Tim Tebow: Icon's Career as NFL Quarterback Is Not over Yet

Richard LangfordCorrespondent IJanuary 12, 2013

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 23: Tim Tebow #15 of the New York Jets leaves the field after loss to San Diego Chargers at MetLife Stadium on December 23, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky /Getty Images)
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Times have gotten dark for Tim Tebow's career as an NFL quarterback. 

After a season spent largely gathering dust with the New York Jets—he attempted just eight passes and rushed for only 102 yards—Tebow appears to be on the verge of being released. And many are now wondering if any team will offer Tebow a chance to resume his career as an NFL quarterback. 

This notion recently picked up steam when the GM of the Jacksonville Jaguars, David Caldwell, shot down the idea that his team would be interested in the icon. ESPN's Paul Kuharsky provides this quote from Caldwell: "I can't imagine a scenario in which he'll be a Jacksonville Jaguar—even if he's released."

The Jaguars were the most widely speculated team for the new home of Tebowmania. The team's quarterback situation is a mess, and a disillusioned fanbase is growing extinct. The thinking was that Tebow would give the Jaguars an option at quarterback while sparking fan interest considering that Tebow is a legend in the area from his college days. 

So, with the Jaguars apparently uninterested, this has left many to wonder, like ESPN's James Walker, if Tebow will has any future in the NFL as a quarterback.

While it certainly looks grim at the moment, as teams begin to ponder next season, someone will give him a shot. The way offenses are evolving in the NFL, Tebow has value in the league. 

More and more teams have begun to incorporate zone reads in the NFL. Teams like the Panthers, Seahawks and Redskins all used elements of that system to utilize the running ability of their signal-callers. 

There is not a wealth of backups in the league who are adept at running this system, but Tebow is certainly one of them. We saw the Broncos utilize aspects of this system as Tebow led them to a surprising playoff run and win last year. 

It would be a luxury for those teams to have a backup on the roster who could come in and use the same offense, and who else are they going to turn to? 

Tebow figures to be cheap and available this offseason. He could go to one of these teams and help solidify its current offensive system. And while there are definitely some negatives to all the hype and media attention Tebow brings with him, his work ethic and tenacity make up for any drawbacks. 

You will be hard-pressed to find anyone, even among staunch Tebow supporters, who thinks he can excel as a pocket passer. But Tebow has already proven he can be effective in a system tailored to his strengths. This will make him appealing to several teams, and sooner or later, one of those teams will offer him a job as its backup. And sooner or later, he will once again be given the chance to prove he can hack it in this league.