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Tebow Should Weigh Other Options

Posted on: February 27, 2010 1:11 pm
 

As the NFL Draft Combine continues on, one notable draft prospect is not competing in any drills.  Rather than showing off to scouts at the Combine, the most celebrated college football athlete of the decade is waiting till his Pro Day at Florida.  Tim Tebow is determined not to change positions, and prove that he can be an effective quarterback at the pro level.  Perhaps if that is indeed Tebow’s goal, he should heavily consider other options besides the NFL, in order to refine his skills as a pro quarterback. 

 

Tebow’s heart is set on proving that he can be an effective quarterback at the next level.  Despite all his critics, the kid has the determination to make it happen.  Does Tebow not remind some of QB Shane Falco from the movie The Replacements?  Left handed quarterback, college star, didn’t make it to the pros, but as coach Jimmy McGinity says about Falco in the movie, Tebow has lots and lots of heart, love him or hate him.  Tebow may not have the luxury of coming in as a replacement player like Falco was scripted in the movie, but Tebow does have other options to improve, get playing time, and perhaps one day star in the NFL besides entering this year’s draft.  Perhaps Tebow should seriously consider either playing in Canada in the CFL, or staying here in the states and playing with the UFL in their second season of play.  Playing elsewhere out of college is not an uncommon occurrence, and many have done so and then gone on to have effective to great careers in the NFL. 

 

Some of the greatest quarterbacks to find NFL success after starting their careers outside of the NFL include Warren Moon, Kurt Warner, and Doug Flutie.  Moon is perhaps the greatest example out of the three, having achieved great success in the CFL with the Edmonton Eskimos taking them to an unprecedented five straight Grey Cup Championships.  Moon was a Hall of Fame quarterback in his six seasons up north, and then came back to the states to achieve similar success, despite failing to ever win a Super Bowl.  Moon is second on the all-time career passing yardage leaders list when accounting statistics from the NFL, CFL, and USFL with 49,325 passing yards, and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2006 in large part to his success throughout his entire professional career.  An argument can also be made for recently retired Kurt Warner as the greatest quarterback to find NFL success after he achieved success with the Iowa Barnstormers of the Arena Football League.  Warner exploded onto the NFL scene in 1999 after taking over for an injured Trent Green, leading the St. Louis Rams to their first Super Bowl.  Warner is a two time NFL MVP, a Super Bowl MVP, and Super Bowl winner in Super Bowl XXIV, and owns the Super Bowl record for the three highest passing yardage performances.  With 32,344 passing yards in the NFL, Warner is open to the debate as a Hall of Fame quarterback when his time comes in five more years.  And then there is Doug Flutie, who owns one of the most memorable plays in college football history with a last minute Hail Mary at Boston College in 1984.  Out of college Flutie played in the USFL for the New Jersey Generals, but ultimately achieved success in the CFL as one of the league’s most celebrated players of all-time with six CFL Most Outstanding Player Awards, 3 Grey Cup Championships, and 3 Grey Cup MVP’s.  Upon returning to the NFL as a starter in 1998 Flutie became the Comeback Player of the Year.  Flutie did not achieve the NFL success of Moon or Warner, in large part because of his age upon returning to the NFL.  But Flutie ranks fifth on the aforementioned all-time passing yardage list, and is also a CFL Hall of Fame quarterback.

 

But perhaps comparing Tebow to some of these all-time greats is a bit premature.  Others that have done the same include Tebow critic Joe Theisman, Jeff Garcia, and to an even lesser extent Tommy Maddox.  Out of college Theisman chose to go to Canada where he was a two-time CFL All-Star with the Toronto Argonauts, before coming to the NFL to play twelve seasons with the Washington Redskins.  Theisman led the Redskins to two Super Bowl appearances, winning Super Bowl XVII, was the NFL MVP in 1983, and holds several Redskins passing records including passing attempts, completions, and yardage.  After going undrafted out of college, Jeff Garcia went to the CFL where he played five seasons with the Calgary Stampeders.  Garcia was a four-time CFL All-Star, and Grey Cup MVP in a Grey Cup victory in 1998.  Garcia then went on to achieve success in the NFL, playing for multiple teams over a ten-year span, most famously the San Francisco 49ers where Garcia was a three-time Pro Bowl selection.  Tommy Maddox achieved his success outside of the NFL in his one season with the XFL with the Los Angeles Xtreme.  For what it’s worth, Maddox was the XFL MVP and lead his team to the XFL Championship in the league’s only year of existence.  From there Maddox went on to sign with the Pittsburgh Steelers where he was the NFL Comeback Player of the Year in 2002, and enjoyed moderate success as a starter for the better part of two seasons.  Perhaps when setting up a standard for Tebow, Maddox may be the best standard to start with.

