Nine days after Tim Tebow was released by the New York Jets, it has become increasingly clear that the ultra-popular quarterback who has hijacked many a news cycle has no viable landing spot.
No NFL team seems to want him — as a starter, backup, converted H-back or fake-punt decoy — and it’s not like he’s fending off big-money offers from Canada, either, Michael Silver of Yahoo Sports reports.
Tebowmania is at least partly to blame. As much as prospective employers are wary of Tebow’s flawed mechanics, much-maligned throwing motion or deficiencies when it comes to reading defenses, the incessant media and fan attention that accompanies his presence on the depth chart is an even bigger concern.
“He seems like a great guy to have on a team, and I’d be tempted to bring him in as our backup,” one NFC head coach said Wednesday. “But it’s just not worth dealing with all the stuff that comes with it.”
Tebow, as one NFC offensive coordinator told Silver last spring, carries more of a stigma than Terrell Owens.
Or, in the words of one AFC head coach: “You don’t want to put up with the circus.”
“I don’t understand what the Jets did,” the AFC coach says. “You have to have a plan for him, but they had no idea what they were doing. I do think they were shocked how bad he looked in practice and in the preseason … how bad his accuracy was. But why make the trade for the guy if you’re not clear on how to use his abilities?”
The Jacksonville Jaguars, who’d expressed interest in trading for the local hero before the Jets made the deal with Denver last year, said “no thanks.” Instead, newly hired general manager Dave Caldwell decided to stick with the embattled Blaine Gabbert.
And while there’s plenty of media chatter that Tebow could land with the Patriots (whose offensive coordinator, Josh McDaniels, was the man behind the Broncos’ decision to draft Tebow in the first round), my organizational sources tell me that’s very unlikely to happen, with one going so far as to say that Coach Bill Belichick “hates” Tebow as a player. As for the prospect of employing Tebow as a change-of-pace quarterback — and asking Tom Brady to come off the field in those situations — the source says, “No chance. Plus they wouldn’t like the circus that comes with it.”