Posted April 29, 2013

Tim Tebow waived by New York Jets

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Tim Tebow was waived by the New York Jets. (Getty Images)

The inevitable move finally happened: the New York Jets have waived quarterback Tim Tebow, who was informed of the decision Monday morning after reporting to workouts.

It has only been 15 months since Tebow led the Denver Broncos to a Wild Card win over the Pittsburgh Steelers. But many have questioned whether Tebow is starting NFL quarterback material, and the Jets hurt his chances by releasing him after free agency and the draft.

The Jets drafted West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith with the eighth pick in the second round of the NFL Draft on Friday and were carrying six QBs on the roster, including Mark Sanchez, former Jaguars quarterback David Garrard and Greg McElroy. Parting ways with Tebow brings the Jets down to five QBs.

Earlier reports suggest the Jets intend on keeping Sanchez at least into the preseason.

After the Broncos traded Tebow last year to the Jets, he put up a poor performance for New York, attempting only eight total passes while averaging 3.2 yards per carry. Rex Ryan gave his rookie QB McElroy chances over Tebow, while using Tebow sparingly out of the wildcat and in punt protection formations.

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Ryan had kind words to say about Tebow following the release. Via ProFootballTalk:

“We have a great deal of respect for Tim Tebow,” Jets coach Rex Ryan said in a release.  “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.”


133 comments
DCs
DCs

LOL... im not a sports guy. I was just trollin..... I agree that his religious probably has no barring on the decision to get rid of him. If he were a super star they would put up with anything he did to keep him on the team. Cheers!

DCs
DCs

He got canned because he espouses his religious beliefs... it's religious persecution for sure

matt37
matt37

Over 50 players got cut in the NFL the same day as Tebow did.  I don't hear a telethon for them.  Life, and especially the NFL, aint' fair.  It he can play, he'll land on a team.  If he can't, he won't.  It's not rocket science.

 

And for all those that want to say "but he's a winner", you're conveniently forgetting that he lost 4 of his last 5 games. Over 5 games, he completed 42% of his passes.  Threw 7tds, 5 ints and had 4 fumbles.  Went 6-22 vs the Chiefs.  9-26 vs the Pats.  It was a nice story.  He seems like a genuinely good kid.  He seems to be a great teammate and a hard worker.  But the 32 people that get paid to run NFL teams seem to have indicated that he's just not good enough. (I know, "but but but".......)

Holden
Holden

Winning isn't everything, you know...these coaches go to league-wide meetings where they have to face all the other coaches...and the last thing they want to face is the embarrassment over having a quarterback who can't complete 65% of his passes in the regular season!  All one had to do to realize this was to look at the faces of John Elway and John Fox, as Tebow took their 1-4 team and, not only led the Broncos to the playoffs but stunned the Steelers with over 300 yards passing and two touchdowns.

 

They tried SO hard to set him up for failure...and he succeeded, nonetheless.  Have you ANY idea how distracting extra games are at the end of the season?  Teams have to pay vendors, parking lot attendants, security...the list goes on and on.  I know the team stores couldn't keep Tebow gear in stock...how inconvenient!

 

All this should have been enough for the Jets, whose mere existence is ample embarrassment, not to acquire Tebow.  Then, instead of immediately realizing their mistake, they Jets exacerbated it by actually PLAYING him!  What could Ryan have been thinking?!?  By some reports, Tebow threw EIGHT passes, last season!!  Clearly, the Jets should have known that Tebow can't throw.  By playing Tebow so extensively, they threw away a season AND proved the Broncos right, when they held their fire sale for him.

 

Just as the broncos rued the day that they demoted fireballer Kyle Orton (career 65% passer) for a guy who, if it weren't for total LUCK, wouldn't have even made it in college, so the Jets proved that at least someone in the organization has a brain in his head.  I haven't mentioned Tebow's religion...yet.  We could have avoided this entire subject had Timmy's mother just agreed to abort him, as doctors urged her to do...hence, why I urge all progressive New Yorkers to contribute to the defense fund of "Dr." Gosnell, who has done his best to rid us of "Problem fetuses," such as Tebow.

