Tim Tebow era cut short by Patriots

Kevin Kiani

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Former New England Patriots quarterback Tim Tebow eludes a Tampa Bay Bucaneers defender in a recent preseason game. Photo courtesy of MCT

Former New England Patriots quarterback Tim Tebow eludes a Tampa Bay Bucaneers defender in a recent preseason game. Photo courtesy of MCT

The traveling circus started in Denver, moved to New York and ended in New England as the Patriots cut Tim Tebow on Saturday. There comes a point where magic ends, novelty wears off, facts come into play and ultimately logic prevails.

The facts are that Tebow can’t play quarterback at any professional level. Tebow was the 89th ranked quarterback in the preseason posting a 36.7 percent completion percentage and a 47.2 quarterback rating. It doesn’t take football knowledge to look at these horrendous numbers and Tebow’s awful throwing mechanics to realize he doesn’t belong in the NFL.

Being picked up by the Patriots seemed perfect for Tebow. He went to a place where the starting quarterback job was well out of reach with Tom Brady still gracing the Earth with his presence. Instead of taking advantage and locking up the backup spot, Tebow reminded us all why his fairytale run with the Broncos was an anomaly that will never repeat itself.

The amount of media coverage that Tebow received was not deserved and his recent play is evidence of that. The media and fans became prisoners of a moment and raised Tebow to a mythical status prematurely.

He is perhaps the most polarizing figure in all of football but it’s difficult to root against Tebow because of his work ethic and his willingness to do anything and everything to get on the field. The challenge facing Tebow is that he is inadequate for his natural position of quarterback and yet not prototypically built for any other position. In essence, his strength is his weakness and he has been put on a pedestal so high that his imminent downfall will be dramatic and painful.

Football is a brutal sport that cannot accommodate nice guys with no talent. He has ridden the coattails of love and sentimentality from his fans for too long and now it’s time to hang up the cleats. Let’s just hope ESPN can find enough content to plug up the usual Tebow worship.