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Tim Tebow: Polarizing Quarterback Must Change Positions to Save NFL Career

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 14:  Tim Tebow #15 of the New York Jets runs from the field against the Indianapolis Colts at MetLife Stadium on October 14, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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Rick WeinerFeatured ColumnistJanuary 11, 2013

Tim Tebow wakes up this morning with a decision to make.

Does he continue to stand firm in his belief that he can be a successful quarterback in the NFL despite all the evidence to the contrary, or does he put his pride aside and embrace the notion of playing a different position?

If he wants to continue his NFL career, he needs to opt for the latter—especially now that the team many expected him to join before next season, the Jacksonville Jaguars, doesn't have a place in training camp, much less on the roster, for the former Florida Gator.

Per the Jaguars' official Twitter account:

Caldwell: I can't imagine a scenario where Tim Tebow would be Jacksonville Jaguar.

— Jacksonville Jaguars (@jaguars) January 10, 2013

Tebow, the quarterback, is a man without options.

For as much criticism as people lay at his feet, nobody can dispute that Tebow is a phenomenal athlete.

Tebow, the athlete, has options.

His combination of size, strength, speed and vision make him a dangerous player when he has the ball in his hands.

Not every player in the NFL can break off a run like that, and it's that ability that makes him an intriguing fit for teams around the NFL.

He's a fit only if he's willing to abandon his dream of starting under center, dedicating himself to becoming a running back or wide receiver—though whether he has the hands to handle a spot on the outside or in the slot consistently, well, we just don't know.

But he can certainly make plays as a running back.

Tebow wouldn't be the first player drafted into the NFL as a quarterback who turned out to be a better fit at another position.

Seattle's Michael Robinson, a dual-threat quarterback at Penn State who finished fifth in the Heisman Trophy voting back in 2005, has switched positions twice since entering the league.

San Francisco made him a tailback, where he had moderate success.

But it's with the Seattle Seahawks, as Marshawn Lynch's lead blocker, that Robinson has thrived, being named a Pro Bowl alternate at fullback in 2012 for the injured John Kuhn.

Robinson embraced the idea of changing positions.

Tebow needs to follow suit.

It's the only way that he's going to find himself on a NFL sideline in 2013.

 

Rick Weiner is a member of B/R's Breaking News Team

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