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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  • 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.