Tim Tebow was cut today by the New York Jets. I've gone on record to say that I am a Tim Tebow fan, and that I think he is a winner. He's won every where he has gone, and that would have included New York if the Jets had given him a fair shot. I hope and pray that another team gives him a chance.
But what the Tebow news today really did was remind me of a post I have been wanting to put up for a while. And that is to comment on one of the worst NFL commentators in the business today: Boomer Esiason.
The connection between Boomer and Tebow is obvious. Last off-season Boomer spent a lot of time slandering Tebow. "He isn't worthy of a roster spot." "He shouldn't even be a back-up quarterback." "The Jets should cut him."
Those were just a sampling of the things Boomer had to say about Tebow last off-season. But you can go back to the previous off-season to read even more. "Tebow can't play, can't throw." That was said prior to the 2011 season.
Then after the Broncos made Tebow their starter, Boomer upped the rhetoric. After his second start Boomer called for the Broncos to "end the Tim Tebow experiement".
So for the better part of two years Boomer Esiason has spent the majority of his NFL commentary ripping a fellow NFL quarterback. Boomer never gave Tebow credit when he played well. He never missed a chance to point out when Tebow played poorly.
What Boomer never did was acknowledge that Tebow was a first year starter in 2011 for the Broncos and as such made his share of "rookie" mistakes. Now if I felt Boomer was worth the time I would go back and compare his first 12 starts in his NFL career to Tebow's first 12 starts in 2011. Something tells me that Boomer wouldn't like the results of that comparison.
What I can do is look at the facts. Tebow took over a 1-4 Bronco team and led them to a playoff berth. He then led the Broncos to an opening round playoff victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers. At times Tebow played like a first year starter in the NFL. At other times he played like a seasoned veteran. One thing he proved was that the Broncos were NEVER out of a game with him at the helm.
After the Broncos signed Peyton Manning following the 2011 NFL season, they traded Tebow to the NY Jets. Rex Ryan never gave Tebow a chance in New York, even jumping him on the depth chart to start the 3rd string QB when Mark Sanchez got benched. Typical Rex Ryan stubbornness refused to give a proven winner the chance to turn around the Jets' season. The result? The Jets continued to lose.
And Boomer continued to attack Tebow. I am sure Boomer would try to argue that the Broncos defense was the reason for the Broncos run in 2011. Which would be typical Esiason NFL analysis. In other words, not very good. Considering it was the same Broncos defense that started 1-4. What was different after that start? Oh the starting QB, but no Boomer, let's give the defense the credit.
Oh and how did the Broncos do with Peyton at the helm last year? While they did win their division, they failed to win a single playoff game. That's right, after 1 season as starter in the Denver, Peyton Manning couldn't win a playoff game, something Tebow did in his first season as starter.
As for Boomer's own performance? As I said as far as NFL commentators go I can't think of anyone worse. Boomer even does these little CBS sports minutes on CBS radio. One morning I got to hear Boomer creating a Hollywood movie cast for some made-up sports movie. I don't even remember who the movie was supposed to be about, but I couldn't believe the waste of 60 seconds of radio time for that hard-hitting sports analysis. Boomer is a joke.
What makes Boomer's attacks on Tebow so bad is there is no professional basis for them. That means that they could only be personal. It isn't apparanete what he has against Tebow, but personal attacks for two years are just a mean-spirited action, and not the actions of a true professional sports commentator. It begs the question, "Why does Boomer hate Tim Tebow?"
But even without the Tim Tebow rants, Boomer is a horrible commentator. In fact, to sum up this entire blog post, I just have to say: CBS should fire Boomer Esiason. Boomer isn't worthy of radio and TV airtime. He can't commentate, he can't analyze.