Posted August 31, 2013

Patriots release Tim Tebow as part of final cuts

AFC East, New England Patriots, New York Giants, NFC East, Uncategorized
In the end, Tim Tebow couldn't escape the Turk. (Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

In the end, Tim Tebow couldn’t escape the Turk. (Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

In a move that can’t be too surprising based on performance, the New England Patriots have released quarterback Tim Tebow. ESPN’s Adam Schefter was the first with the news on Twitter. Tebow, signed by New England in mid-June, six weeks after he was cut by the New Jets, completed 11 of 30 passes for yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions in the 2013 preseason. He had signed a two-year, $1.385 million contract on June 11 with no guaranteed money. The Pats, like all other NFL teams, are required to hit the league-mandated roster maximum of 53 players by 6:00 p.m. ET on Sunday.

It was thought — well, perhaps hoped by some — that Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels,  who selected Tebow in the first round of the 2010 NFL draft when he was the Denver Broncos’ head coach, could alter his always-dodgy mechanics and make him a functional backup. There was also nebulous talk about trying him at other positions — perhaps tight end, H-back, or goal-line runner.

But that never happened, at least on the field, and Tebow appeared to regress mechanically this preseason. He was often errant in his throws, and his two passing touchdowns came in the fourth quarter of the preseason finale against the New York Giants. His throwing motion, which had always had several hitches in it, seemed to make more of a delay than ever, he took far too many sacks because he was trying to read defenses, or thinking about running when his first read was open, and he simply appeared outmatched in the rare occasions in which he played against NFL players who will make final cuts themselves.

One interesting dynamic in Tebow’s short time with the Patriots is that owner Robert Kraft made it clear than he appreciated Tebow the person, and really hoped it all would work out.

“I’m rooting for him big time,” Kraft said this last week, just before the Patriots’ annual kickoff gala. “I’m in his corner, but I have the privilege of letting Bill make those decisions. He has a pretty good record doing it … I think you want to make sure we have the best 53 people to help us win games during the year.”

And at this point in Tebow’s career, it seems to be the problem. As much as some may “root” for Tebow the person, Tebow the player is hard to defend as a part of an NFL roster, because he’s all too easy to defend as a quarterback.

104 comments
KobeB
KobeB

@rikj- I'm glad we've come out the "ridiculous" direction and are now discussing facts.  Now, comparing him to Vince Young is a very interesting idea. I would say that the comparison would be much better on an earlier version of VY- in his first few years.  At that time, I would have completely agreed with you and certainly give him a shot- even more than TT today.  However, after Kerry Collins (who at the time couldn't have been confused with Joe Montana) took the same team that VY had the year before, and improved it to 13-3 (2009, as I recall), it might tend to indicate that Vince wasn't the reason for the team's success.  In addition, later in his career, VY, unfortunately for one so talented, seemed to have started to become a bit of a clubhouse problem.  It's a rare team that wins with that type of attitude from  the QB.  TT, on the other hand, has never been (intelligently) accused of being of bad teammate.  In addition, VY WAS given a chance at starting for a number of years.  TT was given that chance only once for under one year, and succeeded wildly (I know that you don't agree with that, but taking a 1-4 team to the 2nd round of the playoffs, and having a HOF lockup as QB the next year doing no better- actually worse, since he didn't start at 1-4 as TT did would seem to hurt your case badly).  I think that one would have to agree that he deserves another shot somewhere- if he fails, OK- you were right.  But I doubt highly that he would.  He's really the type to take a lemon and turn it into lemonade.

RescuedfromESPN
RescuedfromESPN

BREAKING: Skip bayless will be absent from first take for 4 weeks with a broken heart and a pulled uterus.

KobeB
KobeB

@rikj- I think that "ridiculous" is a bit of mistaken word to use.  You seem to be blaming TT for the fact that Denver had a badly losing record before he took over as QB.  It's a bit strange blaming him for losses that he nothing to do with- they were 1-4 before he took over (and counted out by all the sports analysts at the time), and suddenly made the playoffs after going 7-4 with him.  And for thanks, rikj says that they won "despite" of him.  Then in the playoffs, they were OVERWHELMING underdogs, and nonetheless went on to UPSET Pittsburgh.  The defense didn't change from 5th to 6th game- The only major thing that changed was the QB, my friend, and that was TT.  I guess that your definition of ridiculous is someone quoting facts- is there anything that is mentioned here that isn't 100% accurate?  I completely agree that he isn't a terribly talented QB- he just happens to be a winner, which you didn't in any way factually dispute.

KobeB
KobeB

The guys a winner- that's all he seems to do well.  His mechanics are off, he doesn't gloat or make ridiculous predictions, he won't be creating any baby mamas, but he'll win for you.  It doesn't seem to count, but if anyone noticed/remembers, he took a losing team going nowhere into the 2nd round of the playoffs.  For this, he was traded and replaced by one of the greatest QB's of all time, PM.  PM then proceeded to bring the same team into the 2nd round of the playoffs- no improvement over TT for 10 times the money.  If there was a smart GM with a rebuilding team out there, pick up TT for peanuts, start him, and make the playoffs.  As we said- all he ever does is win.

Mulligan
Mulligan

I hear the Arena league calling...

