A couple of days ago on an interview with Good Morning America, recently acquired New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow said that “It’s pretty easy for me to say that the most important thing in my life is my relationship with Jesus Christ, followed by my relationship with family. And football’s later on down the line.” While Tebow’s faith is extraordinary and making family a priority is admirable, his comments only prove one thing and that is he needs to retire from the NFL and dedicate his life to his religion!
It may be a different story if Tebow was actually a decent quarterback, yet he is one of the worst quarterbacks in the NFL. The argument for Tebow is that he ultimately wins games. That argument isn’t a strong one as in his first victory of the 2011 season was over the Miami Dolphins, a team that had not won a game at that point in the season, his very next start was a loss to the Detroit Lions. From that point on he won six consecutive starts before losing the final three games of the season to reach a 7-4 record as the Denver Broncos starter.
Looking at the wins it will show that he faced teams that were without a number of key players such as Jason Campbell, Darren McFadden, Jamaal Charles, Jay Cutler and Matt Forte. When the Broncos won these games it was because Tebow was able to get the Broncos into field goal range and relied on the foot of kicker Matt Prater, instead of the arm of Tebow’s.
In the losses the Broncos suffered including the playoffs four out of the five losses weren’t even close and on average the Broncos lost by 24 points. To put that into perspective Kyle Orton the original starter for the Broncos started the season 1-4 and the average defeat was by nine points.
As for Tebow’s overall numbers, dreadful is being nice. He completed 46.5 percent of his passes, threw for 1,729 yards, 12 touchdowns and six interceptions, was sacked 33 times and fumbled 14 times. What allowed for the Broncos the chance of winning was Willis McGahee who had an outstanding season running the football and Tebow’s ability to escape pressure and run for positive yardage. Even though the Broncos were able to run the football it didn’t translate into many points.
With Tebow as quarterback the Broncos averaged 18.5 points per game and with Orton the Broncos averaged 21 points.
An issue that Tebow also faced is one that has been there for a while and that is his accuracy throwing the football. Eric Decker was considered to be Tebow’s primary target, yet his numbers regressed after Tebow took over as the quarterback. In five games with Orton, Decker caught 22 passes for 269 yards and four touchdowns and in the 11 games with Tebow throwing the football, he caught 22 passes for 346 yards and four touchdowns.
Tebow has already admitted that his religious beliefs take top priority along with his family, so it’s not a surprise that he has been terrible throwing the football and nearly got beat out in the preseason by Adam Weber an undrafted rookie free agent.
Not surprising was the revelation from Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas in an article written by Dion Caputi, Thomas states about the trade of Tebow that. “It’s a business decision. I ain’t going to say I was sad (about Tim leaving) because the only thing they remember is that pass. You gotta go back and look at the rest of the games. I wasn’t getting no balls. You had to make some of these plays where some players were open and he is not making the throws, but I don’t want to talk bad about Tim, but hey I am happy we got Peyton.”
That pretty much summarizes Tebow in a nutshell and it also speaks volumes about Tebow especially if Thomas is happy about the acquisition of Peyton Manning who has not played football and had multiple surgeries on his neck.
While there are many professional athletes that are religious, Tebow gets the most exposure in the media and for the most part gets a pass on being criticized for his play. If Tebow was truly serious about making religion his top priority then he should do what Napoleon Kaufman, Glen Coffee and Grant Desme did, retire and become a religious leader! If that’s what Tebow is truly passionate about, that is what he should be doing.
In any other situation if someone is not able to do their job very well consistently, that person would be let go or given more training and if that still didn’t work that person would be fired. For Tebow to be successful at the NFL and even get to be a decent quarterback one of his highest priorities would have to be football and that doesn’t seem like it will happen with Tebow, so he should retire immediately and dedicate his time too what he’s most passionate about his religion and family.
For anyone who enjoyed this article please check out my recent article on Bartolo Colon’s stellar start against the Seattle Mariners and why Peyton Manning wouldn’t have been a good fit for the San Francisco 49ers.