Originally written on In The Neutral Zone  |  Last updated 4/29/13
In a move that surprised no one, the Jets released Tim Tebow. So ends one of the most bizarre moments in Jets history. As many of you know I haven’t been shy about saying that getting Tebow was a mistake and while so many thought the Jets were getting a winner, it was clear that it rattled Mark Sanchez and that Tebow turned out to be anything but what his press clippings said he was as well. The talk of Tebow running a wildcat offense and Sanchez running a more traditional offense sounds like a lot of buzz that so called experts claimed it could work. Um yeah! It cost General Manager Mike Tannebaum his job, Offensive Coordinator Tony Sparano his job, Rex Ryan is playing for his job for next year and Tim Tebow is now released and Mark Sanchez is again looking over his shoulder and sees Geno Smith in the wings.Again when the move to obtain Tebow first happened the question was if Tebow was this big winner that his supporters claimed why was Elway so ready to rid himself of Tebow? Elway went and got Peyton Manning a legend yet had questions himself about his health (4 neck surgeries). What does that tell you about Tebow? Yes the media loved Tebow so much so that ESPN camped out for week in training camp in the Jets camp to talk up Tebow and how this would work. The only way it would truly work is if Sanchez wasn’t on the roster.As for what happens to Sanchez …he is here until another team takes part of his salary and the Jets pay the rest or play out the season and have Geno Smith learn from David Garrard. Someone will be willing to take a chance on Mark Sanchez at some point whether this season or next because it is about his play on the field. It is correctable. With Tebow it is much deeper than that, he likes the cameras to spread his gospel and has no shame in that. But his performance on the field isn’t as simple. He isn’t a good practice player, and unless you have a offense built for him he isn’t much use for you. Would it bother me if he was picked up by the Patriots? No he is at a cross roads in his career. Teams were and are interested in making him a tightend. He wants to be a quarterback. And he doesn’t want to reinvent himself in the CFL. So his options are limited. Very limited.It’s time that Tim Tebow have a come to grips meeting with himself and realize that to continue his career he is going to have to be willing to change is game to be able to have any future success. Otherwise he will be remembered as nice guy big name no game. The success Tebow had in Denver was a mirage. The defense held them in the game until either a field goal could make the difference in the game, the AFC West that season was lousy (look it up) and the fact that one game the Broncos got the benefit of call that tip the scales of them getting to the playoffs. They beat the Steelers, yes yet the Steelers were not ready but the patriots were and undressed the Tebow led Broncos and Tebow unraveled like an onion being peeled. All of that should have told the Jets to back off. But instead Woody saw this as a chance to sell PSLs and up stage the Knicks who were in the midst of Linsanity as well. Linsanity and Tebowmania running wild in New York picture that. Neither one survived in New York. The Jets did finally part ways with Tebow but the damage was done. What will become of Tim Tebow will have as much to do with his own self assesment of what he needs to do as much as the opportunity that awaits him next.
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