Tim Tebow: Analyzing New York Jets QB's Biggest Strengths

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Tim Tebow: Analyzing New York Jets QB's Biggest Strengths
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Tim Tebow may be suffering from sore ribs, but when it comes to the ability to withstand pain and take a beating, the New York Jets' backup quarterback is second to none.

Tebow has proven himself to be a winner at every level throughout his football career, but after what's been an awkward season as New York's backup signal-caller, it's time NFL fans are reminded of what Tebow brings to the table as a pro quarterback.

Here, we'll break down Tebow's biggest strengths and what he can offer an NFL team.

 

Strength

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It seems redundant, but one of Tebow's greatest strengths is, well, his strength. No other quarterback in the NFL is built like him. Although Cam Newton boasts a unique combination of size and strength for a quarterback, he lacks the lumberjack build of a Tim Tebow.

Sure, when it comes to throwing the football with accuracy, Tebow's bulging biceps get in the way. But in situations where he is escaping the pocket and making plays as a runner, Tebow's muscle comes in handy. 

Tebow's strength has helped shape him into one of the NFL's best late-game quarterbacks. Despite taking shots for three quarters, he's often still looking to lower his pads in the fourth quarter.

In Tebow's case, when you're strong, you're confident. 

 

Legs

Tim Tebow is no Cam Newton or RG3, but he is difficult to bring down in the open field. 

The third-year NFL quarterback burst onto the scene in college as a runner from under center for the national champion Florida Gators. And ever since, Tebow has been making defenses look foolish with his legs. 

He rushed for 887 yards in 23 regular-season appearances for the Broncos in 2010 and 2011, averaging nearly 5.5 yards per carry over that stretch. Tebow also scored 12 rushing touchdowns in those 23 games. 

If Tebow had Tom Brady's accuracy, he wouldn't need a superb pair of legs or great vision as a runner. But the bottom line is that Tebow's ability to run makes him a multi-dimensional quarterback, unlike Brady. 

Not a better quarterback, but a more diverse one.

 

Leadership

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Although many football pundits will downplay the impact of Tebow's leadership on the rest of a football team, they can be no denying that Tebow's energy wears off on the rest of his teammates.

From college to the NFL, we've seen Tebow bring out the best in his teammates and almost will his teams to victory.

Of course at some point talent has to take over for the spark and energy; but without a spark, talent is useless. NFL fans witnessed firsthand last season the impact Tebow's presence in the huddle had on the Denver Broncos, turning a 1-4 team into a division champion. 

That's not to say that Tebow's leadership and ability to motivate is enough to win games by itself, but that he, more so than any other quarterback, is going to get more out of less.

 

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