Tim Tebow was sent to the New York Jets as part of a conspiracy to stunt the career of the run-option quarterback, an NFL quarterback coach said.
Steve Clarkson, a private coach who has worked with a number of quarterbacks, said in a conference call with reporters that the Denver Broncos shipped Tebow to the Jets knowing he would fail in New York.
“I think he was purposefully sent to New York. From the standpoint: you send him to a situation where you have instability with your coach — you don’t know if he’s coming or going,” Clarkson said. “You have a fragile-minded Mark Sanchez at quarterback. You stick Tim Tebow in there and you kill two birds with one stone.”
Clarkson thinks Denver made the Tim Tebow trade as a way of handcuffing the Jets.
“So if you’re Denver, you’ve got to be thinking, ‘We send him to New York, we basically kill an opponent and, at the same time, Tim Tebow doesn’t come back to bite us in the proverbial butt, if you will, because he’s not going to make it out of there,’ ” Clarkson added.
Clarkson’s sentiments may be misplaced, at least according to other accounts of the Tim Tebow trade. The Broncos reportedly received interest from both the Jets and Jacksonville Jaguars, but gave the final call to the quarterback himself. Tebow opted against going back to his hometown because he thought he would have a better chance to start in New York.
That never happened. The Jets struggled to find ways to use Tebow this year, and ended up giving him few snaps at quarterback while trying him at other positions like wide receiver and punt protector.
Now the Jets are trying to figure out what to do with Tim Tebow. He’s been rumored to be on the trading block, but the Jets could also cut him outright if he isn’t dealt by draft time.