Tim Tebow's Insistence to Remain a Quarterback Will Cost Him NFL Career
But for as stubbornly as he adheres to his dream, his desire to remain at quarterback is far more likely to cost him his NFL career than it is to actually end with him earning another starting gig.
On Saturday, Tebow was released by the New England Patriots after failing to impress as the team's third-string quarterback.
Saturday's cuts included Brady Quinn, Vince Young, Jimmy Clausen, Matt Leinart, Greg McElroy, Tim Tebow.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 1, 2013
That same day, he tweeted out the following:
I would like to thank Mr. Kraft, Coach Belichick, Coach McDaniels and the entire Patriots organization for giving me the opportunity...— Tim Tebow (@TimTebow) August 31, 2013
...to be a part of such a classy organization. I pray for nothing but the best for you all. I will remain in relentless pursuit...— Tim Tebow (@TimTebow) August 31, 2013
...of continuing my lifelong dream of being an NFL quarterback. 2 Corinthians 12:9: And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient...— Tim Tebow (@TimTebow) August 31, 2013
The problem for Tebow is that three NFL teams—the Patriots, New York Jets and Denver Broncos—have all decided he wasn't good enough to play quarterback for them, either as a starter or a backup.
When you consider that he couldn't even unseat Mark Sanchez or Greg McElroy—who was also just cut by the Jets, by the way—it's a pretty telling sign that the league doesn't believe he has what it takes at the position.
If NFL teams did believe he had a shot there, perhaps a team other than the Patriots would have brought him on and given him a chance to start. None did.
In other words, it's time to wake up and smell the coffee, Mr. Tebow.
There's no doubt that Tebow has the athletic ability to make the adjustment to a new position. While tight end may be a bit much to ask at this point, he has the size and running ability to transition into an H-back or fullback role if a team is willing to develop him at the position.
But at this point, no team wants to add a backup quarterback who brings a ton of media scrutiny and will require his own offense because he can't make all of the NFL throws. It's simply not worth it. Yes, he won a playoff game, but he also has a career completion percentage of 47.9 percent.
To put that in perspective, Vince Young has a career completion percentage of 57.9 percent. And Young isn't going to exactly be impressing anyone with feats of passing accuracy anytime soon, especially after he was cut by the Green Bay Packers.
Tim Tebow will make a roster as an NFL quarterback at some point in the future.
Tebow needs to make a decision—either he doggedly pursues a quarterbacking gig and eventually ends up in the CFL or Arena League, or he decides to doggedly pursue an NFL career and switches his position.
After three teams gave up on him at the position, there really isn't a middle ground here. And the only person who doesn't seem to realize it is Tebow himself.
Hit me up on Twitter—my tweets made the switch to H-back years ago.
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