Tim Tebow Traded To New York Jets

He was, and then he wasn’t, and then he was. It’s now official, former Florida Gators’ star quarterback Tim Tebow has been traded to the New York Jets. The Denver Broncos have sent Tebow and a seventh-round draft pick to the Jets for a fourth- and sixth-round selection. All of the draft picks included in the trade are for the 2012 NFL Draft.

Due to stipulations in his contract regarding advancement of salary, the Tebow-to-New-York deal appeared to have hit a snag on Wednesday. It even looked like he may be headed somewhere else when the Broncos and the Jets had trouble coming to an agreement. In the end, New York agreed to pay half of the $5 million back to the Broncos that had already been advanced to Tebow before the 2011 season. It’s a little confusing, but what we do know is that Tebow is now a New York Jet, set to be Mark Sanchez’s backup.

There are critics and will be more – such is the nature of this being Tim Tebow we’re talking about – but it presents an interesting situation. The Jets seemed to be unimpressed with Sanchez despite playoff success during his first two seasons in the league. New York failed to make the playoffs in Sanchez’s third season, but the quarterback did improve his efficiency rating and completion percentage to set career highs. The numbers are far from impressive, but were enough to change the tide on the team’s perception of their passer and earn Sanchez a three-year, $40.5 million contract extension.

Tebow isn’t being brought in to unseat Sanchez, but instead will likely fit into a role as a change-of-pace quarterback mostly running out of the wildcat. There are still those that have their doubts about Tebow’s chances to be a starting quarterback long-term, so going somewhere where he doesn’t have to immediately “save” a team may be good for him. With the Jacksonville Jaguars, Tebow would have been expected to not only produce wins, but also rescue a franchise in trouble in more ways than one. In New York, Tebow can become part of a team that has a lot of good parts, but needs some help.

Then there’s the other side; the side that believes Tebow should be the man wherever he goes. It can’t be denied that he produced wins in 2011 and was one of the biggest sports’ stories in recent memory. His teammates loved him, fans continued to adore him, and he took a team falling apart to the playoffs. But there was suddenly no room for Tebow when the Broncos signed Peyton Manning earlier this week. Playing behind Manning could have been the perfect situation for Tebow, but as soon as John Elway found another quarterback, the writing was on the wall. Elway never seemed to believe Tebow was the long-term answer and because of that we were all presented with the trade on Wednesday.

A new chapter begins for the former Gator great. It’s a chapter many are eager to read, one critics would rather skip over, but definitely a situation we’ll all pay great attention to. Tim Tebow, we’re all watching as we always have been.

Tim Tebow Named Denver Broncos Starting Quarterback…For 2012 Season

All Tim Tebow did during the 2011 season was pass for twice as many touchdowns as interceptions, rush for 660 yards at over five yards per carry and lead the Denver Broncos to the second round of the NFL Playoffs. It wasn’t always pretty and at times it was downright ugly (see: losses to the Buffalo Bills and Kansas City Chiefs at the end regular season), but it was more than enough.

Tebow has already been named the starter for 2012, sort of. On Monday, chief of football operations and former Broncos great John Elway said Tebow had more than earned the right to enter camp for the 2012 season as the starter. This shouldn’t come as a surprise, but there are still some out there that don’t believe winning accounts for much. The former Florida Gators star completed less than 50% of his passes and while he looked great in a playoff victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers, he wasn’t able to move the ball in the subsequent loss to the New England Patriots. Critics will point to that final loss as their proof Tebow can’t succeed in the NFL. Supporters will point to the fact that the Broncos even played in that game as their proof that Tebow helped the team reach unexpected heights.

Football is a team sport and Tebow has plenty of teammates. He can’t be given credit for all of the success the Broncos had in 2011, but he also can’t be blamed for their losses. What we do know is that there were four overtime wins, plenty of “did you see that” moments and at least one team in the playoffs that no one thought would be there. The jury is still out on Tebow’s long-term prospects as an NFL quarterback, but for now he’s earned the right to continue at the position for a few more snaps.

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Is Tim Tebow’s Future A Victim Of Ignorance?

