Have We Seen The Last Of Tim Tebow?
By Zachary Doleiden
The first Sunday lineup of NFL games in this young 2013 season is now in the books and for the first time in four years, QB Tim Tebow and his infectious personality watched from home instead of with a group of teammates.
Before the preseason began, Tebow signed on with the New England Patriots after one tumultuous season with the New York Jets (in which he was used more as an attraction to sell tickets and merchandise than as a serious player) in the hopes of continuing his NFL dream. In three games with the Patriots, Tebow finished 11-for-30 with 145 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions.
While these stats certainly do not jump out at you and justify giving up a roster spot to keep him on the team, Tebow did show flashes of the magic that made him a household name during his time with the Denver Broncos. In New England’s final game of the preseason, Tebow threw a last-second touchdown strike to complete a 28-20 comeback victory over the New York Giants – something football fans had almost come to expect from him after a remarkable run in 2011 when he led Denver to miracle wins in seven of eight games played at one point.
After his overall lackluster preseason performance, however, the Patriots decided to cut Tebow and he has since cleared waivers and is now free to sign with any team. Unfortunately for Tebow though, no teams appear to be interested in an inaccurate signal caller with a funky throwing motion.
Despite this lack of interest from other teams around the league, Tebow remains unwavering on the pursuit of his dream to play quarterback in the NFL.
But at what point must one realize that sometimes there are circumstances beyond their control that may hinder the realization of a dream?
I personally believe that Tebow is looking at this entire situation the wrong way. Instead of trying to will himself onto an NFL roster, he should take smaller steps and build his way back to the NFL. Steve Clarkson, Tebow’s former quarterback coach who also worked with players like Ben Roethlisberger and Matt Leinart, seems to be on the same wavelength.
“It’s time now to maybe just reconsider a different path to his ultimate dream,” Clarkson told USA Today. “Tim might want to look to the CFL because he may have run out of options in the NFL. Sitting is not an option for Tim. He’s ultra-competitive. He needs to stick to his strength, which is being in a competitive environment.”
Montreal Alouettes GM Jim Popp stated after his release from the Jets that the door is open for Tebow to make the trek up north of the border to join the team. Just the other day, Peter King of Sports Illustrated reported that an unknown team reached out to Tebow, but he refused to change his position just to make a team.
So Tebow does have some opportunities out there – it is just a matter of realizing that dreams must sometimes be tackled with baby steps.
Just look at former NFL QBs Warren Moon and Kurt Warner. They were both considered “not good enough” to play in the NFL by the so-called experts and looked to prove themselves while developing their skills elsewhere. Moon went to the CFL and enjoyed great success while Warner wound up in the AFL. After finally getting their chance to play in the NFL, they made the most of it and had successful playing careers.
Tebow needs to open his eyes and see that if he is unwilling to play a position other than quarterback, then there may be no place for him in the NFL. I am definitely not saying that Tebow should give up on his dreams – he has already proven that he has the mental capability to be successful in this league. He just needs to go someplace where he can get a shot to play quarterback on a regular basis to improve and hone his physical abilities.
If he can develop his throwing motion and build up his accuracy, then the NFL clock may just strike “Tebow Time” once again.