 

The decision is ultimately up to Tebow.  Go straight to the NFL to presumably become a backup at best, perhaps even a third string quarterback or change positions if he wants to try and crack a starting lineup.  Rookie Julian Edelman of the New England Patriots is the most recent example of a college quarterback finding success in the NFL after changing positions, playing wide receiver for the Pats in 2009.  Tebow could still be drafted, as Heisman was a fourth round draft pick before deciding to first play in the CFL.  But if Tebow truly wants to be a starter, he should consider improving on his mechanics and trying to achieve success elsewhere first, where the opportunities may be more plentiful.  With the UFL's plans to continue on and expand in 2010, and a team in Orlando, a short drive from where Tebow is a hero in Gainsville, Tebow could become a star and the face of the league if he found success there.  And with the NFLPA urging players cut and unable to find employment in the NFL to go to the UFL, Tebow may be urged by some to go there first.  Who knows, with his determination he could very well do so, and in a few years hush all the critics who knock him for his lack of mechanics and the label of a “just a college quarterback.”
Comments

Since: Jan 14, 2010
Posted on: March 2, 2010 1:55 pm
 

Tebow Should Weigh Other Options

I definitely respect your opinion, but Tebow would be better off in the NFL. He can go to a team that has an established QB, and learn while being a backup. Then he can use that time to work on his fundamental skills with professional QB coaches.  Tebow has the intangibles and athletic ability to be successful, and I definitely think in time he will develop the footwork and delivery to go with it.



Since: Nov 28, 2009
Posted on: March 2, 2010 3:07 am
 

Tebow Should Weigh Other Options

Everyone keeps forgetting one thing when they say its just Tebows mechanics. The bigger issue is his ability to read a defense. Thats not even mentioning the vastly more complicated schemes the NFL teams run. Comaring Big Ben to Tebow is insane. Big Ben had all the tools coming out of Miami Ohio. Go back and look at Tebows game tapes...tell me how many times he made a progressive read on the defense. NFL scouts know this as do the GM's.



Since: Dec 22, 2009
Posted on: March 1, 2010 6:12 pm
 

Tebow Should Weigh Other Options

Wow. Another Tebow lover. Why change his mechanics in college if it doesn't need to be changed at that level? The coaches job is to win, not prepare someone solely as an NFL draft prospect. Big Ben had the mechanics coming out of college and is a lot bigger. He also took a mediocre college team and gave it a one loss season. Tebow will not be surrounded by vastly superior teammates in the pros. There is only one thing I can see in him and that is he will be a long shot to become a quality NFL QB.

You can draft on your team, not mine, and put him on the practice squad for two years while he 'develops'. Or you can stick him on your team as a tight end. More power to ya. My team has enough problems to deal with.



Since: Jun 4, 2008
Posted on: March 1, 2010 4:59 pm
 

Tebow Should Weigh Other Options

Sippin on that Hateraide.



Since: Jan 6, 2010
Posted on: March 1, 2010 1:51 pm
 

Tebow Should Weigh Other Options

What I fail to understand is why Tebo in now just learning the fundamentals of playing QB. He went to Florida, a hardly overated school, had a coach who some dub as a genius (in this case vastly overated) and four or five years to learn. Does not any assistant coach know the basic principles of setting up, arm motion, and release point? Lets assume he did not have the coaching...with his overall talent, why did he not find someone to educate him in these obvious basics?

The more I think about this the more I realize this guy could be a NFL QB and possibly a very good one.  The team that takes a chance on him may well be rewarded with a Big Ben type of player and the worse case is that he winds up as quality tight end or H back.



Since: Jan 30, 2008
Posted on: March 1, 2010 9:10 am
 

Tebow Should Weigh Other Options

I believe Tebow has a good chance at making an NFL roster this summer. He is a great strong arm'd Qb witha good sence for the game. As long as Tebow gets brought along slowly and has a chance to learn the NFL game he will be ok. If someone like the Rams, or Raiders draft him and expect him to start this upcoming season, he will not be ready. I believe the best fit for him would be the colts. Not that Manning is a bad QB, but it would give the Colts a good backup and it would allow Tebow to learn from one of the best QB's in the game!



