Tim Tebow needs to call Ron Jaworski and beg him for a chance to play for the Philadelphia Soul in the Arena League.
The popular and polarizing quarterback was recently cut by the New England Patriots after a horrible preseason. Not surprisingly, he wasn't claimed by any team on waivers after the fact, as noted by Field Yates of ESPN Boston:
For those wondering, QB Tim Tebow goes unclaimed on waivers, per source. He is now a free agent.— Field Yates (@FieldYates) September 1, 2013
Before the Patriots signed Tebow this summer, it was thought by some that he would not get a chance to even compete for an NFL roster spot this year.
When New England gave him a shot it made sense, however. Offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels liked him enough to draft him out of Florida in the first round in 2010 when he was head coach of the Denver Broncos.
If Tebow was going to make an NFL roster anywhere, it was going to be with the Patriots.
But that dream failed to find purchase in reality, and now Tebow is right back where he started this spring.
In May, when Tebow's NFL stock was at rock bottom after he was released by the New York Jets, Jaworski expressed his desire to bring him on board his Arena League team, as noted by Ed Barkowitz of the Philadelphia Inquirer:
If Tim Tebow decides he wants to play in the Arena Football League, I'd love to have him on the Philadelphia Soul...I haven't heard back from him and I'm not going to push it. If he decides he wants to play Arena Football, we'll make a spot for him.
Peter King recently reported on NBC's 2013 NFL Kickoff that Tebow wants to keep his dream alive to be an NFL quarterback, emphasizing the words "NFL" and "quarterback," as noted by Michael David Smith of ProFootballTalk.com.
When Jaworksi first put it out there that he was interested in Tebow, the free-agent quarterback rejected the notion by not responding to the inquiry, as noted by Barkowitz.
It's time for the jobless Tebow to change his tune.
Shockingly, Tebow has gotten worse the past few years instead of getting better. He's always been a player who gives 100 percent of his effort and focus to the job, but for whatever reason he's regressed, as was clearly illustrated this preseason.
Playing extended minutes in three of the Patriots' preseason games, Tebow completed just 36.7 percent of his passes, threw two interceptions and was sacked seven times. As he's shown throughout his career, Tebow did manage to make some plays with his legs, but he absolutely stunk it up as a passer.
The only way he's going to make it in the NFL is by becoming a competent passer, which is something he hasn't proven in his three-plus seasons as a pro.
Kurt Warner is someone who can certainly sympathize with Tebow.
He tried to make it in the NFL as a backup to Brett Favre with the Green Bay Packers but was cut before his career ever got started. His dedication to his NFL dream was just as strong as Tebow's, and he found a way to make his dream become reality.
Warner spent time in NFL Europe and in the Arena League before he got his second chance, and the things he learned along the way helped him become a Super Bowl champion and likely Hall of Famer.
In an appearance on the Dan Patrick Show, Warner said Tebow should seek any opportunity that will give him reps behind center—including the Arena League or the CFL:
I know you want to play in the NFL, but right now you need to find places to hone your craft. Whether that’s Canada, whether that’s the Arena League, whether that’s anywhere else, I would encourage him, whatever the opportunity is, to take advantage of it and go play as much football as you can.
Can Tim Tebow work his way back to the NFL through the Arena League?
It's never easy to embrace defeat, which is likely what it would feel like to Tebow if he decided to pursue a roster spot on a minor league football team.
That said, sometimes the only way to go forward is by first taking a few steps backward and rerouting your course.
Tebow must embrace the reality in which he lives: The NFL doesn't want him at this time. His best course of action at this point is to call Jaworksi and see if the Arena League is still an option. At this time, it might be his only one.
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