5 Reasons Why Tim Tebow Makes Sense for Pittsburgh Steelers
Could Tim Tebow play for the Pittsburgh Steelers?
When it was announced that quarterback Tim Tebow was released from the New York Jets, it became big news. Not because he is a franchise-caliber quarterback, or even a starter for that matter. It was big news because it seems that every move Tebow makes is newsworthy. Whether NFL fans want to admit it or not, Tebow is a fascinating and polarizing figure, but the question we ask here is, does Tebow have a spot in the league, and could that spot be with the Pittsburgh Steelers?
Before Steelers fans everywhere come at me with torches and pitchforks, there are a couple of important things that need to be discussed. First thing is Tebow has virtually no experience in the league in the truest sense. The one season he did, he was the starter on a team that won a playoff game. Another thing to keep in mind is the league is changing. The role of the quarterback is not what it used to be. With the NFL embracing the notion of a quarterback who doesn’t have to be protected from impact, and allowed to be an athlete, I have to believe a clever offensive coordinator can make use of a player like Tebow. There’s no doubt whatever team signs him will get a player willing to work hard, and that’s a big plus.
And I really think the team that could take advantage of the positives of Tebow, coach up his deficiencies and be his last shot so to speak to salvage an NFL career is with the Steelers. Here are my top five reasons why.
5-The Steelers Need a Veteran Quarterback
Last season, Steelers fans had to deal with an injury to franchise quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, and the play behind him was horrendous. The current market of viable-veteran quarterbacks is terrible. I struggle to imagine that Tebow could have played any more poorly than the Steelers backup quarterbacks Charlie Batch and Byron Leftwich did last season.
4-Tebow Would Come Cheap
As much as the Steelers need a quarterback, they need to save money even more. With Tebow clearing waivers, he's most likely a veteran minimum type of player, and that's really all the Steelers can afford.
3-The Steelers Have Weapons
Looking back at Tebow's time in the league, you can see that he's never had a tremendous supporting cast. The Steelers have a very nice and athletic group of wide receivers and tight ends, all of which have experience working with a quarterback who excels at extending plays with his legs.
2-The Offense Suits Him
On the surface, this may not seem true. But we saw it last year. While the offense is designed for quick hitting plays with quick reads and throws, Roethlisberger is not that type of quarterback at all. So instead, we saw him scramble and move and we saw his receivers and tight ends work back to the football, fight to extend the play just like Roethlisberger did, and in many cases some of the best plays were just sheer will and less about a fabulous throw.
1-Ben Roethlisberger would be a great mentor
It's not Tebow's fault he was drafted in the first round, so it's not his fault he hasn't played up to that level. But looking at his career to this point, he's been surrounded by awful quarterbacks. When the only players you can learn from are quarterbacks like Kyle Orton and Mark Sanchez, the odds are stacked against you. Being back to play behind and learn from a true franchise quality quarterback would benefit Tebow greatly. He's not only be able to learn without the pressure of being forced into a starting spot, but it would give the Steelers a chance to use Tebow in ways he comfortable, rather than force him into a situation he can thrive in.