Since: Oct 30, 2006
Posted on: March 1, 2010 8:09 am
 

Tebow Should Weigh Other Options

Wow shipping a player off to the CFL before even giving him a chance in the "National Football League", thanks Rod Woodson; thats just typical media parlor tricks.  Why is no one talking about having the right team with the right QB coach taking a chance with this incredible athlete.  Look at the completion and TD to INT percentages he put up in the SEC for four years.  The only negative people are saying about him is his delivery.  What do QB coaches get paid for by the way.  If a professional coach can not teach one of the most intelligent game savy super athletes to ever play the QB position one little minor aspect that he needs to be sucessfull in the NFL, I think every QB coach in the league needs to pack their! bags and head up North.  I was not a gambler when Randy Moss entered the league but I bet my life he was going to be a huge success and I got nothing to show for it.  This time around I can not wait to cash in.   

I wonder the same, what do coaches get paid for? Urban Meyer robbed Tim Tebow of any success in the NFL. He catered to Tebow's issues by not addressing them at all. He ran shotgun his entire career. There's an old saying, "you can't teach an old dog new tricks". Expecting Tebow to all of the sudden changed his life long bad throwing motion is like expecting evolution to allow pigs to fly during your life time. People say he can run the "wildcat" formation, but with 4.7 speed, that won't happen. The fact of the matter is the CFL is a very good option to go learn the game. You're acting like the CFL is a bunch of high school kids when it is not. Doug Flutie, Warren Moon, Jeff Garcia, and then you can add Kurt Warner form the Arena league as learning to play the game in a different league. Moon and possibly Warner in the future are hall of famers.
If you didn't expect Randy Moss to make an immediate impact in the NFL, than you're just admitting to us that you're not a good college player evaluater. Danny Wuerffel also had a great career at Florida, as a legitimate passer, and he couldn't do anything in the NFL. Tebow is even more handicapped than Wuerffel. Tebow's intangibles will help, but only to a certain extent.
Tim Tebow fans better pray because it doesn't look good for him in the NFL. Success in college doesn't usually translate into the NFL. There are more Heisman NFL busts than there are studs. I am not buying Tim Tebow as a NFL QB. If he does manage to make it somewhat as a NFL QB, it will be in 3-5 years. He is by no means a Joe Flacco, Matt Ryan, Vince Young, or Mark Sanchez.



Since: Jun 24, 2008
Posted on: March 1, 2010 6:33 am
 

Tebow Should Weigh Other Options

Wow shipping a player off to the CFL before even giving him a chance in the "National Football League", thanks Rod Woodson; thats just typical media parlor tricks.  Why is no one talking about having the right team with the right QB coach taking a chance with this incredible athlete.  Look at the completion and TD to INT percentages he put up in the SEC for four years.  The only negative people are saying about him is his delivery.  What do QB coaches get paid for by the way.  If a professional coach can not teach one of the most intelligent game savy super athletes to ever play the QB position one little minor aspect that he needs to be sucessfull in the NFL, I think every QB coach in the league needs to pack their! bags and head up North.  I was not a gambler when Randy Moss entered the league but I bet my life he was going to be a huge success and I got nothing to show for it.  This time around I can not wait to cash in.   



Since: Dec 22, 2009
Posted on: March 1, 2010 1:30 am
 

Tebow Should Weigh Other Options

He should go directly into business. With his leadership skills, heart and work ethic he will be running a large corportaion like IBM or AIG in a few years. Or maybe become a doctor and cure cancer. He could also become a MMA athlete. Special envoy to the Pope. Tim can do anything because of his leadership, heart and work ethic.

Am I the only here sick of hearing about Tebow? There are lots of other people to talk about other than rehashing this same old song and dance. Oh well, rant over, it's time to watch 'What Not to Wear'. Heck, Tim could probably host that show as well. It's a shame the Winter Olympics are over. He would be really good at curling. Maybe become a Canadian citizen while he is there, eh?



Since: Sep 19, 2007
Posted on: February 28, 2010 9:52 pm
 

Tebow Should Weigh Other Options

Didn't even bother reading this thread.

Tebow chosing the CFL over the NFL, and several Million $..... Is just plain retarded.

I know people have it in for this guy, but the CFL? Give me a break!



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