Nine months after Tim Tebow arrived in New York, to tabloid cries of “Amen!” and “God Him,” the brightest, shiniest phenomenon in football history appears to be on his way out. The Jets have had a crummy season, currently standing at 6-8, with more than one embarrassing nationally televised moment. Among the signs that things have not gone well: commentators had to coin a name for a turnover, the “butt fumble,” to adequately describe the team’s lowest moment of ineptitude.
It’s hard to lay the poor performance at Tebow’s feet—he was allotted only fifty or so snaps—yet “sources” now say that the Jets plan to release him at season’s end. (Starting quarterback Mark Sanchez is apparently gone, too.) When the Jets face the Chargers this weekend, Greg McElroy will be given the start. McElroy has thrown all of seven passes in his N.F.L. career. Yet he, not the two well-compensated men ahead of him, has been deemed the team’s best chance at winning.