New York Jets Introduce Tim Tebow (Jeff Zelevansky, Getty Images Sport)
By Nate Davis, USA TODAY
Perhaps Boomer Esiason just wants to be known as the greatest left-handed quarterback in New York Jets history, as unimpressive a distinction as that may be.
But he's so underwhelmed by fellow southpaw Tim Tebow that he doesn't even think he's worthy of one of the Jets' 53 roster spots
"If I was the Jets, you want to know what I would do? I would cut Tim Tebow. I really would," Esiason said on his Boomer and Carton Show on New York's WFAN on Monday morning.
"I'm telling you right now I would, and I'll tell you why I would: it's just not in any way, shape or form benefiting this team. I just don't see how it benefits this team.
"I just think this whole thing -- at least from my perspective right now in relation to who Mark Sanchez is, your starting quarterback -- is a major mistake."
Sanchez, the Jets' anointed starter, has, by most accounts, significantly outplayed Tebow in training camp. But New York is ginning up several specialty packages for No. 15, who's eagerly embracing whatever role the Jets deem him best suited for.
Given that and the two draft picks GM Mike Tannenbaum gave up for him, Tebow doesn't seem to worried about suggestions from Esiason, who was 15-27 as the Jets' starter from 1993 to 1995 and never took the team to the playoffs.
"I've heard nothing but great things about Mr. Esiason. I know he was a great player here, and I just wish him nothing but the best in his announcing, and God bless him," Tebow responded Monday.
"I just continue to use that (criticism) as motivation. And when I get my opportunities, try to make the most of them, just be the person that I am and not let that get me too excited or too down, but just be who I am and go out there and work as hard as I can every day and try and improve and be the best football player/quarterback that I can be."