Tim Tebow is back in the news again, and this time it’s not because Skip Bayless said something ridiculous on ESPN’s First Take.
In the wake of St. Louis quarterback Sam Bradford's ACL tear, Chris Burke of SI.com reported the Rams actually discussed signing Tebow as a replacement going forward. If there was ever a situation tailored for saving a former Heisman Trophy winner, it was this one.
After all, at the time of Bradford’s injury the Rams didn’t have another quarterback outside of Kellen Clemens available on the practice squad, let alone the actual roster. And Clemens’ performance in spot duty against the Panthers (2-of-4 for 19 yards) didn’t exactly inspire visions of playoff runs in St. Louis’ future.
Alas, in what was a significant blow to Tebow’s potential future as an NFL quarterback both this year and long term, these early rumors were shot down by multiple sources, including Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
For what it’s worth, the Rams also won't be looking at Vince Young, another high-profile former quarterback who is currently seeking employment, per Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio. Considering Young’s rocky past with Jeff Fisher this is more explainable, but Tebow doesn’t have the luxury of that excuse.
Currently, the Rams are sitting at a modest 3-4 through seven contests, which pits them several games behind Russell Wilson and the NFC West-leading Seattle Seahawks, who are 6-1. However, St. Louis only trails the Detroit Lions by one game for the sixth and final playoff spot in the NFC.
It may seem unlikely, especially considering Bradford’s injury, but the Rams are far from out of the playoff race. They may need a miracle to actually be playing in January in a deep NFC and a division that includes the powerhouse Seahawks and defending NFC champion San Francisco 49ers, but it’s not time to bag the season just yet.
Speaking of miracles, isn't that one way to describe the fact that Tebow was able to steer the Denver Broncos to not only the playoffs but also a postseason win over the vaunted Pittsburgh Steelers, especially with the throwing mechanics and completion percentage that he had?
Surely a team that loses its starting quarterback and doesn’t even have more than one potential replacement on the entire roster could at least have a look at Tebow, who does sport a winning career record as a signal-caller.
Throw the Rams’ situation on top of the Jay Cutler injury in Chicago, the Matt Schaub disdain in Houston and the weekly nightmare that is watching Brandon Weeden throw a downfield pass in Cleveland, and there are a handful of potential quarterback holes around the league.
But the interest, or lack thereof, in Tebow remains the same.
If Tebow can’t get a quarterback gig in this climate of attrition, especially in St. Louis, it may be time to permanently hang up the NFL dreams. Or at least switch to another position.