Why All Bama Fans Should Be Pleased Tim Tebow Never Came To Tuscaloosa.

Parker ShieldsCorrespondent IJanuary 18, 2010

NEW ORLEANS - JANUARY 01:  Tim Tebow #15 of the Florida Gators runs through the defense of the Cincinnati Bearcats during the Allstate Sugar Bowl at the Louisana Superdome on January 1, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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It all started on December 13th, 2005.

The states of Alabama and Florida sat in front of the TV begging, pleading, even praying that Tim Tebow would sign with their University.

He ultimately ended up choosing his beloved Florida Gators (which started the beginning of the end for head coach Mike Shula).

Tim "Superman" Tebow literally ran over defenses on his way to two BCS Titles and a Heisman Trophy in his first three years in the collegiate ranks.

The only things that Alabama fans could do is sit on the couch, and count down the days until the 2010 NFL Draft.

But while watching this never before seen dominance every one in the state of Alabama asked the question,"What if Tebow came to Alabama"?

Here are my lists of reasons why there should be no mourning over Tebow's decision.


The Offense

The differences between Florida's spread offense and Alabama's smash mouth offense are day and night.

While at Florida, Urban Meyer placed Tebow in an offense that took more than 95% of his snaps from shotgun, perfect for Tim's ability to run and pass.

While at Alabama, he would have been placed in an offense that had never heard of anything but a Pocket Passing Quarterback. (i.e. John Parker Wilson)

Now Alabama may have come up with a playbook just for the abilities of Tebow, but it's execution would have failed in comparison to Tebow's dominace at Florida.


In the three years before "The Class of Tim Tebow", Florida ranked 2nd, 7th, and 15th in the Recruiting rankings.

While Alabama's wavered with mediocre rankings of 49th, 15th, and 18th (take into consideration Alabama's probation).

If Tim Tebow came to Alabama he wouldn't have had the talent to succeed the way he did at Florida. Tebow being surrounded with the likes of Riley Cooper, Percy Harvin, Brandon Spikes, and Brandon James set him up for immediate success.


Mike Shula 

There is no doubt Alabama would have been better football team and probably more of media favorite if they had Tim Tebow.

But better seasons would have meant eight and nine win seasons for the next four years landing them in mediocre bowl games, doing nothing to satisfy the hunger for a National Championship.

But most importantly, grabbing Tebow would have barely done enough to keep Mike Shula as the head coach. If this happened not only would Alabama not have gotten "Saint Nick", but the state of Alabama would be left without the enriched Ford Commercials.


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