Boomer Esiason: Tim Tebow should be limited to special teams
August 23, 2012Eastern Indiana Sports
Credit CBS' Boomer Esiason for being willing to take fresh looks at Tim Tebow.
His latest: Tebow shouldn't even be an NFLbackup quarterback.
Forget the idea of Tebow and Mark Sanchez competing to be the starting quarterback for the New York Jets. "I don't believe Tebow can be your everyday backup quarterback," said Esiason, himself an ex-Jets quarterback. "Sanchez is clearly your starter, and (Greg) McElroy will be the backup. Tebow can do his thing playing on special teams."
Maybe, Esiason suggests, the Jets could practice "some special package" of plays for Tebow in case he ends up doing some quarterbacking.
But, Esiason said, "It's absolutely, totally predictable" that neither Sanchez nor Tebow "has looked good" in the preseason. He says Jets offensive coordinator Tony Sparano is being "so vanilla" by looking at Tebow as having the potential to be a conventional quarterback. "But ex-quarterbacks and coaches can see his inability to throw the ball forward on a consistent basis."
That's not what Esiason said on-air in December after Tebow led his former team, the Denver Broncos, to a fourth-quarter comeback. "I bought in to Tim Tebow, that's all I can tell you," he said. "He's a great guy and a great player in the fourth quarter."