It’s funny how far some mighty have fallen. Less than two years since starting and winning with the Denver Broncos, Tim Tebow is as close to untouchable as a football player can be, with some even saying that his chances of becoming a backup in the CFL are slim, and he should pursue other destinations.
Tebow hasn’t started once for the New York Jets, seldom used as a quarterback, while Rex Ryan moved him to other positions and still, Tebow didn’t really get a chance to prove if he’s gotten over his passing problems.
Warron Moon, who has accomplished a thing or two in both Canada and the NFL, is another one who thinks that Tebow isn’t going to succeed in the NFL, because as much as his passing problems are hindering his chances of finding a job in the United States, the CFL is a league that requires accurate passing even more.
You have to be able to throw the ball up there, if anything. They throw the ball a lot. It’s only three downs, so the passing game is much more important up there, and there’s a lot more field to cover. If you can’t throw the football, it doesn’t matter where you play quarterback. You have to be able to throw it. That’s his biggest problem, just being able to complete passes, be an accurate passer. I think he’s a really good athlete playing the position, but I don’t think that’s enough sometimes.
But the CFL isn’t a falling back option. While it doesn’t have the depth and quality the NFL possesses, not every quarterback who has a part with an NFL team can find himself becoming a star in the CFL. Warren Moon, Doug Flutie and Jeff Garcia played in Canada well enough to win a job in the NFL, but it’s not because the league is much easier.
We were very good passers. We didn’t have to go up there to change our throwing motion. we didn’t have to go up there to try and become more accurate. We just needed to get to the opportunity. Doug’s was because of his height; mine was because of my color. So we went up there and proved ourselves.
While the NFL is turning towards read-option attacks, all those who lead these kind of offenses in the NFL are different from Tebow – they all can throw besides being very impressive runners. Tebow might be physically special at the quarterback position, but his sub-par throwing pretty much eliminates any advantage he has.
It seems that unless Tebow shows beyond any doubt in some private workouts that his recent training camp with quarterback coaches have fixed his throwing problems, he won’t be playing as a quarterback in the NFL again, and more than a backup job in the CFL isn’t waiting for him. If Tebow is to play in the NFL again, he’ll have to switch positions, although it’s not something he would like to do.