Tim Tebow has been the hottest debate on the planet, at least when it comes to the NFL. With his unorthodox throwing motion and his uncanny inaccuracy, it is amazing that just two seasons ago he led the Denver Broncos to a playoff win against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Now, on the cusp of possibly being released by the New York Jets, Tebow may have to find a new home in order to progress his craft: the Orlando Predators of the Arena Football League.
That's right, the Arena Football League. Predators owner Brett Bouchy told Mike Bianchi of the Orlando Sentinel:
"Tim would certainly want to first exhaust his opportunities in the NFL, but we'd love to have him. I think he would definitely improve as a quarterback in our league. Kurt Warner told me once that when he got back to the NFL after playing in the Arena League, the NFL game was like slow motion. Everything in the Arena League is just so much faster and quicker and predicated on accuracy. Whenever Tim is willing, we have a contract waiting for him to sign."
There is no doubt that Tebow has been a winner his whole life, at every level. But that does not necessarily translate into a surefire NFL career, and he has certainly learned that the hard way. The AFL is a fast-paced game that requires accuracy from its quarterbacks and that is one tangible that Tebow seems to lack.
If you buy into the fact that Tebow alone led the Broncos to the playoffs and a win against the Steelers, you would be sorely mistaken.
The Denver defense was incredible that year, recording 52 sacks, 16 interceptions and forcing 20 fumbles. They kept their team in games late, which allowed Tebow and kicker Matt Prater the opportunity to seal it at the end.
Yes, Prater had four game-winning field goals in 2011, which is usually pushed aside when talking about the Tebow phenomenon. The Broncos were 8-8 that season, and if it weren't for the San Diego Chargers' and Kansas City Chiefs' ineptitude, they would not have even made the postseason.
This past year, Tebow could not even unseat a struggling Mark Sanchez for a starting spot. Let me repeat that. Tebow could not unseat a quarterback whose biggest highlight of the year was a butt-fumble. Even his teammates could not grasp the fact of how anyone would believe that Tebow will ever be an NFL quarterback.
So I will ask this question once. Why would the Predators be interested in Tebow?
The answer is simply to sell seats. It can not possibly be for the fact that Bouchy believes he will become a better quarterback, a la Kurt Warner. At least Warner had basic throwing skills before mastering them in the AFL.
Tebow has no such skills. He had a 46.5 percent completion rate in 2011, with six interceptions and seven fumbles as a starter. That is one more turnover than touchdowns. If he could not start for a dysfunctional team such as the Jets, then he will never make it in the NFL, or even the AFL for that matter.
The Jets have announced that they have brought in quarterback David Garrard to battle for a job with Sanchez. This all but leaves the writing on the wall for Tebow. They could not find an NFL suitor for him at the combine, and they will not find one for him now. Maybe Tebow would be better off taking his shot in the AFL with the Predators. One thing we will all realize if that happens: once Tebow leaves the NFL, he will never step through those doors again.
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