Peyton Manning to Denver: Why the Dolphins Must Make a Play for Tim Tebow

Jake SilverCorrespondent IMarch 19, 2012

FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 14:  Tim Tebow #15 of the Denver Broncos looks to pass against the New England Patriots during their AFC Divisional Playoff Game at Gillette Stadium on January 14, 2012 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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Now that both Plan A (Peyton Manning) and Plan B (Matt Flynn) have imploded for the Miami Dolphins, they need to look elsewhere for help. Tim Tebow has to be Plan C.

Remember how awesome Tebow's 2011 NFL season was? Maybe if you're a Chargers fan it was absolutely terrible, but either way, would you have believed someone saying he would be traded two weeks ago?

Thanks to Peyton Manning's imminent signing with the Denver Broncos, it is looking very likely that Tebow's fate in the Mile-High City is sealed. 

Tim Tebow's 2011 campaign will be remembered for terrible statistics, inexplicable clutch plays and the loudest buzz created by a professional athlete in living memory (not counting Jeremy Lin, since he came after). Now that's all over, at least for the Denver Broncos. 

Once Manning is inked to the monster contract currently in the works, there will be no room left for TebowMania. Tebow himself is highly unlikely to want to stick around and play backup to the four-time MVP for the next five seasons. 

This is where the lowly Miami Dolphins need to make their move. Their offseason has been marred with one horrific mistake after another, and their hope for a potentially decent 2012 season has gone down in flames faster than Mike D'Antoni's coaching job.

First, they made the questionable decision to trade one of their only two offensive weapons in Brandon Marshall for pennies on the dollar. Then, they lost out on Manning a few days later, which could have been related to the boneheaded trade. 

Just yesterday they lost out on quarterback Plan B, when Matt Flynn decided NOT to take his talents to South Beach, and instead go fill that  hole for the Seattle Seahawks. This has left the Dolphins mulling over a potential Alex Smith signing. The fans must be jumping for joy.

As if all of this wasn't bad enough, the Dolphins' stranglehold on third place in the AFC East was shattered by the signing of Mario Williams in Buffalo. Suddenly, the Bills have one of the most fearsome defensive lines in the NFL, and will be a strong bet to edge Miami to the bottom of the AFC East barrel. 

The Dolphins now field one of the most incomplete squads they've had in years. With Matt Moore at quarterback, a no-name supporting cast and an offseason full of disappointment, Miami needs SOMETHING, and they need it now. 

So, it comes back to this: why not go for Tebow? If nothing else, Tebow has shown an ability to win close games with an O.K supporting cast and decent defense helping him out. More importantly than anything on the field however, is Tebow's ability to generate hype and sell tickets. 

The Dolphins blew it so far this offseason, and 2012 is looking bleak no matter what moves they make between now and September. Alex Smith is not the answer. The Dolphins need to worry now about their fans. 

 Tebow is a Florida legend. When the Broncos visited Miami, it was practically like a Denver home game considering how the home crowd treated the visiting quarterback. His legend alone could fill the stands at Sun Life Stadium every week even if the Dolphins were 1-9.

Tebow's skill set clearly doesn't fit in the NFL, with bad throwing mechanics and a tendency to try and play fullback from under center; but is that really any worse than having to list Matt Moore as your starting quarterback when you want fans in your stadium? At least Tim Tebow can generate conversation among fans, and there is absolutely no doubt that he can lead a team, even if he is throwing 50 percent completions. 

There's a bottom line in every business, and the Dolphins have to be looking at theirs. At this point, Tebow, Moore or Smith is all the same; they are looking at an abysmal 2012 season with a potentially furious fan base. 

So ask yourself: what is the harm in bringing on Tebow's salary for a fourth-round pick, throwing him out on the field and hoping for the best? At least with Tebow, the organization and it's fans can have a little sliver of optimism.

In the best case scenario, Tebow catches lightning in a bottle, and they have a passable season. In the worst-case scenario, they tank and get a high draft pick, which is where the Dolphins are currently heading anyway. In BOTH scenarios, they sell tickets. 

So the question Stephen Ross has to ask himself is, what's left to lose?