By: Monte Perez
Tim Tebow was released by the Philadelphia Eagles on Saturday, September 5. This is now the fourth team that has released Tebow of his quarterbacking services (Denver Broncos, New York Jets and the New England Patriots). In the Eagles final pre-season game, Tebow played well. He completed 11-17 passes for 189 yards, carried the ball four times for 32 yards and passed for two touchdowns. However, it was not enough. The former Florida Gator, once again, finds himself without a team.
Besides Marcus Mariota, Tim Tebow was one of the best college football quarterbacks I have ever seen.
• He won the Heisman Trophy after his sophomore year
• Won two National Championships
• Was a two-time All-American
• His senior year, he competed 70 percent of his passes, had 35 total touchdowns and only five interceptions.
In the 2010 NFL Draft, the Denver Broncos selected Tebow in the first round with the 25th pick. Many experts were shocked at this selection, because he was projected as a mid-to-late third rounder. In his second season he started 11 games and led the Broncos to an upset playoff victory of the Pittsburgh Steelers. His limited success wasn’t enough, and John Elway brought in Peyton Manning to take over the quarterbacking duties.
Tebow signed with the Jets and never played much, or had any impact on the team. With the Jets he appeared in 12 games, completed six of eight passes and rushed for a total of 132 yards. Rex Ryan doesn’t haven’t an offensive creative bone in his body, and it showed in his lack of creativity with the backup quarterback.
Chip Kelly is a great offensive coach. In his first year with Philadelphia, the Eagles led the NFL in offense. Last season they were third overall. Kelly has done this with Michael Vick, Nick Foles and Mark Sanchez. Not exactly an elite quarterback group. But, if the Eagles head coach couldn’t find a spot for Tebow, no one will.
ESPN’s Skip Bayless keeps defending Tebow’s ability. But, when it comes to playing quarterback in the NFL, he doesn’t have any ability. He has a career completion percentage of 47.9. If this was the 70s or 80s where teams ran the ball 70 percent of the time, that might be acceptable. But, this is 2015, and the NFL is a vertical passing league. Teams are running more plays and QBs are being asked to do more than ever before.
Tebow has not been “blackballed” because of his religious beliefs. One thing we know about the NFL, if you can play, you can commit heinous crimes and teams will still want you. Just ask Adrian Peterson, Greg Hardy and Michael Vick. They all committed despicable acts and got another chance.
If Tebow wants to contribute to an NFL team, he should put his ego aside and start working as a tight end. With his athletic ability, work ethic and drive, he can be a very good player. I think he could be a poor man’s version of the Dallas Cowboy’s Jason Witten. Unfortunately for Tim, he still believes he can play quarterback at a high level. The Patriots and Eagles can make lemons into lemonade… neither one did this for Tebow. He has now been cut by two of the most creative coaches in the league.
In the movie I,Robot starring Will Smith, Smith asks his co-star, “Does thinking you’re the last sane man on the face of the earth make you crazy?” Tebow and Bayless are the only two people on the planet who believe he can be a starting QB. If others think that… they are crazy too!
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