Is Tim Tebow finished in the NFL?

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    Dec 19, 2012 3:23 PM GMT
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    New York Jets Coach Rex Ryan, with his team’s season in the dumpster, announced Tuesday that he was benching his starter, ending the weekly Mark Sanchez Follies, and promoting a backup.

    But the backup who will step up Sunday against the San Diego Chargers is Greg McElroy, who leapfrogged the guy who was brought in with such fanfare last spring.

    New York Jets Coach Rex Ryan, with his team’s season in the dumpster, announced Tuesday that he was benching his starter, ending the weekly Mark Sanchez Follies, and promoting a backup.

    But the backup who will step up Sunday against the San Diego Chargers is Greg McElroy, who leapfrogged the guy who was brought in with such fanfare last spring.

    You remember him. Guy by the name of Tim Tebow. Great big billboard welcoming him to New York/New Jersey. Even bigger introductory press conference. Tebow was ready to play and got himself even more ready, bulking up and preparing to play in the Wildcat, even as he reminded people “I’m a quarterback.” Now, though, is he really? And is he going to remain an NFL quarterback?

    It seemed odd last season, after Tebow led the Denver Broncos on their incredible run and sparked Tebowmania, that Broncos management in the person of John Elway was so lukewarm on him. What did Elway see in Tebow that led him to say only that Tebow had earned the right to be the starting QB going into training camp after leading the team into the playoffs? Was it a locker-room issue that led Elway to jump at the chance to ship Tebow to the East Coast?

    The passage of time and the success of the 2012 Broncos has led some players to talk about that 2011 ride with Tebow. The Broncos are much better now (11-3 with nine straight wins, compared with last season’s 8-8 finish) behind Peyton Manning. ”When Tim was here we saw the issues up close,” a Broncos player who requested anonymity told CBS Sports.com’s Mike Freeman earlier this month. “The Jets didn’t, and now they are seeing the problems, too. … I feel really, really bad for Tim. He’s a good person, just not an NFL quarterback.”

    New York Jets Coach Rex Ryan, with his team’s season in the dumpster, announced Tuesday that he was benching his starter, ending the weekly Mark Sanchez Follies, and promoting a backup.

    But the backup who will step up Sunday against the San Diego Chargers is Greg McElroy, who leapfrogged the guy who was brought in with such fanfare last spring.

    Another Broncos player couldn’t help but compare Tebow to Manning, an impossible measuring stick for any quarterback. ”Of course we’re comparing this year to last year,” the player told Freeman. “This year we won the division with four games left. That’s all Peyton Manning. If Tebow was here, we’d still be squeaking out wins, or losing games we shouldn’t be losing. The division would be coming down to the last game.

    “I’ve been following Tim in New York and I feel horrible for him. Everyone here, I think, wants the best for him. He’s a good guy. But you can’t turn Tim into something he’s not, and he’s not really an NFL quarterback. He’s more of a gimmick player.”

    Freeman reported Tuesday, after Ryan announced that he was going with McElroy, that Tebow feels misled by the Jets, and ESPN New York’s Ian O’Connor writes that he has good reason to feel that way. Owner Woody Johnson brought him in to sell tickets and Ryan “royally hosed a player like few coaches ever have,” O’Connor says.

    The Jets used Tebow, and then abused him. They used him to sell tickets and PSLs and to steal a few more headlines from the local big-boy franchise that had just won another Super Bowl title.

    Tebow owns 16 career starts and a 9-7 record over his previous two seasons, including 1-1 in the playoffs. How is he less qualified to face San Diego than McElroy, who has one moderately successful relief appearance behind him and who has eternal backup written all over him?

    ESPN New York’s Rich Cimini thinks Ryan made the right call to go with McElroy over Tebow. The Jets, he writes, “know what Tebow is; he’s not their future.” Still, it has to be tough for Tebow to swallow.

    Technically, he’s the No. 2 quarterback. He got passed over in favor of a second-year quarterback whose NFL resume consists of seven passes. Tebow waited patiently all season, never making a fuss about his lack of playing time. Man, did the Jets sell him a bill of goods or what? Only the Jets could bench the starting QB and upset the backup.

    Where does Tebow, one of the NFL’s most popular athletes, go from here? The New York Daily News reports that he will ask to be released or traded after the season, but teams weren’t exactly queuing up for his services last spring. Does he go to the CFL, a league where passing is even more critical than in the NFL? He could join the Montreal Alouettes, who hold his rights, and work on his game with the hope of returning to the U.S. sport. All we know for sure, as Jeff Darlington of NFL.com points out, is that it’s a really bad idea to write Tim Tebow off.

