Tim Tebow’s stat line vs. Buccaneers was just plain awful

Photo: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

Photo: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

“It was definitely something I shouldn’t have thrown,” Tim Tebow said of Mason Robinson’s interception that led to a field goal that provided the final scoring margin. “You want to do your best and play to the best of your ability and have it all go right, and sometimes it doesn’t. You just have to keep going.”

It is going to be tough for third-string quarterback Tim Tebow to “keep going” with the New England Patriots if the former Florida Gators superstar is going to continue to post performances like he did on Friday night against the Buccaneers.

Basically – and on the same day we went ahead and posted a stat trying to show the world how good he can be – Tebow laid a complete egg in the Pats’ 25-21 preseason victory over Tampa Bay.

Let’s back this entire thing up for a second. After scaring the entire region of New England with a knee injury, 36-year old Tom Brady trotted onto the field to start on Friday night, completing his first 11 passes (finishing 11-for-12 overall) for 107 yards and a score.

After that, his backup, Ryan Mallett, had his turn at carving up a Bucs secondary that is still waiting on the first appearance of newly acquired Darrell Revis (the superstar corner is still recovering from a torn ACL, but is expected to return soon). After completing 12-of-20 passing attempts for 137 yards and a touchdown of his own, it was time for him to hit the showers.

Which meant it was, yes, Tebow Time – only perhaps The Chosen One hit the snooze button by accident.

The embattled passer only completed one of his seven attempts, but it would have been better had he not completed anything at all. He finished the evening with a whopping -1 yard passing.

Negative. One. Yards.

No one will ever mistake Tebow for a non-competitor, however, and the bruising runner did finish with 30 rushing yards on six attempts.

That is simply not the point, however. Tebow wants to be taken seriously as a pass-first quarterback. With Aaron Hernandez currently sitting in jail on murder charges and Rob Gronkowski watching from the sidelines after going under the knife yet again, the opportunity is there for Tebow to switch to tight end.

He doesn’t want to though. He wants to play quarterback. The biggest problem is, of course, the fact that at this point it does not look like he can do so at an NFL-caliber level.

Remember, this is the preseason. By the time Tebow was actually in the game, he was facing a group of defenders that probably won’t even be in the NFL next month. If he cannot complete passes against fourth-string and practice squad-level guys, how can we reasonably expect him to do so against starters?