 

Yep, I miss the days of Jeff George, Tim Couch and so many other quarterbacks who could really throw the pigskin.  The NFL has no room for "rah-rah" guys who believe in Jesus.

rossi46
rossi46

Do you figure that he gets down on one knee everytime he makes it to the stadium, or home, or though a stop light?

I am agnostic, but I am pretty sure that he is a fraud.

Good thing about Tebow is that now I can really hate on Peyton.  Tebow wins a playoff game with that team and the greatest regular season QB ever can't, guess that is why he is the greatest regular season QB ever : )

pacoNmartinez
pacoNmartinez

What did the JETS want Tebow for in the first place?? What did they give him 30 plays in 16 games? And at the end of a horrible season (Sackchez's offense was 30th out of 32 teams), they didn't even put Tebow in the last game. Where was the harm to come if Tebow had pulled out  a win?

Everybody is positively frustrated that this great athlete, falsely labelled as 'he can't pass'  Tim Tebow on the side line as if he was medically unable to play?!  One final note for you CRITICS.  I heard Fred Astaire talk about his 1st screen test. The "CRITIC" said, QUOTE "He can't act......he can't sing.........he can dance........a little." LOL Put THAT in your pipe and smoke it, critics.

pacoNmartinez
pacoNmartinez

Can YOU believe those M-O-R-O-N-S ??!!  They had a great athlete, a Heisman trophy winner (as a sophomore) and a hard working, dedicated player. I believe Rex Ryan had an apriori against Tebow: he's different, he can't possible pass AND run. Well, we will see who has the intelligence and fortuitousness to pickup the young, basically untested q.b. Tim fits in EVERYWHERE: Patriots as a fullback / tight end; Eagles and their run and shoot / read option / or whatever;  We WILL see won't we? WHY did the Jets bother to bring in Tebow only to give him about 9 plays in 16 games?

Summertime
Summertime

Tim Tebow was a great college QB and is a phenomenal athlete, everybody knows this and that's great. However, he does not have the fundamentals to be a starting QB in the NFL. The numbers speak for themselves. He is a great leader and offers a lot of inspiration, it's great he so open about his Christianity. However, the NFL is a job and just like any other JOB it doesn't matter how you good you were in the past, it doesn't matter what you think you can do, it matters how you perform today.. NOW, tomorrow, and moving forward. He does not have the skills to compete as a starting NFL QB.

Vinny Cordoba
Vinny Cordoba

All you haterz just keep on hatin' cause he's still a CLEAN and CLASSY player. LOL jealous much losers? LMFAO!

SephirothDZX
SephirothDZX

Everyone says Denver's defense was the reason Tebow made to the playoffs and won. Yet that defense finished the year ranked 25th in the league with 6 games against the weakest division in football that year and got lit up by both Green Bay and New England. Tebow wasn't THAT great but neither was that Denver defense that couldn't hold up long enough to give Peyton Manning a win.

 

I still think Tebow could be a decent quarterback in the NFL, good enough to win you some games, if he could get on a team that actually wants to commit to him. He's not nor will he ever be the prettiest quarterback in the league but he finds ways to win games, and I'd take that over the Kevin Kolbs/Ryan Fitzpatricks/Carson Palmers of the world who are mechanically better but can't win a game to save their life.

JasonMacBride
JasonMacBride

For all the GMN wannabes on here who know Timmy is such a fine player, why is it NO TEAM, not even one, was willing to put up a draft choice to get him? Admit it, they aren't all wrong. 

colonial1
colonial1

I just cannot understand the Tebow hate. Since the day this kid left the GATORS everyone has been down and profoundly negative about him. Why? He's proven he can play and win at the NFL level, so why all the hate? Yes, his playing style isn't the most text book in the world but I'm sure if a team and a good position coach got behind him he would definitely become an outstanding quarterback. I'm a complete atheist - but I can't help but think that a lot of the Tebow hate is driven by his very open Christianity; or am I just being paranoid? Anyhow, I hope my boys the RAIDERS pick him up and get behind him because we desperately need something or someone to light a fire under our moribund team.

