Rumors are swirling about whether or not Tim Tebow will play another down in the NFL, and the polarizing NFL quarterback has wisely abstained from mounting a defense against those who say he's finished.
David Fleming of ESPN The Magazine published a column recently in which he detailed the reasons why Tebow hasn't garnered any interest in NFL teams this offseason.
At one point, he dropped this bombshell: "Even now, after Tebow cleared waivers unclaimed and with members of his camp privately admitting that his NFL run is probably over, the football world remains as divided as ever over him."
To this point, the only response to this statement comes not from Tebow, but from his father, Bob Tebow, who spoke with Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network:
Meanwhile, Tebow himself has been as quiet as a church mouse, and it seems safe to assume he's spending his days training in the hopes of landing a roster spot this summer.
Tebow couldn't chose a better tactic with which to combat his unique challenge.
Part of the reason Tebow doesn't have a job right now is that he isn't an efficient quarterback. Throughout his three-year career, he has completed 47.9 percent of his passes, has only thrown 17 touchdown passes and has accumulated a passer rating of 75.3 in 16 starts.
But even more so than his struggles as a signal-caller, Tebowmania is the reason why teams are avoiding the former Heisman Trophy winner like the plague.
Should Tebow respond to Fleming's column, he'd only further perpetuate the never-ending avalanche of Tebow-related headlines and discussion on shows like ESPN's First Take—among others.
If Tebow were winning championships and putting up jaw-dropping numbers in the NFL, as he did in college, Tebowmania would be beneficial to his team. Hot quarterbacks who are also media obsessions generate positive buzz for teams.
On the flip side, however, third-string quarterbacks who can't seem to hit the broad side of a barn aren't the guys NFL teams want receiving the lion's share of media attention.
Tebowmania isn't going to go away any time soon.
The only way Tebow's NFL career is going to be resuscitated is if he gets better as a passer. He must be able to play on Sundays for a team to justify bringing him aboard with the mania that surrounds his name.
As such, the only thing Tebow can do right now to keep his dreams of leading an NFL team to a championship is put in the work on the field and in the film room.
Even if he isn't picked up by an NFL team this year, the honest truth is that it wouldn't be the worst thing that could happen. Perhaps a year away from the spotlight would allow Tebow the time and space he needs to develop his game to the point where he's good enough to be given another shot at a starting gig.
Time will tell, but for now, Tebow is doing the smart thing by staying away from the microphones, cameras and reporters that love to take advantage of his star power.
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