Could Tim Tebow Be Playing In His Final Games In The NFL Right Now?
Exactly one year ago, all that anyone could talk about was Tim Tebow. Following a 1-4 start to their season, the Denver Broncos had handed Tebow the football and basically told him to go out and do whatever he could in order to win football games. And, that’s exactly what he did. Although it wasn’t always pretty, Tebow helped the Broncos win the AFC West and, eventually, even led them to a playoff win against the Pittsburgh Steelers. So, why does it sound like Tebow could be playing his final games in an NFL uniform right now?
Although Tebow clearly has a skill set that is unique to him, he hasn’t gotten on the field much for the New York Jets this season. Since trading for him in the offseason, the Jets have used Tebow sparingly in wildcat formations and haven’t allowed him to throw the ball much. Instead, they’ve taken their starting quarterback Mark Sanchez out from time to time in order to allow Tebow to try and change the pace a little bit. But, it hasn’t really worked out all that well and, thanks to a rib injury, Tebow has been sidelined for the last few weeks. And, while Jets head coach Rex Ryan says that Tebow could see some action on Monday Night Football tomorrow against the Tennessee Titans (sidebar: Is that the worst MNF game ever or what?), it’s unlikely that he’s going to get in the game much, if at all.
That leaves the Jets with a difficult decision in the offseason. Do they cut Tebow free and essentially give up on him? Or, do they let him hang around for another season and live with the distraction that comes along with having him on the roster? If they keep him, they’re going to have to live with the “Will Tim get some snaps this week?” questions for another 365 days. But, if they let him loose, there’s a real chance that he might not get picked up by another NFL team. After all, who wants to deal with all the hoopla that surrounds him? Either way, it’s going to be an interesting offseason for Tebow once the 2012-13 NFL season ends. And, who would have thought that it’d come to this? Things were so good just a year ago. Now, that’s all a distant memory.