Could Tim Tebow Be Next in the Cleveland Browns’ Merry-Go-Round of Quarterbacks?

 
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COMMENTARY | When pressed for one reason why the Cleveland Browns have struggled so much since their return to the NFL in 1999, most fans would point to Cleveland’s play at quarterback as the main culprit.

2013 has been no different.

A myriad of injuries at the position has decimated Cleveland’s hopes of a winning season this year, and the Browns very possibly could be starting their fourth different quarterback of 2013 in Week 14 against the New England Patriots. With Jason Campbell and Brandon Weeden both nursing concussions, the newly-signed Alex Tanney could be in line for his first career start.

It is currently unknown whether or not Campbell or Weeden will be cleared to play against the Patriots, opening up the possibility that the Browns may have to sign their second free-agent quarterback in as many weeks. Of course, any time that a quarterbacking position opens up in the NFL, Tim Tebow is bound to be a part of the conversation, and this time is no different. As a matter of fact, Tebow would probably be a better fit for the Browns right now than Tanney would be.

Tanney, who broke numerous NCAA passing records during his days at Division III Monmouth(Ill.), has yet to take a snap in a regular season NFL game. His performances with the Dallas Cowboys during the 2013 preseason were not anything to write home about, though. Despite playing against second and third-string defenses, Tanney’s quarterback rating was just 65.0 in five preseason games before Dallas cut him on August 30, proving that Tanney still has a long way to go before he can translate his uncanny accuracy into NFL success.

While Tebow lacks the accuracy that made Tanney a sensation in various trick shot videos on the internet, what he does bring to the plate is the ability to lead teams to victory, which is more important at the end of the day than the ability to throw a football through a basketball hoop from 30 yards out.

Tebow has a career winning percentage of .571 as a starter in the NFL, with a playoff victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers to his credit. While his efforts aren’t always the prettiest, time and again, Tebow-led teams have managed to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat. Tebow doesn’t wilt easily under pressure, either, as he has six career fourth-quarter comebacks under his belt.

Both Tanney and Tebow would be at a major disadvantage against the Patriots, as neither would have had time to fully digest Norv Turner’s complicated passing offense. Knowing that, come December 8, I’d rather see a quarterback on the field that has dealt with the pressure of playing in a hostile environment in the NFL, one that has been battle-tested in this league, and one that has proven he can pull off unlikely victories time and time again.

That quarterback is Tebow.

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2 Responses to “Could Tim Tebow Be Next in the Cleveland Browns’ Merry-Go-Round of Quarterbacks?”

  1. Bigfan says:

    No but he sure should be!!

    • Brandi says:

      If Jimmy Haslam comes down from the hills or wherever he’s been, there could be a shot. But while Joe Banner’s running the Browns, I don’t see much no matter how much Browns Fans shout “Tebow!”. Joe’s got a stubborn streak…a big one.

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