Just so I’m clear on this, I’m not saying that Tim Tebow is “elite.” I’m saying that he is a great choice for teams this off-season and a top 15 choice going forward. Given every factor such as age, performance, salary, injuries and quarterback competition he ranks in the upper half.
Obviously Tebow isn’t a top 10 quarterback, just yet. However, let us just compare his body of work and resume to some other “average” quarterbacks that rank 10-15 shall we?
Former No. 1 overall pick Mike Vick is the most overrated quarterback in the NFL. The soon to be 33-year-old injury prone Philadelphia Eagle is the most turnover prone quarterback in the league. What’s even worse is, he can’t stay healthy. Then there’s Cam Newton. He just doesn’t have the “it” factor, always falling apart at the end of games. His attitude speaks for itself, unfortunately. With Cam Newton the Carolina Panthers are 13-19 the last two seasons. Newton has registered just two game winning drives the last two seasons combined. Tebow had six in 2011.
Alex Smith over Tebow? No thanks. Smith is a mediocre quarterback without Jim Harbaugh. Without Harbaugh Smith had a career total of 51 touchdowns and 53 interceptions with a 72 rating. Tebow’s numbers are better. And oh yea, if you want Smith you will have to pay about $9 million a year. Sam Bradford may have won rookie of the year in 2010, but he hasn’t lived up to that No. 1 pick hype and his lack of mobility doesn’t help third down conversions.
Now let’s look at Texas quarterbacks Tony Romo and Matt Schaub. Romo had a great run but it’s only getting worse. Romo hasn’t had a winning record since the 2009 season and he falls apart at the end of games and the end of the season. He’s the opposite of Tebow. Schaub on the other hand is an overpaid protected quarterback surrounded with a top three wide receiver and a top five running back.
I would rather have a 26-year-old Tebow for less than $2 million per season, than an aged Romo or Schaub for $10 million a year.
Tebow isn’t the Dan Marino of quarterbacks. He’s more of a Fran Tarkenton, John Elway type. He can beat you with his arms and legs. The sorry Denver Broncos were 1-4 before Tebow took over and led them to the playoffs and a miraculous playoff victory over the No. 1 ranked defense in the NFL. He dominated the best conference in college football, the SEC. He dominated opposing defenses when it mattered most. He confused defensive coordinators to victories on a weekly basis.
Given age, salary, on field performance, teamwork and leadership there is only one conclusion..
Tim Tebow is a top 15 NFL quarterback option going forward.