Why Tim Tebow has a place in the NFL

The debate has died down recently. Johnny Manziel has become the new one man reality show of the NFL. Ray Rice punching his fiancé in the face and Adrian Peterson whacking his son with a tree branch, along with Roger Goodell’s responses to those incidents, have become the new hot button topics of the NFL.

I’m talking about Tim Tebow, of course. You may remember him as the guy who led Florida to a national championship in 2008 and played a key role in another one two years earlier. You may remember him for being the first to lift up the Heisman Trophy- with a Florida blue cast on his right arm, no less- as an underclassman. You may remember him for his speeches, such as the bone chilling halftime rampage in the national championship game, or the somber but determined pledge to outwork everybody else in the country after the puzzling loss to Mississippi a few months before that. And more recently, you may remember him as the guy who starting the whole “Tebowing” trend.

This article is about none of that. What Tebow did in college, on and off the field, is irrelevant. His devout Christian faith and Tebowing gesture are irrelevant. And most importantly, the wonderful person he is off the field is (for this particular topic) irrelevant.

This past weekend, I watched more pro football than I’ve watched all year. First I watched some of Jacksonville-Tennessee, followed by the two Saturday games (Philadelphia-Washington and San Diego-San Francisco). Then I enlisted in the help of NFL Red Zone to watch all the Sunday games at once, which was followed by the Sunday Night Football battle between the Seahawks and the Cardinals. Finally, I capped my NFL weekend by watching the end of the Broncos and Bengals.

From this extensive weekend of studying various NFL teams, the conclusion was easy to make: Tim Tebow absolutely has a place in the NFL.

Before I explain why, though, we need to be real with ourselves. Tim Tebow will never be a Hall of Fame QB. He is not, nor will he ever be, a better QB than Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers or even Ben Roethlisberger. Anybody who still believes that he is needs to let go of that. I am not arguing this, and anybody who does is plain silly.

But to say that Tebow doesn’t belong in the NFL at all, even as a backup, is also silly. I watched some QB’s this past weekend who had no business being on a practice field, let alone the NFL. And watching them made me more certain than ever that Tebow belongs in the NFL. Somewhere.

Look around the NFL. Are you going to tell me that Josh McCown is better than Tim Tebow? Are you going to tell me that Ryan Lindley is more deserving of an NFL roster spot than Tebow? Do you honestly believe that Mark Sanchez belongs in the NFL more than Tebow? How about Kyle Orton? Geno Smith? Jimmy Clausen? Johnny Manziel? Zach Mettenberger? Shaun Hill? Case Keenum? Brian Hoyer? Can you tell me with a straight face that each and every one of these QB’s deserves to be playing professional football and Tim Tebow doesn’t?

The mechanics of a QB are important, yes. I’m not in any way ignoring them, and I will address them later in the article. But the ultimate goal for a franchise is to win games. Not be the sexiest, not be the most exciting, not even necessarily to be the most talented. It’s to win games. And despite the fact that Tebow does have anywhere near the talent of the great NFL QB’s, he can win games as well as any of them.

As an NFL starting QB, Tim Tebow is 9-6 (60%), and has won a playoff game. Here is the complete list of current NFL quarterbacks with better win percentages than Tebow and two or more playoff wins: Tom Brady, Russell Wilson, Aaron Rodgers, Peyton Manning, Philip Rivers, Ben Roethlisberger, Joe Flacco and Colin Kaepernick. Yep, that’s it. Tim Tebow really does have a better winning percentage than Drew Brees, Eli Manning, Matt Ryan and Tony Romo. Tebow really does have more playoff wins than Andy Dalton, Cam Newton and Nick Foles, and as many as Tony Romo, Andrew Luck and Matt Ryan. Does that shock you? It shouldn’t.

