Tim Tebow to Detroit? Why This Would Be the Dumbest Move Since the Millen Era

Jay WierengaCorrespondent IMarch 20, 2012

HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 13:  NFL Player Tim Tebow of the Denver Broncos arrives at the premiere of Relativity Media's 'Act Of Valor' held at ArcLight Cinemas on February 13, 2012 in Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images for Relativity Media)
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In today's Detroit Free Press, the staff floated the idea of the Detroit Lions becoming involved in the bidding for Denver's Tim Tebow.

Now I'm not sure if they actually think that Detroit should get involved here, but let me make a case on this issue.

The Lions most certainly must not get involved with Tim Tebow.

In Detroit, the running joke is that the most popular guy in town is always the backup quarterback, as Lions fans are notorious for hating whoever is the current signal-caller.

For the first time since the 1950's, this is not the case.

Matthew Stafford is coming off of an epic season, one in which he has rightfully claimed the mantle of the next Dan Marino.

Why on Earth would Detroit reward him by bringing in Tebow?

All right, Tebow is not a bad guy. His critics claim that he is a little too outspoken about his religion, but nobody claims that he isn't a good person.

But Tebow brings with him some serious baggage. I'm not talking about the usual baggage that professional athletes bring like questionable morals, jail time or drug and alcohol issues.

I'm talking about a throng of devoted and crazed Tebow maniacs that will stop at nothing until their beloved Tim is running an NFL team. The devotion that these fans have towards Tebow is endless, yet reckless, and it knows nothing of rationality.

Tebow was one of the greatest college football players of all time, but as a professional he has no place at the quarterback position, and Denver's team president John Elway knew that. Elway himself was the prototypical quarterback, and he could see that Tebow was not going to be anything like him.

Yet once the Tebow maniacs got a full head of steam, even the great Elway and his coach John Fox were forced to bow to him and turn over the keys of their franchise.

What followed was an unlikely Cinderella story that crushed everyone's greatest expectations.

What didn't follow was anything resembling great quarterback play.

You know who showed great quarterback play? Stafford.

Stafford is everything Tebow isn't. He is a prototypical quarterback with a lightning-quick release, pinpoint accuracy and the ability to carry his team through smart, mistake-free passing.

Tebow is inaccurate, has a camel-speed release and leads his team through unlikely passes and a very good scrambling ability.

So why in the world would you want to bring him to Detroit?

The first thing that will happen if he comes to Detroit is that the Tebow maniacs will come out of the woodworks and start infesting Lions events. They will flood the airwaves and the blogosphere, calling for Tebow to get more snaps.

This is how it starts.

Then, once Stafford throws anything resembling a bad pass, they will start calling for his job.

Sure, we can laugh at the absurdity of this notion now, but when it is the only thing that you hear, it will become a real issue.

Who in their right mind would have thought that we would be talking about some of the political issues we are currently talking about? Birth control? Birth certificates?

Once you hand over the microphone to the crazies, you will end up spending all of your time defending the rational position.

So why, I ask, should we open the door to this?

We shouldn't. Not for a short-yardage package or even a third-string quarterback.

For the first time in my life, the Lions have a great quarterback. Let's not reward his play with a trip to the circus.