The team acknowledged that the one-year experiment failed in letting the popular – yet polarizing – backup QB go. Head coach Rex Ryan said as much:
“We have a great deal of respect for Tim Tebow. Unfortunately, things did not work out the way we all had hoped. Tim is an extremely hard worker, evident by the shape he came back in this offseason. We wish him the best moving forward.”
Now that Tebow has been released, he should set his sights on the Jacksonville Jaguars starting quarterback job.
I mean let’s face it, I don’t think Blaine Gabbert is making people in Jacksonville think that he is the franchise QB he was brought in to be. If Gabbert is the answer, then what the hell is the question?
Look at Gabbert’s career stats for a minute. In his 2011 rookie season he threw 12 touchdowns and 11 interceptions, with a passer rating of 65.4. He lost five fumbles, accounting for 16 of his teams’ turnovers. Last season he was A LITTLE better (despite playing in 10 games), throwing nine touchdowns and six interceptions, with a passer rating of 77.4.
Now in Tebow’s only season as a starting quarterback in Denver, he passed for 12 touchdowns and only six interceptions – along with a 72.9 passer rating. He also rushed for 660 yards and six touchdowns. He accounted for a big portion of his team’s offensive production.
Look, I’m not saying Tebow is the second coming of Johnny Unitas or Dan Marino. I’m just saying that Tebow would be a marked improvement over Gabbert. Could you imagine the type of run-heavy offense if Tebow was starting for Jacksonville? He could use Maurice Jones-Drew in the similar read-option offense that has helped Colin Kaepernick and Robert Griffin III. That would free up the passing game with defenders keying on Tebow and Jones-Drew running the ball.
In case you forgot how effective Tebow could be, check this out:
Yeah, this Steelers fan STILL has nightmares over this. I would be in a state of denial if ESPN didn’t show that highlight a thousand times.
Oh and speaking of ESPN, I would LOVE to see First Take’s Skip Bayless’ reaction over the news of Tebow’s release. My guess is he would either be sad and somber or jumping up and down in his chair ranting and raving over how Tebow was mistreated and how he could still play in this league – all while professing his love for Tebow.
My money is on the latter.