Kristian@wwl.com - Let me start by saying Tim Tebow might just be the greatest college player of my generation. He was fantastic at Florida, winning two national titles. Tebow seemed to WILL the Florida Gators to win after win. Tim Tebow displayed fantastic leadership ability and was just a tough, gritty player who propelled fans to the stadium and got them glued in front of the TV. If you like college football, this is what it was all about. Tebow was college football.
With that said, please spare me the talk that Tebow could be an NFL starter, or that you would want him as your quarterback. Please spare us he “he hasn’t gotten a fair chance” argument. You can’t help but root for Tebow, but when you watch him, you get nauseated at his attempt to play quarterback in the NFL.
The Broncos gave Tebow a shot, and concluded they couldn’t advance past the second round of post-season with him as their signal caller. The Broncos somehow managed to squeeze a 4th round pick out of the New York Jets for Tebow. I would’ve paid the Broncos a fourth rounder to keep him. Let me be clear, I wouldn’t want Tebow as my backup Quarterback, and certainly wouldn’t want him as my starter, unless I was playing a motivational speaker game or college football. He’s likable; Tim Tebow’s a man of God. All that is nice, but it doesn’t help you play quarterback in the NFL.
Tebow would be better served playing in the Arena League. Even then I would have questions about his game. However, the field is smaller…the windows for passing are larger…and he would be a huge draw for fans. There is a reason Tim Tebow went unclaimed on the waiver wire. 32 General Managers and pro scouting guys know the deal. He’s not the answer at quarterback. Not to mention it will be a circus with his arrival, just ask the Jets how that went last year. “Yeah, but he won a playoff game with Broncos.” I get that argument all the time. Is that the goal? Winning a playoff game…or winning a championship? How are quarterbacks measured? Lombardi trophy collections! That’s how! In 37 career games as an NFL QB Tebow has thrown 361 passes and completed 47.9% of those passes. He’s just not accurate enough in the pocket. Teams usually want their starting QB’s to complete a minimum of 60% of passes.
So, can we end the “I feel sorry for Tebow” party? I don’t feel sorry for Tim. He was drafted in the first round by a coach who clearly didn’t know what he was doing. He won two national titles at Florida. He has a Heisman trophy. He’s a man of God. Tebow is a fantastic human being! He’s just not a good NFL quarterback. He’s made a decent wage, so what is there to feel sorry about? Tim Tebow was given ample opportunity to prove he can play at the NFL level. His body of work says he can’t! Tebow should count his blessings, and the fans should dispense with the love affair of a guy so grossly overrated.