Tim Tebow’s popularity amongst NFL fans isn’t helping him win over owners and coaches, a scenario one NFL writer believes is contributing to his lack of job offers.
Despite flawed throwing mechanics, an inability to read defenses, and a general unease when standing in the pocket, Tebow is out of work due to the constant media and fanfare attention that follows him anywhere and everywhere he goes.
As such, it appears many teams – or every team, rather – is wondering why it’s worth taking a third-string QB that comes with an exhausting set of public relations baggage.
"He seems like a great guy to have on a team, and I'd be tempted to bring him in as our backup," one NFC head coach said Wednesday. "But it's just not worth dealing with all the stuff that comes with it."
Elaborating on this concept, one NFC offensive coordinator reportedly claimed Tebow carries more of a stigma than controversial All-Pro wide receiver Terrell Owens. Also, one AFC head coach recently quipped, “You don’t want to put up with the circus,” according to Michael Silver of Yahoo! Sports.
Sure, Tebow would help sell out stadiums, provide an absurd level of fan enthusiasm – or disdain, and generate a ridiculous amount of media attention. But after his disastrous season with the Jets last year – one filled with disappointment, angst, and frustration – teams want more than a guy with a positive attitude and strong leadership qualities who will sell tickets.
He’d need to make an impact inside the hash marks. And despite going 7-4 as a Broncos starter and throwing for over 300 yards in an overtime win against the tough and gritty Pittsburg Steelers, 2011 seems like a decade ago when it comes to discussing Tebow’s career.
Even after that season Broncos executive vice president John Elway immediately dumped the 2007 Heisman Trophy award winner in favor Peyton Manning – who in turn validated Elway’s decision with a marvelous 2013 season.
Tebow’s 2013 season with the Jets, however, wasn’t exactly one for the record books. He threw just six completions for a grand total of 39 yards all season.
The Jets – a team known for making silly and head-scratching moves – were left scratching their heads throughout the entirety of last season. Other teams were certainly dumbfounded too.
Although his physical abilities are certainly a major area of concern, others speculate Tebow’s massive crowd of fanatic followers aren’t helping his case. If the Tebow maniacs die down in the near future, could it be possible a potential suitor rises up from the bunch and gives Tebow one last chance?