Tim Tebow has been released by the New York Jets, and just about three days after the Gang Green selected West Virginia QB Geno Smith in the 2nd Round of The NFL Draft. That the Jets would jettison Tebow is no surprise here, but that it happened so fast indicates exactly what the organization’s new general manager John Idzik had in mind when he selected Mr. Smith: a new competition at quarterback that Tebow could not offer. Here’s Geno Smith meeting the media at the NFL Draft, thanks to this blogger, Zennie Abraham’s Zennie62 video:
And prior to his selection, Smith talked, again to Zennie62 on video, about how the Airraid Offense prepared him for the NFL:
Tim Tebow Was Jets Version Of Linsanity
The New York Jets had no business selecting Tim Tebow, but it was obviously done as much for headlines, as it was for actually getting a better quarterback. Consider that Mr. Tebow was plucked from The Denver Broncos right as Jeremy Lin was shocking the sports World with his unexpectedly great play with the New York Knicks.
Consider that, even though Tim Tebow’s football mechanics leave a lot to be desired, all he did for Denver was win. Indeed, in 2011, he directed a dramatic NFL Wild Card victory against the Pittsburgh Steelers with an earth-shakingly shocking 80-yard touchdown pass catch-and-run to Demaryius Thomas.
Tim Tebow Needs A Dedicated Offensive Coordinator
What Tim Tebow needs at the NFL level is exactly what he may now never get: a team, and an offensive coordinator that’s dedicated to matching his winning aura with improved quarterback play. From this blogger’s perspective, Tim Tebow can be most effective in a read-option spread system, like – wait for it – what he ran at Florida.
It’s totally weird that Tim Tebow is being, it would seem, pushed out of the NFL and to the Canadian Football League (CFL), but his being pushed in that direction reflects how little the current crop of NFL Head Coaches know about the games’s changes that have percolated up to their level.
Tim Tebow Knows More Read Option Than NFL Coaches
It used to be that the NFL was the leader in football innovation because the pros are paid to practice the craft of football. But that expectation has been blocked by the league’s “me too” approach, and “win now” pressure, not to mention just plain retread coaches, bringing retread ideas.
Meanwhile, thanks to the advent of digital media, football ideas spread far and wide fast, and wind up on that newest of experimental fields, the high school football team. It’s there that such innovations as the spread, read-option, and jet running attack were tried, and then they were refined at the college level. All that was happening while many NFL teams were still running plays out of the I Formation.
Tim Tebow was arguably the first wildly successful product of that process. But his openly Christian ethic gave him a higher profile, and made him a polarizing figure. (And at a time when Jason Collins comes out as openly gay and is embraced, as he should be, we really have to ask why Tim Tebow is shunned?)
In a perfect World, an NFL GM should get Tebow as a player and a hybrid coach, and have him help install the read-option, and then have him run it.
But I digress.
Geno Smith Can Beat Mark Sanchez
Geno Smith is scary talent. Recall that it was just a few months ago, last fall, that he was being touted as the 2012 Heisman Trophy Winner. Then, a bad game against Kansas, and rival QB Colin Klein, wrecked his chances, and his NFL Draft stock fell. And while this blogger thinks his slide was part of an overall effort to depress NFL rookie payments for 2013, the fact is, Geno Smith’s the 26th best college football performer in history. He’s thrown for more yards in college than Andrew Luck, RG3, Cam Newton, and Matt Stafford, the highest rated QB’s coming out of college and to the NFL in their respective years.
A stupid blast about his “leadership” or perceived lack of same, and by someone who doesn’t really know about these things, harmed Geno Smith’s NFL Draft stock as well, but in the slide down, the New York Jets wound up getting the one player who’s the obvious steal of the draft.
Geno’s ready for the NFL at a rate that even Mark Sanchez wasn’t at when he left USC. It’s for that reason Smith will give Sanchez run for his money, so much so, Smith may wind up the starter this year.