While Tebow's inconsistency as a passer is a legitimate concern for all 32 NFL teams, the media circus that comes along with him is arguably the biggest reason why owners and general managers are afraid to give him a shot.
Last season, the non-stop coverage of Tebow in New York made life even more difficult for the reeling Jets.
That doesn't excuse New York's awful 2012 performance, but it does point to the No.1 concern a team will face if it opts to sign Tim Tebow: The unwanted attention and hype.
Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Larry Foote is one of several active NFL players who have seen enough from Tebow on the field to know he's earned himself a shot to compete for a starting job, per NFL.com's Chris Wesseling:
"Why not? Tebow, just from what I see, is an awesome guy and a talent," Steelers linebacker Larry Foote told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review's Joe Starkey. "He won some games, had some success. We know it first-hand. I think he should be somewhere at least competing for a job. I think he's earned that."
"You guys are the reason he's not in the league," an admonishing Foote told Starkey. "It's your fault."
According to Wesseling, Pittsburgh's Brett Keisel thinks Tebow will "get another shot" at some point down the road, and backup quarterback Bruce Gradkowski even mentioned that he was a "little surprised" that Tebow is still out of a job.
These opinions are telling, and seem to suggest that Tebow's inability to find a home is more a result of his off-the-field appeal than his ability to play quarterback. If that really is the case, Tebow must address this issue.
There's no way to eliminate the buzz surrounding him at this point in his career, but if he faces it head on—acknowledging the excessive coverage and just how ridiculous it is—perhaps the demand will subside.
It's worth a shot.
The bottom line is that Tebow deserves the chance to prove himself.
He won games with the Denver Broncos. The numbers weren't pretty but the results were. He went 7-4 as a starer in the regular season and led an overachieving team to a playoff win over the NFL's then No. 1-ranked defense in the Pittsburgh Steelers.
In New York, he never got a fair chance to lead the offense. Now, the NFL's patience for Tebow has finally run out.
There doesn't look to be a single team interested in bringing in Tebow this offseason, and who can blame them? A good portion of the league is set at quarterback and has no use for his services. The teams that could use him on their roster likely fear they'll turn into the second coming of the 2012 New York Jets, a bad team in the spotlight for all of the wrong reasons.
There's nothing Tebow can do to turn the media off to him. But sometimes pointing the finger and assessing blame is a good place to start.
In Tebow's case, he can blame the media for his fall from grace.
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