Putting a Period on the New York Jets Tim Tebow Experiment

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Dec. 23, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow (15) on the sidelines during the second half against the San Diego Chargers at MetLife Stadium. Chargers won 27-17. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

Now for the truths that Tim Tebow’s fans don’t want to hear.

Tim is a big part of the problem. It’s not necessarily his fault, in that he isn’t deliberately part of the problem. But, in order to have a chance to see the field in the future, here are some thoughts to give him a chance.

First of all, he needs to become a better practice player. I know, all of his fans talk about what he does late in games. I agree, he has had a great deal of late-game heroics. But, you have to be on the field late in the game in order to have those opportunities. How will he get on the field? Improve as a practice player. That may sound silly, but this is when guys get evaluated. You have to perform reasonably well in practice. If you are a quarterback, you have to become a consistent one, and where does that happen? On the practice field. If it doesn’t, coaches are going to be skeptical the rest of the way.

Let’s talk about the media coverage now. The overabundance of media coverage is a major problem with bringing Tim Tebow into any team. Everyone flocks to this man, as we all know, and it is a distraction. Moving forward, it has to get under control. Nobody wants to bring in a player that is bigger than the rest of his team combined. Football is about a team, and someone who takes away attention from the team will be unwanted.

How does it stop? Tim Tebow has to stop it. No, I am not saying that he gets the attention on purpose. I am NOT accusing him of inviting the media to come hoard around him. What I AM saying is that he needs to be part of the solution, and that would be by stopping it.

No matter where he ends up, if he is the backup, he needs to turn the media away. If he ends up in, Chicago, just for argument sake. Tressman knows Tebow well, I guess it could happen. The media will be around him every moment, and Tim needs to turn that around. Tim needs to say, “I’m the backup, go talk to Jay.” If you are going to be a team guy, put the focus on the team. If Tim does that, NFL coaches will be more willing to bring him around.

Finally, be open to anything and everything that will make him a better football player. Work on those mechanics, because we all know that Tim Tebow wants to be a quarterback. Also, stop being stubborn about changing positions. The people who are making the suggestions want him to succeed. Tim Tebow is a nice guy, how could you not want him to succeed? That being said, he shouldn’t be adverse to the idea. These are coaches and scouts that know football. Think about it. Keep an open mind.

There you have it, my final thoughts on our year with Tim Tebow. Good luck to him, and I mean it, wherever he might end up.

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