at ESPN have done nothing to discourage that ridiculous notion. Because he’s a good Christian and God-fearing soldier for Christ, Tebow has become a cause for conservatives, but most NFL teams don’t choose their field generals based upon how much support they have from The 700 Club crowd. Production is still the bottom line and Tebow didn’t get it done.
His fans will cry and weep and gnash their teeth that Tebow wasn’t given a fair chance which is utter bullshit. He was given ample chances on the field to make plays and didn’t. They will say Tim just wants to play. That isn’t true. When the Jets gave Tebow’s agent permission to shop around for a new NFL home, the handful of interested teams said, “Sure.” Providing he was willing to change positions to tight end, but Tebow wants to play quarterback or nothing.
Looks like nothing won.
Tebow posted a message to his two millions Facebook fans, “Proverbs 3:5-6: Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.”
- Twitter Reacts to Tim Tebow Cut from New York Jets (bleacherreport.com)
- NFL Rumors: Tim Tebow could make sense for the Chicago Bears (thepigskinreport.com)
- Tim Tebow Released By New York Jets (beforethesnap.com)