You’re a general manager of a NFL team. Your team hasn’t made the playoffs for several years now. Ticket sales have been on the decline. Your starting quarterback is nothing more than mediocre. You look at the free agent pool and see Tim Tebow on the list. What do you think to yourself? Probably nothing. It perplexes me how so many teams in this position don’t take a look at Tim Tebow and why he is not in a NFL uniform.
Tim Tebow was born on August 14th, 1987, making him 26 years old currently. He dominated college football like no other, and was a first round pick by the Denver Broncos. Tim Tebow earned his first victory on his second career start, overcoming a seventeen point deficit at halftime to the Houston Texans. He threw for 308 yards and a touchdown. He has a rushing touchdown, which he uses a lot and is part of his repertoire.
Tim is not usually a 300 yard passer, but his typical stat line would look like this: 8 for 16, 135 yards, 1-2 TD’s, 0 INT’s, 8 rushes 75 yards, 1 rushing touchdown. When teams look at this stat line, they get scared. They don’t see a rapid explosion in their offense if they sign him. They look at him as a risk. What do I look at him as- a reward. Tim Tebow doesn’t quit- he will do whatever it takes to get the first down. Does he make many plays over 15 yards?- no. But does he move the chains? – yes. Does he stay on the field long enough for the defense to be rested -yes. If a player like Trent Dilfer won a SuperBowl doing the same thing, why can’t Tebow?
How many NFL starters ranked 27 on have a prolific playoff victory? Brandon Weeden- no. Jake Locker- no. Matt Flynn- no. Kevin Kolb- no. Mark Sanchez- yes. Blaine Gabbert- no. The only guy who has prolific playoff victories is Mark Sanchez and he is beyond washed up. I would start Tebow over all of them, but Matt Flynn and Kevin Kolb have better pocket presence. Tim Tebow doesn’t have good qb vision, accuracy, takes way too long to throw, and can’t make consistent throws either. But he has heart, an ability to perform in the clutch similar to the elite QBs in the league, and has unreal athleticism.
That same year that the Denver Broncos were out in the dumps at 1-4, Tim Tebow led them into the playoffs with many fourth quarter comebacks. The question is, do the coaches have the heart muscles to wait until the fourth quarter for Tim Tebow to wake up and score. If you are just trying to get victories, and need a score or two to win, I would. Most of these bad teams have bad defenses, so how will Tim Tebow fit in? This is an up and down debate, but a debate nonetheless.
If your a team that will not win more than 6-7 games anyway, why not sign a player that will increase you revenue by incremental amounts? The most popular figure possibly in all of sports, if not start him, why not just give him a chance at the QB battle just like in Denver vs. Kyle Orton. If you make the playoffs with him, nobody can say nothing. He is willing to improve, but all the doubters are saying he never will improve. If a player makes the playoffs one year, the only year he started, does he lose his opportunities because of his negative qualities. Do they overcome the heart of a winner? Maybe not a champion, but a winner.