Putting a Period on the New York Jets Tim Tebow Experiment

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Dec 30, 2012; Orchard Park, NY, USA; New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow (15) waves to fans before the game against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

Just under 24 hours ago, Tim Tebow was released by the New York Jets, ending a year-long experiment that was buried in failure. From the moment that he arrived here on his private jet, to the moment he found out that he was being released, this experiment was more of the “Tim Tebow Error”, than the “Tim Tebow Era”. Now that the dust has settled, let’s look back and reflect on what was, and what could have been.


The only question was why John Idzik didn’t release Tebow sooner. From the moment this move was made last year, it was doomed to fail. The attention around the team was just too much. When you have a fragile team, with a fragile mindset, you don’t bring a guy to that team that is going to increase the media attention by double or triple. No backup quarterback on this planet, no backup player in any sport, garners this kind of attention.

The Jets are moving into a new era. John Idzik is here, and he is making his way through the roster, and removing the circus elements. Tim Tebow, based on the throngs of dedicated fans and media he brings, is part of the circus. For the Jets to move forward at all, he had to go.


What could have been with this situation? Well, it was sure talked up before the season, wasn’t it? If it had gone as well as it had been talked up, it would have been the most innovative offensive move in the NFL. There were even secret practices that the media were kept out of, deepening the mystery of the situation. Are they designing some secret, hybrid of the “Wildcat” that nobody has ever seen before? Apparently not, all they were doing was bluffing.

What could have been was a Brad Smith-esque weapon. They could have used Tim Tebow in these types of plays, but it didn’t happen. He was used once in a while, for essentially a three yard dive up the middle. That was it.


There is plenty of blame to go around for why the experiment failed. A big portion has to go to the Jets’ coaching staff. For some reason, they had no idea how to use Tim effectively. It was a surprise, as Tony Sparano used Pat White, and running back Ronnie Brown in the similar role, so him not knowing how to use a quarterback in the role was shocking.

The Jets, for jumping in the mix to acquire him in the first place, deserve blame. Why? Because they weren’t prepared to use him. When you are bringing in a guy like Tebow, everyone has to be on board with how he is going to be used. Clearly, nobody was, so that means the move was a bad idea in the first place.

Turn the page, and the truths are going to be a little bit harder to accept, especially for Tim’s fans.

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  • matr dontelli iii

    i think rex’s biggest mistake in four years may very well have been bringing in sparano. he made schotty look good by comparison. ’nuff said ’bout that. had they utilized him better he could have been an asset. i’ve said many times the element he brought to the punting team was worth his salary. who succeeds with 3 fake punts in one year, or what was it like 3 out of 4 weeks? nobody. i remember someone saying something to the effect of ‘everyone wants to know what tebow is doing except the opposing special teams coordinator’. the jets take a lot of the blame for the media circus. espn never shoulda been allowed in and i really don’t know why they don’t just pull the credentials of the nydn already. new york’s hometown paper. yikes! talk about giving a city a bad name! if you have an android device, just for s&g you should take a look at their app for android. everyone is trashing it for how it fails to perform (doesn’t work offline, which new yorkers need in the subways, and the permissions they take include complete access to your contacts including sending emails! yes, including sending emails! that was as of the beginning of april. i hope it hasn’t changed. anyhow, back on track, i agree with the rest of the article. i do think there was value if he was used properly and if the media were controlled, however as it was, it was a self-inflicted disaster, and probably a fireable offense. rex is probably lucky it didn’t cost him, though it may well have put him on thin ice.

    • TheJetPress

      I agree with all that. I actually loved what he brought to the punt team, except for when he missed a block that led to a blocked punt lol I totally agree on ESPN and NYDN. Do you have our app by the way matr? It does quite well.

      • matr dontelli iii

        i have your app but use my browser more frequently. your site actually works rather bizarrely (however that may be spelled) on my devices. i use the extremely unstable browser on my toshiba thrive tablet (android4.x) and it generally has the most current and complete content, with the exception of it only shows part of the pics, typically the top of the subject’s head. this is my normal browsing method. i sometimes use my iphone browser which inexlicably does not update nearly as puctually as the thrive browser. strange but true. i’ve checked it many times, though at this moment it seems to have refreshed more quickly than my tablet as it is showing the running back post, which i did not yet see on my tablet! when i use the iphone app i do not get the turn the page option. actually i do not get the turn page option on either app, iphone or android, but the pics are complete, and very nice, i might add. checking my tablet app i see that the rb post is only showing up on my normally late to refresh iphone browser. how odd! but at least your apps don’t wanna access my contacts and send emails! :-) i don’t normally access your site from my computers, which i seldom use for browsing simply out of convenience. my best computer stays off the internet for the most part due to security concerns, it’s an a/v machine and even with protection it is still vulnerable on the internet, and my laptop is a slow dog which needs to be cut loose and replaced by a newer younger model, kinda like our 2012 defense. keep up the good work, alan, i love your site even with these inexlicable quirks.

        • TheJetPress

          thanks…that’s the plan

  • Frank Antonelli

    It was Tanny that brought Sparano in and not Rex. Tanny did it on the advice of Parcells. Thanks for nothing Bill.

    • TheJetPress

      Very true Frank…..good point. Bill got a little senile lately I guess.