the New York Jets cut him today. They tried to trade him for weeks, apparently, but no other NFL team would even give up a seventh-round pick for him, which should tell you something.
The Panthers have the read-option offense in their package and obviously like mobile quarterbacks. Their first backup QB is old; their second is poor ol' Jimmy Clausen. Seems like Tebow might be a good fit here as a backup, right?
I admire Tebow for the way he handles himself personally, and for his college career at Florida, and for the way he and John Fox somehow interacted so well in that one magical month or two in Denver (whatever you think about Fox, that was some serious proof that the guy can coach).
But Tebow here doesn't work. The biggest reason why is that his mechanics aren't very good and he's simply not a very good NFL quarterback. The second-biggest reason why is this: I wouldn't want the Tebow Circus to come to town. Cam Newton's psyche doesn't need the man who used to start in Florida in front of him peering over his shoulder in a meeting room every day.
Oh, everyone would put on a happy face about it if it came to that, but it simply wouldn't work. That's a dynamic that Cam once had in a flip-flop sort of way in Florida, when Tebow was the star and Newton the backup. But Newton has since established himself as a budding NFL star. To have Tebow in that QB meeting room every day would feel like a threat to Newton, I believe. And Tebow, as genial and well-meaning as he would be, couldn't help but be a distraction. (Newton, incidentally, is getting along famously so far with new QB coach Ken Dorsey).
Plus, Derek Anderson is better than Tebow (and he's only 29). He's way more accurate. He's a better decision-maker. Shoot, Jimmy Clausen is better than... OK, wait, I'm getting carried away. Tebow could be the Panthers' third-string quarterback. He's better than Clausen.
But where he would really fit better here and elsewhere in the NFL is at tight end, and he's not interested in making that position switch. He still has the NFL quarterback dream, and I don't blame him for that.
The Panthers, though, are set at quarterback and are headed toward a good season. An ill-fated spot on the Tim Tebow's Happy Train to Nowhere might be just the sort of thing that could derail them, in much the same way it derailed the Jets only a season ago.
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