Tim Tebow: Don't Expect Jets to Keep Polarizing QB

Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer IMarch 12, 2013

Dec 30, 2012; Orchard Park, NY, USA; New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow (15) watches from the sideline in the game against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Bills beat the Jets 28-9. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports
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New York Jets offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg talked up Tim Tebow on Tuesday in his first offseason with the franchise.

He said, via Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News:

Keep in mind, the Jets already have Mark Sanchez, veteran David Garrard (who was signed Monday), second-year pro Greg McElroy and Matt Simms (an undrafted free agent from 2012) on the roster.

Folks, all the Jets are trying to do is bump up Tebow's trade value. They are trying to get something for him instead of outright releasing him. 

Unfortunately, Mornhinweg's bluff won't work. He's like that rookie on the poker table who goes "all in" when everybody can see the cards in his hand...and he doesn't even have a pair.

Everybody knows who Tebow is: He's a quarterback who has little to no accuracy. Sure, he may have value in other roles (running back, tight end, hybrid, special teams), but he hasn't proven anything in those roles and nobody's going to give up anything for him. 

The reality is, the Jets could have increased Tebow's trade value by placing him in those roles last season, but they were too stubborn to give into the pressure surrounding the organization. They would have rather locked Tebow in a dark room than let him see the light of day on the football field. 

Now, New York has become the victim of its own bullheaded nature. The Jets were so desperate to convince everyone that Tebow was worthless on the football field (for fear of making Sanchez look bad, perhaps) that they did, indeed, convince everyone that Tebow was worthless on the football field.

It's not all about the Jets' true feelings about Tebow as a football player, though. Teams around the league also know that the last thing the Jets want to do is keep Tebow for another year and watch the drama unfold once again. The fact that a franchise that was attempting to stabilize brought the polarizing quarterback aboard last year is laughable in itself.

Teams won't bite on New York's bluff. The franchise may as well save itself more embarrassment and let Tebow go. 

Sometimes it seems as if the Jets are trying to embarrass themselves as much and for as long as possible.

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