Tim Tebow is Selfishly Insisting On Playing Only Quarterback In the NFL


Tim Tebow is Selfishly Insisting On Playing Only Quarterback In the NFL

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As everyone who follows sports in even the slightest sense knows by now, Tim Tebow was cut by the New England Patriots this past Saturday. Coach Bill Belichick decided that he’d rather go with just two quarterbacks on his active roster than carry a 3rd string QB that needs an entirely different offensive playbook. Even though Patriots owner Robert Kraft was openly suggesting that Tebow be kept on the team, Belichick was not swayed and he gave Tebow his walking papers.

 

This week, SI’s Peter King reported that at least one NFL team approached Tebow and his agent about changing positions. Basically, he would be provided a roster spot on a team if he was willing to play as a tight end or H-back. Also, at least one team in the CFL offered him a contract. Tebow turned down all offers. He wants to play, but only if it is in the NFL, and only if he can be a quarterback.

 

The fact is, Tebow doesn’t give an NFL team value as a starting QB. Sure, he had a somewhat magical run with the Denver Broncos in 2011, when he went 7-4 as a starter during the regular season and won a playoff game against the Steelers. Of course, Denver coach John Fox simplified the offense to a college option style that would work for Tebow. In essence, the Broncos ran the ball the majority of the time to control the clock, relied on their defense to keep the score close, and hoped that ‘Tebow Time’ would create something in the 4th quarter if they were down.

 

The thing is, in the final 3 regular season games of 2011, teams figured out Tebow. The Broncos lost those last three games and only got into the playoffs via the Raiders losing their final game as well. Tebow’s rating was 43.1 in those final regular season games. His completion percentage was 41.1%. In the regular season finale against Kansas City, in a game they desperately needed to win, Tebow went 6-22 for 60 yards with one interception and no touchdowns.

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Sure, against Pittsburgh, he had a pretty good game, and the Broncos shocked the Steelers. Pittsburgh gave Tebow absolutely no respect in the passing game, and loaded up the front. This allowed Tebow to make several long tosses to his receivers, with no deep safety to worry about. Therefore, he could float the ball deep only having to worry about single coverage. The much ballyhooed 80-yard pass to Demaryus Thomas was actually a 10-yard toss with Thomas breaking it and no safeties back. While Tebow had 316 yards total passing that game, he still only completed 10 of 21 passes.

 

Of course, against the Patriots the following game, he was contained completely. He completed only 9 of 26 passes for 136 yards and was only able to rush for 13 yards. The Broncos were stomped 45-10. Then, in the offseason, Tebow was traded to the New York Jets when the Broncos were able to get a real quarterback, Peyton Manning. And that is how we are where we are today. Tebow couldn’t convince Rex Ryan or Belichick that he was worth putting out on the field as a QB. Yet, he still insists that he should be one.

 

Let’s face it, Tebow is a selfish prick. Yes, I said it. For all of his ‘team first’ and ‘unselfish’ platitudes, for all of the motivational speeches about doing whatever it takes, he sure seems to be only looking out for himself here. The only value he really ever brought as an NFL quarterback was his ability to run for positive gains. Due to his size and strength, he is able to take multiple hits before going down. He has enough speed to break through holes in the line before they close, and he’s able to bruise and buckle defenders with his power.

 

Tebow would be perfect as a tight end who can also line up in the backfield. If he can carry the ball 8-10 times a game and catch a few passes, he can provide tons of value to just about any offense in this league. His combination of size, speed and strength is a commodity that teams would love to utilize. They just don’t want to use it lined up behind the center. Yet, here is Tebow, insisting that he’ll only play if he can be what no NFL team wants him to be. Even though he can help a team in another area, he only wants to do what he wants to do. That, my friends, is the definition of selfish.

14 Responses to "Tim Tebow is Selfishly Insisting On Playing Only Quarterback In the NFL"

  1. Sidnee   Friday, September 6th, 2013 at 8:36 pm

    Thank you. I totally agree. Not a huge Tebow fan myself, but I have heard plenty of people talk about him having a chance in the NFL if he changes positions. Teams can’t use him as a QB. Maybe he’ll figure it out.

  2. as promised   Friday, September 6th, 2013 at 11:37 pm

    His religious fervor would not go over real well in Canada.