Yes, I acknowledge the fact that Tebow only started in 15 games, and that Eli Manning and Drew Brees play more than that every season- and that they’ve each started every game of every season (or most, anyway). Tebow played for most of one season and the tail end of a second, while Manning and Brees have been stuck on teams with few pieces surrounding them to help them out. I get that. Without Victor Cruz and an offensive line, Eli is left to win games with O’Dell Beckham Jr. (who he’s only had for a little more than half the season) and a young Andre Williams. Meanwhile, Brees quarterbacks the team with the most horrendous defense in an NFC South that’s filled with them. Even two-win Tampa has allowed fewer points per game than New Orleans. Again, I totally understand that this is not the QB’s faults.

But Tebow wasn’t exactly playing with a Pro Bowl team in Denver either. That Broncos defense got trashed for 40+ points more than I’ve ever seen from a division winning team. You can sort of expect it from Green Bay (49 points) and from New England (twice- 45 and 41), but certainly not from a Ryan Fitzpatrick led Buffalo team (40) or Detroit (45). And giving up 32 and 29 to Minnesota and San Diego teams that totaled 11 wins that year is nothing to be proud of, either. Offensively, the Broncos were just as limited. Eric Decker makes a decent third or fourth option, yet he was the Broncos’ best receiver in 2011. And only having one running back (Willis McGahee) who can run for more yards than Tebow, is not exactly the best recipe for offensive success. Blame some of this on Tebow if you want, but note that the third leading rusher on that team was Lance Ball, who totaled 404 yards… compared to Tebow’s 660. And that’s despite Tebow not playing the first four and a half games.

The fact of the matter is, Tebow took over a 1-4 team with major weaknesses on both sides of the ball, and won them their division plus a Wild Card playoff game. That’s certainly not grounds for hailing him as the best QB ever, but doesn’t that make you as a GM of a random four win team intrigued enough to want to see more? That’s the entire premise of this article. Not that he should kick Tom Brady out of his starting job, but merely that he deserves a roster spot on a team with no proven better options.

Of course, Tebow has lots of work to do if he wants to be a successful NFL quarterback. His mechanics need to be retooled. He still has a tendency to drop the ball too low on his windup. His release point needs to be adjusted. That’s what scares teams off. Some teams have a right to not consider him because of this. You know. The perennial powerhouses with star QB’s. The playoff teams who already have a QB that’s not necessarily a star, but has cemented himself as the team’s leader- like Baltimore with Joe Flacco. The so-so teams who have star QB’s, or promising young ones. But there are 32 teams in the NFL, and several of them- more specifically, several GM’s- don’t have a reason like that not to take Tebow. Yes, I’m talking to you, GM’s of terrible teams. You know who you are, too: Tampa, Tennessee, Cleveland, Houston, Oakland, the Jets (even though, again, he’ll never go back there) and St. Louis are the obvious ones, and you could make the argument that Jacksonville, Arizona, Buffalo, Philadelphia, Washington and San Francisco wouldn’t be hurting themselves by signing him to a backup role. Tebow’s negatives are fixable through good coaching and Tebow’s reputable work ethic.

Objectively assessing Tebow’s career, I would currently categorize his worth as an NFL QB somewhere between fair and good. That’s not exactly a glowing endorsement, but that’s certainly more positive than any objective assessment of Josh McCown’s NFL career, or Ryan Lindley’s, or Shaun Hill’s, or even Zach Mettenberger’s. Yet those guys, and others of similarly modest respectability, currently have jobs in the NFL and Tebow doesn’t. Some of that may be by choice, as being an SEC analyst may appeal to Tebow more than being a third string QB, but there are teams out there who don’t have a single QB who’s proven himself to be better than Tebow on their active rosters, like Tennessee, Tampa or even the Jets (even though he’d never go back there).

