Tebow rally fizzles, just like his NFL Dream

George Diaz | En Fuego Orlando Sentinel8:09 a.m. EDT, September 17, 2013

Newly-signed New England Patriots quarterback Tebow talks to reporters following practice session during mandatory team mini-camp in Foxborough

Rumor has it that thousands more hopped onto the Tebow Bandwagon, but it couldn’t start. Ba-da-bing.

Sadly, that’s what Tebow has become these days, a national punch-line, or better yet a polarizing piñata. The amazing Tao of Tebo makes him the one athlete in America whose popularity is immensely disproportionate to his skills set as an NFL quarterback.

Yes, we all know he’s a winner, but to rinse and repeat, so were Heisman winning quarterbacks Chris Weinke, Jason White, Matt Leinhart, Troy Smith, and to go back a bit further, Charlie Ward. Speaking of, the kid was a great Christian, and great college QB who was told by the NFL to basically take a hike. He went undrafted after winning the Heisman in 1993, but went on to have a nice career in the NBA.

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So where is the outrage over these guys getting cut, particularly the crew that latches onto the ‘why does the NFL continue to employ criminals like Mike Vick and not give a chance to good guys like Tebow?”

Well, a few things to consider:  Vick, even though he did some despicable things, is a much better quarterback than Tebow. Vick did his time for the dog-killing thing, and legally merits to a second chance to get his life in order.

Secondly, Tebow fans are not smarter than NFL executive and coaches. There are 32 of them that don’t think he can play in the league. They would include John Elway and  Bill Belichick, great football minds who have won multiple Super Bowls.

Tebow fans are not smarter than NFL Insider Chris Mortensen, either.

“This is the problem that you hear from some teams,” Mortensen said Monday on ESPN. “It’s all this attention, all this stuff that happens that you get with Tim Tebow.  It’s not Tim’s fault. Tim didn’t call this rally. But it’s the hubbub,  the circus wherever he goes. And it’s turned off some teams from taking a look at him.”

He was then asked the ‘why not’ question, given the state of disarray in Jacksonville.

“You don’t do that to sell tickets. You are there to build a franchise as a GM. You sign him if you believe he can be a quarterback for the future.”

 The Jaguars obviously do not. As bad as they are, they don’t want to sign up for the freak show. They don’t want to deal with all the people _ and yes there will be more than a dozen obviously _ screaming that Tebow deserves to start and it will only be a matter of time before he leads them to the Super Bowl if only he were given a chance.

Most of these people aren’t true Jaguars fans, bless their souls. They are Tebow fans. Big difference.

It’s not a sustainable business model, despite the short term buzz it will create.

Tebow has been given plenty of chances, both in games and in scores of practices, to prove he can play at this level.

He can’t.

The problem with Tebowmania is that no one can make a sound football and business  decision without it turning into a morality play. Tebow does have the skill set to do wonderful things in life and to be a great influence, particularly with those who admire his strong religious beliefs.

That’s the bandwagon everybody _ including Tebow _ needs to hop on, and forget this football thing.

   George Diaz can be reached at gdiaz@orlandosentinel.com. Follow him on Twitter @georgediaz

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7 Responses to “Tebow rally fizzles, just like his NFL Dream”

  1. Brandi says:

    I like George. But he’s never been very high on Tim. The guy who organized this almost Rally is now making the Sports Talk Circuit this morning. I’m on the road and nowhere near any Stations he’s been on. So I don’t know what he’s saying. Any info anyone has would be appreciated.

    I have a more basic question. Has anyone here ever heard of this James Stewart guy? He’s been long on getting time with the Media and short on Organizing to actually get people there.

  2. TIM JOHNSON says:

    Dear Patrick Rishe. In my opinion Tim Tebow has not been given any time to fit in and build a foundation from which to grow with. He has been avoided by the teams, I think, because the NFL powers to be may have at least two concerns. First, Tim may be to religious for the NFL at this time. Second Tim hit the NFL like a man in his 3rd year in the hall of fame. I feel that annoyed a lot of superstar players owners and staff. I know I would be upset if I were a Manning or a Favre and this new kid gets mobbed by reporters and they walked by me the STAR. So I think he may have been pushed to the side and dealt dirty to try and get him to quit. All I need to say is DENVER. The Jets messed him over just to play a game. They did not train him or give him ANY real time to grow. Meaning he was not truly a part of the TEAM sole. Then the Patriots. Ok coach Belichick is cool but again I think some of that old buddy buddy stuff lingers on. They just let Tebow go with very little time on the field. Jacksonville SHOULD take him because they DO need the help. SO WHAT. Tebow just may turn out to be the franchise QB they need. At least he cant do any worse. He will get plenty of field time to make him or break him. But someone has got to give this kid a fare break. Thanks for your time. TIM.

    • TIM JOHNSON says:

      please change the name to George not Patrick.

    • Brandi says:

      I know George. (Not super well. But we’ve talked a fair amount for about 3 years.) Football isn’t his thing. He’s more NASCAR and some MLS Soccer. His knowledge of Tim’s ability is largely based on what he’s heard & read as opposed to his own analysis. He’s NOT some died-in-the-wool Anti-Tebowite and has said he thinks he’s a Good Football Player.

      But he’s bought the “Tim Tebow isn’t an NFL QB” mantra pretty hard.

  3. Lynn says:

    I hope you Jacksonville area fans are doing all you can to stop these rallies.

    These Jags Tebow rallies are going to make Tim unemployable anywhere in the NFL. It’s anarchy and the teams want no part.

    Buzzy Says : i think any News is Good news in the long run to hell with the Baby GM He should never had said NEVER.
    Mr Calwell : “Dont you wish you had Tim Tebow About Now”T.Suggs

    • The Mascot Army says:

      Do you really think these rallies are what’s keeping Tebow off teams? Letting the detractors serve as the only audible voice on Tebow has been terrible for his reputation.
      I also dont think Tebow fans booing at future Jags games will hurt Tim’s chances of playing either. Cowardly management (all of them) is avoiding Tebow whether or not there is a “circus” because they’re glad to simply do their job unspectacularly/poorly without the spotlight associated with Tebow on them.
      I say put the spotlight on them whether or not they sign Tebow. Make their incompetence hurt, make them justify their actions. This is precisely why Fox finally started Tebow over Orton-it wouldnt have happened but for the fans pointing out a losing strategy.
      The status quo is Tebow not playing anywhere, and GMs are happy with that. Bad team GMs should be made uncomfortable with poor play.

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