If Jeff Garcia was in John Idzik’s chair as general manager of the New York Jets, there’s one thing he would make sure happened before offseason workouts begin Monday.
Get rid of Tim Tebow.
According to Jim Corbett of the USA Today, Garcia believes the Jets would be better off releasing or trading Tebow now than to have him be a part of offseason workouts with the team.
“If there’s going to be competition at the position, it’s not going to come from Tim Tebow,” Garcia said. “Having Tebow there (last season) just became more of a distraction, more of a circus show. Obviously, it’s their decision. But from an outsider looking in, having Tebow there doesn’t bring anything positive. It just brings distraction.”
Garcia believes that the only viable quarterback competition for Mark Sanchez would come from David Garrard or Greg McElroy. Keeping Tebow on the roster will do nothing for the Jets except to continue the sideshow that paraded over the team last season.
Garcia has been working with Sanchez this offseason in trying to help improve his understanding of the West Coast offense that will be run by new Jets offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg. Garcia played under Mornhinweg in San Francisco and Philadelphia and is preparing Sanchez to know what to expect in the new offense.
Garcia said the Jets moving on from Tebow would be beneficial for everyone involved.
“When you’re a quarterback, you don’t need artificial competition,” Garcia said. “And it’s not fair to Tim to put him through all that. If there’s a place for Tim that gives him a chance to be a contributor in an offense with another team, let him go be that guy.”