Why teams who have struggled mightily did not take a chance on him this year is beyond me. Yes, he currently has a job as an analyst, but there is a clause in his contract that allows him to leave with little to no notice for a job in the NFL. Does Tampa Bay really believe that Josh McCown is more fit to lead the franchise than Tebow? Their failure to even give Tebow a tryout says that they do. Whatever, that’s why you’re 2-13. Or is that on purposes they can get a top draft pick? But see, that’s the real problem. Nobody is even willing to give Tebow a job on a short term basis. They would rather struggle with whoever they have and lose games than take a chance on Tebow and see what happens. That may come off as rather biting and sarcastic, but that is what the league wide refusal to sign Tim Tebow is saying about the NFL’s worst teams.

He deserves another shot. That’s all I’m saying. His 9-6 record on a Denver team that was far worse overall than they were perceived to be has earned him another shot on an NFL roster, and that’s putting aside the fact that some of the QB’s who currently have jobs are actually worse mechanically than he is. Now add that back in the equation, plus the fact that Tebow is a proven leader with off the charts intangibles, and he is more than deserving of an opportunity of an NFL roster spot.

36 thoughts on “Why Tim Tebow has a place in the NFL

  1. Josh McCown – yes he is better than TT
    Ryan Lindley – he is not supposed to be playing but is due to injury. He is a better prospect than TT and his main shortcoming is the same as TT and that is accuracy. The difference is he has experience with reads and a good arm.
    Mark Sanchez – technically is better but is shell shocked now.
    Kyle Orton – much better than TT
    Geno Smith – bum
    Jimmy Clausen – time will tell. Did the abuse is Carolina ruin him ?
    Johnny Manziel – flawed fundamentals but can actually read
    Zach Mettenberger – much better prospect
    Shaun Hill – much better. Good journeyman
    Case Keenum – his only real weakness is…. Arm weakness
    Brian Hoyer – also better. Again, has NFL skills

    And what is this supposed to mean “or even Ben Roethlisberger”

    You phrasesd that in a way that suggests he is not one of the best in the game.

    Look, we love Tebow but he is not a quarterback. He is one of the best FOOTBALL players in history but is a horrible qb.

    He had a nice little run but so do a lot of running qbs who don’t actually have a qb skill set. See Young, Vincent.

    The other issue is the circus. Teams will take project qbs to develop but they don’t come with the gong show that is “Tebowmania”

    His ceiling is not even close to being worth the headache

    1. This is the kind of horse crap that Tebow haters sling all over the web. Most of it is completely without basis in fact.

      Orton better than Tebow? Well, how do you explain Orton going 4-16 with the EXACT SAME ROSTER that Tebow went 9-6 with? With Orton the 2011 Broncos were 1-4 and going nowhere. When Tebow replaced Orton at halftime against San Diego, the team imediately played better. Nobody was talking playoffs until Tebow took over. Tebow vs Orton is as close as you will every get to a controlled scientific experiment, and the results are clear, which is why Orton was benched and released in favor of Tebow.

      And Lindley having more potential than Tebow? Is this the same Lindley who set an NFL record with zero touchdowns in 224 attempts? Tebow has SEVENTEEN touchdowns in just 188 attempts. Literally NOBODY but you would attempt to claim Lindley is better than anyone.

      Sorry, that kind of baloney exposes your whole argument as nonsense. You are entitled to your own opinion but not your own facts.

      1. I already explained how. See Vince Young reference

        It is this kind of crap that the Tebow swingers spew that causes such backlash. If he was half way decent as a qb he would be on a roster.

        So he caught a few teams unprepared for his style and they won a few. It didn’t take long for everyone to catch up to his style.

        The guy can’t work his reads. He has a terrible delivery and had no oomph on his sideline patterns.

        The fact that the Pats cut him tells you all you need to know. BB loved him. Kraft loved him. He just wasn’t good enough.

        And wtf do you mean “nobody but me” Lindley is terrible. But he has more qb skill than Tebow and he is not playing because of some farce. He is the third string; he really isn’t supposed to be playing.

  2. Your stats about the win percentage and playoff wins have to be kinda tongue in cheek, Neil. But I agree wholeheartedly with the premise of this article having said that.

