Tim Tebow met with both Head Coach Rex Ryan and General Manager John Idzik on Monday morning at the Jets facility, and was informed of his release. Idzik had previously informed Tebow’s agent in February to shop Tebow a new team, and notified him that he was willing to work out his departure in a trade. Tebow’s agent was unable find a team willing to use him as a quarterback, and the Jets held onto Tebow through draft weekend for one last chance to gain a draft pick in exchange for him, as the Jets sent two picks to Denver in order to get him.
According to Adam Schefter, Rex Ryan released this stement:
“We have a great deal of respect for Tim Tebow. Unfortunately, things did not work out the way we all had hoped.”
According to ESPN STATS INFO, the New York Jets averaged 3.8 yards per play with Tebow on the field, and an increased 4.7 YPP with him off the field.
No team is likely to bring him in, unless he embraces a different role on the field. He needs to realize this, or possibly explore the CFL.
Tim Tebow led the Denver Broncos to the playoffs and orchestrated one of the most thrilling playoff victories in recent memory.
However, under the New York Jets’ Offensive Coordinator Tony Sparano in 2012, the season was a flat-out failure. Sparano’s offensive game plans were not creative enough for Tebow’s style, as the Jets were planning a “Wildcat” offense that would feature Tebow’s skills set. His style as a power runner would ideally force opposing defenses to prepare for two completely different systems, but the plan flopped. This poor management cost Sparano his job and has now essentially caused the release of Tim Tebow just today.
This “Wildcat” style worked for the Jets with Brad Smith, which is the reason ex-General Manager Mike Tannenbaum wanted to replace Brad Smith with Tebow. Smith’s “Wildcat” package helped the Jets reach championship games, and Tannenbaum thought that perhaps signing Tebow would boost the effectiveness of Smith’s playing style.
After failed results, the Jets are going to have to pay $1.5 million to Denver as part of the trade. Ex-General Manager Tannenbaum’s mistakes are still costing the Jets.
Tim Tebow will become eligible to be claimed off waivers at 4 p.m.
NFL scouts around the league have speculated Tebow will not be a quarterback in the league. Tebow’s insisted on being an NFL quarterback and has said he’s improving his mechanics, however, scouts still suggest Tebow would be better suited for a role at tight end, fullback or H-back.
At least, if he’s willing to walk away from being a quarterback.