The Arena Football League's Los Angeles Kiss have offered polarizing quarterback Tim Tebow a three-year contract, and it's an opportunity the former first-round pick should pounce on.
Sam Farmer of the Los Angeles Times noted that the team, which is named for their new owners—the band Kiss—could possibly be doing it to bring more publicity:
Whatever the case may be, it is a worthwhile pursuit at least for one season, because it could be a great stepping stone for Tebow to sharpen his passing skills in the confined space that the AFL fosters.
After being cut by the New England Patriots following the preseason—whose offensive coordinator, Josh McDaniels, originally drafted Tebow in the first round—it's unlikely any other NFL team will give Tebow a shot under center in the near future.
Tebow's magical run with the Denver Broncos during the 2011 season, and his playoff win over the No. 1 defense of the Pittsburgh Steelers thereafter, befuddled just about everyone.
Quarterback purists bashed Tebow for being terrible at his job, similar to how many music snobs are liable to knock Kiss for simplistic arrangements, novice chord progressions and style-over-substance showmanship that culminated in rock stardom.
Funnily enough, it is going to take precisely the opposite of what catapulted Kiss to fame for Tebow to ultimately succeed in his dream of being an NFL quarterback, which he remains in "relentless pursuit" of:
Kiss stuck to the fundamentals of rock n' roll in developing their song materials, and their legend only grew with their on-stage antics.
Tebow already has that "it" factor, the intangibles, the fourth-quarter comeback ability and the mental makeup to be a raging success in the profession of his choice: being a quarterback.
The unstable foundation of Tebow's fundamentals is holding him back from having a shot at being a National Football League star.
Most elite QBs have to have sharp accuracy, throw with good timing and anticipation and get a truly good grasp of reading defenses.
None of these are Tebow's strengths. His unique mobility and power have allowed him to get away with not going through all his progressions, but that hesitation leads him to take far too many sacks. Since he can't play from the pocket and make quick decisions, his staying power in the NFL has diminished.
In the close confines of the arena league, Tebow will have no choice but to make snap decisions. The field is only 50 yards long, and the boards that block in the sidelines make the gridiron seem even smaller.
The elongated throwing motion Tebow has tirelessly tried to correct is still evident, although not in such an exaggerated way any longer. Getting the ball out of his hands more quickly is key to tightening that delivery up.
The arena league is the perfect place to do that, and the city of Los Angeles is a great market for Tebow to gain a lot of attention and continue to enhance his football brand.
It will be important for him to show signs of tangible progress and an ability to make quick decisions. Accurately.
Tebow should not consider this demotion below him as a football player. Kurt Warner once upon a time played in this league, and look how he turned out. That isn't to say Tebow is the next Warner, but it is to say that the AFL may be his only shot to make the necessary improvements to his game.
If Tebow really wants to mount a legitimate comeback in the National Football League, the City of Angels is the place to be.