  3. First things first, I’m not a UF fan and I’m not going to disguise as one. I like Florida but they aren’t close to being my favorite team. Also, I’m not a Tim Tebow fan and, even though I enjoyed watching him at Florida, and then his run with the Broncos, I think he isn’t NFL material.

    Why am I posting a reply on an Internet blog about the Gators to “bash” one of the most (probably THE most) well-liked Florida Gator? I don’t know, I found this blog by chance two or three months ago and I liked it so I kinda check it fairly often. I’m not a FSU fan, nor a UGA fan, or a Miami fan, or support any other SEC team and my intention isn’t to annoy or bother anyone; I’m sorry if I do in any case.

    First, as I said, I don’t think Tebow is a good NFL QB. He was one of the best college players ever, and he seems to be a great human being, but to play in the NFL, I think he lacks lots of things (mechanics, accuracy… well, what am I doing, you’ll know them even better than I do). He can tweak some of these things, obviously, but this is the 5th year since he was drafted and the last time he was on the field (his pre-season stint with the Patriots in 2013) he didn’t look any more polished than his first year in Denver, so you wonder how much time you need to actually change those things and if the investment in time would actually be worth it for a QB who, let’s face it, would probably never be at a Pro Bowl level.

    About that list of QBs that you name and wonder why they have a job over Tim, well, (almost) all of them are reasonable hires.

    -Josh McCown, Kyle Orton and Shaun Hill are guys with a lot of experience, proven at the NFL level, their teams know what they get with them, and all of them were brought to back up or compete with young QBs (Glennon in Tampa, EJ Manuel in Buffalo and Bradford in St. Louis) and kinda “teach” the youngsters. Then things didn’t go the way they were supposed to be (Glennon and EJ were busts and Bradford got injured once again) and the veterans had to play, and they did so at the mediocre-acceptable for a stopgap level they’re used to offer.

    -Zach Mettenberger and Johnny Manziel are rookies who got to play after their teams’ hopes got destroyed, so they could get some experience and their coaching staffs could get to know more about what they had and (especially in the case of Mettenberger because he was picked in the 6th round, Manziel being a 1st rounder I guess will have a longer leash, although the way he’s played isn’t encouraging at all) if they could have future in the team or they needed another QB. Mettenberger showed flashes before he got injured, Manziel… not so much.

    -Mark Sanchez, as much a walking joke as he became with the butt fumble and all, has talent, has quarterbacked a team that made two deep playoff runs (and that wasn’t because of him, but he played fairly well in both those runs) and even though I don’t think he’s starting material he’s a competent backup plan and some people think part of his problems can be fixed in another environment (and he certainly has played better than he did in NY… maybe except his second season).

    -Geno Smith is a QB picked relatively high that last year showed some flashes (although I never liked him) and this year he burned and crashed, and is only playing so the new staff will have more info to judge him and decide if he’s worth keeping as a backup or is better to just get rid of him (and the other option is Michael Vick, who hasn’t exactly lit it up when he’s played).

    -Brian Hoyer is a career journeyman who won some games for Cleveland last year and they decided to give him another chance, he got benched because in his last weeks he played horribly but until he crashed down Cleveland was winning games with him and were in playoff contention for the first time in forever. He’ll probably have a career much like Orton, switching between stopgap starter and veteran backup for a young QB.

    -Ryan Lindley and Case Keenum are similar cases. Their teams lost each one their two top QBs, the 3rd one was a raw rookie and they were signed off the street mid-season because they knew the city, the team, the players and the system. They aren’t good (especially Lindley) but their teams just brought a player who was familiarized with the environment and who didn’t have to learn the system from scratch. As I said, they’re not good, but they’re emergency hires and their teams went with them because of that.

    -Jimmy Clausen… well, I don’t know. He was a highly rated QB, he’s supposed to have some talent and his only action was with a dreadful Carolina offense but I would be concerned if he was my team’s primary backup option. Yeah, that Carolina team wasn’t good but he was horrific.

