Tim Tebow has been released from the Jets. It has only been a year since the media blitz began in New York with the announcement of acquiring Tebow from the Denver Broncos. Tebow who has over 2.2 million followers on Twitter and remained at the top of list in NFL Players jersey sales has been a part of a lengthy process that produced no interest from other NFL organizations. The writing was on the wall and many expected that Tebow’s stint with the Jets would end in the off-season.
In what started off as many believed as a media frenzy and circus last March ended strategically silent as the Jets Organization released a three- paragraph news release to the media.
“We have a great deal of respect for Tim Tebow,” said Jets head coach Rex Ryan. “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.”
Jets Coach Rex Ryan and general manager John Idzik had a face-to- face sit down with Tebow Monday morning before workouts and gave him the news. Tebow then left the facility soon thereafter. Tebow known for exemplifying the discipline, dedication and hard work was dressed and ready to work out before he was told to report to Idzik’s office.
Tebow will undoubtedly go down as one of the most prolific and controversial players in NFL history. Tebow caused an uproar with his trademark dedicated kneel and pray position after every touchdown. This move by Tebow caused uproar for many who believed religion had no place in sports, while others praised him for it.
The Jets organization put together a rock-star media event when Tebow arrived, which pulled in more than 200 members of the media, all while taking the position as backup quarterback, bringing some criticism to the Jets.
Despite all of the media and hype the relationship between Tebow and the Jets Organization did not work. It was known that Tebow was a hard worker being first on the field and the last one off, but anyone in the NFL would also say there are a lot of players who are hard workers. Unfortunately for Tebow he was not able to produce them into positive numbers on the field. In 2010, his first year of the NFL, his quarterback completion percentage of 50 was dismal to say the least.
Tebow took to Twitter to express his views on today’s disappointing news for him:
This year he only took 77 snaps and finished with a career completion percentage of 47.9. Tebow joins a unpopular club as one of five quarterbacks (Akili Smith, Heath Schuler, Steve Beuerlein and Bubby Brister) over the last 30 years to complete less than 48 percent of his passes, with a minimum of 300 attempts, in his first three NFL seasons.*
The Jets trying to get new talent for the quarterback position drafted rookie Geno Smith of West Virginia in the 2nd round of the 2013 draft. It’s expected the Geno Smith who is coming from a shotgun offense will get a shot at starting if he is able to pick up the new offense and get the footwork down that’s need for snaps under center. With the release of Tebow, this is no doubt an end to a controversial chapter in the Jets organization as well as the NFL’s.
*– ESPN Stats & Information
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