Is fear of Tebowmania justified?
Michael Silver of Yahoo! Sports reported that Bill Belichick “hates” Tebow as a player. Warren Moon told KILT-AM in Houston that he doesn’t believe Tebow throws well enough for the CFL (via ESPN). Despite the fact that their other options are Chad Henne and Blaine Gabbert, even Jacksonville Jaguars fans don't want Tebow (at least the Bold City Brigade, who created Evenifhesreleased.com, doesn’t).
A front office’s lack of interest in Tebow is justified if fueled by a belief that the QB can’t improve their team. A lack of interest due to a fear of Tebow’s “cult-like” and media “circus” following causing a distraction—which is what Silver’s report suggests is extinguishing teams’ interest in Tebow—isn’t.
The addition of Tebow should strengthen a locker room.
Rich Cimini of ESPN reported Darrelle Revis labeled Tebow a “born leader.” The cornerback said the following describing Tebow’s leadership.
Some people have it, some guys don't. It's the passion within, wanting to be a leader, wanting to win. You see it all the time, eating lunch, walking down the hallway. You see it. He's like that cartoon character Zeus (sic). He's one of those guys. He's very positive. He has passion for whatever he does. You can see it on him.
If a locker room is negatively influenced by a player described by the New York Giants’ Osi Umenyiora as, according to Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News, “an outstanding example for people,” the locker room is already doomed without Tebow.
“I think if more people would focus and try to be like [Tebow] and carry themselves the way he does, I think things would be better,” said Umenyiora.
If Tebow is ostracized by NFL teams, not due to a subpar arm but because of their inability to ignore his “cult-like” and media “circus” following, those teams’ brain trust and/or locker rooms need a makeover.
David Daniels is a breaking news writer at Bleacher Report and news editor at Wade-O Radio.