Tim Tebow vs. NFL: Teams That Would Start Tebow over Their Current Quarterbacks

Jeffrey Schmidt@JeffSchmidt9Correspondent IIIDecember 1, 2011

Tim Tebow vs. NFL: Teams That Would Start Tebow over Their Current Quarterbacks

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    Tim Tebow is defying every odd imaginable so far during this turbulent NFL season. His play has brought up a number of both positive and negative comments, questions and answers, but his ability to win is something that can't be questioned. 

    One intriguing question that has yet to be brought up and is sure to cause ample debate would be: Which NFL teams would allow Tim Tebow to walk into their facilities and start for them in place of their current starter?   

    There are a number of teams that have a legitimate franchise quarterback, but there are also a number of teams that can use a playmaker such as Tebow. Imagine pairing a healthy Jamaal Charles, Thomas Jones and Jackie Battle in the same backfield with Tim Tebow. The Chiefs might run for 250 yards a game. 

    Tebow may not be NFL ready when it comes to passing, but he always places his team in a position to win every game because he does not turn the football over. 

    There will be many who disagree with a number of these picks, but continue reading to find out if Tim Tebow would be the starter for your favorite NFL franchise. 

Tim Tebow Would Have No Chance to Start on the Following Teams

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    Atlanta Falcons: Matt Ryan

    Carolina Panthers: Cam Newton  

    Chicago Bears: Jay Cutler*

    Cincinnati Bengals: Andy Dalton

    Dallas Cowboys: Tony Romo

    Detroit Lions: Matthew Stafford

    Green Bay Packers: Aaron Rogers

    Houston Texans: Matt Schaub*

    Indianapolis Colts: Peyton Manning*

    New England Patriots: Tom Brady 

    New Orleans Saints: Drew Brees

    New York Giants: Eli Manning

    Oakland Raiders: Carson Palmer

    Philadelphia Eagles: Michael Vick*

    Pittsburgh Steelers: Ben Roethlisberger 

    San Diego Chargers: Philip Rivers

    San Francisco 49ers: Alex Smith

    St. Louis Rams: Sam Bradford 

    Tennessee Titans: Matthew Hasselbeck

    *Denotes that player is hurt and that Tebow would start over that team's backup  

So You're Saying There's a Chance!

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    There are 12 other teams besides Denver that would have to make a tough decision on whether to start Tim Tebow. Most of the teams are at the bottom of their respective divisions and are in need of a spark, which is exactly what Tebow would bring.

    While this is all fictional, here are the remaining teams that would have a tough choice on their hands. 

Arizona Cardinals

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    Quarterbacks on the roster: Kevin Kolb, John Skelton, Richard Bartel.  

    The Arizona Cardinals have missed the stellar play that Kurt Warner provided. Newly acquired quarterback Kevin Kolb has been banged up for most of the year, and did not live up to his high expectations when he was healthy.

    The Cardinals have invested a lot in Kolb, but his turnovers alone would make the switch to Tebow an easy one. 

    Would Tebow start? Yes. 

Baltimore Ravens

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    Quarterbacks on roster: Joe Flacco, Tyrod Taylor 

    This decision is an extremely tough one. Flacco has won as the Ravens quarterback and has played extremely well at times, but Ravens fans still are not sure if he can lead this team to a championship. 

    Tebow maybe a perfect fit for the Ravens because he would be able to keep the Ravens defense off the field and fresh.

    He and Ray Rice would be a difficult duo to contain as well, and Tebow would have viable receivers, but It is hard to say that Flacco has played himself out of a job. 

    Would Tebow start? No. 

Buffalo Bills

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    Quarterbacks on roster: Ryan Fitzpatrick, Tyler Thigpen 

    The Bills got off to a great start behind Harvard graduate Ryan Fitzpatrick, but the team has seen its fair share of struggles since the quarterback signed his multimillion-dollar extension on Oct. 28.  

    The team has dropped its last four games, and recently lost Fred Jackson for the remainder of the season. 

    The edge overall goes to Fitzpatrick, but the Bills might have started Tebow if it were not for the extension that they gave to the quarterback one month earlier. 

    Who Tebow start? No. 

Cleveland Browns

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    Quarterbacks on roster: Colt McCoy, Seneca Wallace, Thaddeus Lewis 

    The Cleveland Browns own one of the league's worst offenses, as they rank 29th in rushing offense and 28th overall in total yards. 

    With that being said, It is hard to place every ounce of blame on Colt McCoy. The quarterback has a total lack of talent on his receiving corps, and not having his star running back Peyton Hillis on the field does not help, either. 

    Tim Tebow would provide a much-needed spark for a team that lacks playmakers at almost every offensive skill position.

