Tim Tebow: Tenure with Arena Football League Would Do Wonders for Embattled QB

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By Maxwell Ogden

According to Mike Bianchi of The Orlando Sentinel, New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow has garnered interest from the Arena Football League. The party most intrigued by Tebow is the Orlando Predators.

While less than ideal, a tenure with the AFL would do wonders for the embattled QB.

For those wondering, there is more than mere speculation that an Arena Football League team would have interest in Tebow. In fact, Predators owner Brett Bouchy has already extended an offer:

“Tim would certainly want to first exhaust his opportunities in the NFL, but we’d love to have him,” Predators owner Brett Bouchy told me recently. “I think he would definitely improve as a quarterback in our league. Kurt Warner told me once that when he got back to the NFL after playing in the Arena League, the NFL game was like slow motion. Everything in the Arena League is just so much faster and quicker and predicated on accuracy. Whenever Tim is willing, we have a contract waiting for him to sign.”

Do you need any more convincing?

As Bouchy touched upon, Tebow is clearly going to weigh his NFL options before making such a decision. Furthermore, Tebow isn’t even available yet due to the fact that he’s under contract with the New York Jets.

With the Jets actively shopping Tebow, however, potentially becoming a free agent and heading to the AFL is a reality—and it is one worth exploring for a couple of reasons.

Developing Mechanics

Kurt Warner is a testimony for how beneficial time in the AFL can be.
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No one in their right mind will tell you that Tim Tebow is anything short of a fierce competitor. What they will agree upon, however, is that Tebow lacks the fundamental mechanics to play quarterback.

Where better to go to cure those woes than the pass-happy AFL?

This wouldn’t be the first time that a quarterback has gone to the AFL and emerged a better passer. Two-time league MVP and former Super Bowl champion Kurt Warner experienced such success in the 1990s.

Warner had the following to say about his time in the Arena Football League (per Bianchi):

“You hear people talk about what made me the player I was, they usually look at a couple of different things,” Warner once told a reporter for ArenaFootball.com. “One is the quick release. The other is being able to diagnose defenses and accurately placing the football where I needed to put it…I really think the AFL helped me develop those skills. You have less time in the pocket, the pocket is much smaller, it is a faster game and it is a shorter field. The windows are so tight you have to be accurate, you have to be able to anticipate and you have to be able to fit it into tight windows. Those things that are so pertinent in the AFL game, and it helped me be successful there and helped me be successful at the NFL level.”

That sounds like the perfect environment for Tebow to improve upon his weaknesses.

By being forced into the role of a pocket passer, Tebow will be required to improve his throwing mechanics. With his physical gifts at 6’3″ and 236 pounds, the potential is there for him to achieve such feats.

The only question remaining is simple—would Tebow swallow his pride, go to the AFL and develop into a quarterback worthy of a starting job in the NFL?

Close to Home

The state of Florida has always been kind to Tim Tebow.
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In the everlasting words of Bon Jovi, who says you can’t go home? That’s the question that Tim Tebow must ask himself, as he potentially faces a return to the state that raised him.

There may be no better cure for his current woes than to make his way back to the great state of Florida.

By playing for the Orlando Predators, Tebow would be in a familiar environment. This could help to alleviate the burden of pressure from his shoulders, thus allowing him to play in a more positive environment.

Without the pressure and negative media attention from being an enigmatic NFL quarterback, Tebow could then progress in the proper manner.

There is no denying that the former Florida Gator has miles to go before truly earning respect as an NFL-caliber QB. With that being said, Tebow is a fierce competitor whose work ethic and motor has never been questioned.

Returning home to play in a pass-heavy league would create the proper environment for future success—something Tebow has yet to experience in the NFL.

Buzzy Says: I may be wrong But I dont think T2 will want to do This

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9 Responses to “Tim Tebow: Tenure with Arena Football League Would Do Wonders for Embattled QB”

  1. Brandi says:

    I thought this was the Age of twitter and Instant Information. I must have been misled. I still keep seeing articles by those who haven’t heard that the NFL is moving right into Tim Tebow’s strengths. By the way, that includes Passing.

    Bill Walsh’s “West Coast Offense” was the first Offensive Scheme to place the Pocket up on an alter as holy ground. The Pocket was all everything. Most offensive Schemes placed a premium on Mobility…actual mobility. Not this half a step left stuff. Tim Tebow is the Sundance Kid…”Can I move? I shoot better when I move.”

    The League is very rapidly moving to Offensive Schemes where the ability to throw on the run is important. Tim’s one of the better Passers in that environment. It’s also moving to Quick-Strike…as opposed to the WCO’s 3 yard Passes that Marty Morhninweg said he’s gotten sick & tired of. This ALSO is right in Tim’s Wheel House. He’s one of the NFL’s better Quick Strike Artists.

    Essentially, ALL of the “Analysis” done on Tim Tebow as an NFL QB over the last 4 or 5 years is now completely out the window. Perhaps those who claim enough insight to write about the game should know that.

    • Thrawn says:

      Think you are jumping the gun a bit on the direction the league is heading. It is true that a few teams are experimenting with running quarterbacks, and teams have taken notice of that since Michael Vick helped pull Atlanta out of the plankton, and guys like Vince Young were being drafted. But I’m not sold that this is going to stick and the league will suddenly shift in that direction.

