It's becoming more and more apparent with each passing day that the New York Jets organization brought in Tim Tebow as a publicity stunt, but there are a handful of teams out there that could actually make use of the "quarterback," believe it or not.
Let's be clear about one thing. The best quarterback that the Jets have is Mark Sanchez. That's as much a reason for their problems as anything else. Starting Tebow won't make a difference, which is why they might as well at this point.
The Tim Tebow Myth
That's a shame because it was really the running game and the defense that played exceptionally well down the stretch. It was Matt Prater's sensational kicking that won a lot of the games in the end. Literally everyone from special teams to the offensive line played some of the best football they ever had or will.
Tebow did his part to keep them in games, and then he had an inexplicable way to "turn it on" in the fourth quarter. He was the quarterback, so he got the credit. That, along with all of the talk about divine intervention and what not.
The argument for Tebow being a starting quarterback stems from that season, and always will. The people that make that argument are either giving Tebow too much credit and everyone else too little, or they have something to gain from everyone thinking Tebow is ever going to be a starting quarterback.
That said, Tim Tebow is a tremendous physical talent. He's one of the most positive players in all of professional sports, and if nothing else, he has a winning attitude.
There are a handful of teams out there that can use what he brings to the table to win games, tangible and intangible. It likely won't be as an every-down quarterback, but there is place for Tebow in the NFL.
Wait, what? Yes, the New England Patriots. If there is anyone that can bring the best out in a player, it is Bill Belichick. If he can't, then they simply wither away into obscurity. Think Albert Haynesworth, Randy Moss and Chad Ochocinco, among others.
Belichick turned Danny Woodhead into a competent running back in a committee. He can be credited with making Wes Welker who he is, or even Tom Brady for that matter. Surely he can make a guy like Tebow, who has the right attitude, live up to his NFL potential.
It's very simple for Tebow. He needs someone who can tell him exactly what to do and how to do it. What he doesn't need is to be playing for a team in one of the biggest media markets in the country that keeps letting him think he can play quarterback.
There are 31 teams in this league that would shudder at the thought of Belichick molding Tebow for his team.
This one's a bit more of an obvious association to make. Tebow has been linked with the Jaguars since before he graduated.
Earlier this year, Shahid Khan, the Jaguars' new owner, said that he would have drafted Tim Tebow in 2010 had he had the opportunity.
He may be able to pick up Tebow for peanuts this offseason, because that's what the Jets got him for last season, compared to his being taken in the first round by the Broncos.
Blaine Gabbert hasn't exactly lived up to his first-round billing either, but he did show significant improvement this season before his injury. Chad Henne came on the scene against a top defense in Houston and showed that he's a very capable backup, or even starter.
Tebow could come in and help an already good running attack when Maurice Jones-Drew is healthy again. He could provide pass protection as a back, and he could be a very sneaky option for gadget plays.
There are a number of positions a willing coach could try him out at, given his size and physicality. The Jaguars are one of a few teams that have been on record for wanting Tim Tebow, so it could be in the offing come the offseason.
Chan Gailey was Kordell Stewart's offensive coordinator in Pittsburgh in 1996 and 1997. Slash scored 16 rushing and three receiving touchdowns in those two years.
In 1997, his first year as a starting quarterback, he went 11-5 and threw 21 touchdowns.
Chan Gailey ran a great option offense while he coached Georgia Tech, and the run game in Buffalo has been one of the few bright spots for them this season.
If anyone could incorporate Tebow into a dynamic run game, it would be Chan Gailey. Granted, he already has Brad Smith, who used to be the Jets' "athletic" backup quarterback, Tebow is another beast entirely given his size.
Tebow's NFL career is all in front of him, and there are a number of ways he can help a number of teams. He needs to realize first that he's not going to be a great or even good starting quarterback in this league. Once he realized that, the sky is the limit for him.
If all else fails, my good friend DJ Dunson of the International Business Times says the Los Angeles Lakers could always use a guy who understands the art of knifing a bounce pass into the post.
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