The Bucs have a roster full of big name players and arguably the best secondary in the NFL with Darrelle Revis, Dashon Goldson, Mark Baron, and Leonard Johnson. They also have a great front seven, led by defensive end Adrian Clayborn. Through three weeks, the Bucs defense has played the hard-nosed, in- your-face football that would make legends like Warren Sapp and John Lynch smile; the offense is another story. There has been very little offensive productivity and a complete inability to finish drives. When you have a stud for a running back in former
Ultimately, it all comes down to poor play by quarterback Josh Freeman. It is becoming clear that Freeman is not the franchise quarterback that the Bucs thought he could be. Over the first three games, he has thrown for 571 yards, two touchdowns, and three interceptions. Not exactly the stat lines that scream efficiency and productivity.
On the other hand, throwing rookie quarterback Mike Glennon to lead the offense doesn’t seem like a much better option either (even though that is what coach Greg Schiano has recently decided). Perhaps the answer lies in bringing in a free agent quarterback to solve the Bucs’ quarterback woes. Perhaps Tim Tebow could help awaken the Bucs sluggish offense? What Tebow offers as a quarterback is the ability to run and diversify what is a fairly simple and predictable offense. Imagine Tebow running option plays with Doug Martin, and defenses now having to worry about him taking off with the ball. Nevertheless, he would be most useful in the red zone, where the Bucs seem to struggle. Tebow’s large stature would allow him to pound the ball up the middle or run a simple bootleg around the outside. And let’s not forget, Tim Tebow can throw too. Even if he lacks accuracy, big and talented receivers like Jackson and Williams are the kind of guys who can go up and catch just about any ball thrown within a 10 yard radius.
Of course, we can’t forget about the intangibles that make Tim one of the most talked about players in the NFL. Tebow has demonstrated throughout his high school, college, and NFL career that he is a strong leader on and off the field. Josh Freeman simply has not displayed such leadership abilities. This is reflected in the fact that his team did not even elect him as a captain. However, what is more important than any of Tebow’s intangibles or even his quarterback skills is his ability to fill stadium seats. At 0-3, many have considered the season over for the Bucs, and perhaps it is. With a schedule that includes Atlanta twice, along with San Francisco, and Seattle, the odds of making the playoffs are very low. Even salvaging the season to go above .500 seems like a stretch.
Although winning is always the priority, losing doesn’t sell tickets, and it’s hard to win when your stadium is filled with empty seats. Over the past three years, the Bucs have suffered numerous blackouts due to poor ticket sales. This has angered and even alienated the Bucs’ fan base as these blackouts have prevented fans from watching their team from home. Overall, the combination of losing seasons and blackouts has caused the Bucs’ fan base to shrink.
Tim Tebow grew up in Florida and was a star in high school, and a two-time Heisman winning quarterback at the University of Florida. Tampa Bay Area citizens and other nearby Floridians would love the opportunity to watch Tim Tebow play in the Red and Pewter. Tebow has a passionate following, and therefore signing him would solve two of Tampa Bay’s problems – it would give them a quarterback and a larger, more enthusiastic fan base. If Tebow is the starting quarterback for the Buccaneers, tickets will sell – period. On Sundays, Raymond James Stadium will be rocking with an energy that it hasn’t had since the early 2000s. A stadium filled to capacity with loud, excited fans creates the home field advantage and hype that could truly turn this Bucs team around.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have a star-studded secondary, a monstrous front seven, and offensive weapons in Martin and Jackson that leave offensive coordinators drooling. And yet, they are 0-3. Winless. Signing and starting free agent Tim Tebow could be the answer to the Bucs’ problems and the fans prayers. Say what you will about Tebow’s quarterbacking skills, but he just can’t be that much worse than Josh Freeman.