Predictions for Tim Tebow’s 2014 NFL Offseason

By Shehan Peiris , Featured Columnist

 
Predictions for Tim Tebow's 2014 NFL Offseason

 

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The NFL calendar has been flipped to the dawn of a new year, and that leaves many players (free agents) without jobs—temporarily—and opens the door for rookies to realize their NFL dreams. But there is one free agent who is still looking to achieve his goals: Tim Tebow.

The most polarizing name in the sports journalism business.

 

Does Tim Tebow deserve a chance as an NFL QB?

  • Yes

    93.0%
     
  • No

    7.0%
     

 

What is in store for Tebow before the 2014 NFL season starts up? There’s one thing we know for sure: We’ll be seeing plenty of him on television.

Tebow joined ESPN as an analyst for the SEC Network, with his main responsibilities being SEC Nation—a traveling pregame show that will debut in Columbia, S.C. on Aug. 28 before Texas A&M takes on South Carolina.

Here is his ESPN debut in the pregame coverage of the last BCS National Championship Game—something he knows a little bit about:

 

 

This new job might bring joy to Tebow haters and despair to Tebow lovers, as it should signal the end of the Florida product’s NFL career. But not so fast. Tebow was very clear that he still wants to pursue his professional dreams, according to a statement he released through ESPN:

I am so excited that ESPN has given me this incredible opportunity. When I was 6 years old, I fell in love with the game of football, and while I continue to pursue my dream of playing quarterback in the NFL, this is an amazing opportunity to be part of the unparalleled passion of college football and the SEC.

Tebow still wants to play football in addition to covering it—the gridiron equivalent of having your cake and shoveling it down your gullet too.

But how realistic are those aspirations?

 

 

Eric Allen is a man who has experienced both sides of that particular coin—though not at the same time—and he doesn’t think it’s realistic for Tebow to truly be prepared for an NFL team while gallivanting across the nation and participating in ESPN-sponsored tailgating events.

Nevertheless, Tebow has never been one to do things conventionally, and he is very serious about getting another shot in the NFL.

According to the Associated Press (h/t ESPN), Tebow declared that he still trains five days a week, working on the craft of being a professional gunslinger.

I feel like I’m the best that I’ve ever been as a quarterback right now. I hope I get the opportunity to show that.

I’m not sure what’s ahead of me. I’m very excited to have this opportunity at ESPN, but who knows what the next few months will hold?

ESPN gave us an inside look at that training regimen, and it looks impressive, to say the least:

 

 

Whatever your feelings are on Tebow as an NFL prospect, you can’t help but marvel at his work ethic and drive, as he refuses to let go of his dream.

Unfortunately, all his hard work will be for naught.

The former Heisman winner will be 27 years old by the time the 2014 NFL season kicks off, so he’ll need to demonstrate serious progression in his mechanics and accuracy to pique the interest of an organization. Furthermore, QB-needy teams will have the chance to look to the draft to address their hole at the position. On the other hand, the 2014 quarterback class isn’t very deep, with only a few players who could start from day one:

 

2014 QB-Needy Teams and Prospects
Team Player
Houston Texans Teddy Bridgewater
Cleveland Browns Blake Bortles
Jacksonville Jaguars Johnny Manziel
Oakland Raiders Derek Carr
Minnesota Vikings Jimmy Garoppolo
Tennessee Titans Zach Mettenberger
New York Jets A.J. McCarron

CBSSports.com

 

With as many as seven NFL teams definitely looking for a new quarterback (to provide competition, at the very least), there will be a market for NFL-caliber passers.

 

 

Whether Tebow’s hard work has elevated him into that category remains to be seen, however.

That brings us to door No. 3 for Tebow’s professional pursuits: What about acting? Based on his Super Bowl commercial, we may have to prepare ourselves to watch Tebow on the big screen.

Tebow’s future is so up in the air that the possibilities are endless.

We can say two things for sure about Tebow’s upcoming offseason. First, he is not going to quit on his NFL dream—not yet anyway. Secondly, we’re going to be seeing a lot of Tebow’s face on our TVs.

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12 Responses to “Predictions for Tim Tebow’s 2014 NFL Offseason”

  1. Brandi says:

    I had a lengthy TwitterChat with a friend of mine at CBS New York, Jeff Capellini. He knows the Jets better than anyone else I know in NY Sports Media. And he truly likes Tim Tebow and wrote and spoke on CBS Sports Radio in NY about Tim when he first came to the Jets.

    But what started tonight’s exchange was my posting the Poll Numbers from this Bleacher Report article. 93% Pro Tebow as an NFL QB. Capellini thinks the numbers are skewed by people’s “religion and politics”. It’s an extremely common perception. Except the numbers NEVER bear that out. Tebow always pools much higher than the “constituencies” people often want to ascribe to him can support.

    This article was pretty much anti in terms of any potential future in the NFL for Tebow. B/R is NOT a bastion of TebowManiacs. If anything, the numbers would be skewed away from Tim’s NFL QB prospects. But this is what it is and pretty much always is…no matter the time or the venue of the poll.

