Oh Canada: Why Tim Tebow Should Head North to Montreal and the CFL
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As the soap opera that is the New York Jets continues to play out it is becoming quite clear that Tim Tebow’s days in the Big Apple are numbered. Let’s face it, signing Tebow was a mistake from day one and while Jets owner Woody Johnson sold seats, head coach Rex Ryan had no idea what to do with Tebow.
Just one year ago Tebow lead the Denver Broncos to a Western Division title and a playoff win over the Pittsburgh Steelers. But the Jets picked him up in a trade with the Broncos after they aquired Peyton Manning. Since that moment, Tebow's career has been on a downward trajectory.
I say his next move should be north to the Canadian Football League.
According to Yahoo Sports, in an interview with the Montreal Alouettes head coach Marc Trestman, is a big fan of Tebow. He made sure that Montreal got Tebow's Canadian Football League Draft Rights and they would be happy to see him in Montreal.
“Based on what I’ve seen, I believe that in the right environment, and with a chance to go through the right process, that Tim Tebow can develop into being an elite quarterback in the NFL," Trestman told Yahoo's Mike Silver in 2010 after working with the then-draft prospect.
For 20 years as the offensive coordinator for the Vikings, Buccaneers, Browns, 49ers, Lions, Cardinals, Raiders and Dolphins, Trestman is no stranger to rebuilding projects. He has made a living getting the best out of journeymen quarterbacks.
He worked with Bernie Kosar who in 1989 threw for 3,533 yards and 18 touchdowns in leading Cleveland to the AFC Championship Game. He also was able to get career highs out Scott Mitchell, in who passed for 3,484 yards, second most in Lions history in 1997, and in 1998 while the offensive coordinator in Arizona he guided Jake Plummer, who threw for 3,737 yards, another personal best. In the process the Cardinals made the playoffs for the first time since 1982 and won their first postseason game in 51 years.
Tebow can run the spread option offense that has been quite successful for the Seattle Seahawks Russell Wilson, who Trestman recruited at North Carolina State where he was the offensive coordinator in 2005. But both left the Wolfpack, Trestman headed to Montreal to be head coach and Wilson went on to finish his college career at Wisconsin.
Going to Montreal and working with Trestman seems to be an option that Tebow should strongly consider. At the moment there does not seem to be any NFL head coach who matches the trust and belief in his abilities that Trestman feels for Tebow.
Right now Tebow needs a believer and that seems to be Trestman.
As of now if Tebow were to go to Montreal his competition would be 40-year-old Anthony Calvillo who is a legend in Montreal. Since Trestman came to town in 2008 the duo have made the CFL Playoffs every year, and won back to back Grey Cup Championships in 2009 and 2010.
So the time might just be right to usher in a new quarterback. The younger Tebow and passing guru Trestman might just be the perfect match in Montreal where they could be très bien.
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