Not even God saw this coming:
One year after bringing Tim Tebow to Broadway, creating a nationwide fascination that slowly evolved into controversy, the New York Jets on Monday made the long-anticipated move of releasing one of the NFL’s most popular players.
The Jets confirmed the release in a three-paragraph news release, a long way from his Super Bowl-sized news conference last March.
“We have a great deal of respect for Tim Tebow,” coach Rex Ryan said. “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.”
Ryan and general manager John Idzik informed Tebow early Monday morning in a face-to-face meeting at the team’s facility before he was expected to work out with teammates, a source said. Tebow left the building shortly thereafter.
Jim Popp, the general manager of the Montreal Alouettes in the CFL, said he’d be interested in Tebow if he failed to land a job in the NFL. But he wouldn’t be handed a starting job.
“If he wants to come to Canada he would be in the same situation as the one he was in with New York,” Popp told TSN. “He can come here and compete to be the backup to Anthony Calvillo and learn the game, just like Jeff Garcia did [behind Doug Flutie]. And one day he might be the guy; that’s our vision. He can learn from the best.”
Except for the the fact that, you know, the game that Tebow brings is not suited to the Canadian game:
Even with the partial swing back towards the ground game this year and the emergence of dual-threat quarterbacks like Russell Wilson, Robert Griffin III and Colin Kaepernick, it’s still hard to see Tebow finding success in the NFL going forward. It’s notable that while Wilson, Griffin and Kaepernick are known for their running abilities, all have substantially higher completion percentages (62.9 per cent, 66.4 per cent and 65.6 per cent respectively) this season than Tebow does for his career. They can both run and pass effectively; Tebow can only do one of these things, and that’s what makes it difficult to see him as a good NFL fit going forward.
If that’s true in the NFL, though, it’s even more true in the CFL. With three downs, a bigger field and expanded motion, the Canadian game is even more passing-focused. Yes, some dual-threat quarterbacks have had success up north, most notably Damon Allen (Warren Moon, sometimes cited as an example there, didn’t actually run very much in the CFL), but Allen was always quite capable in the passing game too.
If nothing else, it was nice of God to make Jason Collins gay today, to draw attention away from Tim Tebow’s shame…
Oh shut the hell up:
With Manti Te’o recently added to the fold, the Chargers would lead the league in virgins.