Tim Tebow’s NFL career ended with Jets

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Wednesday, September 2, 2015, 10:49 PM
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Tim Tebow brings very little to the table for the Eagles.MATT ROURKE/AP

Tim Tebow brings very little to the table for the Eagles.

If you close your eyes in the end zone of the Jets’ field house, you can picture that surreal March morning three years ago when the backup quarterback was treated like a rock star.

Tebowmania was running wild, but the man who laced every sentence with some variation of “excited” during a 33-minute introductory press conference was about to commit career suicide.

Tim Tebow’s NFL life died in Florham Park even though he refused to acknowledge it. His pursuit of a lifelong dream that has taken a winding path from Foxborough to the broadcast booth to Philadelphia should be over by Saturday at 4 p.m. when teams must trim their rosters to 53 players.

Unless your name rhymes with Flip Pay-less, you saw the light long ago: Tebow is not good enough to be an NFL quarterback.

From his uneven mechanics to poor decision-making, he’s never had the requisite skill set to play at the highest level. His work ethic is admirable, but there have been hurdles that few have wanted to discuss because, frankly, he’s genuinely a good human being.

There was a reason why Tebow played sparingly for the Jets in 2012. He had difficulty absorbing then-offensive coordinator Tony Sparano’s relatively simplified playbook.

Some players privately grumbled that the schemes were too vanilla for a pro-style offense, but it was challenging for Tebow, whose dyslexia necessitated a different type of learning. On the practice field, he routinely made mistakes by failing to grasp simple concepts. The root of his problems was that he couldn’t process information fast enough in the pocket.

Now, his future with the Eagles boils down to the preseason finale against the Jets at MetLife Stadium on Thursday. Tebow is competing with Matt Barkley for the third-string job in Chip Kelly’s high-octane offense.

“He’s improved in his throwing motion since we got him in April,” Kelly said of Tebow. “I think he’s really worked very hard at that. (He’s worked at) sequencing his throwing motion, so I think he’s been a lot more accurate.”

Somebody should dig up Wonder Woman and get her to lasso the truth out of the fast-talking Eagles head coach. If Tebow has made any improvements since his nightmarish stint with the Jets, it’s been marginal at best.

He’s still holding on to the ball too long. He still isn’t accurate. He still can’t play the position.

The notion that Kelly should keep Tebow as a two-point specialist is laughable.

Which is the least appealing option when eschewing a PAT? A) Hand off to DeMarco Murray, B) allow Sam Bradford to survey the landscape before letting it fly, or C) place your faith in Tebow.

Anyone who doesn’t choose “C” should immediately be subjected to a Breathalyzer.

The lone stain in the Eagles’ 25-point first-quarter explosion in Green Bay last week? Tebow was 0-for-2 on two-point conversions.

He was stuffed on a run up the middle and threw a horrific pass that was dropped by a Packer. Kelly explained away the failed rush by pointing to a missed block by an offensive lineman, but isn’t Tebow supposed to overcome such breakdowns? Anybody can score given a clear path. The supposed lure of using Tebow is that he can overcome imperfect execution up front.

There are rumblings that Kelly will keep Tebow even though he clearly hasn’t earned a roster spot. The 28-year-old lefty is a high-energy, uber-positive soul, but he’ll offer very little to a team poised to make noise this season.

Tebow’s preseason passing numbers (10-for-19, 97 yards, no TDs) won’t wow anyone. He insisted this week that he’s improved his mechanics, but the rate of progression isn’t nearly fast enough.

Tebow’s competitiveness and self-confidence strained his relationships with quarterbacks in Denver and New York. Broncos signal callers once fined him for not speaking out against a billboard put up by fans that called for Kyle Orton to be benched in favor of him. It would have been easy for Tebow to defuse the situation with a simple public endorsement of Orton, but he strategically remained quiet.

Tebow never publicly supported Mark Sanchez as the starter, either. Tebow knew exactly what he was doing. It didn’t go unnoticed in the Jets quarterback room.

Time and circumstance have changed the landscape. Tebow has never been a threat to Sanchez in Philadelphia. His sights are set much lower.

“You’re competing for something, but you want to do things the right way,” Tebow said of battling Barkley for the No. 3 job. “Opportunities and positions are never more important than character.”

Tebow was a solid analyst for the SEC Network after the Patriots cut him in 2013. He offered smart analysis and engaging insight.

It’s time to head back to the booth. He doesn’t belong on the field anymore.

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