Is Tim Tebow Hurting His NFL Chances By Refusing To Become A Tight End?
If Tim Tebow wanted to be on an NFL roster right now, he would be on an NFL roster. Tebow, who was unceremoniously released by the New York Jets yesterday, is not on an NFL roster today, though, because of one simple thing: His own hard-headedness. Although several NFL teams have reportedly reached out to him about the possibility of turning him into a tight end or a running back, Tebow refuses to switch positions and will only sign with a team if he is allowed to compete for the quarterback position. And you know what? That very well could lead to the demise of his NFL career.
Now, before you start bashing me for bashing Tebow, know this: I supported Tebow at the beginning of his NFL career and thought that it was fantastic that he refused to switch positions when he got out of college. Some NFL teams wanted him to enter the NFL Draft as a tight end. But he stuck to his guns and, for that, I commend him. A lot of other guys would have given up their dreams of playing QB in the NFL just to appease NFL scouts. But Tebow wanted to give quarterbacking a team in the NFL a shot, so he refused to play any other position. However, the problem is that he got that shot and didn’t really prove that he could be a top-notch NFL quarterback every single week. So, now, he finds himself without a job and praying that some NFL team out there gets desperate enough to give him one. And, this time, I think that’s a mistake.
The truth is that Tebow could be a special player—a really special player—in the NFL. All he needs to do is agree to give tight end or running back a shot. There are some teams out there—the New England Patriots, for instance—who could use him in crazy formations. He could change the way the tight end position is played. He could also still bring all the tenacity and leadership that he usually brings to the football field, albeit in a different role. I know that it would be a big change for him and that it would require him to change his approach to the game of football a little bit. But, what’s better: Holding out for a chance to play QB that might never come, or playing tight end this fall for an NFL team?
Only Tebow can answer that question. But, for his sake and for the sake of all of us who have to hear Skip Bayless talk about Tebow as a quarterback day in and day out, I hope Tebow agrees to at least try to play tight end next season. If it doesn’t work, it doesn’t work. But, at this point, what’s the harm in at least giving it a shot? At the very least, it would get Tim Tebow back on an NFL roster, which is exactly where he belongs.