Dr. P.
Dr. P.

How is this even news?  Everybody saw this coming the second he got to the Jets.

tularocstar
tularocstar

It goes to show that liberals and the anti-Christ establishment (NFL) don't like any player who praises God and/or become more popular than they--in his first year! Tim Tebow is a fine individual and a good QB, but the liberals advertisers and the Satan seeds are out to destroy his career, because he's a Christian! It is truly sad--especially for the Jets! It's also interesting that if a player (regardless of sport) comes out of the closet as Gay (i.e. Jason Collins), he's praised and gets put on the cover of magazines! This is what our country has become!

matt37
matt37

 @DCs You can be a drug user, wife beater, animal abuser, pedestrian killer in the NFL:  if you can play, you play.  Saint Timmy got cut because he's the worst QB in the last 10 years.  His "fans" like you sure don't help his case.

Holden
Holden

 @matt37 So, Matt, let's forget about rattling off SIX STRAIGHT WINS...just point to the negatives...it surely helps your argument, doesn't it?  Did you know that MLB's home run king, Barry Bonds, also holds the record for most strikeouts?  WHAT were the Pirates and Giants THINKING when they signed this guy?!?

 

So far, a first-year starter has a better playoff record at Mile High than Peyton...and Peyton's team was VASTLY better than the 1-4 team Tebow was handed...and after that, Von Miller broke his hand and Brandon Lloyd was moved.  The Broncos staff had LITTLE time in which to create a game plan and STILL the Broncos won. 

 

All your stats can't erase the amazing feelings we all had, walking out of the stadium...even after LOSSES.  The team was a TEAM again, not just an assemblage of football players.

 

Look, a full THIRD of all NFL teams are clueless.  They don't draft well, lose any good players they get and seldom, if ever, make the playoffs.  Tebow's Broncos had a mediocre defense and the offense got Orton (65% career completions) shipped out of town.  HE was the ONLY different piece of the puzzle. 

 

Tebow was third on the depth chart, meaning he got few reps in a truncated training camp, yet, with a bye week to prepare...six straight wins.  Imagine, if a team which CAN'T lure a Peyton Manning...or anything other than other team's rejects...built a team around Tebow.  You know, Alabama-type offensive line, fullback, quality running back and tight-ends.  The second string quarterback (who could be had for a song) would also run the spread.  MUCH of this offense could be paid for with the difference in Tebow's salary and Manning's.

 

The offensive coordinator would be fluent in all things "spread," as opposed to the "learn as we go" approach that Denver was forced to employ.  This would be a great formula for, for instance, the Bills.  The Bills haven't had a winning team since Jim Kelly, can't sell out their stadium and always seem to be about to move.  What, in God's name, do they possibly have to lose?!?

 

Timmy would infuse the whole Buffalo area with Tebow mania, you KNOW he'd pull off some more amazing plays--in front of a packed house--and they'd be bound to win more games than they have been.  That not even one owner would be willing to go against convention--yet, anyways--isn't an indictment of Tim Tebow.

matt37
matt37

 @Holden Except for the fact that there are hundreds of bible thumpers in the NFL, on bended knee, and mid-field, after every single game 16 weeks a year.

linuskinrak
linuskinrak

 @Holden Man I thought you were serious that whole time, then you mentioned Tim Couch.

Holden
Holden

 @rossi46 Always necessary to spread that hate, Rossi!  I guess it's true, what is said...ignorance is bliss...

matt37
matt37

 @pacoNmartinez Paco, please go back and look at his numbers.  They say he can't pass, because HE CAN'T PASS.  Do you think that the Jets someone "owed" him a start at the end of the season?  Like he earned it by winning a playoff game in Denver?  If the Jets cut him and even a few teams were clamoring to sign him, I'd say the Jets screwed him.  But it seems to me that the Jets aren't the only ones who feel the way they do.