I respect people who voice their opinions. There’s something to be said for someone who is willing to stand up for what they believe. To that point, everyone seems to have something to say about Tim Tebow the NFL quarterback in recent weeks. The latest is former player and current analyst Merril Hoge.

Hoge is entitled to his opinion just like everyone else is. Like I just stated, I have no problem with that. What I do have a problem with is the reasons those like him continue to circle back around to when discussing Tebow’s chances to make a difference in the NFL. Hoge does mention accuracy, but also insists on going back to what we have heard over and over again: that hard work and “speeches” don’t always make you successful. He even goes as far as to say “It’s embarrassing to think the broncos could win with tebow!!”
Why is Hoge embarrassed? What is so personal to him that it embarrasses him that some might support the thought of Tebow being a winner in the NFL? And what exactly was the win-loss record last season of the quarterback Hoge thinks should play over Tebow?
I’m not sure if Tebow should be the Denver Broncos’ starter. I’m not sure he’s better than Kyle Orton. In fact, I’m not sure if Tebow will ever become a successful professional quarterback. What I am sure of is this: Tebow has only started three NFL games and has only attempted 82 passes as a professional. He has been intercepted three times, but has also thrown five touchdown passes while compiling an 82.1 efficiency rating. Add in his six rushing touchdowns and zero lost fumbles and you have someone who in his rookie year accounted for 11 scores and only three turnovers.
I’m not an expert of the ins and outs of the game of football. I watch plenty of it and read even more, but I’m sure that pales in comparison to the amount someone like Hoge takes in. Regardless, I can say one thing with certainty: no one has seen enough of Tebow to know what his future will bring. Being a “good guy” didn’t lead to those 11 scores. His “college speeches” didn’t help the Broncos put points on the board. Hard work and natural ability did. Whether either of those things will make Tebow a full-time starter in the NFL remains to be seen, but isn’t that exactly my point?
I’m not embarrassed that I can’t predict Tebow’s future. I’m not embarrassed to have cheered for him as a Gator for four years and as a Bronco for one. I’m not embarrassed to be pulling for him to succeed. And I’m not embarrassed to think he deserves more time before we classify him as a failure.
Hoge is embarrassed. Something about this entire situation offends him (his use of 16 exclamation points in five tweets about Tebow shows that). I’m sure he has his reasons and, again, he’s entitled to his opinion, but he would be better served to base it on a larger sample size. Hoge might classify former Denver great John Elway as a winner. The same Elway that completed less than 50% of his passes and threw twice as many interceptions as touchdowns during his rookie year.  The same Elway that in 1992 – his 10th year in the NFL – threw 17 picks to go with only 10 scores. The same Elway who left the game after leading the Broncos to back-to-back Super Bowl victories and is in the Hall of Fame. The point is Hoge can’t predict the future any better than Miss Cleo. He should stop being embarrassed by a player that is simply trying to do his best. Tebow isn’t publicly stating he should be the starter. He isn’t saying he’s better than anyone. He’s doing what he has done his whole life; he’s working hard to try to succeed and help his team. That’s not embarrassing.

John Elway Supports Tim Tebow…For Now

John Elway didn’t necessarily say anything too far off base in the past in regards to Tim Tebow, but most Florida fans chose to take his comments that way.  Elway didn’t think Tebow was ready at the time to be a good NFL quarterback, and he was probably right.  He would go on to clarify that he thought Tebow had the desire and work ethic to push himself to become a good quarterback, but it takes a lot.  Most Gator fans were upset to begin with and didn’t take too kindly to the explanation.  Now, hopefully, they have more positive feelings toward the Denver Broncos’ legendary QB and executive vice president of football operations.

In an interview yesterday, Elway stated that he is Tebow’s biggest fan and that he supports #15’s future with the team.  He went on to say Tebow has the potential to be a great player for the Broncos and is one of those individuals that can definitely accomplish anything.  That could include becoming a pocket passer, something Elway says Tebow needs to be to win.  Tebow can do everything else, but to win consistently, making throws from the pocket is a must.

So the support is there…for now.