Tim Tebow: Other Positions QB Must Consider to Revive NFL Career

John RozumCorrespondent IFebruary 27, 2013

ORCHARD PARK, NY - DECEMBER 30:  Tim Tebow #15 of the New York Jets takes his only snap against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium on December 30, 2012 in Orchard Park, New York. Buffalo won 28-9.  (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
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Tim Tebow's best opportunity to really impact in pro football would be to play a position other than quarterback.

But according to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com:

The New York Jets have been trying to trade Tim Tebow this week, and it's difficult to say, at this point, if any teams are interested. Tebow doesn't plan on changing positions from quarterback anytime soon. That, no doubt, limits his options.

Sure, he took over the NFL world in 2011 after leading the Denver Broncos, but throughout that run, turnovers and a horrendous completion percentage also occurred.

Denver had a strong defense, which hid the quarterback's flaws, so Tebow not receiving much playing time with the New York Jets in 2012 was not overly surprising. Possessing leadership skills is definitely great, but includes wanting to contribute any way possible.

We even saw Tebow connect on this fake punt by the Jets last season.

For legitimate offensive impact though, the willingness to line up elsewhere—at least on occasion—will enhance his marketability to other teams.

So, let's check out where else Tebow could get on the field.


Tight End

Whether he lines up in the slot, wing or is connected to the offensive line, Tebow does have the athleticism to help as a blocker and receiving target. For certain, he will have to develop greater acceleration and footwork to run crisp routes and gain awareness to sit between zones.

But his size is an advantage against man coverage, and he'll be able to take on tough collisions. In addition, putting him in the slot and blocking down to seal the edge of running lanes could work well.

There's a more versatile use for Tebow here, but it's not as simple as the next two.


Fullback is arguably the best fit for Tebow.

The guy isn't afraid of contact, and he would be able to take on defensive ends and linebackers when leading through a lane. Tebow's overall athleticism is a competitive advantage for the fullback spot as well, because an offense can mix in more read-option from traditional sets.

Plus he would be solid for short-yard situations and inside the red zone. Let him take a quick handoff to slam the gut of a defense, which opens up another form of play-action. From there, he could also sneak out into the flats or across the intermediate level in the passing game.

This is a more physical position for Tebow and one where he could immediately flourish.

Situational QB

Along with contributing at tight end and/or fullback, Tebow taking snaps only on third down or inside the red zone could help an offense.

Obviously going from shotgun and powering his way inside is an expected play call—not to mention the read-option and any quick slant or screen.

But should an offense be sitting on the hash mark, allowing Tebow to come in and get outside the pocket would get a defense moving laterally. His scrambling threat will always be a concern, so give him a two reads of the coverage when rolling out and the option of taking off.

Worst-case scenario would be throwing the ball away or getting sacked.

Nonetheless, Tebow has proven he can impact a game on the field. 

But strictly as an every-down quarterback, as well as getting under center, is not the best way to utilize his skill set.