What’s next for Tim Tebow? “Relentless pursuit of … dream of being an NFL quarterback” goes on

Tim Tebow isn’t giving up. (Charles Krupa / AP) Tim Tebow has been released by two NFL teams and traded … Continued


Tim Tebow isn’t giving up. (Charles Krupa / AP)

Tim Tebow has been released by two NFL teams and traded by another, but he vowed to continue to try to play pro football.

Hours after the New England Patriots released him ahead of today’s deadline for teams to reduce rosters to 53 players, he said in a series of tweets:

“I would like to thank [owner] Mr. [Robert] Kraft, Coach [Bill] Belichick, Coach [Josh] McDaniels and the entire Patriots organization for giving me the opportunity to be a part of such a classy organization. I pray for nothing but the best for you all. I will remain in relentless pursuit of continuing my lifelong dream of being an NFL quarterback.

“2 Corinthians 12:9: And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses so that the power of Christ may dwell in me.”

Whether he gets another chance remains to be seen. His skills have been in decline in the 20 months since he led the Denver Broncos to a playoff victory. The Broncos’ John Elway traded him to the New York Jets, who cut him in April after one lackluster season. He signed in June with New England and figured to get his best chance with Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, the man who took him in the first round of the NFL draft when he was coaching the Broncos. But today the Patriots decided it wasn’t working after a mediocre performance in three preseason games.

The problem, USA Today’s Jarrett Bell points out, is that, while Tebow is effective at scrambling and on keepers, that’s not a prescription for survival for an NFL quarterback. “[T]he most explosive running quarterbacks — Cam Newton, Colin Kaepernick, Robert Griffin III — can all do something Tebow can’t,” Bell writes. “They can throw the football, too. Tebow too often had trouble just seeing where to throw. And when to throw. And when he did throw, who knows where the ball would wind up.”

There are other possibilities for Tebow at quarterback: he could wait to see if an NFL team has a need or try football in Canada or in the Arena league, according to Mike Freeman of Bleacher Report. “Tebow could still be a blocker somewhere, but he doesn’t have the speed any longer to play a skill position,” Freeman writes. ” [A] far greater possibility is some Canadian or Arena team offers Tebow a shot in order to make a big splash. Someone will use Tebow as a prop, a ticket-seller, then they will see what Elway and [Jets Coach Rex] Ryan and McDaniels and Belichick did. They will see, unfortunately, that it’s over for Tim Tebow.”

And, if he chooses to keep trying without in success in the NFL, it isn’t as if there aren’t plenty of other options for a guy with nearly 2.4 million Twitter followers and a busy offseason career speaking about his religious beliefs. Jeremy Foley, athletic director at Tebow’s University of Florida alma mater, told NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport in April 2012 that Tebow could do “anything he wanted to do.”

“First of all, Tim has charisma off the charts, if he talked to 5,000 people or 100,000 people. When he speaks to you, he speaks the truth. One of his greatest attributes is his passion for whatever he does,” Foley said. “If he left football and had passion for whatever — I’m not going to even try to guess what he might do — people would follow him. They take sides about his faith and everything.

“But he could be anything he wanted to be.”

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  • mechanical

    i don’t get it. as a casual fan, the guy’s done nothing but win, right? didn’t his performance at denver equal that of manning? is this all based upon throwing mechanics or conforming to an offensive philosophy?

    i get all the jesus freak stuff, but isn’t all the side-show-jersey selling a plus? from all accounts, he’s a great locker room guy.

  • RandomDisplayName

    As far as I can tell, the NFL folks are in uniform agreement that his throwing mechanics limit his ability to win. It is interesting that, as you point out, when he was a starter he still managed to win. I wonder why a mediocre team with no great QB options (and there are lots of them, including the Jets) wouldn’t decide to invest one year in seeing if there was something about this guy’s ability to win that just overpowered his non-NFL throwing mechanics. I guess we’ll never know.

  • HistoryBoy

    As talent evaluators, I wish you two were in my fantasy football league.

