Tim Tebow: Which Teams Are Most in Need of His Services?
Tim Tebow needs to split from the New York Jets.
Interestingly enough, there was a rumor earlier in September.
In an article by Gary Myers of the New York Daily News:
“I think he will be a good soldier,” one NFL source said Wednesday. “At the end of the year, I think he will express those concerns to the Jets. He will want to move on. The one thing about Tebow is he is the quintessential team player. He would never do anything that is going to undermine the team. But he’s football-aholic. It’s in his blood.”
If Tebow remains in his limited role all season, then the source anticipates the QB will sit down with Jets decision-makers and ask them to trade him.
Fortunately for the sake of everyone's sanity, Tebow denied the rumor thereafter. Per Mike Garafolo of USA Today:
The Jets' backup quarterback and starting Wildcatter was asked Friday about a report by the New York Daily News this week that he'd request a trade at the end of this season if he didn't get a full-time role at quarterback this year.
"Yeah, that's what these guys told me about a little bit ago. I find that pretty funny," Tebow said. "It's about as true as me living in Hoboken, I think."
Nonetheless, the Jets have used Tebow sparingly, and after his success with the Denver Broncos in 2011, it's obvious the man is capable of leading. To that end, let's check out some teams where Tebow could contribute the most.
With a great running back in Darren McFadden, the Oakland Raiders could make some noise with Tim Tebow.
And it's not like the Raiders have much to lose offensively either.
Tebow at the helm would take a lot of game-planning away from McFadden and pressure off Oakland's receivers. This is arguably the best fit as well, because the Raiders present some of the league's quickest and most explosive targets.
Combine that with Tebow's arm strength and ability to buy time, and this would be one intriguing offense. All Oakland would need to do is spread the field and use read-option between Tebow and McFadden.
Defenses would also be keying so much on stopping the run that more single-coverage looks would be given. In turn, Tebow would launch a few downfield to let the receivers make plays.
Despite performing decently well through the first two weeks, Blaine Gabbert partially reverted back to his rookie ineptitude in Week 3.
Unsurprisingly, the offense continues to revolve around Maurice Jones-Drew, and the passing game continues to be inconsistent.
Well, if the Jacksonville Jaguars want any shot to compete for a postseason berth, upgrading the offense is needed. Tim Tebow would be a great option for Mike Mularkey because of his versatility and the Jags' improved receiving corps.
No defense would entirely focus on limiting MJD's impact, and Tebow would also draw a crowd.
Jacksonville needs a spark to build off this win over the Indianapolis Colts, and Tebowmania would be just the answer.
Helped by a strong defense, the Arizona Cardinals have legit playoff hopes in 2012.
The offense, unfortunately, still lacks consistent explosion, and Arizona needs that for any chance at a Cinderella run.
Ken Whisenhunt's receiving corps is reliable with Larry Fitzgerald, Early Doucet, Andre Roberts and tight end Todd Heap. Considering the previous talent around Tim Tebow in Denver and New York, Arizona would provide more from an all-encompassing perspective.
Tebow's ability to make plays with his feet would nullify the vulnerable pass protection, and when in doubt, he would be able to just toss the ball up to Fitzgerald.
His arm is stronger than that of Kevin Kolb or John Skelton, and the athleticism would bode well for a tough defensive division. Tebow isn't the pocket-passer Arizona needs, but he would give the Cards' skill-players better odds at moving the chains.
If anything, Arizona would improve regarding time of possession and the run game by default.
The Cleveland Browns desperately need to ignite some sort of offensive production.
In Week 3 against the Buffalo Bills, Cleveland managed just 240 total yards and rookie quarterback Brandon Weeden threw two interceptions.
So, the Browns certainly need help at moving the ball and helping out their sound defense. Adding Tim Tebow would simply create more dynamics, and Cleveland would benefit.
Trent Richardson has proven to be the reliable Brahma Bull in the backfield, and his threat would only be enhanced with Tebow also carrying the rock. In addition, the screen/jump-pass gimmick would pay dividends, since Richardson is so well-versed at getting yards after contact.
Plus, Pat Shurmur's West Coast attack would suit Tebow well, as it limits the number of reads per play. The quicker the play develops, the reduced odds of a turnover. And if a play breaks down, there's no one better than Tebow at improvisation.
At the very least, Tebow would bring some excitement to the Cleveland fans.
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