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Two weeks ago, I wrote a piece about Jason Collins and one comment made a comparison to the gay Jason Collins getting all the media attention, while Tim Tebow was being run out of the NFL for being a vocal Christian. I think the first part was true, while the second part was primarily a longshot opinion. There are too many Christians, and some very vocal ones, like Kurt Warner, who have played the game and not suffered.
I do believe Christians in the US suffer far more media abuse than gangster rappers, but that's another story. I'm writing this about Tebow, who I happen to like. He's a smart kid, a hard worker, and a good leader.
But sometimes even that just isn't enough. While his introduction to the NFL signaled an appreciable change in the nature of the QB position, unfortunately his skill set is not up to snuff.
That said, the guy still has more playoff wins in Denver than a certain Peyton Manning. Which perhaps says more about Tebow than it does Manning.
The Denver playoff loss was not on Manning. You can look to the DC's incredibly bad play calling that left that hapless DB in single coverage to get repeatedly smoked and then the safety took the worst position and angle in the history of DB play to seal the loss.
It strikes me that Tebow has a very simple solution to his problem:
Just tell everyone he's gay.
The NFL teams will leap to recruit him, not only to stave off any accusations of being gender biased, but also in regards to the law as any attempt not to recruit him would be properly viewed by the Feds as a hate crime.
"REDSKINS EXHIBIT MASS HOMOPHOBIA, DON'T MAKE BID ON TEBOW" screams the Washington Post.
Would you take a chance on such a headline? Of course not. Your bid would be one of the first ones submitted.
"TEBOW JOINS JETS AT RECORD-BREAKING SALARY"
And, as they say in the gay world, everyone has a happy ending.
I don't know, we're talking about the NFL, who still has a franchise called, gasp, "The Redskins", in Washington D.C. no less. The NFL owners don't strike me as a bunch who pays much attention to official PC.
In the days of leather helmets, TT would have made a fine QB, but in today's pass-happy game the emphasis is on the effete passer, like Manning and Brady. It's like baroque versus rococo art. What we see now is a decadent form of the game. It's popular and profitable, but too fragile to last. I'll be surprised if the NFL is still around in anything close to its present form 20 years from now. The billionaire club owners and mega-millionaire players should enjoy their good fortune while it still lasts.
He's too slow to be a running back, even an H-back, and he's too slow and too small to be a tight end.
Ten thousand kids play division 1 college football, all of them good athletes, but only around 1500 men play pro ball. Lots of good athletes never make to the NFL or NBA or MLB or NHL or MLS. You don't need to invoke anything other than skill, size and speed to know why Tebow is out.
RB yes, FB he's plenty fast enough. He supposedly runs a 4.6-4.7 40 which is fast particularly for a big guy.
At 245 lbs I think he's ideal sized for a combo FB/HB. He's similar sized if not bigger than Dallas Clark who has been a great TE. Question is can he catch, run routes and block. Things he's not had to do as a QB.
I think he's a very good football player, just not a good NFL QB. If he's open minded about learning a new position, I think he has a chance to be very successful.
One problem with Tebow is that he plays much better in a game than he does in practice. His not being a good practice QB is why he didn't see action with the NYJ. Unfortunately for the NYJ, Mark Sanchez has turned out to be a better practice QB than a game QB.
Whatever you say about his qualities as a QB, he turned a losing team in Denver into a winning one.
Well maybe he had a hand in it, but it was Denver's defensive improvement and a solid running game that were most responsible for their good season. A better QB would have arguably helped them win even more games.
"With the Colin Kaepernick’s trip to the Super Bowl with the 49ers along with others such as Robert Griffin III, it’s looking less crazy and more brilliant, less temporary fad and more permanent strategy."
Right, you mean that RGIII is the new Michael Vick...until RGIII gets clocked by a 350lb defensive giant who runs a 4.7s 40, and then there goes your franchise. If there's one thing you can count on from the NFL, it's thinking that lacks imagination. Remember, Tom Brady was a 6th round draft pick, which means that practically no club saw any potential there.
"until RGIII gets clocked by a 350lb defensive giant who runs a 4.7s 40"
Kaepernick and RGIII have great arms with evidence that they understand the passing game as well as legs. They can and will transition into more traditional passers who can also escape pressure when necessary.
Vick was never a great passer and will never be a great passer. As he slows and ages he's becoming less valuable.