Well, ladies and gentlemen, the 13-month circus show that was Tim Tebow’s time on Broadway finally came to an end when New York released him on Monday morning. The move was made only days after the Jets added yet another quarterback to a crowded depth chart via the 2013 NFL Draft.
The writing had been on the wall for months, but it seemed like only a matter of time after former West Virginia star Geno Smith was chosen with the 39th-overall selection during Friday night’s second round. At 6-foot-3 and 220 pounds, Smith has the arm strength and accuracy Tebow lacks, as well as the size and mobility to make the same types of runs that the former Florida Heisman winner can.
Then again, Smith’s Mountaineers team tanked at the end of his senior season, whereas Tebow won the aforementioned Heisman to go along with not one, but two national championships.
There is no doubt that Tebow can play professional football. The only question is, of course, where?
Tebow was selected in the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft by then-Denver head coach Josh McDaniels. McDaniels is now the offensive coordinator with New England, a franchise that would presumably love nothing more than to embarrass the rival Jets. Further, coach Bill Belichik has been known to put talented players on the field, no matter their traditional position. Tebow is the perfect embodiment of tight end/H-back/Wildcat quarterback for short yardage and goal line situations.
The same could be said of San Francisco and Seattle, two teams that already run the Pistol/option offense but could bring in Tebow to spell Colin Kaepernick and Russell Wilson, respectively. Further, both the 49ers and Seahawks are currently embroiled in an arms races and Tebow-mania might actually be welcomed by the two outspoken coaches, Jim Harbaugh and Pete Carroll, out West.
The pervading mindset is that if an NFL team is going to pick up Tebow, a few conditions must already have been met by the team to make the move: First, both coach and quarterback must be untouchable (See: Belichick/Brady, Harbaugh/Kaepernick, Carroll/Wilson).
After that, said coach must be willing to open up the playbook. Now-former Jets offensive coordinator Tony Sparano was fired in part due to the fact that he barely tried to flip his own playbook to Page 2 and open it up a little bit.
On the same token, Tebow must be willing to play a position other than quarterback.
Taking Tebow on requires a team to spread the ball around. Aaron Rodgers in Green Bay understands how to use multi-dimensional players such as Randall Cobb and John Kuhn. Could Tebow fit in in the Frozen Tundra?
Chip Kelly has at least three years before Philly fans start calling for his head on the chopping block (should he prove ineffective, that is) and he was known as the most innovative mind in college football during his time at Oregon. Tebow can do a lot of different things with the football in his hands, and if anyone can figure out the best way to make it all happen, it might just be Kelly.
Then again, all of these coaches and teams could simply pass on the clown show that is the media presence surrounding The Chosen One. Another squad could step to the forefront (Tebow’s hometown Jacksonville Jaguars, perhaps?). One might even be willing to give him a try at quarterback.
Or, of course, the young man could wind up in the Canadian Football League come fall — he is currently unemployed, after all.