Celani: Tim Tebow Has Nobody To Blame But Himself For NFL Exile

By Andrew Celani, CBS Boston March 20, 2015 8:44 AM
ESPN analyst Tim Tebow looks on during the College Football Playoff National Championship Game at AT&T Stadium on January 12, 2015.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

ESPN analyst Tim Tebow looks on during the College Football Playoff National Championship Game at AT&T Stadium on January 12, 2015. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

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BOSTON (CBS) –  As a huge supporter of Tim Tebow and everything he represents, it was a welcome sign to see him getting another shot at the NFL earlier this week.

Tebow worked out on Monday for the Philadelphia Eagles — a perfect situation for him, I thought, for a number of reasons:

1. Head coach Chip Kelly is an offensive wizard

2. Sam Bradford is a walking splint

3. Mark Sanchez is Mark Sanchez

For those reasons, I thought Tebow had a legitimate shot to catch on in Philly and possibly be a backup for the 2015 season, and in the event Bradford gets hurt or Sanchez reverts back to his old ways, Tebow would be there to fill in under the tutelage of Kelly.

And as we know now, I was wrong.

Tebow came and went in Philly faster than than it takes to make a cheese steak, and like the previous two years, he is without a full-time job in the NFL.

Why is that?

Roster sizes inflate to 90 players during the offseason and preseason. Simple math would indicate that 32 teams x 90 players = 2,880 players hopeful to make a roster. Two thousand eight hundred and eighty players. That’s a lot of people.

I don’t know about you, but for my money there are not 2,880 football players on planet earth better than Tim Tebow.

Notice I didn’t say “quarterback.” Football players.

Tim Tebow was a high school All-American, a college All-American, a two-time BCS National Champion, a Heisman trophy winner, and was even voted by his peers as one of the NFL’s Top 100 Players of 2012.

That type of résumé is largely unmatched, both in present day and throughout league history.

So why the NFL exile? If you think there are 2,880 football players on this planet better than Tim Tebow, then you’re as brainless as a lobotomy.

I used to feel bad for Tim Tebow, with the operative phrase being used to. I felt like he was being treated unfairly by the league and its spineless executives looking to avoid the TebowMania that comes with the player and his stardom.

But those days are gone now. Why?

Because Tim Tebow could be in the NFL if he really wanted to. . . as something other than a quarterback.

Tim, it’s clear no owners, no coaches and no scouts envision you as a professional signal caller — so why not switch positions, like so many others before you have?

Former college quarterbacks Hines Ward, Antwaan Randle El, Josh Cribbs, Brad Smith, Denard Robinson, Julian Edelman and countless others — while, admittedly, not nearly as accomplished as you — buried their egos, switched positions and had success in the NFL.

At 6-foot-3, 235 pounds, Tebow certainly has the size to play as a “move” tight end in the NFL, but maybe he doesn’t have the hands. But we’ve all seen his running ability, and with the prevalence of the H-back in today’s game, he would — without question — have a guaranteed roster spot on one of the 32 teams at that position.

Just think of the play calling opportunities and matchup problems your offense would create with a solid passing quarterback and Tim Tebow sharing the same backfield. Again, the main reason I thought Chip Kelly and the Eagles were a match made in heaven.

Tim Tebow is stubborn, like all the great ones are. It’s part of what makes them tick. But his unwillingness, or outright refusal to give another position a try is the sole reason for his NFL unemployment.

Don’t have sympathy for Tim Tebow, because the NFL exile is solely on his shoulders.

Buzzy Says : I dont Agree with this Go T2 Go for QB or not.

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8 Responses to “Celani: Tim Tebow Has Nobody To Blame But Himself For NFL Exile”

  1. andrea says:

    Why do the so-called media people who say they like Tebow always stab him in the back?

    Sorry folks I do not believe Tebow has any friends in Hollywood or in the media.

    They cannot stand him because of who he is and what he represents.

    I did notice it didn’t take long for the Jags to pick up the DUI running back released by the Ravens.

    They call it the National Felons League for a reason.