    A high school coach at Trinity Christian in 2003 once told Tebow he couldn’t compete for the quarterback job, just as the Jets also did Tuesday. And we all know how that worked out.
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    Dec 20, 2012 12:52 AM GMT
    "Only the Jets could bench the starting QB and upset the backup."

    That sums it up right there.

    I like Tebow. LOVE TEBOW, actually. Cause he's HAWT! Is he an NFL Quarterback....I do not have that answer.
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    Dec 20, 2012 1:41 AM GMT
    Tebow is a douche. However, I'm sure he's not finished up in the NFL because his brand identity is strong.
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    Dec 20, 2012 4:22 AM GMT
    Special teams, baby! A team can never have too many punt protectors! icon_razz.gif
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    Dec 20, 2012 4:26 AM GMT
    He's probably not done. He's too much of a celebrity. Some coach will want him.
  • HndsmKansan

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    Dec 20, 2012 4:28 AM GMT
    Not at all... he's like a plant that was thriving because it was in the right environment. He's been moved and there isn't enough "light".

    He'll be put back in the right place eventually...LOL
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    Dec 20, 2012 4:30 AM GMT
    DudeInNOVA saidHe's probably not done. He's too much of a celebrity. Some coach will want him.


    Ding goes the bell. Look at Favre- it wasn't 'til that sexting scandal that he was thrown out of the NFL and he was fartin' dust when that happened. Manning's also on the down and out.
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    Dec 20, 2012 5:12 PM GMT
    I feel like he has the looks and the heart of a football player he wants to win he loves god but I've heard hes un coachable that what may have worked in Florida doesn't nesscarliy work in the NFL. And honestly as great of a guy as he is He also causes a lot of hype that sometimes focus too much on him and not the rest of the team I hate to say this but Tebow has kinda become a icon/laughing stock of the NFL. He fills seats hes something to watch he gets people to open up about their own faith while Tebowing. But I do I see him as a NFL QB in the future? No I think hes better then that he should be a preacher or a role model for big a brother kids program help kids maybe coach or maybe another sport something. The NFL its about money and if a team is winning or not its another monster in itself. But hes been thrown around a lot and beat down by my broncos and all that to then being traded to the Jets who wont even start him and they want to put him as punt a returner. Then to add injury to insult the jets bench their starting QB mark Sanchez and start a 3rd string QB over him its kinda sad. Unless Tebow wants to switch postions like a Linebacker or full back and can be open minded in the NFL I just don't see him being around much longer if anything he fills seats and brings a media frenzy to where ever he goes. I hope Tebow finds his true calling in life.
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    Dec 20, 2012 5:14 PM GMT
    Hes done some great things not saying he cant play football he led denver to the playoffs but maybe he should be a porn star or model or something.. Just saying icon_lol.gif
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    Dec 20, 2012 5:18 PM GMT
    When you exist within our own, self-anointed divine appointment, you've little room for even obvious improvement.

  • irishkcguy

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    Dec 20, 2012 5:31 PM GMT
    If Tebow possesses the ability to bury his own ego and decide helping a team win is more important than him playing quarterback he may have a career in the NFL. He's not going to be a QB in the NFL -- so far both John Elway and Rex Ryan have thrown him under the bus. But he's a versatile athlete that a creative OC could utilize well. It all comes down to Tebow and whether or not he is willing to give up being the QB.
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    Dec 20, 2012 5:34 PM GMT
    GAMRican saidTebow is a douche. However, I'm sure he's not finished up in the NFL because his brand identity is strong.


    No YOU are a douche!

    The team that puts their faith in Tebow and gives him a 2nd chance to start in the NFL at QB will be richly rewarded. Tebow has never been, nor will he ever be a conventional-type quarterback. What he is though is a Heisman-Trophy-winning, Two-Time National Championship, lifted the Broncos from this 1-4 abyss of 2011 to their first playoff berth in nearly a decade QUARTERBACK. Tebow's NFL story is not over --- not by a long shot.
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    Dec 20, 2012 5:38 PM GMT
    Perhaps he could get a starting QB position in the CFL and build up his performance to the NFL level. He needs more QB experience to get better and this year he really had no chance to improve.
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    Dec 20, 2012 6:10 PM GMT
    Only reason I'm not so sure about CFL is that dang field is so much wider and longer. His accuracy would be tested even more, I'd imagine.

    He'd be a boon for Arena Football, though!
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    Dec 20, 2012 7:18 PM GMT
    GAMRican saidTebow is a douche. However, I'm sure he's not finished up in the NFL because his brand identity is strong.


    First, I have to say that this comment is just uncalled for. Tebow has done nothing but want to be successful at his job and help others. If your "douche" comment is tied to his religious beliefs and affiliations, then I challenge you to provide direct evidence to him ever saying anything that's harmful or derogatory..about anyone. Allen, you know I love you, but I cannot agree with your comment.


