Here’s what everyone forgets to consider when they’re combatively arguing their case against Tim Tebow: He’s a better option at the quarterback position than half of the league's current starters.
If you want an elite quarterback I’ll be the first to tell you that Tim Tebow is not the guy you want. But if you want your team to win more than five games in a season for the first time in five years...Tebow is a relatively safe bet to do so.
Yes, I just alluded to the Cleveland Browns in that last sentence and, yes, I am about to offer a healthy reasoning as to why the Browns—more than any other NFL team—would benefit from having Tebow behind center.
If you are a Browns fan and you want a long-term, franchise quarterback that can win you a Super Bowl some day, Robert Griffin III is your best option.
So then why would it ever be sensible to trade for Tebow instead?
Because you are a Browns fan. You have severe issues and heavy doubts when it comes to your team investing a high first-round pick on a franchise quarterback; that’s why you’re comfortable staying with Colt McCoy. You figure there isn’t much of a cause in chasing a franchise quarterback to win a Super Bowl for the Browns because, well, you’ve seen enough over the last 20 years to be convinced the Browns will never win a Super Bowl.
Not to forget to mention, this team has been so bad for so long that at this point you would be willing to settle with a seven-, eight- or nine-win season.
If there were ever an NFL team to best suit Tebow’s game, the current Cleveland Browns are that team.
It’s no secret that the Browns lack playmakers everywhere on the offensive side of the ball. Guess what you don’t really need if Tebow is your quarterback: an array of offensive playmakers. Particularly WRs.
The Browns also happen to have a below-average offensive line with a giant hole on the right side. Guess what else Tebow doesn’t really need: yep, a good offensive line.
If there were ever a perfect running back to couple with Tebow, wouldn’t that running back be Peyton Hillis—a big-bodied back who specializes in yards after contact, a player who can get those tough yards and a guy who ranks second in the league behind Tebow in taking time to thank God any chance he gets?
If there were ever a wide receiver to pair with Tebow, wouldn’t that guy be Josh Cribbs? We all know Cribbs isn’t a receiver by nature, but we do know that he is one of the most athletically gifted/versatile/explosive players in the league. Put Cribbs on the same side of the ball as Tebow and, all of a sudden, that terrible offense you saw this year isn’t so terrible.
OK, it still wouldn’t be all that great, but it would be something worth watching.
If there were ever a coach for Tebow, wouldn’t that coach be Pat Shurmur? Let me rephrase that: If there were ever a player for Shurmur, wouldn’t that player be Tebow? As far as Browns fans know, Shurmur has no idea what he is doing. Not only is a Tebow-led offense more simple to run, Tebow can always serve as the ultimate scapegoat if things get real ugly and the Browns finish the season with four or five wins again.
On offense, the Browns already have the one thing that Tebow didn’t have in Denver this season: two very respectable, big-bodied tight ends in Evan Moore and Benjamin Watson. Go ahead and throw Jordan Cameron and Alex Smith in there as well. A tight end combo such as that could do Tebow some good. The lack of any true tight end presence in Denver was probably the biggest burden on Tebow this past season.
The Browns defense did a decent job this year keeping games reasonably close. If they can continue to build the defense and hold down the other team's offense, Tebow will be there waiting in the fourth quarter. How many close games have the Browns lost over the years? Too many to count.
This season six of their losses were by a margin of seven points or fewer, though. Six.
Browns fans have spent the last five months stating how this team has too many offensive holes to fill in one offseason. For that reason more than any other, Tebow is the perfect fit at quarterback for the Browns. The Browns could bring him in to be the teams short-term solution at quarterback for this one season in order to give themselves an entire offseason to concentrate on solidifying the defense.
After that, the Browns can go about trying to find their franchise quarterback that we’ve been longing so long for.
So what do you think?