Tim Tebow, Forget about the NFL...For Now

Ben AikeyCorrespondent IFebruary 3, 2010

NEW ORLEANS - JANUARY 01:  Quarterback Tim Tebow #15 of the Florida Gators throws a pass against the Cincinnati Bearcats during the Allstate Sugar Bowl at the Louisana Superdome on January 1, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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If there’s one thing I’m sure all sports fans are quickly tiring of, it’s speculation over the professional future of Tim Tebow. The market is just oversaturated with opinions from professionals like ESPN’s Todd McShay and the millions of bloggers spread across the Internet.

We all know Tebow’s flaws: his arm motion prior to release, the fact that he doesn’t take snaps under center, and the fact that Heisman Trophy winners usually turn out to be professional busts.

I’m sick of people making random speculations about Tebow falling to Jacksonville, San Francisco, Tennessee (where the owner is already happy with his starting quarterback), Carolina, etc. So now for something completely different, I’m going to make a suggestion that will actually make sense.

Tebow, forget about the NFL for now. You’re not pro-ready. Go to the CFL.

Before you fly off the handle and tell me I’m an idiot for suggesting something like that, hear me out. I’ve got a few reasons in mind as to what makes the CFL an attractive option for the SEC’s all-time touchdown leader.

First of all, the competition is nowhere near as intense as the NFL. It’s just a small step above the collegiate level, and he should be able to keep shredding the competition.

Think about it. ESPN always shows playoff coverage of the CFL, including highlights from the Grey Cup. If Tebow is anywhere near as good at leading his team as we’ve come to believe, he could take a team into the playoffs at least.

Don’t forget how many great quarterbacks didn’t start off in the NFL. Warren Moon spent a few years in the CFL, recently retired Kurt Warner dominated the Arena League and NFL Europe, and Steve Young spent some time in the USFL just to name a few.

Those guys all needed more time to build up a reputation of success at the pro level, and Warner will surely join Young and Moon in the Hall of Fame sometime soon. Prove yourself at a semi-pro level in a professional-style offense and the NFL scouts might regard you more as a quarterback and less like an athlete they plan to convert to wide receiver.

Also consider Tebow’s throwing motion. As we’ve all seen picked apart on TV, he makes three quarters of a circle before throwing, which gives pro defenders more time to strip the ball. Tebow also doesn’t really take snaps under center, and when he does, the result is usually disastrous.

Going to the CFL will give you time to fix these problems while gaining more experience. If you can spend two years up there and fix the arm motion, it’ll prove to all the scouts that you’re willing to work hard and that your potential hasn’t been correctly estimated by scouts.

Plus you’ll be making money at the same time.

I know this year is a weak quarterback draft class, which makes it a more attractive option for Tebow to go to the NFL in hopes of getting to remain a quarterback. It’s not like Jimmy Clausen proved himself even at the college level as a competent leader, Sam Bradford is recovering from injury, scouts have beef with Colt McCoy, and Jevan Snead just plain sucks.

But that doesn’t mean you’re going to have a better chance at becoming a pro quarterback. Teams can always just wait until next year and try to win the Jake Locker sweepstakes. You need to increase your draft stock, even if that means not entering the NFL Draft for another year or two.

Don’t settle for less. Don’t let them turn you into a tight end, safety, or a Reggie Bush-type utility player. If you really want to play quarterback, go refine your skills in the Great White North.