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Talk of Tim Tebow as a Legitimate NFL Quarterback is Exercise in Futility

Tim Tebow’s name has been bandied about once again as a possible replacement for an injured quarterback, and that speculation needs to end.

Talk of Tim Tebow as a Legitimate NFL Quarterback is Exercise in Futility
Tim Tebow is on the sidelines, and he should remain there in terms of an NFL career. Photo courtesy Matthew D. Britt via Creative Commons license.

The St. Louis Cardinals lost on two fronts on Sunday. They dropped a game to the Carolina Panthers 30-15. But more importantly, they lost their star quarterback, Sam Bradford.

Bradford suffered a knee injury late in the game and was carted off the field. An MRI confirmed that Bradford suffered a torn ACL to his left knee, ending his 2013 season.

Backup quarterback Kellen Clemens took over for Bradford, but it’s clear the Rams are looking for another option.

Enter Tim Tebow.

At least, that’s what some would have you think.

Gregg Rosenthal of NFL.com reported that Tebow was discussed internally by Rams’ management, but that signing him is “highly unlikely.”

Not only should it be unlikely, but idiotic as well.

When last we saw Tebow, he was auditioning for the New England Patriots during preseason under the watchful eye of head coach Bill Belichick. Belichick is always tough to impress anyway, and Tebow’s preseason efforts weren’t even close enough to get him a spot as a third-string quarterback. He was released before the start of the regular season.

Here’s a breakdown of how Tebow performed in three preaseason games for the Patriots:

Opp

Cmp

Att

%

Yds

TD

INT

Rush

Yds

PHI

4

12

33.3

55

0

0

4

31

TB

1

7

14.3

-1

0

1

6

30

NYG

6

11

54.5

91

2

1

6

30

 

Quite frankly, the numbers weren’t pretty. He at least looked better in the final preseason tilt against the Giants, but it wasn’t anywhere near enough to get Belichick to put him on the 53-man roster.

The fact that Tebow hung on with the New York Jets last season was a minor miracle. Combined with his numbers this past summer with the Patriots, Tebow over the past two preseasons has completed 24 of 66 passes for a 36.4 completion percentage, 296 yards, two touchdowns and four interceptions.

That’s not good enough for any quarterback, especially one who won a Heisman Award.

Tebow burst into the league with the Denver Broncos, leading them to a surprise postseaon appearance in 2011. He threw for 12 touchdowns and ran for six more, but his 46.5 completion percentage was more telling in describing his pocket skills. The Broncos saw that Tebow wasn’t the answer, trading him to the Jets in March 2012. 

With New York, Tebow barely got a chance at all, used only for read-option type plays in Rex Ryan’s offense. That was a problem, however, because unlike Robert Griffin III or Colin Kaepernick, Tebow simply doesn’t possess the quickness or agility needed to run that particular scheme.

It was mistake that the Jets finally admitted when they released Tebow last April.

Gary Myers of the New York Daily News said that a source confided in him that Tebow was damaged goods, both in skill and as a sideshow.

“Here’s the reason it could be over for him: the distraction,” the source said. “It’s not that someone wouldn’t like to look at him, but the distraction he brings to an organization is not worth it. Now you’ve got two places he’s been and both are adamant that he can’t play quarterback. Adamant.”

Make that three now since the Patriots decided he wasn’t even good enough to be No. 3 on their quarterback depth chart.

If the Rams are even considering the thought of Tebow in a St. Louis uniform, that’s a thought that should be banished and erased from memory. Tebow has yet to show anyone in the NFL that he can be a productive pocket passer, and he’s simply too big and slow to run an offense similar to that of RGIII and Kapernick in Washington and San Francisco, respectively.

Tebow’s 15 minutes of fame in the NFL should be over. And the league needs to get over him now.

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