  • triumph

    Tebow isn’t the “winner” (at the pro level) that everyone says he is. His passing stats are mediocre at best. Even though his W-L record is 9-7 as a starter, most of his wins came in late game heroics. Look at his first half stats versus second half, and more so 4th qtr. It’s like two different people.
    The heroics would not be needed if he wasn’t so awful in the first 45 minutes.

  • kaasmaster

    “…and a busy offseason career speaking about his religious beliefs.”

    Perhaps if he spent more time working on his passing mechanics instead of talking about his faith….

  • tidelandermdva

    Jets: been there, didn’t done that

  • NickFleck

    Tebow won a few games for Denver because they dumbed down the playbook for him, plus they were playing very weak teams. His lack of playing skills became apparent when the Broncos played a good team, which just happened to be the Patriots. They shut Tebow down, and the Broncos lost.

    No team plays on sentiment, and if 32 team owners think Tebow isn’t any good, then he isn’t any good. Feel free to finance a 33rd team and hire Tebow to be your starting QB.

  • FactaNonVerba

    “But he could be anything he wanted to be.” – except the Pats backup quarterback…

  • vmax02rider_former

    how about the saints?

  • tidelandermdva

    Maybe Tebow ran up against the Zimmerman Martin problem: Men’s testosterone kicks in during the latter part of college, in the early 20s. a 20 something is much stronger than a 17 year old. Maybe Tebow matured early (seemed very strong and sturdy) and could overpower the college kids he ran into at UF, but in the NFL he is against fully mature men in their 20s and very early 30s and is not as overpowering. Plus, there is the deadly comment from Mike Freeman of Bleacher Report. “Tebow could still be a blocker somewhere, but he doesn’t have the speed any longer to play a skill position,” Speed kills. So does lack of speed. Freeman seems to be indicating that Tebow used to be faster than he is now — may explain some of his fall off from Denver. If you are slow, cannot throw, and can no longer rely on overpowering weaker, less mature college kids, what is your future?

    I kid about a presidential race in 2028 between Tebow and RG III, but Tebow needs the BE SOMEBODY to sell his proselytizing skill as a religious right pol.

    If there is no opportunity among any of the weak QB NFL teams, maybe his best role is to become a college coach, recruiter and inspirer, hooking up with a head coach who believes in him, hoping to move up to a head coach where maybe his example, self-belief, and enthusiasm can be successful and leverage that into a political career, which is where his real skill and future is.

  • csintala79

    The problem is that the NFL does not exist to give a preacher, politician, etc. a platform. These are professional sports teams. Tebow was very obviously using the sport as a platform to showcase himself, which explains his very eclectic following. Tim, it is not all about you.

  • WashingtonDame

    I’m not a Christian, much less an evangelical Christian, but I tip my hat to Tebow, one of the classiest acts in the NFL, a man of sterling character. Those games he played with Denver were some of the most exciting football games I have seen in recent years. I’m sorry that his NFL career ended so quickly, and I wish him all the best in his future life.

  • WashingtonDame

    You have to think that Florida would love to have him back in some capacity for the football program. He’d be the antidote for all the bad press the less savory players bring.

  • larryclyons

    Now he and other fundies are probably going to whine claiming he was released because of his being a christian, instead of being a lousy football player.

  • globalone

    Could you be more clueless about the man? And it certainly seems as if your prediction (which is an insult to predictions) has come up woefully short. But hey . . stay classy!

  • Doby51

    The truth of the matter is that unsuccessful careers in the NFL are the norm for Heisman QBs (although RG3 and Cam Newton are exceptions). The fact is that most Heisman QBs simply lack the arm strength to play the postion in the NFL, and Tebow is obviously no exception. I agree that his best bet would be either the AFL or the CFL. As for the NFL, for him to play QB again would actually be nothing but “a dream.”

  • fmanning

    Need to stop thinking that Tebow can play in Canada. It is a PASSING league.

  • flonzy1

    Predicted this when he was sent to the patriots.

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