Tim Tebow Will Have to Prove Himself at Lower Level Before Returning to NFL

Richard LangfordCorrespondent IOctober 8, 2013

FOXBORO, MA - AUGUST 29: Tim Tebow #5 of the New England Patriots throws a pass against the New York Giants in the second half during the preseason game at Gillette Stadium on August 29, 2013 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
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If Tim Tebow wants to resume his dream of playing quarterback in the NFL, he should start looking for jobs north of the border and in the Arena Football League.

I don't know if Tebow just steadfastly refuses to go this route or if he is delusional in thinking that an NFL team will come knocking, but he hasn't shown any interest in getting back to work in a lower-level league. 

Any evidence the former Heisman Trophy winner needed of how his services are viewed around the league should be rammed home by the fact that some guy named Thad Lewis will be starting for the Buffalo Bills this weekend. Meanwhile, Tebow remains firmly unemployed. 

There is the popular notion that the Jacksonville Jaguars will come calling for Tebow. 

The thinking is that even if Tebow is not an upgrade, at least the former Florida Gators hero would spark interest in a team no one seems to care about. 

Still, the Jaguars, despite no doubt realizing Tebow would be a quick boost to profits, have not brought him in. 

And if this deal were going to happen, it would've happened by now. What are the Jaguars waiting for? Certainly not for Blaine Gabbert to turn the season around, especially since he most likely will be out for an extended period of time with a hamstring injury, per Ian Rapoport of NFL.com:

The reason the Jaguars haven't signed Tebow is the same reason every other team hasn't signed him: He's regressing as a passer, and he didn't have far to fall in the first place. 

Sorting through the clutter of Tebow mania, we are left with a quarterback who completed less than 50 percent of his passes during his magical run with the Denver Broncos in 2011. Since then, he has only thrown eight NFL passes in the regular season. 

He did have a stint with the New England Patriots this preseason, and it was mostly disastrous.

Tebow played in three preseason games for the Patriots. In the first two, he completed 26 percent of his passes. That's barely a passable batting average, let alone completion percentage. 

He did, however, improve in the third.

Tebow managed to complete six of 11 passes for two touchdowns and an interception.

While that's more in line with the numbers—except the interception—Tebow put up with the Broncos, that was also in the final game of the preseason, with almost no starters playing and almost no game planning done.

The writing is on the wall. An NFL team is not going to show interest until he proves he's made some improvements in his passing, and the only chance he is going to get to do that is in someplace other than the NFL.