  3. Ric   Saturday, September 7th, 2013 at 12:57 am

    You hit the nail on the head with this article. Tebow is a sad entitled fool. When Tebow went to New England I said that Belichick sees a potential replacement for Hernandez and fill in for Gronk, what a brilliant move. All Tebow has to do is prove he can catch passes and he might luck into a Superbowl ring. Tebow apparently does not want to be a winner or a team player. He just wants to be a star quarterback. Too bad his college eligibility ran out, he could use a lot more education.

  4. hankydubs   Saturday, September 7th, 2013 at 1:10 am

    Tebow is a pretty boy, and playing fullback means doing the dirty work.

    That’s his real position, btw. Fullback. I don’t see any reason to believe that he could be an in-line blocker or run routes well enough to be an actual tight end. Those things aren’t learned overnight. Many a great athlete has failed as a TE because they couldn’t run routes and block effectively as part of the O-line.

    He probably wouldn’t be such a great lead blocker either, but his power running skills would make him a marginally effective NFL FB, and he could probably leak into the flat as a safety valve receiver.

    I don’t know if it’s selfishness or just self-delusion on his part. He’s got a whole lot of people telling him what a wonderful QB he is.

    • ibwilliamsi   Saturday, September 7th, 2013 at 1:16 am

      I’m thinking that it’s more “self-delusion” and “mommy delusion” that’s the problem.

  5. ibwilliamsi   Saturday, September 7th, 2013 at 1:15 am

    Hopefully TT will take his trademarked “Tebow” back to The Philippines and make bank on that.

  6. Joe McGee   Saturday, September 7th, 2013 at 1:19 am

    Wake up Baragona. You have no business criticizing Tim Tebow, much less purporting to know what motivates him. The guy QB’ed two national championship teams and won the Heisman trophy while setting numerous records in the SEC. You write silly stories for a third-rate blog. He will be playing QB in the NFL long after you find a better use of your free time.

    • sara   Saturday, September 7th, 2013 at 3:55 am

      Tebow is a showboat. He will never be an NFL QB again.

    • Doug Fulmer   Saturday, September 7th, 2013 at 9:27 am

      All he has to do is overcome his inability to throw the ball in a pro system. He doesn’t have the arm and doesn’t deliver the ball fast enough. There have been plenty of QBs that were winners in college and did nothing in the pros. Tebow is another one

    • Barry Roope   Saturday, September 7th, 2013 at 3:06 pm

      I think the Author of this piece backed up his story and observations of Tim Tebow, with his statistics of his most important games he played in, and the numbers are what they are, he has had some good games, and he has had quite a few bad ones, the fact no team wants him for QB, speaks for itself. As far as If Tim Tebow is doing it for selfish reasons, I can’t say because I do not know the man, but if he was smart he would take a spot on a NFL team, if he is offered it, and maybe work his way into a QB job.

  7. Mary Smith   Saturday, September 7th, 2013 at 6:28 am

    Wow. If the guy only wants to play QB, so be it. What’s selfish about that? I only want to do the job I have and don’t want to be a used car salesperson…. Or maybe the writer wanted to collect comments from trolls. Atheist here but totally respect Tebow’s right to practice his religion and even more respect for his charitable work.

  8. Long Strange Tripster   Saturday, September 7th, 2013 at 1:19 pm

    It’s not selfishness on his part. It’s one of those Deadly Sins that he’s indulging in…..Pride. He can’t accept that he isn’t an NFL QB, and having that string of luck in Denver sure didn’t help to alleviate that. I’m of the opinion that he would make a good TE-2 or RB-2 or 3 depending on depth. But his college days under Urban Meyer at Flaorida didn’t prepare him for the NFL at the QB slot.

  9. Yaletownman   Saturday, September 7th, 2013 at 5:32 pm

    I think he ought to hang it up and go join Pat Robertson. That old coot ain’t gonna last forever and he’d be a good replacement. He could get off this cross and quarterback for Jesus. He’s got the victimhood thing down so he’d be perfect.

  10. James D.   Thursday, September 19th, 2013 at 5:47 am

    This time the NFL executives went too far, so much that many fans are realzing, despite all the journalist hysteria, that the Tebow sabotage is non-football relatedl
    These people can’t take that his rights go to charity and not the NFL and that he manages to win games despite not playing a different kind of offense than the was currently favored in the nfl.
    They felt threatened cos he gives an example of generosity and makes all those greedy people look as such.