Holden
Holden

 @pacoNmartinez Clearly, Paco, the Jets didn't acquire Tebow to challenge Sanchez, as evidenced by their unwillingness to give him a real try at quarterback.  It requires some serious dysfunction for a team to trade away ANY draft pick and pay $5 million to a guy the head coach never wanted.

 

I've been trying to think of the one word that defines both NY teams...and it just came to me.  That word is, "class."  The Giants have class.  The Jets have no class.

Holden
Holden

 @Summertime I'd argue that Tebow HAS what it takes to succeed in the NFL.  I know it's been 15 whole months since he did what he did for Denver, so I'll remind you of a few numbers.  1-4...the Broncos record before Timmy was inserted into the starting lineup.  7-4...Tebow's regular season numbers (backed by the 25th ranked defense in the NFL.  347...that's how many passing yards Tebow put up against the league's #1 ranked defense, the Pittsburgh Steelers.

 

The numbers MAKE Timmy's case, ST!  The LAST time Tebow actually performed as a starting quarterback, he WON.  In fact, he did something Peyton couldn't do...he WON a playoff game!  If results had anything to do with it, the Broncos wouldn't have traded him.  They pay Peyton $20 million/year and, so far, he's 0-1 in the playoffs.  Where are the "results?"

OswaldAvery
OswaldAvery

 @Summertime Yeah. All he ever does at every level he has played is win. That is no qualification for the NFL.

matt37
matt37

 @Vinny Cordoba If I was going to be jealous of a player, WHY would it be Tim Tebow?  There are hundreds of classy, hardworking, professional, giving players in the NFL.  Most of them don't have (or want) a microphone in their face everywhere they go.

matt37
matt37

 @SephirothDZX But it doesn't matter what we think.  The people who get PAID to build teams have pretty much all decided that Tim ain't a NFL QB.  Good enough for me.

usameos6
usameos6

 @SephirothDZX The defense did get lit up in several games.  I do think they played better after the bye week than they did before due to the lockout that shortened training camp and Dumerville's return.  They weren't a fantastic defense, but they did manage to hold the opposition to low enough scores in several games (Miami - 15 pts / Chiefs 10 & 7 points / Jets - 13 points / Bears 10 points) to allow the predictable offense to put up just enough points to win some of these games (18, 17, 3, 17, 13).  Tebow's play helped re-energize the team and made them fun to watch - but they still had to back in to the playoffs and after beating Pittsburgh (where the defense had a stand at the end to force the Steelers out of field goal range) - they got slaughtered by the Patriots.  

 

I think Tebow helped give the Broncos a shot in the arm and helped win some games in the middle of the season as teams did not have a chance to make adjustments to the single wing offense - but that they saw the writing on the wall and knew that Tebow would keep them mired in mediocrity at best.  At worst - he gets hurt and the team has to change its offense around again to fit with a conventional QB.  

OswaldAvery
OswaldAvery

 @JasonMacBride Right. Winning at every level you play at is no qualification for the NFL. You got it Jason.

SephirothDZX
SephirothDZX

 @JasonMacBride They aren't all wrong, but there are also GMs out there who clearly don't have a clue. Those are the types of people who take chances on people like Blaine Gabberts and Matt Cassels.

matt37
matt37

 @colonial1 He has not proven he can win.  The Broncos went on a small win streak and then the rest of the NFL caught up to the gimmick and they lost 4 of the last 5.  2 of those games were the worst QB performances I have ever seen.  The other 2 losses weren't much better.  His last 5 games as a starter he couldn't pass 42% of his passes.  Over a 3rd of a season!He had a nice win streak and it was a pretty amazing story.  I'm sure there are some haters out there who are just jerks.  Tebow seems like a good kid.  But there are a lot of fans (me) who would just like the attention to shift back onto the players who can actually get on the field.  That's it and that's all.  That's not his fault, but it is what it is.

