Tim Tebow: Jets QB Not Doing Himself Any Favors Sticking to Position

Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer IMarch 4, 2013

ORCHARD PARK, NY - DECEMBER 30: Tim Tebow #15 of the New York Jets looks on from the sideline during an NFL game against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium on December 30, 2012 in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
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Tim Tebow's apparent resistance to changing positions is most likely going to lead to him being released by the New York Jets.

That's not the only thing. The polarizing "quarterback" may become an afterthought in the NFL altogether.

Ian Rapoport of NFL.com recently wrote that Tebow "doesn't plan on changing positions from quarterback anytime soon."

Rapoport noted that it may have been former Jets offensive coordinator Tony Sparano who basically refused to use Tebow under center last season, despite the ugly play of starter Mark Sanchez.

Sparano apparently didn't trust Tebow, even when the Jets' season was going down the drain and Sanchez was showing no signs of improving. Perhaps he should have started Tebow in those conditions (what was there to lose?), but the fact that he refused to backs up what pretty much anyone who knows anything about football understands: Tebow is not an NFL-caliber starting quarterback.

ESPN analyst and ex-Indianapolis Colts general manager Bill Polian said he could see Tebow making an impact for a team at running back or tight end, as many have suggested.

Polian said, via ESPNNewYork.com: "I think he has to change his position; he has to put quarterback behind him. He's a good football player, but he's not a quarterback you can hang your hat on." 

You have to have confidence in your abilities to make an impact in the NFL, and Tebow certainly has that, but you also have to distinguish what is realistic.

At this juncture, it is not realistic for any team to make Tebow its starting quarterback. While stats aren't everything, Tebow's career completion percentage of 47.9 speaks volumes about his accuracy. You can also, you know, watch him throw in person and know right away that he is erratic in that area.

The ironic thing is, this is the era for creative game plans in the NFL. Tebow would likely find a home quickly if he would accept a role in which he's plugged in for certain packages. 

But Tebow's bullheaded nature when it comes to playing quarterback in the National Football League stands to doom him.

Sometimes, you can be your worst enemy.

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