While this is not a sports blog–I need to comment about the latest move by my New York Jets.
According to the New York Post the Jets have released Tim Tebow this morning
The Jets released popular backup quarterback Tim Tebow on Monday morning, The Post has learned. The move comes three days after they drafted Geno Smith in the second round to compete with Mark Sanchez, David Garrard and Greg McElroy for the starting quarterback spot.
It ends Tebow’s 13 months as a Jet that were more memorable for all of the headlines than anything that actually happened on the field. The Jets acquired him from the Broncos in March 2012 for a fourth-round draft pick (the two teams also swapped later draft picks).
I am not sure how “popular” Teabow was to the long suffering Jets fans who judge all players based on one criteria–whether the team wins or loses.
Tebow played just over 70 snaps on offense. He also served as the personal protector on the punt team until injuring his ribs in November. He completed 6-of-8 passes for 39 yards and ran the ball 32 times for 102 yards. He did not score a touchdown.
The Tebow acquisition had far-reaching consequences. Former offensive coordinator Tony Sparano never figured out how to use Tebow, and it cost him his job. Former general manager Mike Tannenbaum lost his job after the season in part because of the Tebow trade. Starting quarterback Mark Sanchez also regressed greatly in 2012, and many believe Tebow’s presence contributed to that.
Actually Sanchez’s regression started in 2011 which is why the Jets were motivated to make the silly move of signing Tebow. The signing of Tebow led the Jets to another critical error, extending Sanchez’s contract because his feelings were hurt due to the signing of another Quarterback. The Jets agreed to a 3 year contract extension with Sanchez on March 9, 2012. The contract included $20 million in guarantees which count toward the Jets salary cap even if they release the poor performing Quarterback.
So while Tebow may be gone the Jets are stuck with Sanchez’s contract through next season.