Aug 22, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Tim Tebow (5) warms up on the sidelines in the third quarter of a preseason game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Should Tim Tebow Have a Job in the NFL?


I guess it’s been a while since I’ve gone on a Tim Tebow rant, and I know how many people think of the former Denver Broncos, New York Jets, and even more briefly New England Patriots quarterback.

People don’t think Tebow can play quarterback in the NFL, and I get it. He has a bad throwing motion. Even in his moments of glory with the Denver Broncos, it wasn’t exactly pretty.

But I will say this. I have seen Tim Tebow make enough throws to win games. I have seen Tebow create offense out of nothing, putting points on the board in critical situations when his team needed it most. I have seen Tebow win an NFL playoff game.

Obviously when he was with the Broncos in that magical run back in 2011, Tebow didn’t do it on his own. He had the benefit of a tough defense that kept the Broncos in almost every game as best they could, giving the team at least a semblance of a chance to win at the end of games after the offense could do almost nothing the entire game.

The Broncos ran a pretty bad looking offense that featured a lot of designed runs for Tebow, likely because of their pre-conceived notions of his inability to throw the football. I’m not going to get into an argument about Tebow’s inability to complete passes, but I will say that when the Broncos were in desperation mode and they needed Tebow to make throws, either something really clicked inside him and he was able to make them or receivers found ways to haul in some of the worst passes of all time, at least according to Tebow’s biggest critics.

My question is, why does Tebow not have a job in the NFL? If you figure every NFL team has three quarterbacks (and some do NOT), there are 96 quarterback jobs across the league, or at least hypothetically there could be.

So, even if you knock out 64 QB jobs for starters and a backup, that leaves 32 jobs out there for which no one is willing to give Tebow a shot.

Is he that bad? No. If you think Tebow is bad enough that he’s not worth a third QB spot on an NFL roster, in my opinion you are sorely mistaken. We’ve seen the likes of Thad Lewis, Scott Tolzien, Case Keenum, Josh McCown, Blaine Gabbert, and Josh Freeman start games. Don’t even get me started on who has been playing for the Cleveland Browns, who have gone through three quarterbacks. The Buffalo Bills alone have sent out every possible quarterback they could possibly come up with, including a guy named Jeff Tuel who was an undrafted free agent this offseason.

Give me a break.

I don’t buy that Tebow isn’t better than some of the crappy quarterbacks we’ve seen put out on NFL fields this season, and if he is that much worse, it’s odd that he’s been able to bring a terrible 1-4 team out of a huge hole and get to the playoffs and win a game.

The reason why Tebow isn’t on an NFL roster is the fact that he brings so much distraction through the media because everyone wants to create a controversy about why he will play, why he won’t play, whether or not he’s contending to be a starter…

Reporters have gone so crazy over Tebow-mania and the fans have created such a hysteria around him that he’s been given far more credit than any young QB deserves, but there’s no denying that all the hype aside, the guy found a way to make plays in 2011 and the Jets never gave him a chance in 2012.

People assume Tebow is no good because the Jets had him on punt coverage instead of playing QB. Still, the fact that no team was willing to use one of 53 roster spots on Tebow is a tough argument to overcome. Even the biggest Tebow supporters can’t really argue with that fact. However, I don’t think it’s because he’s seriously that bad of a football player. I feel like Tebow is/was just as good (albeit not as fast) as Terrelle Pryor is, a guy who is starting for the Oakland Raiders this year.

Oh and by the way, with Pryor out this weekend, Matt McGloin is getting the start.

Here’s an NFL weekend where Scott Tolzien and Matt McGloin are starting, but Tebow is still looking for work. You can make all the throwing motion arguments you want, but if you’re going to have third or fourth string QBs slinging the ball around on any given Sunday, why would you not throw Tebow out there?

It just strikes me as odd. Hopefully this year out of football will settle down the Tebow hype, and the guy will be able to snag a job in the NFL again next year and be playing at some point when guys like Matt McGloin and Scott Tolzien are coming into the game.

Good grief.

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  • Timothy A. Jumonville

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again here: He has been blackballed from the NFL. Why? Because he is a wholesome looking, white, outspoken Christian. Don’t talk to me about Reggie White. He was black. That gives him pass. Don’t talk to me about Kaper-whats-his-name. He looks like a hood. For that, he gets a pass. What was TT’s crime? He has the clean cut, wholesome, very white, Christian look that makes the feminists so mad. He dares to be outspoken about his faith. Politically, that is a crime now in this country. He also dared to suggest that abortion was wrong! That was the last straw! That does not go well at all in today’s feminist controlled political climate and the feminist powers that be have reached their claws into the NFL Corporate Board rooms and have made it politically impossible for any team to even consider him. New England’s coach, being a maverick, tried to see if he could have him on his team, but the political pressure, which, of course, we never saw, yet I know was brought down on the owner and the coach and they were left with no choice but to let him go. He was let go even though it is highly customary to have a QB on the scout team. Why did he play the entire last half of the fourth preseason game there if it was determined he was not any good? I think he won that game, yet the decision was made to let him go. I don’t think the coaches had anything to do with that decision. Politics made that decision. That’s what I think.

  • michael reid

    The traditional QB play is at steak. If tim wins with his style like we all know he will. Then where does that leave the pocket passer? And how about the scouts. What kind of QB will they be looking for. They don’t want to being in college style qb to the pro’s. That wouldn’t be good. they say..I guess trickle down economics.meaning we are not in control here. The rich are!If they want tebow then we get tebow. I would love me some tebow every Sunday

  • FreeAmerican

    If the question is should Tebow have a job in the NFL? why not, he’s proven he can play, not every one is gonna be the perfect Qb. if he can win games who cares what he looks like doing it.

  • Phil Strangolagalli

    I like the point you make in your article about Tebow being someone who wins games and ultimately you end up with saying generally to give him a chance. I think the same thing. I cheer this man on and I hope he gets a shot!

    I like lifting up prayers for Tebow. He has had a positive impact on the NFL and the youth of this generation. Not only do I think he can win games, he’s also a positive role model for our generation. There are many people who cherish his character.