Tim Tebow: Why the Polarizing Quarterback Needs to Take His Talents to CFL

Jesse Reed@@JesseReed78Correspondent IJanuary 10, 2013

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 23: Tim Tebow #15 of the New York Jets leaves the field after loss to San Diego Chargers at MetLife Stadium on December 23, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky /Getty Images)
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It's becoming quite clear that NFL teams don't see Tim Tebow as an NFL quarterback. 

After a 2012 season that saw him continually get overlooked so Mark Sanchez and Greg McElroy could flounder around like fish out of water, Tebow was dealt another blow.

According to ESPN News Services, new Jacksonville Jaguars general manager David Caldwell said on Thursday, "I can't imagine a scenario where he [Tebow] would be a Jacksonville Jaguar."

At this point, if Tebow wants to play quarterback in the NFL, he will need to hone his skills in the CFL for a few years first. 

It worked for Doug Flutie, and it could work for him, too. 

What Tebow needs more than anything at this point in his career is a chance to play the position on a regular basis. 

In his time as a pro quarterback, Tebow has accumulated some terrible statistics, but he's also won more games than he's lost. The only way he'll improve upon his atrocious completion percentage and serious accuracy issues is through continued practice.

Here's a snapshot of his career statistics:

Tebow is a player with mountains of intangible qualities and has always gotten the most out of himself and his teammates when afforded the opportunity.

Unfortunately, it's becoming more and more obvious that NFL teams aren't willing to give him the time he needs to develop. 

Head coaches and general managers lose their jobs too quickly in the NFL to consider spending valuable time and effort on a project like Tebow. 

The CFL isn't glamorous, but I'm almost certain there's an opportunity for Tebow to start at quarterback for one of its eight teams. 

He may prove to be exactly what NFL teams think he is: a gimmick. 

Best case scenario: he evolves into the next Steve Young.

But more than likely, he would fall somewhere in between those two extremes, leading several NFL teams to come calling. 

Tebow needs to go out into the wilderness and hone his skills before the NFL will accept him, and the CFL is the perfect landing spot.

The Florida product has a major decision in front of him. If he really wants to be an NFL quarterback, then it's time to get acquainted with the Great White North. 


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