Tim Tebow was released by the New England Patriots, as the team chose to go with just two quarterbacks for the 2013 NFL season. According to ESPN on Aug. 31, Tebow will now have to clear waivers before he can become a free agent.
Tebow’s chance of making the New England Patriots team was minimal anyway. Ryan Mallet is the future quarterback for the Patriots and Tebow, at best, would have been a third string emergency quarterback unless Bill Belichick found a creative way to use him in various formations.
Over the 2013 NFL preseason, Tebow completed 11 of 30 passes (36%) for 145 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions. Always known for his feet, Tebow also rushed 16 times for 91 yards. A glaring reason why Tebow was cut was that completion percentage, which ranked last for all 82 quarterbacks who attempted at least 30 passes in the preseason.
Even when he was leading the Denver Broncos to the playoffs, it was more his tenacity than his talent. The Denver defense kept games close enough for Tebow to pull out the miracle plays at the end. However, with a lesser defense, Tebow couldn’t win in the NFL with his numbers. His quarterback rating was 34.3 since his rookie season. There are only three starting quarterbacks who were worse – John Skelton, Brandon Weeden and Blaine Gabbert.
Even on his miracle wins in the fourth quarter, his rating only raised to a 56.9. While many point to him as a proven winner, his overall win-loss record is only 9-7 as a starter. Seven of those wins came on come-from-behind drives in the fourth quarter.
The question now is where Tim Tebow goes from here. He failed at the New York Jets, although some say he was never given a fair chance. When the Jets finally released him, no other team – not even the Blaine Gabbert led Jacksonville Jaguars – wanted to take a chance on him. And, with the New England Patriots dropping him, one wonders if Tebow’s NFL career has finally come to an end.