After drafting Geno Smith, the New York Jets release Tim Tebow

Once the Jets drafted Geno Smith from West Virginia, they apparently decided they had no real reason to keep Tim Tebow. The former Heisman Trophy winner never seemed to have a role in the team’s strategy, many of YouWager’s NFL football wagering fans felt. In spite of the talk about exploring new possibilities, the club did not find a way to make that happen. Despite talk about exploiting the QB’s running ability, New York’s head coach, Rex Ryan, practically admitted that he never knew what to do with him, either.

According to a YouWager news source, Ryan released a statement that said, “We have a great deal of respect for Tim Tebow. Unfortunately, things did not work out the way we all had hoped. Tim is an extremely hard worker, evident by the shape he came back in this offseason. We wish him the best moving forward.”

When Tebow came to New York for the 2012 NFL football betting season, the Jets promised big things. Tebow would be a secret weapon. He would play several roles, the team said. Tebow would help the Jets run the wildcat formation, some front office personnel claimed. Tebow was the most hyped backup quarterback in the league, supporting Mark Sanchez, but when the chance finally came for Tebow to replace Sanchez, coach Ryan chose to start Greg McElroy instead.

YouWager’s football bettors only saw Tebow play 70 snaps on offense. He also provided protection for the punt team until he sustained a rib injury. Tebow completed 6-of-8 passes for 39 yards. He ran the ball 32 times for 102 yards. Tebow did not make a single touchdown.

Some in the online wagering community think Tebow did have an impact on the team, but not the kind that shows up on the field. Some YouWager bettors feel Tebow’s presence in New York bothered Mark Sanchez, the starting quarterback. Tony Sparano, the offensive coordinator did not find a way to use Tebow effectively, and he lost his job. Former general manager Mike Tannenbaum was eventually fired, too. He made the Tebow trade.

Tebow showed promise, when it counted, in Denver, leading the Broncos to a division title. When the club acquired Peyton Manning, however, the Broncos quickly traded Tebow to the Jets.

Sadly, Tebow’s time as a New York Jet will mostly be seen a period of media coverage for an unlikely celebrity. At one point football jerseys with his name on them outsold the NFL’s top stars. Fame may sell shirts, but it doesn’t win games. Most of YouWager’s serious NFL football betting fans saw Tebow as a novelty.

Now, the Jets have plenty of quarterback options. Along with last year’s starter Mark Sanchez, the club signed David Garrard. They drafted Geno Smith, and they still have Greg McElroy.

Many YouWager bettors speculated that Tebow might wind up in Jacksonville, Florida, with the Jaguars. It made sense. Tebow was a hero for the entire state back when he played Florida, and the club generally performs so poorly, they would probably enjoy the attention the famous Christian might bring them. But Shahid Khan, the Pakistani born billionaire owner of the team, appears to have bigger plans for the franchise.

Tebow, of course, will rely on prayer and faith to guide him. According to YouWager’s source, shortly after the Jets released him, he tweeted,

“Proverbs 3:5-6: Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding…”