Tim Tebow Has Some Decisions to Make

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Dec 30, 2012; Orchard Park, NY, USA; New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow (15) watches from the sideline in the game against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Bills beat the Jets 28-9. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

(Note to TebowNation: This is not my chance to make fun of Tim, but to give honest assessment of where he goes from here.)

Things have changed a lot for Tim Tebow in the past year. About a year ago at this time, he was leading the Broncos to an upset playoff win over the Pittsburgh Steelers. 12 months later, he has wallowed on the bench for the New York Jets, and trying to figure out where he goes with the next stage of his career. The resounding opinion had been that Tebow would join the Jacksonville Jaguars next year. That theory, has been quashed by new general manager Dave Caldwell, saying there is no scenario where Tebow is a Jaguar. So, what does he do next? Whether it is correct or not, no matter what your feelings are about this player, the facts are the facts. Those facts are that there isn’t a lot of interest in Tim Tebow in the National Football League, not right now. The one team we thought would embrace him has turned him away.

Tim needs to take a look at this situation honestly and ask the question, why? Why are these teams not interested in me? The reason, whether his fans like it or not, is that the talent evaluators around the league are not enamored by his ability. This is not me saying it, it’s the scouts. We know they are, otherwise we would hear about teams that want him to play for them, but we don’t. Nobody wants this guy. Obviously, Tim Tebow wants to be a football player. For all the knocks on him, he has a great tenacity and work ethic. Taking that into account, along with his current situation, Tim has two choices. He can either embrace a change of position, or play in the CFL.

Changing positions might not be the worst idea he could have. No matter what the thought is about his QUARTERBACK play, the part everyone agrees upon is that Tim Tebow’s skill set is unique. When he has been at his best, he has a unique awareness on the football field, and he is fast. He was slower this year, because the Jets had him gain weight, but that is a fixable problem. What’s wrong with taking his build, losing weight if necessary, and becoming a running back? The Jets gave consideration to this idea, why not? Tim is a very smart player, if he could watch film on how to read the holes after taking a handoff, he could quickly become a very good running back. He shouldn’t frown upon the special teams stuff either. Remember Jeff Hostetler? He played special teams for years while he was on the bench behind Phil Simms, even recording a blocked punt, before getting his chance to win a Super Bowl at quarterback in 1990. Playing special teams is not the end of your career.

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  • anpel

    I don’t really see the running back thing as a full time option. It seems to me most of the good rb’s have more of a compact stocky physique which makes it easier for them to get lost in the scrum whereas Tebow is tall.and more of a target. I truly hope he will continue, preferably as a qb, It’s a little early to tell what teams might be interested in him since the season is barely over. I remember thinking when he was traded to the Jets that it was a really bad move that didn’t make much sense.

    • $41324269

      As did we all, think it didn’t make sense. Do you see him as an option at any other position?

  • Rachel

    I appreciate the calm assessment! I’m always mystified, though, when people suggest a change of position as a solution for Tebow. Why would he be able to beat out the guys who have been honing their skills at running back (or tight end or whatever) for far longer than he has? His unique skills only give him an edge when he’s playing QB, a position that doesn’t normally feature such skills. As a running back I doubt he’d be anything special.

    I agree the CFL is by no means the end of the world if no NFL team wants him. Gotta be rational about it. But it’s worth noting that if any other NFL team did want Tebow, we wouldn’t know about it. It would be tampering for them to say so. Remember that no one was mentioning the Jets in connection with Tebow, till they came out of the blue and traded for him.

    • $41324269

      Thanks for reading Rachel. Good point, we might not know of other teams that are interested in him. It just seens to be the vibe around the sport that he is not wanted here.
      You are right, it would be tough trying a new posiion, but he seems to be such a hard worker that he could make it work, no?

    • $41324269

      Thanks for reading Rachel. Good point, we might not know of other teams that are interested in him. It just seens to be the vibe around the sport that he is not wanted here.
      You are right, it would be tough trying a new posiion, but he seems to be such a hard worker that he could make it work, no?

      • Rachel

        I feel the same vibe, all right. I have no idea what team might want him.

        Good point about his hard work. Makes me wonder what he’d rather do: change position and stay in the NFL, or play QB in the CFL. As for me I’ll still hope he can QB in the NFL next season till events prove me wrong. :)

        • TheJetPress

          Hi again Rachel,
          You may get your wish….Chicago may turn out to be a good spot for him. Their new head coach, Marc Tressman worked with him at the end of his college days, and the Jets QB coached just signed onto his staff too…you might see him there.

          Alan

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