Tim Tebow Right to Refuse Position Change and Attempt Comeback at QB
It's just another day in the world of Tim Tebow as he had to reject a team's request that he change positions, and he made the right decision to stick with quarterback.
That's not to say that he is a great thrower, because he's not. However, he has earned the right to stick with the position that has gotten him to this point.
TheMMQB.com's Peter King reported Thursday night on NBC, via Gregg Rosenthal of NFL.com, that Tebow received an "inquiry" from an NFL team about switching positions. Tebow rejected it, and he will continue to look for opportunities to make it as a quarterback.
Should Tim Tebow change positions?
Numbers will never support Tebow in the NFL. The free agent has completed only 47.9 percent of his passes, including only 46.5 percent during his magical 2011 season. He threw only six interceptions and lost two fumbles that season, so he at least takes care of the football.
In a league that has turned into all about quarterbacks and the passing game, Tebow went against the trend. He ran the option in Denver, and other quarterbacks have since been able to have success running similar offenses.
Refusing to switch positions will likely cost Tebow any chance of coming back to the league this year. Heck, he may not get another opportunity after getting cut by New England.
As a guy who went 8-5 as a starter two seasons ago and won a playoff game, he deserves to get a chance to serve as a backup. With some of the names that have gotten many opportunities to be a backup, there should be no reason that the 26-year-old doesn't get more looks.
Unfortunately for him, he is the victim of his own success. He won the Heisman Trophy as a sophomore and two national championships at Florida. He was a controversial first-round pick in 2010.
The left-hander led a team to the playoffs that started 1-4, and hasn't started a game since. Teams don't want the media attention that has followed the polarizing figure, which is understandable. However, the guy is a winner.
He went to the New York Jets, and that move ruined his career. He didn't get a chance to play quarterback, and he was forced to be a punt protector.
Suggesting a position change is just crazy. Tebow has played quarterback at each level, so it would take a lot of work to be even a decent player at another position. He's not quick enough to be a running back, and he would have a lot to learn in order to play tight end.
It's hard to imagine that he'd be able to play tight end at the NFL level. Teams would draw even more media attention about Tebow's switch to another position, so it wouldn't be a good experiment for anyone.
Tebow may not get another chance at quarterback in the NFL. He will have to work hard to prove that he can throw the football with consistency, and the read-option movement certainly works in his favor.
His NFL career might be over if he continues to refuse to try a new position, but Tebow is right to stick to quarterback. He was the leader of a playoff team at the position, and he deserves another chance in the league.
No matter what the overall numbers say, wins are all that matters. Tebow won games, so he should continue to work to get back in the NFL as a quarterback.
*All stats are courtesy of NFL.com
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