Tim Tebow: Power Ranking Best Possible Teams for Underused Backup

Richard LangfordCorrespondent IDecember 9, 2012

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - NOVEMBER 22:  Quarterback Tim Tebow #15 of the New York Jets during warm ups before the start of their game against the New England Patriots at MetLife Stadium on November 22, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Rich Schultz /Getty Images)
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Tim Tebow needs a new home. The Jets have no use for him and apparently no intent of letting him play, and the young quarterback deserves a shot to show what he can do. 

I'm not even a Tebow supporter. I've ripped him as a quarterback on many occasions. However, it cannot be denied that he got results as a starting quarterback last year, and there are some teams that could use some of his mythical winning ways. 

The Jets may just end up cutting Tebow this offseason, and that would actually be the best-case scenario for him, as he could hit the open market and try to find a team that actually wants to play him. 

Here are three teams that should give Tebow a shot. 


No. 3: Arizona Cardinals

Tim Tebow is a lot like the Cardinals' current group of quarterbacks. He has no idea where the ball is going when he throws it. 

However, Tebow can run, and he has shown he can manage a game. 

Early in the season, the Cardinals were the buzz of the league, as they sat at 4-0 and were flying high off a string of thrilling, late wins that went back to last season. 

Tebow could help this team rekindle that magic, and while he did so, the Cardinals could try to find a real franchise quarterback. 


No. 2: Oakland Raiders 

Carson Palmer has done a decent job with the Raiders, but he is expensive and aging, and there is nothing to suggest the Raiders are close to being a playoff team with Palmer. 

So, why not go in a new direction? Tebow could pair with Darren McFadden to give the Raiders a dangerous and dynamic backfield. 

Yes, Oakland would have to completely transform its current zone-blocking, West Coast offense, but they should anyway. It's not working. 

Oakland could move to a more run-oriented offense like the one Denver ran with Tebow last season, and all the while they could also groom youngster Terrelle Pryor in this offense and see if he can develop and eventually take over the offense from Tebow. 

Also, this is a franchise that hasn't had a winning season since it was blown out in the Super Bowl over a decade ago. It could use a dose of Tebow's drive and penchant for success. 


No. 1: Jacksonville Jaguars 

Blaine Gabbert is a bust. The Jaguars don't need to move away from him—they need to sprint away from him. 

That said, why not turn to area legend Tim Tebow? Jaguars owner Shahid Khan certainly seems open to the possibility. He tells WOKV that he would have "100 percent" drafted Tebow had he been the owner then. 

This downtrodden fanbase could use something to get excited about. The Jaguars could bring in Tebow, pair him with Maurice Jones-Drew and start building some fan excitement again, and they could do so while still trying to find their signal-caller of the future.