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Why Tim Tebow's Career Hinges Upon Finding The Right Fit

SEATTLE, WA - NOVEMBER 11:  Quarterback Tim Tebow #15 of the New York Jets warms up prior to the game against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field on November 11, 2012 in Seattle, Washington.  (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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Jesse ReedCorrespondent IJanuary 30, 2013

Tim Tebow can't change who he is or how he plays the game of football.

He's always going to be unconventional, and the only chance he has of making it in the NFL as a quarterback is if he can find a coach and owner who believe in him, just the way he is. 

It's got to be the right fit. 

Tebow will never be a pocket quarterback who completes 65 percent of his passes. 

He'll never be a guy that throws 35-plus touchdowns a season. 

He's a spread-option quarterback who relies on misdirection and grit more than skill and technique. 

He doesn't win pretty, but he does win.

During his time as a starting quarterback for Florida—which plays in the SEC, the toughest conference in college football—Tebow compiled a record of 35-6 (2007-2009).

As a starter in the NFL, Tebow has compiled a record of 8-6 in the regular season and 1-1 in the playoffs. 

Tebow's stats looked better in college, but the defenses he went up against were not nearly as disciplined as what he's faced in the pros. As a professional quarterback, he has completed just 48 percent of his passes—the key stat that has brought about the league's rejection of Tebow.

In his 14 starts, however, Tebow has thrown 17 touchdowns compared to just nine interceptions—a nearly 2-to-1 ratio, which is better than what Andrew Luck, Matthew Stafford and Jay Cutler did in 2012. 

He's a proven winner who deserves better than he got in 2012 with the New York Jets. What remains to be seen is if an NFL team will ever accept the package that comes with one of the most popular and polarizing players in recent memory. 

Unless a team is willing to let Tebow be Tebow, winning games in the ugliest, yet most electrifying way possible, his career will never take off.

Tebow doesn't fit the mold, but a team willing to give him a shot would not be disappointed. 

 

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