    About his record and the comparisons with those of other QBs, I think his record would’ve gotten worse if he had been the starter in 2012 (especially considering his two options when he got out of Denver were the Jets and Jaguars) but that’s football fiction and we’ll never know.

    I don’t think his supporting cast in Denver was that bad. McGahee played very well that season, and he had Decker, who is a good receiver (I’d say he’s a nice #2 and great #3 option), and Demaryius Thomas, who was still raw but… well, the talent was there, and he was the leading receiver under Tebow (he didn’t get to play in the games Orton started, while Decker got about 40-50% of his numbers in those first 5 games). Of course Tebow got to run a lot and finished as the 2nd leading runner, that’s his main strenght and Fox and his OC built an offense that featured a lot of QB runs under him.

    And, now talking about the defense, of all those teams who scored big against Denver the only game that’s inexcusable is the one against Minnesota. San Diego finished 8-8 (same record as Denver) and they had the 5th most scoring team in the league, putting points on the board wasn’t their flaw. And Detroit went 10-6 and got to the playoffs, so it’s not like they were the ’08 Lions. (And 14 of those 45 points were two Tebow turnovers returned for touchdowns).

    All in all, and to close this: I think NFL people think his flaws are too big and would take too much work and time to fix them (if it’s even possible), and that he wouldn’t be able to replicate what he did in Denver. Fair or unfair, he never got by Sanchez, he played poorly in New England and he didn’t seem to be correcting or polishing his game, and people don’t want to risk bringing him and all the noise that would come attached for a player who, at the very best, needs a very specific system (and in case you bring him as a backup, you most likely would have to change all over to accomodate him). I don’t think all the GMs and coaches for the bad-to-mediocre teams in the NFL would want to risk their jobs if they thought Tebow could be a good starter for them.

    Of course, it’s just my opinion and that doesn’t mean you should think that way or that I am correct. As I said in the beginning of my reply, I don’t want to disturb anyone, I’m just adding my two cents as a guy who’s kinda sympathetic for Florida but that doesn’t root for them.

    1. NFL QB PASSER RATINGS – FIRST THREE SEASONS

      Elway: 54.9 76.8 70.2
      Tebow: 82.1 72.9 84.9

      Never let the facts get in the way of your “opinion”, right?

      1. You realize completion percentage is what the modern NFL is about, right?

        When Elway played 55% was good, 60% elite. Now, 60% is considered the low end of acceptable in most offenses not like those of Bruce Arians.

        Tebow couldn’t even hit 50% with a top end #1 and a top end #2 in the modern NFL which is built on passing, as opposed to the NFL Elway played in.

        His two biggest fans in the NFL didn’t even think he was worthy of a roster spot. That tells us all we need to know.

            1. I’m sorry, I thought winning was the most imporatant thing. My point was how effective Tim was in the 4th quarter when the chips are on the table by comparing his qb rating in the 4th quarter of all the games he started with all the other qbs who starteed those same games. That’s 16 games when many of the qbs listed in the original blog also played. Not that the ratings alone are the real measure but as support for my point that when Tim was realeased from the constarints of Fox’s offense he stood out more often than not. 16 game where most of them played and his winning percentage was higher than any of the qbs on the list. (9-6) 16 games where be won coming from behind in the 4th quarter 5 times, probably more than all the qbs listed put together, You can have completion percentages and ratings but as Lombardi said “Winning isn’t the most imporatant thing, it’s the only thing.” Tim is a winner and has intangibles that can’t be measured but his statistics can and in the most imporatnt statistic the point is proven. He should get a shot. It is unlikely that he will but if he doesn’t it will just show that the NFL is full of hypocrisy. Of course we knew that already so what’s the point?

              If you really want to compare and use like numbers take the first 16 games of Elway, Manning, and Brady vs Tebow’s 16. Now, I’m not trying to say that Tim is as good as any of those guys, I’m not. But I saying compare similar without emotion or opinion.

