My biggest problem with Tim Tebow right now is that I’m having a hard time caring. I suppose I cared enough to write this post, so that’s something. I just really don’t get why I should care, or why anyone else cares so deeply at this point.
A shoulder shrug should be the reaction to most Tebow news now since he’s been shunned by the league, and unable to get a job as even a third stringer. That’s just reality, a reality that those around Tebow and close to him are finally admitting.
David Fleming wrote a must read piece about Tebow’s relationship with the media (umm, hey Tim), and while arguing that the attention he’s received has contributed to his unemployment (sure maybe, but his inability to complete a forward pass much more regularly has been a far greater factor), Fleming tucked this little nugget away:
Even now, after Tebow cleared waivers unclaimed and with members of his camp privately admitting that his NFL run is probably over, the football world remains as divided as ever over him. It’s nearly impossible to find a teammate who will say anything bad about Tebow as a person — or a scout who will say anything good about him as a player. But the sports masses mostly side with the NFL personnel people. It’s embarrassing and exhausting to discuss him, which makes it official: Tim Tebow has jumped the shark.
I agree with every word of that, especially the parts about the shark jumping, and Tebow being done. An anonymous NFL scout added his view of Tebow’s future which is less than optimistic:
“He’s not a quarterback. When you look at his run two years ago, when you watch the tape and break it down, he wasn’t really doing anything that impressive. He’s a tough guy, a great leader, a great person. But he isn’t a good enough quarterback to have all the distractions that come with him.”
Meanwhile, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport said that although it may look bleak right now, Tebow is still hanging on and hacking away. Despite the current pessimism, there’s still a chance that a team somewhere out there will sign him cheaply near training camp, and try their hand at what the Jets attempted last year: make Tebow a gimmick and ask him to run, the only thing he does well.
He can’t start, and he certainly can’t be a traditional backup. You need basic, fundamental skills from your backup which lead to an element of trust to come in off the sideline, or be a temporary solution with an injured starter. As we saw in Denver, for Tebow to be successful he needs an entire offense to be tailored to his very specific and limited abilities, and very few teams are willing to do that long term.