Tim Tebow's Guide to Continuing NFL Career

Steven CookFeatured Columnist IVJune 8, 2013

NASHVILLE, TN - DECEMBER 17:  Quarterback Tim Tebow #15 of the New York Jets warms up prior to the game against the Tennessee Titans at LP Field on December 17, 2012 in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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The never-ending discussion of Tim Tebow has evolved from Heisman Trophy glory and fourth-quarter heroics to questions of whether the quarterback will get another chance to play in the NFL

What a quick fal for the man whose Denver Broncos starting quarterback job was taken by Peyton Manning not much more than a year ago (per ESPN). 

Tebow was once on top of the sports world after leading his 2011 Broncos to the playoffs in stunning fashion, but now he's looking for any possibility that one of the 32 teams will sign him to play under center. 

With more questions than answers about Tebow's ability to play quarterback at the professional level and how a team could implement a system that would suit him well, the former Florida Gators star needs to do all of the right things if he wants to continue playing in the NFL.

A plethora of issues have snowballed into Tebow having real troubles finding a team who will take on all of the distractions that come along with the polarizing player. 

Let's take a closer look at each of the problems Tebow is facing, and how he can put his best foot forward in continuing his NFL career. 


Host a Public Workout at Florida

As the days go by, we get further and further away from Tebow's 2011 heroics and unbelievable play and more people forget what he's capable of. 

Why not put all of your skills on display, prove to the NFL that you're still in excellent shape and do all of that in a system that you had your most success in? He can invite some of his former players, and be sure that he shows off the mechanics that are in question.

There's never been any doubt of Tebow's work ethic, which leads me to believe that he's been working on his game more than ever in the past year. 

If that's the case, then he surely has enough to show off to warrant hosting a pro day. And you can bet that more media will be there than scouts. 


Drop the 'Starting Quarterback' Act

It's unfair to Tebow that he likely won't have a chance to hop on board with another NFL team and have a clean shot at winning a quarterback competition, but that's just the nature of the league right now.

Every team has one or two quarterbacks that they're putting the stock of their franchise in. There's nobody out there in the league right now that is so desperate for a quarterback that they'll turn to Tebow as a starter. 

Instead, Tebow will have to accept that he'll be riding the bench and will have to wait his turn. And with the shelf life of a NFL starting quarterback, especially on struggling teams, that gives him pretty good odds.

Teams will embrace the possibility of having their second-or-third-string quarterback help out on special teams and in creative offensive roles. Don't let the New York Jets' utilization of Tebow be the blueprint for how he can be used. 

After all, being a NFL backup quarterback is one of the sweetest jobs you can land. Even for Tim Tebow. 


Keep Making Right Decisions with Media

You couldn't tell by the cult-like following that Tebow deals with, but he's done a great job of handling his immense media attention over the course of his confusing career. 

With his free agency and unemployment now a hot topic in the sports world, it's more important than ever that Tebow continues to stay quiet in regards to all of the media attention. 

The more Tebow stays quiet, the more players like these Pittsburgh Steelers standouts (per Chris Wesseling of NFL.com) will comment on him in regards to what he's done as a starting NFL quarterback. Eventually, his wins as a starter and his ability to will his team back into games will speak for itself. 

As Tebow's career carries on and he becomes more and more under-appreciated for what he's been able to accomplish, the attention has moved away from football and toward speculation and chatter. 

Much of this is to the blame of the Jets organization, who took Tebow in when many other NFL teams courted the quarterback and decided not to use him practically at all.

But that's beside the point—all that matters is what the future holds for Tebow. And with the crazy following he'll have in his next destination, it's crucial that he does all he can to die down the incredible hype surrounding him and keep the attention on his production.