              1. Why is it that the Tebow fanboys, so quick to point out his winning percentage, always seem to forget he lost 4 of his last 5 games, having only completed half of his passes once, for an even 50%.

                He had a nice run caught a few teams off guard, then the league figured him out. It’s not like all of those teams were marauders; the Bills and Chiefs were two of the teams.

                1. So T, 16 games over 2 years = “a few?” you aren’t interested in an real dialog.if Tim had signed with anybody but the Jets we could be having a much more intelligent discussion. But it didn’t happen. Oh well, maybe next year. In the meantime Tim continues to be a great example to young men and gives of himself to help others in other ways. I admire him as a man and if that makes me a ” fanboy” I guess that’s ok with me.

      2. I checked your replies at the end of this entry so I know it’s a waste of time trying to argue with you, but whatever, I’ll give it a try.

        I’ll give you a pass for the first season even though three games compared to the 10 Elway started his rookie year aren’t that much, but throwing in his rating in the 3rd season, when he threw 8 (eight) passes the whole season is ludicrous.

        You want to compare their ratings? Ok, let me draw a better picture.

        -Elway’s rating through his first three seasons: 69.0
        -Tebow’s rating through his first three seasons: 75.3

        Tebow wins, right?

        Well, not so fast. Let’s check the average rating of the whole league in the first three Elway seasons: 73.1, 73.2, 70.7, for an average of ~72.3

        And now, the average rating of the whole league in the three Tebow seasons: 82.2, 82.5, 83.8, for an average of ~82.8

        Now, let’s do basic math.

        Elway: 72.3 – 69.0 = 3.3 under the league average during his first three years.
        Tebow: 82.8 – 75.3 = 7.5 under the league average during his career.

        Feel free to do a season-by-season comparison, but keep in mind Elway threw more passes in each his 2nd and 3rd season, than Tebow has thrown in his whole career, so it would be a more fair comparison doing Tebow’s career vs Elway’s year-by-year.

        But, who knows. Maybe Elway has tattoos, listens to hip-hop, kills dogs or is a “fag”. You know, just like Michael Sam just signed a $100 million contract. Right?

        1. FACT: Tebow has a higher career QB Rating than 5 active starting NFL QBs and higher than 38 active backup NFL QBs. Ergo, Tebow has a higher career QB Rating than 43 (5 + 38 = 43) active NFL QBs.

          How’s that for “not ready for the NFL”?

          Thanks for playing!

            1. Bullsh*t. The passing percentage is a component of the QB Rating, which includes other factors, such as yards, TDs, INTs, etc. That’s why the NFL (and ESPN and every other sports network) uses the QB Rating. You’re just a Tebow-hater looking at one of the many components of the QB Rating.

              Once again:

              CAREER PASSER RATINGS

              Tebow 75.3
              Sanchez 73.7

              How’s that for “modern”?

              LMAO

              1. It is a league heavy on passing. Sustaining drives and eating the clock under this philosophy requires an extra emphasis on the ability to, you know, hit the broad side of a barn. 60% completion is now the minimum acceptable completion percentage to be considered anything other than average. The one exception is Bruce Arians’ style of offense which launches a lot of deep bombs and a lower percentage is expected.

                But don’t take it from me. Here is some fun info:

                More Passing Attempts = More Interceptions?

                More pass attempts means more opportunity for interceptions, right? Although passing attempts have increased in the past 10 years, interceptions per team per game have hardly moved. In fact, the 2012 and 2008 seasons saw the fewest interceptions per team per game since the NFL merged with the AFL in 19703.

                For years, the number of pass attempts per interception remained relatively stable; In the 1970’s, teams averaged about 19 passes per interception. In the 2000’s that number jumped to 32 passes per interception. Strikingly, in the past four seasons, teams are averaging about 35 passes per interception — the highest ever. In other words, teams are throwing more passes between interceptions than ever before.