    Secondly, this man is destined for SOMETHING. It may not be the NFL Hall of Fame. It may not be a starting job with any franchise. But, it's SOMETHING. Here's a man who has the attention of a nation, and possibly more, for what reasons? People are interested in him. Tim isn't the first player in pro sports to make a big impact at the high school/college level, then not make it in the pros. But, people are still riveted on him and he continues to hog headlines. And it's not because he's trying to hog the headlines, ala T.O. or Deion. At the same time, he's not necessarily famous for being famous or for hanging out with the "in" crowd. Part of it is that he's amassed a huge following because he's also amassed a huge crowd of naysayers. Alot of these naysayers came about because of his religious expressions (note that I said expressions and not beliefs). He just might be the most polarizing figure outside of Obama. But, people are drawn to him for one reason or another and that's not a mistake. It's not intentional either.
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    Dec 20, 2012 7:22 PM GMT
    I think we all know along with the rest of America that Rex Ryan is a complete idiot. Why draft a backup qb, never use him and when you finally do use him and he doesn't perform on a level of a 2-3 times superbowl MVP QB you want to get rid of him and get another backup qb. How about the Jets replace Ryan, start Tebow so he can actually grow as a QB because he is damn sure better than Sanchez.
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    Dec 21, 2012 2:44 AM GMT
    There are a lot of crappy backup QBs in the NFL. Tebow is surely an upgrade for some teams, with some upside if the kid ever gets a chance to practice
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    Dec 21, 2012 2:47 AM GMT
    I read a week ago that the Patriots were looking/interested in Tebow...I am very torn over that decision
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    Dec 21, 2012 5:05 AM GMT
    well Tom brady is hurt do the pats really need Tebow though? Does he need to join the Evil empire of football
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    Dec 21, 2012 5:18 AM GMT
    I'd be into Tebow in NE. Belichick had been interested in him as a WR, but sure let him compete with Mallet
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    Dec 21, 2012 5:40 AM GMT
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    GAMRican saidTebow is a douche. However, I'm sure he's not finished up in the NFL because his brand identity is strong.


    First, I have to say that this comment is just uncalled for. Tebow has done nothing but want to be successful at his job and help others. If your "douche" comment is tied to his religious beliefs and affiliations, then I challenge you to provide direct evidence to him ever saying anything that's harmful or derogatory..about anyone.


    Hell hath no fury like a Tebow fanboy scorned. Tebow lovers need to wipe their vaginas dry and relax.

    What's the big deal? If Tebow is good enough he'll get his chance. Fun fact: Tom Brady was drafted #199 (!) and began his career as a 4th string QB. Tebow, like Brady, has plenty of time to make fools of his naysayers.

    I doubt he will. In Denver he had some good wins over mediocre teams, but the minute he ran into Brady's Patriots all that came crashing down, followed by two more horrifically embarassing (and seemingly career-ending) losses that his fanboys conveniently forgot. Those games showed his style of play is clearly incapable to adjusting to the NFL's upper echelon, and I can only assume the Broncos and Jets saw this confirmed in practices and meetings.

    As far as his head-scratching popularity with some gays, yes he's derpy-meathead-looking which I guess is some dudes' cup of tea, but his Focus on the Family association is disqualifying. The whole "but he didn't say anything specifically derogatory" is a lame excuse that didn't work for the Nazis at Nuremberg and still doesn't. Birds of a feather flock together.

    But Tebow is filthy rich and beloved in Florida, in the anti-abortion/anti-gay Christian right, and in the hearts of confused gay dudes, so he'll be fine whatever happens.
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    Dec 21, 2012 5:43 AM GMT
    When he was in Broncos, Jets and Jaguars were both interested in him. Rumors has it that Jaguars are looking into him again.
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    Dec 21, 2012 5:45 AM GMT
    Broncosfan88 saidHes done some great things not saying he cant play football he led denver to the playoffs but maybe he should be a porn star or model or something.. Just saying icon_lol.gif
    Porn star?...from yo mouth to God's ear.....
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    Dec 21, 2012 7:29 AM GMT
    Hey just saying Hes hot ok if hes looking for another career he could look into modeling like he did with jockey or a jokingly and highly unlikely a porn star you could call the porno teboned just saying alittle humor there dont get offended
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    Dec 21, 2012 7:33 AM GMT
    Broncosfan88 saidHey just saying Hes hot ok if hes looking for another career he could look into modeling like he did with jockey or a jokingly and highly unlikely a porn star you could call the porno teboned just saying alittle humor there dont get offended


    I swear such tebowning exists.