With Matt Flynn officially becoming the Oakland Raiders’ newest stopgap at quarterback this past week, many began to wonder how the Seattle Seahawks would fill their new backup quarterback void. Matt Leinart and Brady Quinn were both mentioned as possibilities by Seattle Times columnist Danny O’Neil in a recent column. However, more interesting than the options that were mentioned was the one name not included: Tim Tebow.
Theoretically, if any team has a place for Tebow, it’s one whose offense centers around the quarterback’s ability to both run and pass – i.e. the Seahawks. Russell Wilson’s versatility is one of the reasons why he was so successful with Seattle this year.
Unfortunately, while Tebow is a capable runner (for a quarterback), his inability to throw the ball against NFL-caliber defenses makes it very difficult to legitimately consider him as a backup option for any Super Bowl-level ballclub.
That being said, if a bust and all-around horrible player like Leinart is getting serious consideration from the Seahawks, Tebow probably isn’t as far-fetched of a possibility as some are making him out to be.
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Tebow's career stats (35 games played): 2,422 passing yards, 17 passing touchdowns, 9 interceptions and 7 fumbles/989 rushing yards, 12 touchdowns and 7 fumbles.
Leinart's career stats (33 games played): 4,065 passing yards, 15 passing touchdowns, 21 interceptions, 9 fumbles/89 rushing yards, 2 touchdowns and five fumbles.
Both suck, but Tebow arguably sucks less.
More likely than not, though, if Tebow goes anywhere, it’s still to Jacksonville where the franchise is more concerned with garnering attention than winning football games.