Tim Tebow may not possess the throwing accuracy to be a successful NFL quarterback. But playing Tebow at a position different than quarterback robs him of his greatest qualities, his leadership and drive to succeed. Tight ends and fullbacks do not lead teams to victory though the force of their will, and I’m not sure Tebow possesses the physical abilities to play different positions in the NFL.
I do not believe that Tim Tebow refused to run the Wildcat package during the Jets Week 15 game. Tim Tebow is a football player first, anybody who watched the Florida football team following their loss to Mississippi State during their 2009 National Championship season knows the determination and perseverance Tebow displayed. If Rex Ryan morphed into Satan and installed Browning Nagle as the third string quarterback, I think Tebow would still take the ball and lead if called upon. It is completely antithetical to Tebow’s character to refuse an opportunity to play, he possesses a burning desire to win.
The marriage between Tebow and the New York Jets stood as much chance as the Dennis Rodman-Carmen Electra union. From a purely football standpoint, the Jets are a poorly conceived team. In a pass first, up tempo league, the Jets do not possess skill players capable of being difference makers. The money and time invested on Tebow should have been spent on a running back or a second receiver capable of contributing. Instead the Jets kneecapped Mark Sanchez, dooming their season before August.
The Broncos learned the difficulty of having Tebow on the roster. Tebow puts coaches and organizations in a Catch-22. If he plays and succeeds, the team must stick with him, and revamp their offense to fit his strengths. John Elway wanted nothing to do with Tebow, realizing the best path to success is with an accurate passer running a true offense. With every Tebow inspired comeback in 2011, Elway wore the look of a man walking himself off a gangplank, he had no choice but to reluctantly ride Tebow’s hot hand. Elway made sure to lock up Peyton Manning in 2012 because he realized it was the only way to silence the Tebow backers among the Denver faithful.
One miscalculation was Tebow’s. He did not correctly interpret the pulse of New York City or Jets fans. The city and the surrounding environs lean slightly less to the left than Friedrich Engels. Tebow’s expression of his conservative Christian beliefs were met less openly than they would if he were playing in Jacksonville or elsewhere. The New York media and many Jet fans were either skeptical or openly against his arrival the moment the trade was announced.
Proponents of judging quarterbacks by playoff wins and Super Bowl victories should feel Tebow has been slighted. He was one of six starting quarterbacks to win a playoff game last season. With the Jets struggles on offense this year, Tebow likely deserved a shot to start a game, and he certainly deserved better than the treatment he received from the Jets and their coaches this year. I wish Tebow the best of luck in Jacksonville or elsewhere, but his strengths may play best with the Calgary Stampede or Montreal Alouettes.
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