What is the Real Reason Tim Tebow is Not in the NFL?(TKS shaztah )

By DB Jackson

Is Tebow that bad or is he being blackballed from the NFL? After one unforgettable season as quarterback for the Denver Broncos, Tim Tebow was replaced by Peyton Manning and sent packing to the New York Jets where he languished for a season under Rex Ryan as a backup to the completely inept Mark Sanchez. After a brief showing with the New England Patriots in pre-season, Tebow is essentially out of the NFL, and it appears no-one is willing to give him another shot at being a QB. With all of the horrible quarterbacks currently employed on NFL teams, the question must be asked-

 Why is Tim Tebow unemployed?

 Here are a few of the answers people give when asked this question.

 “He is not an NFL quarterback, he’s a fullback or tight end.”
“He can’t throw a football.”
“He’s an option quarterback, that won’t work in the NFL.”
“His throwing motion is too long.”
“If Bill Bilichick doesn’t want him, no one will.”

 We have heard over and over again that the real reason Tebow is not in the NFL is because he simply can’t play quarterback.

 So if that statement is true and he really can’t play quarterback then it would be pretty safe to assume that he is not as good as some of the current QBs starting in the NFL like Matthew Stafford, Jay Cutler, Drew Brees, Eli Manning, Tom Brady, or Peyton Manning. That would also mean that there is no way he could ever compare to some of the great Hall of Fame, Super Bowl winning QBs like Joe Montana, Joe Namath, John Elway, Troy Aikman, Terry Bradshaw, Steve Young, Johnny Unitas, or Brett Favre.

 If it’s that obvious that he is that bad, then with a little research that statement should easily be verified and proven true with little effort. To complete the research I decided to compare Tebow to the quarterbacks listed above as well as many others to see how he stacked up against them statistically. But to accurately do the research I couldn’t simply compare all of those quarterbacks within the same year. Some of them have been starting in the NFL for ten years while some, like Tebow, have only been starting for one. The most accurate way to compare them is to compare them over the same period of time in their careers…….Their First 16 Games.

 The statistics to be compared would be the standard QB stat line:

 Total Touchdowns, Completions/Attempts, Yards, Yards per/Completion, Interceptions, W/L Record, QB Rating

 Based on the non-stop barrage of media claims that Tebow is the worst quarterback to ever play the game, I expected to find that he ranked well below all of the other “real” quarterbacks.

 The results were a little surprising.

 What the First 16 Game comparison of 28 QBs showed is that not only is Tebow not at the bottom of the rankings:
He ranks higher overall than everyone except Aaron Rodgers over the first 16 games.
He has scored more TDs than everyone except Matthew Stafford.
He has a Higher Yards per Completion than EVERYONE.
He has thrown fewer interceptions than EVERYONE.
He has a better W-L Record than everyone except Tom Brady.
He has the 7th highest passer rating.

 While this doesn’t necessarily mean he will be an elite quarterback in the NFL, it does mean he has outperformed some of the elite QBs in NFL history in their first 16 games. This eliminates any doubt about Tim Tebow’s ability to play Quarterback in the NFL. Not only can he play quarterback, but based on the first 16 games, one day he could be one of the best.

 That takes us back to the original question.

 Why is Tim Tebow not playing quarterback in the NFL?

 The statistics through the first 16 games clearly show that he can play quarterback regardless of what the media, ESPN Network, or the NFL network talking heads think or say. They don’t always get it right. There was this other rookie quarterback that was being blasted as a failure and labeled by the media for an atrocious rookie season. He was called the $5 Million Mistake who had to have the offense stripped down to make it simple for him to understand, and he couldn’t grasp basic NFL defenses, as his first 16 games clearly show. It turns out that the media was wrong and John Elway was a pretty good quarterback.

 So if Tebow can play quarterback as well as the best of them early in his career as the stats clearly indicate he can, then there must be another reason he is still unemployed. This can’t be the first time that quarterbacks have been compared in this context. Surely the coaches and scouts within the NFL know how he compares to other quarterbacks through their first 16 games, and yet despite his well above average performance, no one is willing to employ him even as a backup.

 Tell me it’s the cult like following he has, tell me it’s the media circus that hounds him, tell me anything you want….just don’t say he can’t play quarterback in the NFL, because based on a comparison of his first 16 games against some of the best to ever play the position, the numbers say he can.

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6 Responses to “What is the Real Reason Tim Tebow is Not in the NFL?(TKS shaztah )”

  1. tawk2 says:

    Thanks Shaztah for finding and thank Buzzy for posting it here.

