Tim Tebow is seemingly becoming the Lil Wayne of the NFL.
Ah, Good Ol’ Timmy Tebow. A young christian kid from Jacksonville who’s done nothing but do well in school and win football games. For years, his personality and style of play made him a burning topic across sports outlets everywhere.
From high school, to college, to the NFL, Tebow has always been scrutinized, although it has reached its peak within the past couple of years.
So, why does everyone hate him? Well, there’s a lot of people with a lot of opinions (duh).
A big reason why NFL pundits give so much hate to Tebow is because he doesn’t exactly fit the mold of the ideal NFL quarterback. He’s not accurate, he can’t throw the long ball and he doesn’t read the field that well. He’s never gone to a Pro Bowl and has never gone through a whole season as the starter.
His pinnacle of NFL success came a couple of years ago when he and the Denver Broncos had a magical year in which they won countless games by the skin of their teeth, almost all led by Tebow.
Lots of people give the credit to the defense, the kicker or Demaryius Thomas’ ragin’ stiff arm (I mean really, that was a helluva stiff arm), but I don’t think that gives enough credit to what part Tebow played.
He may not have had the best stats, but his fire and determination definitely had an effect on his teammates. It was always said that the best aspect of his game is his intangibles.
Intangibles are a funny thing.
A player’s intangibles are either made out to be super important or completely unimportant, but they are everything when it comes to the former Heisman winner.
Stats don’t win games, Tebow wins games. Stats are only important to a certain extent; players should be measured by their impact on the team rather than their individual numbers. Granted, “impact” often translates to touchdowns or interceptions, but the impact Tebow has is different than most.
Why do people play this game? To win games and (ultimately) championships.
Consider this: Dan Marino is thought of by many to be a top-five quarterback of all time–yet he never won a Super Bowl. Bajillions of yards and touchdowns, but no rings. Trent Dilfer is considered by many to be one of the worst starting quarterbacks to ever play in the NFL, yet he’s won a Super Bowl as a starter.
Y.A. Tittle, Archie Manning and Sonny Jurgensen are all Hall of Fame quarterbacks, but have a combined zero career playoff wins between them. By my count, that is less than Tebow (although he has just one, it’s still less).
Now, I’m not saying Tebow is any better or worse than these guys, but you see what I mean when it comes to the correlation between stats and impact.
So, essentially, people “hate” Tebow for not putting up big numbers, or even decent numbers, yet he wins games without them. I think that’s what the kids call “hatin’” nowadays.
Will Tebow ever be a starting QB in the NFL again?
It is too often that we get caught up in the sexiness of having a top-five quarterback with record-breaking numbers and star power when fans should really be concerned about whether that guy is the reason their team wins games or the reason their team loses games.
Why else do people hate Tebow? I believe this is where “Tebowmania” comes in.
Tebowmania is the demon lovechild of the media and Tebow’s innocence. Of course it’s not all Tim’s fault, but he isn’t exactly easy to miss.
If he could throw a damn post pattern, he would be everything America looks for in a poster boy. Athletic with a polarizing personality and handsome as hell (well, according to most ladies I’ve talked to).
Now that the New York Jets have released him, there has been much murmur about who will be Tebow’s next team, if anyone. Between reading the colorful comments on B/R articles concerning Tebow or just talking with other fans, not many people want him because of his "baggage." Baggage? Baggage.
After looking at how the Jets handled having Tebow on their squad, it’s made going anywhere near him an intimidating task for any franchise.
Teams have to decide whether the rise and fall of Tebowmania was really due to Tebow or if it was caused by the hellacious mob of New York’s media members and those surrounding the team.
Admittedly, I am pretty sick of Tebow. Hell, this guy took what, 20, 25 snaps last season? Yet sports networks across the globe replayed each and every one of those plays throughout the season.
Tebowmania was created by the media, for the media. Headline after headline, lead story after lead story.
“Tim Tebow ran for nine yards in the Jets’ game vs. the Panthers, now here’s a complete breakdown of every yard he ran for on every play in which he was involved in excruciating detail.” Talk about beating a dead horse.
When it comes down to it, Tebow can play quarterback in the NFL. However, he will only succeed if a team builds its offense around him.
The Broncos centered themselves around Tebow’s skill set and they reached the divisional round of the playoffs that year.
Every fan, every player, every coach will scrutinize him and his style of play, but there’s no denying his impact.
Unsurprisingly, he isn’t grabbing a ton of attention during his current dip in the free-agency pool. A lot of teams aren’t in position to virtually strip down their offense to its very core and start over with him as their leader. I don’t blame ‘em, though.
Nothing is guaranteed in football. This game is full of risks both on and off the field, and sometimes those risks just aren’t level with the possible reward. Giving up and starting over midway through a rebuilding phase would do more damage than good for most any team.
The bottom line is this: Tebow can be a starting quarterback in the NFL in the right situation. Don’t expect him to be suiting up for the beginning of the 2013 season, if at all. But soon, sooner than most of you may think, Tebow will be back on the field waiting for the snap.
Please, just don’t make me watch Tebow do any more special teams, that was tough to watch.
At the end of the day, everyone’s got an opinion. Hate him or love him, he’s still living the American dream.