The Dolphins signed Jay Cutler on Sunday, ending speculation about what move they would make at the quarterback position in the wake of Ryan Tannehill re-injuring his left knee during practice last week.
Cutler wasn’t the only name under consideration by the team. Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reports three other names that were bandied about at some point before Cutler became the newest member of the team.
As you’d expect, Colin Kaepernick was one of the names. The other two reported by Salguero were Tim Tebow and Kyle Orton.
Tebow, who now plays minor league baseball in the Mets system, played for Gase when Gase was the quarterbacks coach in Denver during the 2011 season. The Broncos won the AFC West and beat the Steelers in a playoff game that year before trading Tebow to the Jets the next offseason. Current Dolphins exec Mike Tannenbaum was the Jets General Manager at the time, but Tebow’s stay with the team was far less fruitful on the field.
Orton was also on the 2011 Broncos, so familiarity with Gase seems to be the common thread with them and Cutler and Salguero adds that some names were discarded quickly.
Orton was waived in November after losing the starting job to Tebow early in the season. He has not played in the NFL since 2014 while Tebow’s last stint was with the Eagles in the 2015 preseason, so it wouldn’t be a surprise if any consideration of bringing them to Miami fell into the short-lived category.
In 2012 Ellie Goulding came out with the song Anything Could Happen, and since then I for one have been hoping that was truly the case with my man Tim Tebow getting another shot as an NFL quarterback.
It was in January of that same year when Tebow made his last start as a NFL QB against my beloved New England Patriots in the AFC Divisional Playoffs. A game the Patriots would win 45-10 en route to an AFC Championship.
Tebow went 8-5 as a Bronco starter during that magical 2011 campaign before getting traded to the New York Jets once Denver signed Peyton Manning. Tebow holds the distinction of being the only QB in NFL history to lead a team to the playoffs and never start another NFL game (excluding players who retired after the season).
After a wasted 2012 season as a punt protector/occasional running back with the Jets, Tebow was cut and he hasn't made an NFL roster since.
He went to training camp with the Pats in 2013 and Eagles in 2015, but he's yet to play in a regular season NFL game since the 2012 season despite having a winning record as a starter with more touchdowns than interceptions. While his completion percentage was frankly horrible, I do believe Tebow deserves to be in NFL. The dude just found ways to win, which is all that matters. As Herm Edwards said:
I think it's frankly bullshit that Tebow never got a true chance to fail as a starter. Sure he was unconventional, but he got results which at the end of the day is all that matters.
Much like the current Kaepernick situation I think teams didn't believe the overall talent was worth the distraction. It's like the football version of the "hot vs crazy scale" from How I Met Your Mother.
Plus Tebow can't really be a back-up given his style of play. Given Tebow's unique attributes it doesn't make sense to have him as a back-up when you'd need an entirely different system for him. But the point remains that tons of bums with way less accomplished in their careers get chance, after chance, while Tebow did not. **Cough, cough Ryan Fitzpatrick** If Timmy went 3-13 with 40% completions and more INT than TD I'd understand why he's out of football, but he never did. All Tebow did in the NFL was win.
But even as the biggest Tebow fan in the Northeast, (and possibly the entire contiguous United States) I can't lie, I have kinda, sorta given up hope that Tebow one day will again be playing quarterback in the NFL, in what would definitely be the greatest comeback story of all time. I keep holding onto hope that Doug Flutie was out the NFL for 8 years before he was given another chance, so it could happen again. For now it looks like I'll have to keep dreaming.
When it was announced Dolphins starting QB Ryan Tannehill will miss the entire year I didn't even consider Tebow as a possibility. That's how bleak things have been for him on the gridiron, plus he's busy hitting home runs for the (High A affiliate of the) New York Mets.
When the news that Jay Cutler signed with Miami first broke I was actually excited. I've always kind of liked Cutty. Mainly because I'm not a Bears fan, so his mediocrity and attitude never really affected me. Plus I kind of love how he rips butts and just doesn't seem to give a fuck. You like that in a QB when he's not your QB. Cutler is a guy you could totally see yourself being able to crush beers with. As a Patriots fan the idea of getting to play Cutler twice (if he doesn't hurt) this season really got my blood pumping since they'll be essentially sure wins. I'll give Tannehill all the credit in the world, he usually plays well against the Pats. He's beaten the Patriots three times in his career.
While I am still firmly pounding the "Colin Kaepernick should be in the NFL" drum. (its-an-absolute-joke-colin-kaepernick-is-still-unsigned.html) I'm not one of the people saying the Dolphins didn't sign him because of all the kneeling stuff. It definitely could've played a factor, but at least they signed a guy with a decent resume in Jay Cutler. It's not like when the Seahawks signed Austin Davis over Kap, the Giants giving Josh Johnson (who stinks on ice!) a two year deal or the Ravens signing some dude who played in 4 games in college over Colin. Signing Cutler makes a lot of sense given his relationship with Dolphins' Head Coach Adam Gase, which is also why I believe Tebow's name was in the mix. You also have to factor in how Cutler was essentially retired, it makes sense for a one year fill in while Tannehill tries to get healthy and ideally return next season.
I was grabbing a beer with a buddy when I saw the news about how the Dolphins "considered" Tebow, and honestly as a believer of Timothy Richard Tebow it really upset me.
You can't fucking tell me that, bro. Talk about getting my hopes up for nothing. Now the wheels in my brain start turning, and I start thinking, "Weeeellll if they thought about it, maybe other teams have too".
It's like when your mom or dad would say "Let's go get ice cream!" so you get all excited, but then you end up not getting ice cream. It's the false hope more so than going without that hurts. You'd rather just never even have the possibility of ice cream on the table. That's basically how I feel here, like my mom said let's get ice cream then drove right by the place to go to Whole Foods. I can deal with Tebow being finished as a football player, but I can't deal with false hope of a comeback.
Plus sometimes it's just better to not know. That's why I don't check my phone for hours after a blackout, if you never see it, it didn't happen. I cannot reiterate this enough: You don't talk Tebow and NFL unless shit is actually going down. To me this is like the boy who cried wolf also yelled fire in a movie theatre when there isn't one, while falsely being promised ice cream.
I just need to know how seriously the Dolphins were considering Tebow. Did someone in the Dolphins' war-room just say "how about Tebow?" and get laughed out of the room/fired on the spot for mentioning it? Or were there serious discussions in bringing Tim Tebow to the 305? Like did they call the (St Lucie) Mets to talk about a potential Deion Sanders/ Bo Jackson situation? I honestly don't know which situation would hurt me more. Don't get my hopes up if it wasn't legit, because now after giving up and coming to terms with reality, I'm sucked right back into believing Timmy could get another shot. Hopefully when Cutler gets hurt in the 3rd game of the year they'll be able to sign Timmy if he isn't too busy hitting bombs off the Apple in the outfield of Citi Field.