We aren't sure if the world can survive this. Or at least the Sports Media world....
It appears the ESPN/Skip Bayless dream of seeing Tim Tebow on an NFL Playing field this season has come to an end.
Tebow, the 3rd of 3 QB's on the New England Patriots roster, was released Saturday morning as the team, like other NFL teams, pair the roster down to 53 to start the season this upcoming week.
The legend did get some playing time in the preseason including an extensive amount of action in the final game against the New York Giants. He went 6 for 11 with 91 yds, 2 TD's an interception and was sacked 4 times.
Not embarrassing numbers, but numbers put up against the Giants reserves.
As you all know by know, Tebow has been an incredibly polarizing figure in his brief NFL career. A Heisman Trophy winner and National Champion at the University of Florida, he's been unable for the most part to extend that success to the pros.
Yes, his fans will say he led the Denver Broncos to a strong finish and playoff win during his rookie year in 2011, and they would be right. But that success had more to do with a strong defense, great running game and Tebow able to occasionally complete a pass.
Whereas detractors point out his lack of accuracy, inability to read defenses and struggles with play-calling as his ultimate demise. Those detractors also point to the circus-like atmosphere his presence creates and that circus is difficult to deal with. That circus isn't entirely his own fault, he hasn't asked ESPN to revere him like they do, but it becomes the price of admission.
There have been suggestions he should try changing positions, but to this point, he's not been willing to do that.
Assuming he clears waivers, Tebow is eligible to sign with any NFL team willing to have him. The challenge with that is knowing that along with the player, comes a huge circus.
We wish him the best of luck....