    Would Tebow start? Yes.  

Jacksonville Jaguars

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    Quarterbacks on roster: Blaine Gabbert, Luke McCown

    Tim Tebow is from Jacksonville. Tim Tebow sells jerseys. Tim Tebow sells tickets. Tim Tebow is perfect for the Jaguars. 

    Would Tebow start? Yes. 

Kansas City Chiefs

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    Quarterbacks on roster: Matt Cassel, Kyle Orton, Tyler Palko, Ricky Stanzi

    The Chiefs recently signed Kyle Orton, who is the man that the Broncos placed behind Tim Tebow in the first place, so lets take him out of the equation for now. 

    I firmly believe that this team would be the best fit for Tim Tebow besides his current situation with Denver, because they love to run the football. There is no question that he would start over Palko and Stanzi, and I also believe that he would take over for Matt Cassel.

    Tim Tebow would be a nightmare for defenses if he was in the same backfield with Jamaal Charles, Jackie Battle and Thomas Jones, which makes this a no-brainer for me. 

    Would Tebow start? Yes. 

Miami Dolphins

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    Quarterbacks on roster: Matt Moore, Sage Rosenfels

    The Dolphins went to Matt Moore after Chad Henne went out with a shoulder injury and the team has looked completely different. 

    Moore has guided the team to three wins, and has had some impressive games, but it is hard to imagine that he would start over Tim Tebow. 

    Tebow would bring fans into Sun Life Stadium and he would energize a Dolphins fanbase that desperately needs a spark. 

    Would Tebow start? Yes. 

Minnesota Vikings

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    Quarterbacks on roster: Christian Ponder, Donovan McNabb, Joe Webb

    Another tough choice here because we are dealing with Minnesota's 2011 first-round pick. Although it has not always been pretty, I like what I see with Christian Ponder.

    The Vikings already possess one of the league's best running games when Adrian Peterson is healthy, and Ponder has proven that he can move around in the pocket and scramble if need be.  

    Rome was not build in a day, so I would not expect that the Vikings quarterback situation would, either. 

    Would Tebow start? No. 

New York Jets

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    Quarterbacks on roster: Mark Sanchez, Mark Brunell, Kevin O'Connell

    Mark Sanchez has been at the helm of the New York Jets for two full seasons, and has led the team to the AFC Championship during both campaigns. 

    The young quarterback has shown some potential in big games, and he has also been the reason why the team has failed. His turnovers have jeopardized the team's playoff chances this season, and let's not forget that he lost to this guy we call Tebow a few weeks ago. 

    Rex Ryan may have modeled how John Fox handled Tebow when he made the move a few weeks into the season, but I think that Sanchez is still his guy at least for the remainder of this season. 

    Would Tebow start? No.  

Seattle Seahawks

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    Quarterbacks on roster: Tarvaris Jackson, Charlie Whitehurst, Josh Portis 

    The Seattle Seahawks have played better than their record would indicate, but the team still ranks 30th in total offense. 

    Tarvaris Jackson is not the answer at quarterback, and the team will likely look to add one during the 2012 NFL Draft. 

    Tim Tebow would be the clear starter here because of turnover problems alone. 

    Would Tebow start? Yes. 

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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    Quarterbacks on roster: Josh Freeman, Josh Johnson

    The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are arguably the league's most disappointing team in 2011, but is it because of the quarterback position? 

    The Bucs offense in general has seen its fair share of struggles but it is hard to just put all the blame on Josh Freeman. Freeman has proven that he can lead his teams back to victory, which is why he gets the nod here over Tebow.

    Would Tebow start? No.  

Washington Redskins

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    Quarterbacks on roster: Rex Grossman, John Beck

    Mike Shanahan looked like the Albert Einstein of football when Rex Grossman came out swinging to start the year. 

    The coach would have denied Tebow earlier in the season, but he would be calling his name now as the Skins have gone 1-6 since their bye week before going 3-1 to start the season. 

    Shanahan would be more than happy to start him because Tebow would flourish in the coach's zone-blocking scheme.

    Would Tebow start? Yes.  

The Final Verdict

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    Seven out of the 31 remaining teams (not counting Denver) in my opinion, would start Tim Tebow as of today.  

    While that number may not sound like a lot, it is in a broader sense. Few teams if any would have started Tebow when Denver started him, and many believed that he would never and could never win games in the NFL. 

    According to ESPN's QBR system, Tebow has posted an 81.4 QBR on his 95 fourth-quarter action plays this season, which good for fifth-best among qualified quarterbacks. 

    Tebow has only thrown one interception in 143 attempts, which is great stat in itself. 

    In the end, people may love to hate Tim Tebow; but a winner is a winner and there is no arguing that. 

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