                Where’d All the Picks Go?

                Decreasing yards per pass attempt. Over the past 10 full seasons (2004-2013), the average yards per pass attempt dropped to 11.55 from 11.64 during the previous decade (1994-2003). This decrease is not huge, but it does highlight a downward trend seen in the two decades prior, 1984-1993 (12.43 YPC) and 1974-1983 (12.63 YPC).

                Increasing completion percentage. As one might suspect, as yards per attempt have fallen, teams’ completion percentage has improved. Shorter passes are often easier to catch than long throws. More short passes should lead to more completed passes and fewer interceptions.

                The Take-Home Message

                As many observers4 have noted, the NFL game is constantly evolving. The trends discussed here suggest that teams are passing more often and completing more of the passes they attempt, but that these passes are going for shorter distance. Not only do we see evidence of this in quarterback statistics, but also in the increasing prominence of slot receivers5 and the greater value placed on pass catching running backs6.

                Tell you what. Why don’t you look at total qbr since you are hung up on rating. Where is Timmmmay?

                http://espn.go.com/nfl/qbr/_/year/2011

                In fact this year, Lindley’s TQBR is higher than Tebow’s was.

          1. Which 5 QBs are starters and have a lower career QB rating than Tebow? I only see Geno Smith (who was benched mid-season because of his poor display and probably won’t be starting next year), Blake Bortles (highly drafted rookie who most people said he was raw and would need at least one “redshirt” year) and… that’s it. Two QBs, a rookie and a second year player, both with a horrendous first year, one of them a soon-to-be backup and the other one would better start improving greatly if he doesn’t want the “bust” label thrown at him very soon.

            I’ll assume you counted the likes of Mark Sanchez and Drew Stanton as starters when they’re not, they’re backups who got thrown into action because of injuries to the true starters of their teams, and they haven’t performed badly when thrown into action (Sanchez wasn’t that much of a drop off compared to Foles, and Stanton kept the Cardinals winning more often than not).

            I’m not going to do a breakdown of every backup QB but I’m sure most of them have a good logic behind them, and they aren’t chosen just to avoid Tebow. Teams tend to pick QBs who would fit the mold for their system so they don’t have to change everything if the starter goes down (i.e. Seattle having Tarvaris Jackson and taking a flyer on Pryor), and I don’t think the ideal for any coach is to change the whole playbook to fit a QB who can’t hit 50% of his passes, who has been traded away by one team, used as a punt blocker by other and cut before the season by the third one, which had the coach who drafted him as OC.

            But who knows. Maybe you are right and all those coaches, GMs, and QBs are dog killing faggots who make big orgies and that’s why they don’t sign Tebow.

  4. I wish my Buccaneers would take a shot at Tebow. What do they have to lose? They’re 2-13 for the love of God. Just take a chance, just on a short term basis.

  5. Merry Christmas Tim, Tim is a awesome QB and is better than 2/3 of the QB in the NFL today. Vick got a 2nd chance Tim can’t get a first chance? Denver might have been champions today.

  6. What I haven’t seen mentioned anywhere is the fact that Tim played in a strictly controlled offense at Denver; no long passes, always tuck it and run when he couldn’t find an open shot, and if it was third and long run it. That is unless the Broncos were behind in the fourth quarter. Then it was game on, do what you need to do. Of the 9 wins the Broncos came from behind in the fourth quarter 6 times! How many of all those on the list have EVER brought their teams from behind in the fourth quarter let alone 6 times in 15 games. When the wraps were off Tim played the game with abandon. As I remember 3 of those 6 games were won in the LAST MINUTE! In two of them he ran for the winning score. Check it out.

    Rex Ryan simply screwed Tim period. The way he was used he had NO CHANCE and anyone who couldn’t see that shouldn’t bother postiing here.

