Former NFL quarterback Ron Jaworski, also part owner of the Philadelphia Soul, recently pursued Tebow. According to Ed Barkowitz of the Philadelphia Daily News, Jaworski made an offer earlier this week:
Jaworski treats opportunity like a Doberman treats prime rib. So, when Tim Tebow was released by the New York Jets on April 29, Jaworski took a shot by reaching out to the unemployed quarterback and offered him a roster spot with the Soul.
He's still waiting for a reply.
"I haven't heard back from him and I'm not going to push it," said Jaworski, one of the Soul's owners. "If he decides he wants to play Arena Football, we'll make a spot for him."
This is an opportunity that Tebow cannot afford to pass up.
For one, it's a chance to get on a team and put the New York Jets fiasco behind him. Second, the style of play in Arena ball will force him to develop as a quarterback, especially his throwing motion, which ESPN's Sports Science breaks down here:
In a game that is incredibly fast paced, a quarterback must establish consistency to succeed. Given how often the aerial assault is utilized, a move to the Arena League would help Tebow polish his mechanics.
He'll be forced to make quick pre-snap reads on each down, as well as move through his progressions much faster. There's also less room to run because the field is rather narrow compared to the pro football gridiron.
So, defenses will have an easier time containing Tebow's mobility and trapping him behind the line.
On the bright side, the guy still has the strong arm to attack defenses downfield. With an improved throwing technique for better accuracy behind a quicker release, Tebow will then be able to make a return to the NFL.
Interestingly enough, Cleveland Browns general manager Michael Lombardi echoed why Tebow must develop as a passer, according to Will Brinson of CBS Sports:
The Browns GM was pretty harsh, pointing out that Tebow needs to go "somewhere where he can develop as a passer."
“I think Tim Tebow's a great kid. Unfortunately, I think Tim has to get somewhere where he can develop as a passer. It's a passing league," Lombardi said. "Last year there was only one team in the NFL that ran the ball in the first half more than it threw. One."
Well, when it comes to passing leagues, the AFL is an extension of the NFL.
There's less room for error when dropping back simply because of the field dimensions and quicker pace. Tebow's improvisation skills won't ever leave him, and that's his competitive advantage in pro football.
Now, mix that with enhanced passing mechanics, and he will become a complete player. The Arena League is just the answer to buff out the rough spots.
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