      Right now it is still looking like a flavor of the month kind of deal. I have yet to see one of these QBs make it through a season, and even Tebow has had a few injuries with his somewhat limited action. Had that rib injury last year, a similar one the year before against the Patriots in the playoffs, and even missed most of the preseason his rookie year. Michael Vick can’t stay healthy. Vince Young couldn’t either before his mental problems with the game. Griffin by the end of his first year already has a serious issue with a knee.

      Trust me, teams are taking notice of that as well. But the most dominant guys listed are still guys like Brady, Rodgers, Brees, the Manning Brothers, even Flacco according to some. So until one of these higher risk to injury running types starts winning Superbowls on a regular basis like the guys I list seem to be doing year after year, more teams will still be looking for the Rodgers types than there will be the running types.

      Nice to see people trying something “different,” but I have a lot of doubts that it will take hold in the NFL. See how quickly that changes when teams see their mega million dollar investments get decapitated out there by declaring open season on a QB who tucked it in and ran. There is a reason these days the shelf life of a RB is getting shorter and shorter, and even Tebow can only take so much abuse running with his full back style of running.
      Buzzy Says: you have a point there T2 got hurt in the 2011 Division game he was in the pocket

      • Brandi says:

        What’s your definition of “a few”? Andrew Brandt says 8 teams will be running Option Offenses next year. I think that figure is low. And lest ye forget, the “Pro” Offenses of today met FAR more resistance when they first came into the League.

      • The Mascot Army says:

        Tebow got hurt last year because Sparano just ran him up the gut constantly, even after he got hurt.

        Tebow got hurt in the Pats playoff game because it looked like the pats had some information on jumping the snap-if you watched, it was so bad that the “McDaniels helped the defense time their jumps” theory doesnt sound as crazy as you probably think it was. That and Tebow was the only guy trying on offense after the amazing Broncos defense let up 5 TDs in the first half.
        Buzzy Says: he was in the pocket doing a drop back play and Denver used the go on second or third word after the key word
        like Hell 3 meant “Go to hell hut stop now” meant snap on now
        or stop 1 “stop now Hut hut” they would snap on now.

  2. andrea says:

    I stand to be corrected.
    Peyton Manning has won only one Super Bowl.
    Eli Manning has won two.
    Brees – One?
    Rodgers – One?
    Flacco – won
    Brady – has been in aSuper Bowl for around a decade.

    What do you mean by “these quarterbacks win the Super Bowl on a regular basis?

    The only QB that I know who won Super Bowls on a regular basis was Bart Starr and he won 3 Super Bowls in a row.
    The QB’s Thrawn mentioned could’nt even shine Bart Starr’s shoes.

    They should rename it the M.F.L. – Mediocre Football League

    • Thrawn says:

      Well, look at the Superbowl winners going all the way back to 1992 (last 20 years.

      92 Troy Aikman
      93 Troy Aikman
      94 Steve Young***
      95 Troy Aikman
      96 Brett Favre
      97 John Elway
      98 John Elway
      99 Kurt Warner*
      00 Trent Dilfer**
      01 Tom Brady
      02 Brad Johnson**
      03 Tom Brady
      04 Tom Brady
      05 Ben Roethlisberger
      06 Peyton Manning
      07 Eli Manning
      08 Ben Roethlisberger
      09 Drew Brees
      10 Aaron Rodgers
      11 Eli Manning
      12 Joe Flacco

      Go back a couple years before, and you have Joe Montana winning a couple.

      * Kurt Warner not considered elite by manny, but he had another appearance 2 years later losing to Tom Brady, and led the Arizona freaking Cardinals to a SB coming to about a minute away of winning it in ’08.

      ** These QBs are just a couple of scrubs that were lucky enough to be on a team with elite Hall of Fame caliber defenses. The 2000 Ravens might have been the statistically best defense in the history of the game that rivaled the ’85 Bears. The 2002 Tampa Buccaneers were pretty close. They could have had a shot at a Superbowl title with you or me at QB. Okay, I’m kidding on that, but the point is, that is the exception to the rule of needing an elite QB to win championships.

      ***Steve Young is about as close as we get to the kind of running QB types people think are the wave of the future for the NFL. However, his passing was at around 70% and he was still a very good conventional QB that had mobility as a bonus.

      However, back to my original point about the guys who win Superbowls every year… look at the names, with maybe a couple exceptions, (not quite sold on Flacco yet,) damn near all of them were great pocket passers. Pretty much all of them over the last 2 decades were ELITE. A few of them had mobility, but running around wasn’t their bread and butter. Many of those names in the first decade played in an era where a running game was a lot more appreciated too. So until I see some of these read option types start winning Superbowls, I am led to believe it is simply the flavor of the month until defense dust off their old playbooks and remember what stopped the read option back in the caveman days of the old NFL. None of this is new stuff in the NFL.

      Flavor of the month.

  3. andrea says:

    Flacco has won one and Brady has’nt been in a super Bowl in nearly a decade.
    Sorry,folks – I pressed the submit button before I re-read my prior post.
    Buzzy Says : NE lost to the NY Giants in 2012 SB they beat Denver and the Ravens for the AFC title Brady has not won a SB

  4. jason says:

    Any offense can win. Everyone isn’t going to the read option. Its way too short sighted to think the NFL is just gonna go all read option. To begin with I see 32 different offenses when I watch every week.
    Tebow’s issue he faces is that he can’t throw from the pocket when need be and no coach is gonna go with any QB that can only pass on the run. Its that simple for him. Rg3, wilson and kap all can do well from the pocket when they have to. Like it or not tebow has to get the skills down of pocket passing or he won’t get a starting job. Its really that simple.

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