SIX Tebow BITS: NFL, CFL, Ryan, Testaverde

By Adam Silverstein
May 1, 2013

1 » Now that former Florida Gators quarterback is officially a free agent after being waived by the New York Jets (and then going through the waiver wire unclaimed), he has the opportunity to choose where he wants to play next should teams offer him the chance. Unfortunately for Tebow, many of teams have already decided that he is not in their plans. Pro Football Talk has done a good job piecing together comments from interviews with direct information they have uncovered. Here is a list of teams that (at least as of press time) have internally said “no” to Tebow or made those comments public in one form or another: Chicago, Jacksonville, Minnesota, Philadelphia, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, Tampa Bay, New York Jets (obviously), Denver (obviously). That lists consists of less than one-third of the NFL’s 32 franchises.

2 » Two teams that have at least in some way commented on Tebow did not completely rule him out. Detroit general manager Martin Mayhew, while a guest on 97.1 The Ticket, addressed the situation. “I feel good about our quarterbacks right now,” he began. “We’ve got four on our roster and we typically go with four. But I’m the kind of guy who never says never. Miami refused comment altogether. “Our decision-making process regarding player personnel is confidential and we don’t discuss it publicly,” long-time Dolphins spokesman Harvey Greene told PFT.

Read three more news BITS on Tebow…after the break!

3 » The next step in the Tebow news cycle are teams, companies and organizations trying to make headlines by offering him job opportunities. Some indoor football team called the Omaha Beef, located in Nebraska of course, sent a standard contract offer (read: $75 per game) to Tebow’s agent, Jimmy Sexton. The team then had starting QB James McNear explain that it would be a good move for Tebow to take the gig because, “I think Tim can learn a lot from me.” Additionally, the Paul and Young Ron Morning Show, which airs weekdays on Big 105.9 FM in South Florida, has sent an offer to Tebow’s agent to have the player a spot as a “regular sports commentator on the show.” This has been offered to Tebow, someone who is hesitant to share his opinions about anything except his religious beliefs. The agent for the hosts told the Miami New Times that Tebow is “evaluating the opportunity.”

4 » One of two legitimate offers Tebow does outside of the NFL is to join the CFL (the other being an opportunity with the AFL). The Montreal Alouettes hold Tebow’s rights north of the border. General manager Jim Popp said Monday that Tebow could join the team as the back-up signal caller. “If he wants to come to Canada, he would be in the same situation as the one he was in with New York,” Popp said. “He can come here and compete to be the backup to Anthony Calvillo and learn the game, just like Jeff Garcia did (behind Doug Flutie). And one day he might be the guy; that’s our vision. He can learn from the best.” Calvillo is indeed one of the best quarterbacks in CFL history as he is a three-time Grey Cup champion, three-time CFL Most Outstanding Player and currently the all-time passing yards leader (in either league). Tebow would have the opportunity to grow behind the “Peyton Manning of the CFL,” which is ironic considering many believe he should have had the chance to learn behind the real thing.

5 » Surprisingly, not all the news about Tebow has been negative or embarrassing. In fact, Jets head coach Rex Ryan took some of the onus for 2012’s failures off of Tebow’s shoulders and in the process threw former offensive coordinator Tony Sparano under the bus. “When you look at it with the advantage of hindsight, obviously it wasn’t a good situation for Tim. It wasn’t a good situation for the Jets or anything else,” he said on 98.7 ESPN Radio. “I looked at it like he would have had success and we were going to use him in a multitude of ways. Unfortunately that didn’t happen. … We really didn’t take advantage, in my opinion, of his skill set. That’s nobody’s fault, ultimately it’s my fault.”

6 » Former NFL QB Vinny Testaverde came out in support of Tebow, noting that he worked with him in April and saw massive improvement. “I was kind of disappointed because I was hoping he’d get a chance to show the coaches what we worked on,” Testaverde told ESPNNewYork.com. “I think they would’ve been impressed if they had compared this year to last year.” Testaverde added that he and former NFL QB Chris Weinke noticed what Tebow’s offseason quarterback coaches also realized – his footwork was the problem. “His footwork was all screwed up,” he said. “Chris and I looked at each other after about four or five throws, and we saw the same thing. We got his footwork fixed. His throwing motion is now a non-issue. He throws with what we call ‘effortless power.’ He doesn’t have that elongated motion anymore and his head isn’t moving two-and-a-half feet when he throws it.” Basically, Testaverde said Tebow was “stepping in the wrong direction when he was throwing the football.”

7 Comments

  1. VO2max says:

    Lol @ Omaha Beef. I’d be shocked to see Timmy go to CFL. Tampa said no? Damn, Gator roots run deep there. He’d put butts in seats if nothing else.

    I guess nobody is buying this most recent guy that “fixed” Tim. Now Vinny is saying he’s fixed. It’s a “non-issue?” I’d say somewhere around 32 GM’s disagree with you Vinny. Hopefully only 31 disagree, that’s all it’ll take.

    Good chance that the Tebow media circus is reason enough for many franchises to pass. Sucks.

    Could this be the end of the road? It’s a toss up at this point.

  2. Michael Jones says:

    Not sure that I agree that Ryan’s remarks constitute throwing Sparano under the bus. That’s where he belongs, though, right alongside Ryan.

    Also was fascinated by Adam Schefter’s comments on ESPN that the Jets GM dumped Tebow partly because he was starting to build support within the organization. Just more of the bizarro world that has become Tim and the NFL. Tebow has supposedly fixed his throwing issues–which was supposedly the problem–and no one cares.

  3. g8ter27 says:

    I still think the Jags should pick him up to sell tickets rather than go public and say he is not in their plans and isolate even more Jag fans from the organization. They should take note of Miami’s policy. Sounds like the Jags should also go after Calvillo. Finally, I think Terrell Owens should go play for the Omaha Beef with that great qb they have.

    • Michael Jones says:

      Ha ha! You got that right. Especially the part about Calvillo. Sounds like a lot of NFL teams could use that guy.

      Hey, a lot of people forget that Kurt Warner–to me one of the finest QB’s to play in the last 20 years–was once an Arena Football League quarterback for 3 years, and he credits arena football for helping him be able to make the quick reads and deadly accurate throws he was famous for. And let’s not forget that the Packers cut the future Hall of Famer with Mike Holmgren as head coach, Steve Mariucci as QB coach, and Andy Reid as an offensive assistant. I’m guessing that if those guys can be wrong about a player, so can that idiot Hoge.

      Tim could do worse than go play behind Calvillo for awhile. Jeff Garcia played behind Flutie up there and learned a lot before coming back and having a pretty good NFL career.

  4. Ken (CA) says:

    I’m not sure I get throwing Sparano under the bus. Sparano is the one that came out in the middle of the season saying exactly that, not understanding why they weren’t using Tebow in the ways they said they were going to, and not understanding why he was passed over for McElroy.

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