Tim Tebow was released on Saturday, ending the polarizing QB’s brief stint in New England. With the 53-man roster deadline looming, the New England Patriots made a wise choice to release Tebow, who was unable to silence his ceaseless critics in the preseason.
Tebow was downright awful in three preseason contests. He was 11-for-30 for 145 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions. According to ESPN Stats and Information, Tebow ranked dead last in QBR among the 82 quarterbacks that tossed at least 30 pass attempts in the 2013 preseason.
Bill Belichick hinted that Tebow had a decent chance of making the team just a few weeks ago. However, it should not come as a surprise that Tebow was released, especially since the Patriots had no interest in his services as anything other than a quarterback.
There is growing speculation that Tebow was signed by the Patriots solely to provide a positive presence in the locker room after the franchise endured a horrific offseason. Regardless, the Patriots couldn’t afford to waste a precious roster spot on Tebow. Future Hall-of-Famer Tom Brady already has a credible backup in Ryan Mallett, rendering Tebow useless for the team’s purposes.
Tebow’s inability to latch onto the Patriots roster could derail the controversial quarterback’s career. While Tebow has proven to be a clutch (and lucky) warrior in 16 career NFL starts, his deficiencies as a passer cannot be ignored. With the Patriots unable to find a way to utilize Tebow beyond the quarterback position, the team promptly released the former Heisman Trophy winner — potentially ending “Tebow-Mania” at long last.