    Finally, if you really know your stats check out the QB ratings of ALL of the QBs that started the same games that Tim started in the fourth quarter. That’s rtight ALL of them including Brady et.al. HIS WAS THE HIGHEST. he has intangibles AND stats. Ignoring them is ignorant and denies the validity of most comments that are opinion or emotion but basically irrelevant to the point. I don’t believe that an impartial examination of the FACTS says that he does deserve to be on some roster.

    1. If he had any pro qb talent most of those games wouldn’t have needed a 4th quarter rally.

      Vince Young looked amazing in small doses too but he just didn’t have the skills needed to work long term.

      Look at what Denver’s record was the next year with Manning at the helm. Now excuse me while I go spit out the puke from saying that.

      1. The question wasn’t/isn’t is Tim as great as Payton – the point is that Tim is far better by record than 2/3s of the #2 QBs on NFL rosters and probably 1/2 the #1s. And it isn’t about statements like yours which is just opinion. It is about facts and numbers. They say he should be playing, or at least getting a chance to play, somewhere.

        1. Actually, it’s not opinion. It is fact. He won his first few games as teams were not prepared. Then they caught on quickly.

          He is out if the league because nobody wants to invest a roster spot on a “qb” who has neither the capacity or willingness to actually work at his craft.

          Vince Young’s production was better than Tebow’s but he is out of the league for the same reason; in small doses he can win a few games because teams didn’t prepare for running qbs. It didn’t take them long to realize one on one coverage was fine because they can make reads.

          Guys who can’t make full reads and can’t really throw get figured out fairly quickly. That is why Russell Wilson is doing well – he actually knows how to be a quarterback.

          1. T, you are still stuck in opinion and you are entitled to opinion but you avoid facts. It wasn’t a “few” games it was three at the end of one year (2-1) and 12 (7-5) the next. As far as working at his craft no one worked harder than Tim. Nobody disputes his work ethic. I won’t debate with you further as I’m sure we’ll never agree and that’s ok. Happy New Year

  7. Tim Tebow is not in the NFL because he’s not a hip-hopping tattooed dog-killing thug with six babies and six baby mamas.

  8. I think the premise of this article is “give Tebow a shot because why not?” That’s a cop out in most topics, but in the NFL, where winning is everything, Neil has a legitimate point. I assume his stats comparing Tebow to Romo, Dalton and Eli Manning are half sarcastic- I’ve read Neil long enough to know that by now- but as much as these comparisons make you laugh, the fact is that he’s right, and this point does hold some water. With the limited sample size Tebow has been allowed to give, why not give him a chance to do it (it meaning win) some more?

  9. T on December 27, 2014 at 3:47 pm said:

    “He is out if the league because nobody wants to invest a roster spot on a “qb” who has neither the capacity or willingness to actually work at his craft.”

    That is one of the most inaccurate and truly asinine statements I’ve ever read. No one, repeat NO ONE works harder at improving themselves than Tim Tebow. That, my friend, is irrefutable.

  10. NFL QB QUIZ!

    Q: What do the following active, rostered NFL quarterbacks wish they had accomplished this past NFL season?

    Johnny Manziel, QB
    Michael Vick, QB
    Ryan Mallett, QB
    Matt Cassel, QB
    Christian Ponder, QB
    Matt Flynn, QB
    Matt Schaub, QB
    Jason Campbell, QB
    Chase Daniel, QB
    Case Keenum, QB
    Jimmy Clausen, QB
    Connor Shaw, QB
    Jake Locker, QB
    Josh McCown, QB
    Blake Bortles, QB
    Matt Moore, QB
    Matt McGloin, QB
    Ryan Lindley, QB
    Matt Simms, QB
    Tom Savage, QB
    Kellen Clemens, QB
    Jordan Palmer, QB

    A: A passer rating as high as Tim Tebow!

  11. Absolutely should have a job in the NFL. Guy just wins. Partly because he does one of the most underrated things, takes care of the football. Provides immediate boost to the run game, always been a good deep ball passer and is the ultimate redzone weapon.

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