Tim Tebow: Why He Should Never Play Quarterback in the NFL Ever Again

Mitch Petanick@firstpitchmitchCorrespondent INovember 10, 2012

Oct 8, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow (15) looks to pass during the first half of their game against the Houston Texans at MetLIfe Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-US PRESSWIRE
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Tim Tebow is already the most talked-about player in the NFL. It doesn't matter if you love him or hate him—you talk about him. If you think he gets a lot of attention now, you better hope the the Jets don't continue to play poorly the second half of the season, because it's only going to intensify.

Jets fans are growing impatient, and they are getting desperate enough to start calling for "Tebow Time."

On one hand, you have to agree with the Jets fans. Tebow can't play much worse that Mark Sanchez has this season. But on the other hand, you have to ask Jets fans, have you gone mad?

Let's just lay all of our cards on the table: Tim Tebow is not a good quarterback.

Anyone who tries to argue that he is a good quarterback is confusing their argument with him being a good football player, which the majority of people will agree with. The problem with Tebow is that he has what I like to call "Eric Crouch Syndrome." For those that don't remember, Eric Crouch was a very formidable college quarterback whose game was very similar to Tim Tebow's. Crouch was drafted as a wide receiver by the St. Louis Rams in the 2002 NFL draft. However, he never really accepted that he wasn't an NFL-caliber quarterback.

Sound familiar?

Crouch moved around the league with a couple of teams, playing wide receiver and defensive back, but he was never given a chance to play quarterback. He failed to adapt at the other positions and as a result, he was out of the NFL within a few seasons.

I will argue with you until I am blue in the face that Eric Crouch was a better athlete, better football player and better quarterback than Tim Tebow. I'm sorry, but if Eric Crouch wasn't an NFL quarterback, then Tim Tebow isn't, either.

I'll do you one even better. Remember Tommie Frazier? He was arguably better than both Crouch and Tebow, and he never even played a down in the NFL. He is in the argument for being the best college player of our generation, and yet people still want to see Tim Tebow play quarterback in the NFL? Well, I would have preferred to see Tommie Frazier play quarterback in the NFL.

I don't dislike Tebow. And I'm not a Nebraska fan either. I just don't see what the hype is all about. He can't throw (he has only completed 47% of his passes in the NFL). I'm sorry to say it, but if you can't throw the ball, you can't play quarterback in this league. I'm also starting to have doubts about whether or not he can run the ball after seeing his performance this year. 

Tebow has to start to transition to other positions on the field if he wants to remain relevant in the NFL. He's probably not even the second-best quarterback on the Jets, so how can he ever expect to play quarterback in this league? If Tebow doesn't accept that he isn't an NFL quarterback, he will suffer the same fate as Eric Crouch did. Maybe he will catch on in the CFL as a quarterback eventually, but if he wants to remain in the NFL, it will be at another position.

Now the question is, what position could Tebow play in the NFL? He's too slow to be a feature running back or wide receiver. While a 4.7 40-yard dash is considered fast for quarterbacks, the only positions on the offensive side of the ball where that is considered fast are fullback, tight end and offensive line. He's clearly not big enough for offensive line, so that leaves his options as a fullback or a tight end.

The beauty of Tebow switching to another position—like fullback—is that it would enable the team to keep him on the field more often than if he were a backup quarterback. They could take better advantage of his leadership traits and drive to succeed. It would also allow for him to continue being used in the Wildcat (which has been wildly unsuccessful this year). 

Tim Tebow has heart. Tim Tebow is a winner. Tim Tebow is such a great guy. We've heard all the cliches before. I don't mind saying those things. The one thing I will never say is Tim Tebow is a quarterback.

Tebow can still go on to have a very good NFL career. The first step in that direction would be accepting that he is not an NFL quarterback. Tebow basically has two choices: 1) He could be remembered as a guy who had a good NFL career, or, 2) he could be remembered as just another guy who couldn't accept the fact that he wasn't an NFL quarterback. The choice is his.