Tim Tebow: Requesting a Trade Would Be Pointless for Jets QB

Tim Keeney@@t_keenContributor ISeptember 14, 2012

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 09:  Tim Tebow #15 of the New York Jets sits on the bench during their season opener against the Buffalo Bills  at MetLife Stadium on September 9, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
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Tim Tebow is not a starting quarterback in the NFL. No matter what team he plays for. 

That's why the latest news surrounding the most enigmatic player—maybe even person—in the world is so curious (via New York Daily News' Gary Myers):

Although the ultimate team player, Tebow is also a 'football-aholic' who craves to be a starting quarterback in the NFL. And, according to a league source, a permanent backup role to Mark Sanchez could lead to him to request a trade.

If you haven't already exited the page or broken your computer whilst cursing yet another Tebow article, I know exactly what you're thinking:

Tebow was a starter in Denver and led the Broncos to a 7-4 record and a playoff experience. There's no reason he can't start somewhere else if the Jets don't want him.

To that, I would say awesome. Thanks for sharing, Skip Bayless. That might matter if football was an individual sport.

But I'm pretty sure without Denver's defense and running game from 2011, Tebow wouldn't have beaten the Kansas City Chiefs by throwing 2-of-8 for 69 yards. He wouldn't have beaten the New York Jets by throwing 9-of-20 for 104 yards. 

Is Tim Tebow a leader? Absolutely. Is he the type of motivational person that every locker room would be lucky to have? Undoubtedly. Is he a unique weapon that would be beneficial if used in the right situations? You betchya.

But can Tim Tebow throw the ball with enough consistency and accuracy to be a legitimate 16-game starter in the NFL?

No way.

Moreover, while it's understandable and commendable that Tebow would request a trade simply because he loves the game and wants to see more of the field, there's no situation out there that would be an improvement over his current one. 

You know, unless he changes positions.

If Brandon Weeden's Week 1 was a sign of things to come, I could see Tebow carving out a starting role in Cleveland. If Blaine Gabbert's Week 1 was more of an anomaly than anything else, he might find a job in Jacksonville.

But that's it. And even if one of those teams accepted Tebowmania as its starter, it would never be as a true option for the future. If that weren't the case, Denver wouldn't have seduced Peyton Manning with everything it had last offseason. 

Tim Tebow requesting a trade is currently just a very thin rumor that likely has no legs, but if he's smart, he'll continue to work his booty off and carve out a role in New York in whatever way he can.

That's his best chance of stepping onto the playing field every Sunday.