    How did the NFL allow its own elitism to push it so thoroughly away from its own Fans? Because that’s what we see here. The sad part of all of it, IMO, is how many NFL Fans are willing to just take it…even as time after time, the numbers show only a very tiny percentage of the fans are happy with what they see happening. I don’t know if anyone has an answer. But it puzzles me.

    • ck says:

      Brandi: You have nailed it…apathy is one of the reasons why things stay as they are b/c it is, unfortunately, too comfortable to do NOTHING!!! Like they say, “TALK IS CHEAP AND ACTIONS SPEAK LOUDER THAN WORDS!” At least they got something right in the article…”He is not going to quit on his NFL dream” and that goes double for his fans IMO! Can’t imagine T2 doing NOTHING and glad he is going “against the grain!”
      GO TEBOW/GBPT2!!!

    • Sage says:

      What you are describing as a phenomenon in the NFL is occurring in politics and culture generally.

      Angelo Codevilla and others have written of the emerging “ruling class.” This is very much what we have with the mass media and other institutions. While mass media’s absolute reach has been shrinking for years, they still have a large and satisfying slice of the pie that allows them to live like arrogant fat cats.

      Look at anyone squaking on network television. They have a good salarie and producers and show directors who brown-nose them all day long. Same with any politician or high level NFL executive. They are currently–if temporarily–insulated from any strong political or market-based discipline. Something new will emerge, but it will take time, unfortunately.

  2. ck says:

    Been watching the Gators and the Olympics and glad to see they won a Gold in figure skating w/Davis & White…history in the making! USA!!!

  3. andrea says:

    This is common among most articles I have seen about Tebow lately. Tebow (media circus #1)is portrayed by the mainstream media as a lousy football player(even though his 7 regular season wins in a short playing time was better then 10 football teams last year) who is much better suited as a broadcast spokesman and as an actor.

    Meanwhile media circus #2 (whom the mainstream media loves and admires can do no wrong. Even before today’s combine the media is gushing that said player’s draft status is rising (now to be fair to the mainstream media – since media circus #2 is the only football they are talking about it makes sense to the mainstream media that his draft position would be #1).

    I will be watching closely. If Tebow does not get a chance this year because he creates a media circus and media circus #2 gets drafted it will prove all along that Tebow is being blacklisted because of his Christian beliefs.

    It seems to me media circus #2 would be a terrible pick for a GM. Problem number 1 – he will be the center of attention in the media even before he puts on a uniform and all the other ballplayers will have to get along with it or else. Problem number 2 with media circus #2 – if he gets released or cut by a team – a discrimination lawsuit may follow.Look at what is happening now with the Minnesota Vikings with the washed-up punter.

    As the old saying goes – where activists go – lawyers follow.

    • ck says:

      Andrea: Will be watching what happens to Media Circus #2 also and easily come to the same conclusion if he is drafted etc.!:(

  4. Bigfan says:

    The old “Rinse n Repeat” with one new and improved additive…the TV career. It is apparent that some of these writers are at a loss with not much going on and dust off the Tebow story almost as often as Timmy finishes yet another week of getting better everyday.

    Timmy is going to get another shot and pre season. The draft will be a very good indication where. My hope is back on the Pats however free agency goes?? Mallet has to be tired of holding the clip board and Tom is rapidly approaching that sign post up ahead.

    Stay tuned film at 11!

  5. steftebowfan says:

    I am sick of the NFL thinking they can choose the winners and losers in sports. A lot of great players are available and if the A11 snags them, this could be great. Tebow has been discriminated against. he is easily good enough to be tried out again. I will gladly watch the A11 and be Soo happy to finally see Tebow play and hopefully this league with real character and value will be successful and give the NFL a run for their money.

    • Brandi says:

      If the A11FL pulls off TRULY being about the Fans, the NFL might not know what’s about to hit them. It’s going to take alot though. The Football World is like any other group. Their single biggest influence is their peers. Football Fans, IMO, will have to take the initiative and insist A11FL delivers on their slogan…”Built By Fans For Fans”.

      They keep saying that’s exactly what they want. Which is pretty much been polar opposite of how the NFL has operated the last few years.

      I think the first real “warning sign” should have been a few years back when the League threatened to sue Churches and Social Clubs for holding Super Bowl Parties. That almost certainly came from the NFL’s Lawyers. But nobody in their right minds lets their Lawyers convince them to risk thoroughly ticking off about 100 Million people. That was the first indication, I think, that the NFL ceased being run by those in the League who think about the Fans and started being run by those who only think about things like “Protecting ‘The Shield'”. I’ve heard all the arguments about defending Copyrights and all of that. But the fact of the matter is, the NFL is the ONLY League that feels it has to do those kinds of things even if it means alienating the Fans.

      We can talk about Character, Moral Codes, it’s a long list. But each Season it seems like the NFL “Leadership” doesn’t give any of those type of things a second’s thought. It’s as though the League is convinced the Fans can be offended in any way and it will make no difference because they’re easily replaceable.

      I think some of the Owners are waking up to how far out of whack things have gotten. But I also think it’s probably too late. Even if they actually do care about the Fans and want to try to show it, how many would believe them?

      • ck says:

        Brandi: They can always use their standby like the Jags…”Free beer w/tickets” and that is why the NFL is on their way out IMO!!! “Desperate times call for desperate measures!” (Not sure who the author of that quote was.)

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