    • brandi says:

      Hi Andrea,

      I have alotta friends in Sports Media and there have been many times some of them have told me privately they wished they could say some of the things they’ve seen me say. But they’d get fired. I don’t think that’s entirely the case as it relates to Tim though.

      Here’s this group. It has people who come here regularly. Somewhere along the way, the words and opinions of others have had an effect. Maybe not major effect. Probably mostly nuanced. But probably there. In Sports Media these people spend their days hanging out with other Sports Media, maybe Players, Coaches/Managers, GMs, etc. Eventually the attitudes begin to rub off. Especially if there’s nothing else to replace it.

      I’ve talked here about the polls on Tim. Buzzy went through extensive research on it. As the campaign went on to say Tim just doesn’t have the goods, the vast majority of Fans have disagreed. Including many who might have not felt sure before. The Fans see Tim having Won the last time they saw him have the reigns of a Team. They see the parade of re-treads who rarely Win anywhere cross back and forth around the league and become convinced Tim should be Playing. But those spinning the storyline convince themselves even further that the story that Tim just doesn’t have it is right.

      The same thing is true for those who never wanted him Playing in the first place. That’s why the new line is “32 NFL GMs can’t be wrong.” To admit the fallacy of that statement would mean to question the league itself. Something nearly every Fan does at one time or another. They just prefer to pick their own excuse. I can just about guarantee you that each and every Anti-Tebow person who has come in here crowing NFL! NFL! NFL! Greatest Ever! Greatest Ever! Take that Tebots! has had their own times of screaming GDNFL! You &^%$^&#@

      That’s part of being a Fan. They just won’t admit it here because it diminishes their certainty that Tebow Fans are idiots. 🙂

      • jason says:

        LMAO!! Who are the friends. Lol!! You are laughed at in sports media or they have no idea who you are. I can’t stop laughing about how fake you are.

  2. David Oliver says:

    Tell him Buzzy!

    Does this guy even consider the facts he presents?

    “and was even voted by his peers as one of the NFL’s Top 100 Players of 2012.”

    Hmm.. I believe he was voted that as having played NFL QB – YES?

    Just some more “gamemenship”.. playing with words… can BITE YOU!

    As it just did this “guy”

    GO TIM – NFL QBS Need to Inspire, To Lead, To WIN..

    Give TT a chance NFL !!

    • tawk2 says:

      I agree with you all! This reporter claims to like Tim but says bad things and attacks him! He probably just wanted reads.

      Tebow is a quarterback, no doubt, no questions! This guy is full of it!

  3. TheMascotArmy says:

    This guy is no Tebow supporter.
    Brandi is right on with the ubiquitousGMs “32 can’t be wrong” unthinking nonsense that is now the last resort of the bashers. They have been so overmatched in debates using facts, figures, and argument that they have punted. It’s hilarious that they think claiming that the guys running perennial losers know much of anything.
    The haters are pissing themselves at the idea of giving Tebow another shot to even more convincingly prove then wrong.
    An interesting universe would give Tebow just that shot.

    • jason says:

      What has been said day one by everyone that knows the game has been tebow’s lack of ability to fit the offense a team wants which in his own words he has said he doesn’t know pro offenses well. His horrible fundamentals which he has been working his A off to fix and says he now understands how important they are. Tebow makes very slow reads which has been known day one but angers tebow’s cult.
      There are idiot haters out there relying on BS just as there are idiot tebow lovers.
      Show me where tebow has been consistent on any skill set. He has not and he knows it. He’s worked his A off to actually get people to look at him. I told you morons two years ago kelly liked tebow but didn’t the game film of tebow so he wasn’t gonna work him out. Tebow has busted his butt fixing his massive flaws. At least little timmy knows he has them and understands them unlike his idiot fan base and cult of personality does.
      Buzzy Says : you are to comment about the post Not how Dumb the users or I am.

  4. ck says:

    Apparently this guy is more than delusional when it comes to T2 and JUST LIKE THE RIVER IN EGYPT NOT CALLED DENIAL!!!!

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