Tim Tebow Must Stay at QB to Pursue NFL Dreams

Chris RolingFeatured ColumnistOctober 3, 2013

FOXBORO, MA - AUGUST 29: Tim Tebow #5 of the New England Patriots warms up prior to the preseason game against the New York Giants at Gillette Stadium on August 29, 2013 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
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Tim Tebow is only 26 years of age.

Not only does this mean Tebowmania is not going anywhere for a long time, it means Tebow has plenty of time to get things right as an NFL player.

That does not include giving up his hopes of playing quarterback.

When Tebow was released from the New England Patriots this past offseason, he made it crystal clear he had no intention of changing positions:

Tebow's unwillingness to change was further reinforced when he reportedly turned down an offer from a team that asked him to change positions in order to sign via Sports Illustrated's Peter King (h/t Aaron Wilson of The National Football Post).

One problem for the mystery team—a position change in the NFL is not that simple as Bleacher Report's Matt Miller details:

Tebow is a quarterback. A sudden position change at a professional level makes little sense. While he has the body for a position like tight end courtesy of his stature at 6'3" and 236 pounds, nothing suggests he possesses the intangibles of the position.

At most, Tebow would make a better option carrying the ball—he has 989 rushing yards in three seasons.

Change is a moot point with Tebow unwilling to give up, which is the smart move. Take a look around the NFL at the state of the quarterback position—it is ugly.

Several teams are jockeying for position in the 2014 draft to take a talented signal-caller. Look at the Cleveland Browns trading away star back Trent Richardson recently or the Washington Redskins in 2012 throwing a haul at St. Louis for the right to draft Baylor's Robert Griffin III.

According to ProFootballFocus (subscription required), exactly half the quarterbacks in the NFL have a neutral or negative grade so far in 2013. Like every year, injuries will happen, as will starters receiving the boot in favor of a backup before the team looks to add young talent via the draft.

Tebow will get his shot eventually. At this point he may be a backup at best, but the allure of a young quarterback who led the Denver Broncos to a playoff victory in 2011 will override the overwhelming following Tebowmania brings to any city.

For some teams, that's an added bonus. For most, the seemingly cult following is an issue. The good news for Tebow is the former (such as the Jacksonville Jaguars) need a spark both on the field and off to keep fans interested.

ORCHARD PARK, NY - DECEMBER 30: Tim Tebow #15 of the New York Jets looks on from the sideline during an NFL game against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium on December 30, 2012 in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
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The fact Tebow has never completed over 50 percent of his passes in a legitimate amount of opportunities is concerning, but as a quarterback he is not used as a straight-up pocket passer anyway. Tebow makes his money as a dual-threat option, and as a backup at most that is attractive enough for teams in a bad situation.

Tebow is correct to refuse a position change, especially when perusing the current state of the quarterback in the NFL. As of now Tebow needs to simply continue working on his craft.

It's hard to know when the phone call will come, but we have not seen the last of Tebow the quarterback in the NFL.



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