SephirothDZX
SephirothDZX

 @colonial1 It's because he's very open about his religion and is generally a super nice guy. So people think he's a phony and throw negativity at him to see if he'll break.

matt37
matt37

 @tularocstar I don't play football in your church, please don't bring your crazy into our football.

rossi46
rossi46

 @tularocstar 

I doubt that if Collins bent over every time he scored that he would be held in such high esteem either.  Keep your personal life, personal.  Nobody cares.

usameos6
usameos6

 @tularocstar Those liberal advertisers that paid him $2 million last year for endorsements are secretly trying to destroy him?  (Nike, FRS energy drinks, EA Sports, Jockey, etc. etc.)

pandah462
pandah462

 @tularocstar You...are...insane.  You know Tiny Tim ends up in tabloids whenever he has a new, pure girlfriend, right?  Looks like they're giving him fair exposure.

ChickenWolf
ChickenWolf

 @tularocstar Hahahahaha. That is the single most delusional thing ive ever seen posted on this site.

matt37
matt37

 @Holden

First of all, Barry Bonds is not even in the top 20 strikeout career numbers.  Sounds like the same attention to detail and stats you're using to argue for Tebow.Secondly, I'm not tossing this out like I want the guy to fail or because I don't think he should play.  I'm simply tossing out the facts that the people PAID to build NFL teams use when evaluating players.  I guess what it boils down to is you think you're smarter than the men running at least some of the NFL teams when it comes to football smarts.  Good for you-I hold no such illusions.

 

But in the meantime, I am pretty sure that the guys running NFL teams don't pin their hopes on "Tebow mania, you KNOW he'd pull off some more amazing plays".  I think it more likely that he'd be likely to have another 37% passing performance 5 weeks in a row.

rossi46
rossi46

 @Holden  I was giving Peyton his props.  Ignorance is often used as a derogatory remark, but it isn't.  It would be interesting to be all knowing, but in reality we are all ignorant.

usameos6
usameos6

 @Holden  @Summertime Actually - the last game he performed as a starting QB, against the Pats, he went 9/26 for 136 yards with 1 lost fumble and 5 sacks taken.  I love how people point out the Pittsburgh game and forget that Tebow was terrible against New England (the 31st ranked defense in the NFL if you believe those statistics). 

matt37
matt37

 @OswaldAvery  @Summertime Uh, really?  He won 7 games and couldn't get on the field for the JETS.  And I don't remember him "winning" when he was losing to the Bills, Pats, Chiefs and then the Pats again in the playoffs.  Those 4 games were enough for the rest of the NFL to see what they needed to see.

Holden
Holden

 @matt37  Matt, probably before you were BORN, there was a quarterback who was told he couldn't play...ended up taking the Vikings to the SB....

 

Google Joe Kapp.

matt37
matt37

 @usameos6  @SephirothDZX LOL, and what happened the second time a team like KC saw that primitive offense?  He went 3 for 6 for the game.  For a full game!

matt37
matt37

 @OswaldAvery  @JasonMacBride I love the people that say "all Tebow does is win!"  REALLY?  Conveniently forgetting that he won 1 of his last 5 games.  Didn't break 50% completion in a single game, even the one he won.  40% completion for the last 5 games.  3-6 vs the Chiefs.  9-26 vs the Pats.  13-26 vs the Bills.I'd say he has enough of a body of work for the people who run the NFL to make an informed decision.

JasonMacBride
JasonMacBride

 @SephirothDZX He's a merchandise sales windfall and there still isn't one team willing to take him. That says all you need to know about his ability to be an NFL QB. 

matt37
matt37

 @Holden  @usameos6 How'd that scoreboard look the last 3 weeks of the year?  How did that scoreboard look when Tebow was made to look like he had a 9th grader's grasp of reading a defense vs. the Pats?And if you didn't know this, you shouldn't be arguing football:  That Pats defense was one of the worse pass defenses in the history of the playoffs.  FACT.  And Tebow couldn't complete 40% of his passes.  Then again, he couldn't hit 40% of his passes vs the Chiefs either.

