Tim Tebow: Finding the Best Fit for Suspect Quarterback
The New York Jets have benched quarterback Mark Sanchez and are going with Greg McElroy for the time being.
What is the best fit for Tebow? Which teams give him the best chance to succeed? We'll rank the options in descending order.
1. Buffalo Bills
Ryan Fitzpatrick is having a down year, and it's possible that the Bills want a change. Enter Tim Tebow.
The Bills run a wide-open style that spreads the field, and could easily be adapted to Tebow. The Bills could run an offense similar to what Tebow ran in college—spread the field and use zone-read concepts.
The Bills have an elite running back in C.J. Spiller, and Fred Jackson has proven effective when healthy. Spiller is electric and a duo of Spiller and Tebow could give defenses fits.
Additionally, the Bills have some weapons in the air. Stevie Johnson is a top receiver and a solid tight end in Scott Chandler.
The Bills, if they let Tebow be Tebow, could be successful. That means incorporating some zone-read and spread-to-run concepts, as well as a lot of play action.
Tebow still needs to improve his downfield throwing, especially his accuracy, but he could give the Bills a jolt and allow them to run all over teams.
2. Kansas City Chiefs
The Chiefs have a top running back in Jamaal Charles and could employ similar concepts as mentioned above with the Bills. Kansas City has weapons in Dwayne Bowe and Tony Moeaki.
Which Team is Best for Tebow?
Tebow will only be effective when his throwing ability matches his running ability. Right now, he is simply not accurate enough.
However, as we saw with the Denver Broncos, Tebow's running style can catapult a team to the playoffs. The Chiefs need something to shake off the cobwebs and combining Tebow with Charles could make for exciting times in Kansas City.
3. New England Patriots
The brute fact is that Tebow may never be good enough to be an acceptable quarterback in the NFL.
But he has a skill set that, when used properly, can help a team win games. No team will be able to do that better than the Patriots.
The Pats are set at quarterback, so other than a few trick plays, Tebow would not see much time at the position.
But Bill Belichick is known for using his players in creative ways. He'll put wide receivers at cornerback if he has to.
Tebow could be an effective H-Back, and he could probably hold his own as an occasional pass-rusher. Tebow is nearly impossible to bring down, and he keeps his legs churning, so giving him the ball in open space would be a good idea.
Imagine a hybrid three tight end set with Rob Gronkowski, Aaron Hernandez and Tim Tebow. You could line them up in a bunch formation and create a lot of havoc. Tom Brady would have a field day.
Tebow would make an excellent special teams player and would quickly become a favorite of Belichick's.
While it will take a lot to convince Tebow to stop playing quarterback, the chance to play for Belichick and compete for a Super Bowl might be a nice consolation.
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