According to Mike Bianchi of The Orlando Sentinel, New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow has garnered interest from the Arena Football League. The party most intrigued by Tebow is the Orlando Predators.
While less than ideal, a tenure with the AFL would do wonders for the embattled QB.
For those wondering, there is more than mere speculation that an Arena Football League team would have interest in Tebow. In fact, Predators owner Brett Bouchy has already extended an offer:
"Tim would certainly want to first exhaust his opportunities in the NFL, but we'd love to have him," Predators owner Brett Bouchy told me recently. "I think he would definitely improve as a quarterback in our league. Kurt Warner told me once that when he got back to the NFL after playing in the Arena League, the NFL game was like slow motion. Everything in the Arena League is just so much faster and quicker and predicated on accuracy. Whenever Tim is willing, we have a contract waiting for him to sign."
Do you need any more convincing?
As Bouchy touched upon, Tebow is clearly going to weigh his NFL options before making such a decision. Furthermore, Tebow isn't even available yet due to the fact that he's under contract with the New York Jets.
With the Jets actively shopping Tebow, however, potentially becoming a free agent and heading to the AFL is a reality—and it is one worth exploring for a couple of reasons.
No one in their right mind will tell you that Tim Tebow is anything short of a fierce competitor. What they will agree upon, however, is that Tebow lacks the fundamental mechanics to play quarterback.
Where better to go to cure those woes than the pass-happy AFL?
This wouldn't be the first time that a quarterback has gone to the AFL and emerged a better passer. Two-time league MVP and former Super Bowl champion Kurt Warner experienced such success in the 1990s.
Warner had the following to say about his time in the Arena Football League (per Bianchi):
"You hear people talk about what made me the player I was, they usually look at a couple of different things," Warner once told a reporter for ArenaFootball.com. "One is the quick release. The other is being able to diagnose defenses and accurately placing the football where I needed to put it...I really think the AFL helped me develop those skills. You have less time in the pocket, the pocket is much smaller, it is a faster game and it is a shorter field. The windows are so tight you have to be accurate, you have to be able to anticipate and you have to be able to fit it into tight windows. Those things that are so pertinent in the AFL game, and it helped me be successful there and helped me be successful at the NFL level."
That sounds like the perfect environment for Tebow to improve upon his weaknesses.
By being forced into the role of a pocket passer, Tebow will be required to improve his throwing mechanics. With his physical gifts at 6'3" and 236 pounds, the potential is there for him to achieve such feats.
The only question remaining is simple—would Tebow swallow his pride, go to the AFL and develop into a quarterback worthy of a starting job in the NFL?
Close to Home
In the everlasting words of Bon Jovi, who says you can't go home? That's the question that Tim Tebow must ask himself, as he potentially faces a return to the state that raised him.
There may be no better cure for his current woes than to make his way back to the great state of Florida.
By playing for the Orlando Predators, Tebow would be in a familiar environment. This could help to alleviate the burden of pressure from his shoulders, thus allowing him to play in a more positive environment.
Without the pressure and negative media attention from being an enigmatic NFL quarterback, Tebow could then progress in the proper manner.
There is no denying that the former Florida Gator has miles to go before truly earning respect as an NFL-caliber QB. With that being said, Tebow is a fierce competitor whose work ethic and motor has never been questioned.
Returning home to play in a pass-heavy league would create the proper environment for future success—something Tebow has yet to experience in the NFL.