Holden
Holden

 @usameos6  The fact that the Broncos lost in New England, a house of horrors for Denver, over the years, should hardly be Tebow's measuring stick.  The Patriots, after all, are regular Super Bowl participants, AND have one of the few quarterbacks that put Peyton to shame.

 

Taking a team that looked TERRIBLE--at 1-4--and made the playoffs is testament to Tebow's leadership qualities.  The Broncos were sucking for Luck and Mile High resembled Joe Robbie Stadium, for all the no-shows.

 

Yes, the whole team improved...which is proffered by Tebow's critics as the "real" reason for the turnaround.  Unlike so many of the "experts," here, I saw, FIRST HAND, the change (season ticket holder).  A quarterback is a lot more than a compilation of statistics.  Don't believe me?  Scan the ranks of the league's "Dirty Dozen" teams--those teams that stink, perennially.  You'll find quarterbacks with better stats...they still seldom, if ever win, though.

 

Who cares HOW a quarterback wins games...as long as he wins?  The Broncos should have beaten Pittsburgh before the game went into OT.  Tebow threw a PERFECT pass to Demarius Thomas streaking down the sideline and it went right through his hands.  Tebow sat next to Thomas, told him not to worry about it and, even predicted he'd be the hero.  He'd do the same thing with defensive players who'd screwed up.  This is what LEADERS do!

 

The Broncos' body language did a 180 degree shift...from losers to winners.  I'll tell you something else...long-time Broncos fans like me, who've seen the good, the bad and the God-awful ugly, came to appreciate the feeling of...love...for the Broncos which had long since passed.  Now, the Broncos are more like the Yankees...you know, "the best team money can buy."

 

Peyton, armed with all sorts of weapons not available to Tebow, dinks and dunks down the field with precise 5 yard passes...it's not so awe-inspiring.  Manning's gaudy regular season numbers haven't proven to translate into playoff wins, either.  In FACT, Manning has a LONG and LOSING postseason record.

 

Contrast that to Tebow.  He hasn't even started a whole season's worth of games, and "experts" say he can't play winning pro football, all evidence to the contrary.  Starting from a 1-4 hole, he won enough games to earn a playoff spot and won the first playoff game. 

 

Why do his detractors love to spout statistics, yet overlook the absolutely, positively, number one most important one?  It's called SCOREBOARD! 

usameos6
usameos6

 @matt37  @Holden  @Summertime Thanks for the additional information.  So tired of the .... but he beat Pittsburgh in the playoffs argument.  Or the "so what if he's lousy in practice - he's a gamer" argument ... or the "all he does is win" argument ..... or the "he made the defense play better by controlling the clock" argument - since he led the league in average number of 3 and outs as a starter ....

matt37
matt37

 @usameos6  @Holden  @Summertime Actually, the last 5 times as a starter, he won once.  And got lucky doing it.Here are his last 5 games:49/120 (that's 41% completion if you're counting at home)178 yards a game

7 total tds and 5 ints, plus a few fumbles too.

1 victory.  4 losses.  2 of them set the position of quarterback back 40 years.  3 for 6 vs KC?  REALLY?  9/26 vs the Pats?  REALLY?

matt37
matt37

 @Holden Congrats-there was a guy 50 years ago that proved everyone wrong.I hope Tebow makes it. He's got the right attitude, and work ethic, he doesn't get in trouble....great role model.  But it doesn't look likely.

SephirothDZX
SephirothDZX

 @JasonMacBride Like I said, these are the same GMs that give washed up QBs like Kolb/Gabbert/Ponder/Cassel/Palmer chances. Quarterbacks who might look mechanically sound but can't win a game to save their lives. That's all you need to know about the competency of NFL GMs.