Tim Tebow and the New York Jets have a strange relationship. He took the Denver Broncos to the NFL playoffs two seasons ago, but then Denver signed Peyton Manning. As a result, they traded Tebow to the New York Jets, a team that never used him despite changing quarterbacks three times during the 2012 season. Now, with his future uncertain, former San Francisco 49ers quarterback said Tebow brings nothing to the team and that New York needs to release him now.
Garcia said in an interview with USA Today that Tim Tebow was nothing but a distraction for the New York Jets in 2012 and he will be the same in 2013. Tebow joins Mark Sanchez, David Garrard and Greg McElroy on the Jets’ roster, but Garcia doesn’t believe that Tebow has a chance to win the starting job.
“It’s their decision, but from an outsider looking in, having Tebow there doesn’t bring anything positive,” Sanchez said. “It just brings distraction. For Mark, the main competition is going to be David Garrard and Greg McElroy.”
This really doesn’t seem fair at all to Tim Tebow, who really just wants a chance to compete. He does not have a quality NFL arm, but he proved in Denver that he could win game. He took them to the playoffs and beat the Pittsburgh Steelers while he was there. If fans remember right, John Elway had horrible passing numbers as a young quarterback as well, but with patience he learned and became a star.
A more similar comparison to Tebow comes in the form of former Buffalo Bills’ quarterback Doug Flutie. He played in the Canadian Football League because NFL teams felt he was too small. He ended up as the best quarterback to ever play in Canada. He finally got a chance to come to the NFL and ended up playing very well for the Bills. However, no matter how good he did, Buffalo was always looking for someone bigger, someone better.
“You bet I’m rooting for him,” Doug Flutie said in an interview with Sports Illustrated in 2011. “I get so frustrated at all the skeptics who want to bury the kid before he’s even had a fair chance. The NFL wants to fit everybody into this cookie-cutter mold. You have to be a certain height, a certain weight, you have to play a certain way. If you don’t fit into that, they assume you can’t win games.”
Whether or not Tim Tebow ever gets a chance is anyone’s guess, but it doesn’t look like it will be with the New York Jets. It doesn’t matter Jeff Garcia’s reasoning, but he is right about one thing. It’s time the Jets let Tebow go.