Dec. 23, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow (15) on the sidelines during the second half against the San Diego Chargers at MetLife Stadium. Chargers won 27-17. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports
To the delight of every ESPN analyst everywhere, Tim Tebow was released by the New York Jets this morning, meaning he is free to sign with any team.
No, that team won’t be the New Orleans Saints.
Tebow’s release is the result of the team drafting West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith in the second round of the 2013 NFL draft, having Mark Sanchez and his outrageous contract still around, and the presence of David Garrard and Greg McElroy on the roster.
Oh, and because Tebow can’t do his job to save his life.
It goes without saying, but Tebow won’t be joining the Saints. When you have a kid that is this popular in the football world, no matter how horrible he may be on the field, there will always be a fraction of the fanbase that wants to bring him in anyway, thus the need for a post like this.
Well, this one is for you, the minority that wants Tim Tebow in New Orleans.
The Saints are perfectly fine at the quarterback position. Drew Brees has historic records under his belt, and really, you know the rest of his impressive resume without us rehashing it.
New Orleans also has a quality backup in Luke McCown. He already knows the offense. Don’t forget about Seneca Wallace either.
Heck, even Ryan Griffin out of Tulane, who just signed on with the team as an undrafted free agent is a better option than Tebow. His head coach at Tulane? The former wide receiver coach for the Saints, who implemented the New Orleans Saints offense at Tulane.
In other words, Griffin is already familiar with the offense and is easily a better option than Tebow.
Look, the thing is, Tebow simply isn’t an NFL-caliber quarterback. A career 47 percent completion percentage should tell you that.
Tebow would be especially lost in New Orleans, which uses an offense that relies on quick, short and accurate passes. The quarterback has to make a variety of reads right after the snap and let it rip. Tebow can’t do that because A) He’s proven throughout his career he can’t make multiple reads, instead opting to tuck it in and run, and B) he can’t get the ball out fast enough because of his laughably bad throwing motion.
Let’s not get started with what he brings as a runner, either. Head coach Sean Payton like to be secretive, the last thing he needs is more attention on the franchise for the sake of having some slow, plodding running back on the roster who can complete an accurate pass less than half the time.
Mark Ingram can probably do that if the coaching staff wants him to.
In other words, no, Tebow won’t be coming to New Orleans. If he does? Then there’s something seriously wrong with the organization as a whole.