New York Jets star Tim Tebow may have a ways to go before he can be considered a starting-caliber NFL quarterback, but the emergence of the read-option offense at the pro level could be the great equalizer, and it certainly gives No. 15 hope for the future.
With dual-threat quarterbacks like Robert Griffin III and Colin Kaepernick thriving under the read-option scheme this past season, the door is open for Tebow to do the same. Sure, both young guns were lethal with their pinpoint accuracy as well in 2012, but posing a running threat was a huge part of their success.
Obviously, Tebow's prowess as a rusher cannot be denied. Through three NFL seasons, the former Heisman Trophy winner is averaging five yards per carry on 197 career attempts. He also has 12 rushing touchdowns for his career.
In November 2011, Bleacher Report's NFL draft expert, Matt Miller, discussed Tebow, the read-option offense and the impact it had on the Denver Broncos. Miller concluded what many did a year ago: that Tebow is and can continue to be effective in this scheme because of his ability to run the football up field.
Though, it's hardly a surprise; after all, we know Tebow can run. It takes us back to 2011, when Tebow was leading the Broncos to wins and ultimately to the postseason. He went 8-5 as a starter and helped the Broncos win a home playoff game in the AFC Wild Card Round.
Just like RG3 and Kaepernick in 2012, Tebow made the most of the confusing offensive system, which played to his strengths as a strong runner.
If that large body of work isn't enough to convince an NFL general manager somewhere that Tebow can be successful at this level, then maybe there is no hope for him.
A man who once took a chance on Tebow, former New York Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum, offered up the following on the quarterback earlier this week (via the Star-Ledger's Conor Orr):
This is a guy who was successful in high school, won championships in college, and he's the type of person who's either going to be successful as a pro quarterback or die trying. He's highly competitive. Obviously there's some skills he has to work on. He has to be a more consistent thrower from the pocket, we all know that; the accuracy. But with that, there are things he does bring to the table.
Tannenbaum's comments are telling, even more so because they are believable. Tebow comes across as an intense player and as someone who takes his goals seriously.
If given the opportunity to start for an NFL franchise in 2013, one willing to run the read-option offense of course, there's no reason to believe Tebow wouldn't be successful. Until defenses can catch on to the option style and figure out a way to eliminate both threats, there will be hope for players like Tim Tebow.
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