Jack42
Jack42

A little song.. A little dance... A little seltzer down your pants... Chuckles the Clown 

Jack42
Jack42

Hey Tebow.. wish in one hand.. Crap in the other.. see which one fills up first.

houndstoothunderwear
houndstoothunderwear

Boston's curse conti8nues...no more SB rings ..no more WS rings...no more Stanley Cups..no more NBA rings...and thankfully no more Bob Ryan

renee
renee

Never was, is not and will never be an NFL QB.  

astronix
astronix

Tebow's performance this preseason proved he is not an NFL QB and no matter how hard he works he will never be able to throw a football properly.

I think he would be better off trying to play rugby.

Mkmck
Mkmck

To the author of this article...the cutdown date is today, Saturday, not Sunday.

j7apple
j7apple

He will be on another team by the 4th week as a back up QB when the injuries start pouring in 

divirgilio33
divirgilio33

Should have played him at H-Back, Special Teams, even safety........Has to make the change!

Cool
Cool

And the congregations stands and sings Hallelujah Hallelujah AMEN! 

Dana2
Dana2

a 47.2 qb rating doesn't cut it

no matter WHO you are.


Next stop:  Canada

houndstoothunderwear
houndstoothunderwear

Tebow got a good vibe from the fans in Colorado Springs...no such vibe in Boston. Too scientific for a creationist...too gay for a committed straight guy...too skinhead for a normal guy

Should have been wearing Jags jersey by now and leading his hometown team. Great place to re tool an  offense from the ground up. Boston's best memories are A Hernandez and a bombing


KeysSteven
KeysSteven

When owner (Kraft) sings praises (Tebow) just days before roster trim, 'hand-writing's on the wall.'

Belichick's movements perplex.  Tim was never gonna' be a QB in Bill / Tom's scheme, NE has a serious need at tight-end (big part of scheme), Tebow's skill-set, experience put him at TE, Gronk is just one rough hit away from back on IR and pre-season is made for experimentation.

Tom's still terrific, but maybe 'hand-writing's on (Patriots') wall,' too, as in, best days past? 

retsub
retsub

Tebow,by all accounts is a fine gentleman,but so are a lot of others in the NFL. Because of his personality and character I am sure he will be given lots of opportunities in life. But thus far he simply is not good enough to be in the league.

KenStark
KenStark

So he can't be a situational player for some team? Belichick is no Sam Wyche. I thought he would use Tebow as a HB on 3rd and three.

jason2
jason2

gods plan was the cfl from the beginning 

RobertSmith
RobertSmith

Tim Tebow 8-6 as a starter

Vince Young 31-19 as a starter

And yet more people defend TT than VY. 

rikj
rikj

@KobeB In 14 career starts his team is 8-6.  Pretty average.  I'm not sure how you translate that record into "all he ever does is win".  By comparison, Vince Young, also released yesterday,  has 50 career starts in which his team is 31-19.  Factually he is more of a "winner" than Tebow but I am guessing you wouldn't hand him that designation as easily as you slap it on Tebow.

rikj
rikj

@KobeB Ridiculous.  Denver made the playoffs on the strength of it's defense that year DESPITE Tebow at QB, not because of him.  Yes, he had a couple 4th quarter game winning drives but if he hadn't routinely played so terrible for 3 and a half quarters, they wouldn't have been needed.

JoeCabot
JoeCabot

@renee Uh, he was an NFL QB.  Even won a playoff game.  You need to pay closer attention.

joe6647
joe6647

@j7apple Vince Young has a better shot of making an NFL roster after his showing in Green Bay IMO

joe6647
joe6647

@divirgilio33 Tebow just tweeted that he will "relentlessly pursue" his dream of becoming an NFL starting QB.  He wont be making the change anytime soon

friendly--neighborhood--scrawler
friendly--neighborhood--scrawler

@KeysSteven 

Get it through your thick skull... Tebow is not a better option at Tight end, full back or what ever position you imagine him playing in your wet dreams,  than a player the Pats could sign in free agency or trade for with a late round pick.

John Rotten
John Rotten

@NeilCassidy You thinks its so easy to just move a guy from QB to fullback??   My goodness what an idiot.  Do you have any idea of whats expected of an NFL fullback and what the skills set is?

Cool
Cool

@Jefferson_1978 I bet you are the same fraud calling themself  RollTide...   I bet you 3000 that your program is a scam and you are a fat man dressed up in pink ladies underwear.

Bigwhazoo
Bigwhazoo

@joe6647 @divirgilio33  I just tweeted I will relentlessly pursue to sleep with every  2013 SI swimsuit model. If you going to dream, dream big.

KeysSteven
KeysSteven

@friendly--neighborhood--scrawler @KeysSteven Special Ed is down the hall, FNS, just make sure you keep your pants on this time ("dreams").

Don't understand the connection yet but nothing seems to bring out the bratty perverts in the comments (FNS) as does topic Tebow. 

TL1961
TL1961

@John Rotten @NeilCassidy Please do enlighten us as to the myriad responsibilities of the most non-essentiial position in all of sports.

0xfece5
0xfece5

@TL1961 @John Rotten @NeilCassidy They may not be essential to you building your fantasy football team, but ask any NFL RB if they think their lead blocker is essential or not.