Tim Tebow's Ill-Advised Refusal to Change Positions Will Doom NFL Career
Tim Tebow's NFL career doesn't necessarily have to be over following his repeated failures at the quarterback position, but the much-maligned player's refusal to broaden his horizons will ultimately prevent him from catching on elsewhere.
According to the Los Angeles Times, Tebow was asked by an interested NFL team if he would be willing to switch positions, but he declined.
Tim Tebow refuses to switch from QB for NFL team, report says http://t.co/gtkQZZ2osS— Los Angeles Times (@latimes) September 6, 2013
As a Heisman Trophy and national championship-winning quarterback at the University of Florida, it is certainly understandable that Tebow's dream is to be an NFL signal-caller. He was lucky enough to live that dream for a period of time, but his best bet at this point is to move on.
Unfortunately for Tebow and his supporters, the small measure of success that he achieved in 2011 is often mistaken for him being a capable NFL quarterback. There is no doubt that Tebow provided a spark to the Denver Broncos when he took over as their starting quarterback, but the team often won in spite of him with great defense.
Tebow was lauded as a master of the comeback, but comebacks were usually necessary due to Tebow's putrid play down the stretch. If not for the fact that the AFC West was so putrid in 2011, there is no way the Broncos would have reached the playoffs. He deserves full marks for upsetting the Pittsburgh Steelers in the playoffs, but he has shown nothing similar to that form ever since.
To put Tebow's tenure as Denver's starter into perspective, Tim MacMahon of ESPNDallas.com points out that he never really excelled as a passer during that time.
Tim Tebow had a total of seven TD passes in his last nine games for Denver.— Tim MacMahon (@espn_macmahon) September 6, 2013
Following the Broncos' decision to sign Peyton Manning, Tebow was traded to the Jets, and many believed that he could potentially beat out Mark Sanchez for the starting job. Despite Sanchez's awful play, that never happened as the Jets decided to use Tebow as a Wildcat quarterback, H-back and even a personal punt protector.
Tebow's value was totally drained by the Jets, but they may have actually had the right idea with regard to Tebow's NFL future. Tebow may not be able to throw as well as an NFL quarterback needs to, however, he has an NFL body at 6'3" and 236 pounds, and he is a threat as a runner.
If Tebow were to commit to a full-time switch to a position such as H-back, he could potentially continue to make an impact in the NFL. It's difficult to imagine any team ever allowing him to be a starting quarterback, and the odds of him being able to catch on as a backup quarterback are low as well since teams would rather avoid the media circus involved.
The New England Patriots were willing to let him prove himself as a quarterback, but he gave them no reason to keep him around. After a preseason that included a completion percentage of less than 50 percent with two touchdowns, two interceptions and seven sacks against, the Pats had no choice but to release Tebow.
While Tebow has to be fully aware that he didn't perform well during the preseason, he made it very clear on Twitter that he still intends to be an NFL quarterback.
...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
If he was willing to turn away an interested NFL team who wanted him to change positions, then it's fairly obvious that Tebow doesn't plan on budging. It simply seems like a bizarre decision on his part, though.
What should Tebow do?
Tebow has always been a team guy who puts his individual accomplishments on the backburner, so one would think that he'd want to help an NFL team in any manner possible. Perhaps he is a bit gun shy after the way the Jets handled him, but unless he is willing to play in a different league, he doesn't really have any other options right now.
Tebow is a competitor and a leader who would be an asset to any NFL locker room, but he needs to bring something on the field as well. He simply wasn't doing that as a quarterback. Tebow seems to be one of the hardest-working players in the sport, so it isn't outside the realm of possibility that he could adapt to a different position if given the proper direction.
Until Tebow is willing to accept what the top decision makers in the NFL already have, though, he won't be playing on Sundays for the foreseeable future.
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