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Tim Tebow's Inability to Find Work in the NFL Indicative of 2014 Youth Movement

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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Jesse ReedCorrespondent IDecember 17, 2016

Instead of preparing for an NFL game this Sunday, Tim Tebow is lounging on a beach in Hawaii

Meanwhile, Matt Flynn—who recently got tossed out like a week-old bag of rotten meat by the Oakland Raiders—just signed a contract with the Buffalo Bills, as noted by the team on Twitter:

Tebow hasn't sniffed a job offer from an NFL team since he was released by the New England Patriots on August 31. There are certainly a few quarterback-sorry teams that would have a better chance of winning with Tebow in the lineup than the men they're currently rolling out.

But nobody's calling. 

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Jacksonville Jaguars are both winless heading into Week 7.

Mike Glennon can make some spectacular throws, but he's just as likely to throw a horrible interception. The same goes for Blaine Gabbert and Chad Henne.

July 27, 2012; Jacksonville FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blaine Gabbert (11)  and quarterback Chad Henne (7) during the first afternoon of training camp practice at Florida Blue Health & Wellness Practice Fields. Mandatory Credit: Phil Sears-
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All three are bottom-of-the-barrel quarterbacks, and none have a proven track record of winning games in the NFL. 

Unlike Tebow.

Despite his tendency to offer up a healthy dose of "Oh-my-God-what-the-hell-kind-of-throw-was-that" drama into every single start, he's a proven winner in the NFL. 

He'd give the Jags and Bucs a better chance of winning right now, which is precisely why he's not being brought in. Everyone knows he's an excellent leader with a knack for making big plays at crucial moments in big games. 

But nobody is convinced—nor should they be—that he's a viable franchise quarterback. He has systemic accuracy issues that are worse now than when he entered the league as a bright-eyed rookie. Some of his passes make lame ducks feel sorry for them. 

Why would a team in the basement without a quarterback take a gamble on Tebow to come in on a rescue mission when they could just wait until the 2014 NFL draft and pick up one of the hot young quarterbacks coming out of college?

The most likely scenario if a team did bring Tebow to start is that he won enough games to get the team out of a top-10 pick—away from the top quarterbacks. 

And there are a few good ones coming up, all of whom are more appealing long term for an NFL franchise in need of a new start at the most important position on the field. 

Oct 5, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Louisville Cardinals quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (5) during warmups prior to playing the Temple Owls at Lincoln Financial Field. Louisville defeated Temple 30-7. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports
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Teddy Bridgewater, Marcus Mariota, Johnny Manziel, Tajh Boyd and Brett Hundley are the top names floating around as potential first-round picks in next year's draft. 

These guys are highly skilled athletes, and Bridgewater appears to be nearly as pro-ready as Andrew Luck when he came out two years ago. 

If you put all five of them in a draft with Tebow, there's no doubt Tebow would be the last man standing.

The youth movement is already going strong in the NFL, with Luck, Russell Wilson, Colin Kaepernick, Terrelle Pryor and others leading the way. The teams that need a quarterback are looking to start a youth movement of their own, and Tebow would just stand in the way. 

 

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