    What a great article, it amazes me when others say Tim is not a quarterback, that he cannot play quarterback. When the numbers and stats tell the truth. Tim if given the chance to develop and learn like other quarterbacks, he would be one of the greatest to ever play. It makes me sick every time someone makes fun of him!

    We had my hubby’s sister and her boyfriend over on Christmas day and Tebow came up in the conversation, and my hubby’s sister’s boyfriend said laughing “Tebow is bagging groceries now because he can’t play quarterback” and he laughed, I then told him not to make fun of Tebow in our house and that Tebow was not given a chance to succeed. I also told him about all the loser quarterbacks in the league right now and that Tebow was by far better than any of them. Sorry I just get a little riled when others bash Tebow.

    I really enjoyed this article and will show it to my hubby later today. Again thanks for posting. GO TEBOW WE BELIEVE IN YOU!

  2. Rickdove says:

    Great article.

  3. shaztah says:

    I too get sick of people saying the same stuff about Tim. They focus on his completion percentage which is crap because there are plenty of QB’s out there with good percentages and can’t win games. I defend Tim all the time and I hope that a team will let him play this coming year. I still think that teams did contact Tim and he said NO! He doesn’t want a repeat of the Jets that’s for sure.

  4. ck says:

    Where are all the naysayers? Can’t dispute F-A-C-T-S!!! This guy gets it and Mr. Jackson needs to keep putting these articles in front of the owners etc.!!! It takes courage to go against the grain and if anyone can WIN IT’S TEBOW!!! Thanks for a great article and one of many Buzzy! Also, kudos to Shaztah for finding!!! GO TEBOW!!!

    Also, glad tawk2 stands up for T2 and agree that what is laughable are all the failures out there who can’t measure up and not T2 who is a ‘PROVEN WINNER!”

    • Brandi says:

      The NFL managed to limit the embarrassment of 3 out of 4 Playoff Games requiring all sorts of extra effort to avoid being Blacked Out. But I think it might finally be dawning on even some of ‘The Shields’ staunchest defenders that the cracks are starting to show; support for the League isn’t nearly as solid as some…maybe many…wanted to believe.

      My position for a couple years has been Tebow’s the Most Popular Player the NFL has ever seen…it’s first and only International Rock Star at precisely the moment the NFL needed it most. Leagues just don’t throw that away. And one who breaks the vice-lock Soccer has had to reach the mantle of World’s Most Popular Athlete’? That’s Ali, Tiger, Jordan stuff. It happens so rarely, Leagues throw everything they have at capitalizing on it in those unfathomably rare occasions it happens. The NFL actually was taking those steps. But even the moves the League made simply made the rank & file Dysfunctional Cultural Core of the NFL Organizations even testier and digging their heels in even further.

      The NFL has SERIOUS internal cultural and structural problems. The Wall Street Journal even did an article saying those Cultural problems may be intractable and bring about the NFL’s demise.

      Forbes went after another of my pet peeves. This ridiculous notion that’s been marketed about “Winning”, saying what I’ve been saying for years. Even as math, it’s ludicrous since statistically a Team’s chances of Winning a Championship are about once every 30+ years. The NFL stopped selling Football. Tim Tebow has consistently been billed as a “Great Football Player”. But the Fans who have held firm aren’t really Football Fans. Knowing…as Goodell has already announced…the changes the NFL expects to be making in the next few years will leave whatever Game is left on the Field looking nothing like what fans have been used to calling Football, MAYBE, marketing pinball machine numbers and meaningless statistics is all they think they’ll have left to sell.

      The Fans who actually care…like Tebow Fans…have been getting pushed out for years. I started sensing a change in more people after the Super Bowl Tailgate Bans were announced. It might finally be dawning on more people that the NFL has been grasping at straws, trying…once again…to get an International Market even if it’s at the expense of US Fans, and basically has been overlooking and dismissing the Fans to the point it’s starting to be harder to ignore.

      My position for awhile has been Tim may be a Future Hall of Famer or a One Hit Wonder…Nobody knows. But the NFL needs EVERY Fan it can get and the Tebow Fans are the biggest gift to fall in the League’s lap in ages. Not one to be spurned.

      The argument some have made to justify their arrogance has been that the NFL will never falter. That argument is getting tougher to defend by the day now. Without it, the Anti-Tebowists have NOTHING. But even worse, being as for most it’s their perception of Tim’s Fans they actually despise most…they’re faced with that ugly truth…The NFL NEEDS Tim Tebow….Because it needs his Fans.

      That is a taste they don’t want lingering in their mouths. And one they don;t want to admit they might have to begin finding palatable.

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