5 Reasons Why Tim Tebow is Done in the NFL
5 Reasons Why Tim Tebow is Done in the NFL
Thursday, August 31, 2013 was a day which will live in infamy. The New England Patriots cut the man, the myth, nay the hero of many, Mr. Timothy Tebow! Well, now that I’m done channeling my inner President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, it’s time to get serious.
It has finally happened: Tim Tebow is out of a job without any prospects on the table. “How could this have happened,” cried many Florida Gator fans clinging to past Heisman Trophies brought to the University of Florida by the man himself. The man that gave us the trend of “Tebowing” looks like he will not have a job in the NFL this season. Many people cannot believe the fact that the New England Patriots, who have one of the best starting quarterbacks in NFL history named Tom Brady, would ever cut a quarterback with the skill set of Tebow (please read the sarcasm in that statement). After consulting with two experts on the matter (my younger brother and a guy named Jeremy), I have come up with five reasons why Tim Tebow is done, should be done, and will be done having a career in the NFL. Unless, of course, Tebow wants to become the practice tool for teams when they prepare for real quarterbacks named Robert Griffin III and Colin Kaepernick, or his other option to consider the position change that would probably extend his career: NFL water boy. Here are my five reasons that will show you why Tim Tebow should be done in the NFL.
5. The Piece of His Career We Saw Was a Fluke
In the 2010 season when Tebow took over the Denver Broncos' job from then-starting quarterback Kyle Orton, Tebow started 12 regular season games and two playoff games. Yes, Tebow won the division as well as one instant-classic playoff game against a six-time Super Bowl winning Pittsburgh Steelers. However, you need to look at the numbers involved here. If you look at the teams that were in the division with the Broncos, the San Diego Chargers went 8-8, the Kansas City Chiefs went 7-9, and the Oakland Raiders went 8-8. These teams were hardly the titans of the AFC, and I do not mean the team that plays in Tennessee. Yes, he did win a playoff game and yes, it was against the Pittsburgh Steelers, but the Steelers’ team that year was a shadow of the team that played in the Super Bowl just the season before. If Tebow was truly the great quarterback that everyone thought he would be, then why did Broncos’ general manager, Hall of Fame quarterback John Elway, heavily recruit and bring in aging Peyton Manning, who sat out the entire season with a neck injury? It took someone like Elway to show the football world that Tebow was not the quarterback everyone thought he was after the past playoff run.
4. He Has too High of an Injury Risk With a Low Reward
Does anyone remember a running left handed quarterback by the name of Steve Young? If you have watched football in the past decade, you may have seen a highlight or two that he was in or may have even seen him play. Steve Young is a Hall of Fame quarterback and won some Super Bowls with the San Francisco 49ers. Does anyone know what the biggest play with Young was at the end of his career? It was his health. The only reason I even mention the two of these quarterbacks in the same breath is that they are both left handed. Tebow loves to run. That is what makes him a dangerous threat on the field. However, unlike Young, Tebow runs to make the plays that his arm can’t do, therefore he has a very high risk of injury. What franchise wants a quarterback that thinks he is a running back when he carries the football?
3. He Has a Weak Arm
I know, I know “Dom, there are a ton of quarterbacks in the NFL that do not have strong arms. There have even been some greats that have not had the strongest arms.” This is a true statement. All-time great quarterback Joe Montana never possessed the world’s strongest arm. However, Tebow lacks in one key skill that Montana definitely possessed: Accuracy. Montana could put a football wherever he wanted to (just look at some of his greatest playoff moments on YouTube to find evidence of this). Tebow, on the other hand, has possibly the worst completion percentage of a starting quarterback in recent history. Look at these stats: In two games against the Kansas City Chiefs in 2011, Tebow went 2-for-8 and 6-for-22! This was against a team that went 7-9 that season. Yes, he had a touchdown thrown in that game, but like the saying goes, “Even a blind squirrel finds a nut sooner or later!”
2. The Running Quarterbacks Now All Have More Accurate Arms
The biggest trend in the NFL right now is multi-threat quarterbacks. These are quarterbacks that not only can hurt you with their arms but can run all over your defense. One may think that Tebow fits the mold of this perfectly. In reality, he doesn’t. If you want to compare Tebow to some quarterbacks and their stats look at these: Tebow’s career completion percentage is 47.9 percent. Here are the stats of two multi-threat starting quarterbacks with about as many starts as Tebow: Robert Griffin III's completion percentage is 65.6 percent and Colin Kaepernick's completion percentage is 62.3 percent. Now, to really see how bad this is, look at the statistics of two quarterbacks no longer on a NFL team. Vince Young's completion percentage is 57.9 percent and former number one pick in the 2007 NFL Draft JaMarcus Russell has a career completion percentage of 52.1 percent. Both of these men are considered busts in the NFL and no team seems to want to give them a chance. Why then, if their stats are better than Tebow’s and have played as many or more games than Tebow, should Tebow be in the NFL and not these two men?
1. No Team Wants the Drama With No Additional Wins
When Tebow comes to your team, so does the media. Everywhere Tebow goes, so does hoards of cameras, journalists, and fans trying to get a moment of the player's time. Also with all of those people come the questions such as, “How will Tebow fit into your offense?” or “Will you force Tebow to switch positions or make plays specific for him?” This is something coaches do not want to deal with, especially since bringing Tebow in is not a recipe for more wins, or even a championship.