It is with a heavy heart I write this. Tebow getting cut does not sit well with me. However, as usual, Tebow responded with unwavering faith:
“Thankful for the highs and even the lows, the opportunities, and the setbacks. I’ve never wanted to make decisions out of fear of failure and I’m grateful for the chance to have pursued a dream.
Thank you to the Jacksonville Jaguars organization and everyone who has supported me in this journey. And we know that…God works all things together for good. Romans 8:28”
It’s the way Tebow always has responded to adversity. It is one thing to be positive when things go your way, but it is altogether something different to able to respond that way when things do not. I cannot do that – – not always – – not nearly enough.
I have always admired that about Tebow. Throughout his career, I have never heard one negative word from him. Not one negative word in response to the deafening roar of criticism. Not one word complaining how unfair it is. No matter how he miraculously turned Denver’s losing season around, no matter how well he performed in two pre-seasons with New England and Philadelphia respectively, most everyone kept on with it and said he could not play quarterback.
“Tim Tebow didn’t get beat out for the Eagles’ third-string job: Chip Kelly simply thought he wasn’t good enough for it and hopes a better player comes available (sbnation.com).”
What kind of crap is that?
As much as it pains me to admit as an evaluator, Tebow did not look like he belonged on the field as a tight end against Cleveland last Saturday night. That is because he is not a tight end, Tebow is a quarterback. Tebow is also the leader Trevor Lawrence will never be and can never even dream of being. You see, Tebow is a warrior competitor, not some wishy washy signal caller like Lawrence who does not give a damn if he wins or loses like he let the world know prior to the draft in Sports Illustrated.
I do not believe Meyer gave Tebow a real chance. I think he caved and drafted Lawrence instead to satisfy the Jacksonville fan base. Meyer should have come in and slammed his fist on the podium and declared Tebow as his quarterback like I would have. Instead, Meyer brought in Tebow as a tight end, to play a position he never has played in his life and cut him after a few reps in one pre-season game. At the very least, Meyer could have easily put him on the practice squad and given him a season to work at it while being the beacon of light he is in that building and in that locker room. Instead, Meyer caved into this non-sense (said nicely) anti-Tebow agenda in the NFL. He all but embarrassed the man who won him a national championship and helped to put him where he is today.
I have tried three times to get Tebow back into the NFL. I tried to influence my friend Marc Trestman to sign him when he became the head coach of the Bears. I proposed to make him my starting franchise quarterback/assistant general manager (GM) my 166-page GM proposal when Browns’ owner Jimmy Haslam personally asked me for my ideas. Most recently, I used my dream interview with the Redskins in 2019 to swing for the fences for Tebow with (then) Team President, Bruce Allen.
My fourth time will be a charm. Next time, I will stand before the national media and I will light social media on fire like never before as I declare Tebow as my starting franchise quarterback and as my assistant GM. Tebow will become the first dual-role player/front office executive in league history. Next time, not even the gates of hell itself will be able to stop what is ordained.
So get ready sports world that hails Colin Kaepernick, a man who disgraces our flag while crucifying Tebow for raising our eyes above it – – get ready. You think the way I write is a lightning rod – wait until you see my team.
Because I still believe in the man who never has given up and the man who has enough faith to do something that has never been done before in the history of the National Football League, which is to come back after being out for six years and on top of that – – he attempted to do it at a new position.
I still believe in Tebow.
Daniel Kelly is a former NFL scout with the New York Jets. He was hired on the regime which featured Bill Parcells, Bill Belichick, Scott Pioli, Mike Tannenbaum, and Dick Haley. He currently writes for Sports Illustrated Detroit Lions and he is a contributing evaluator for Draft Diamonds. For more information about him visit his website at whateverittakesbook.com. He can be followed on Twitter @danielkellybook and his Facebook page is WHATEVER IT TAKES NFL TALK.