Joe Namath said Tuesday night he doesn’t believe Tim Tebow can even be the New York Jets’ stand-in quarterback.
“God forbid something happens to (Mark) Sanchez. See, this is where I’m confused. I don’t think the second guy really is Tebow,” Namath told ESPNNewYork.com.
Broadway Joe reasoned that Tebow still hasn’t shown him enough improvement in his arm motion to prove he is capable of making NFL throws.
“I don’t think he can consistently play the quarterback position as we know it as opposed to the Wildcat without improving his passing accuracy,” Namath said of Tebow. “You’ve got to be more accurate than that today, and Tim’s got a big motion. He’s working on it, and he can improve it. So that remains to be seen.”
We won’t point out to Mr. Namath what Tebow was able to pull off last season in Denver.
On Wednesday’s edition of “NFL AM,” former Pro Bowl cornerback Eric Davis morning equated Tebow with New Orleans Saints backup running back Darren Sproles.
“Sproles may not be your starting running back, but you want him on your team,” Davis said, admitting he agrees with Namath that Tebow isn’t a starting quarterback. “You know [Sproles] is capable of coming out and making plays in certain packages.”
In August, Namath originally called the Jets’ trade for the highly controversial signal-caller merely “a publicity stunt” and later that the move proved Gang Green was “more interested in headline” than winning a championship.
“You know who I find tends to resent Tebow the most?” asked “NFL AM” analyst Mark Kriegel, who wrote a biography on Namath. “It’s the great, classically trained quarterbacks. The great, classically trained quarterbacks find him to be almost offensive to the idea of the position.”
While the classically trained Namath continues to berate Tebow’s ability as a passer, Namath has always contended Tebow could run the Wildcat and contribute positively in the locker room, calling him a “plus” for the Jets.
“Because of the guy he is, because of the aura he has around him. His work ethic. His sincerity,” Namath said Tuesday. “You want him as a teammate on your side. You want to find a place to use him. But teams have seen Tim play before — last year — they have to prepare to defend against a certain kind of offense if he’s on the field. It takes up their time. He’s a weapon just being there, let alone getting on the field to help.”
It’s unlikely, then, that Namath would find a problem with Tebow as the punt protector.