Jan 6, 2014; Pasadena, CA, USA; Florida Gators former quarterback Tim Tebow on the field before the 2014 BCS National Championship game between the Auburn Tigers and the Florida State Seminoles at the Rose Bowl. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Ex-Patriot Tim Tebow Still Confident in NFL Career


Tebow Believes in Future

Those who follow football remember last summer when “Tebowmania” came to Foxborough. Tim Tebow left the New York Jets and signed with the New England Patriots, becoming a candidate to backup Tom Brady in the short-term.

At the preseason’s conclusion, he went 11-for-30 passing with a 36.7 competition percentage, 145 yards, two touchdowns, and two interceptions. He didn’t last until the start of the regular season, as Belichick pulled the trigger on Aug. 31, 2013, cutting the former Heisman Trophy winner to complete the Pats’ 53-man roster.

“I will remain in relentless pursuit of continuing my lifelong dream of being an NFL quarterback,” Tebow wrote on Twitter following New England’s decision, per Mike Reiss of ESPN Boston.

Since then, Tebow has declined offers from the CFL and decided to be an analyst in SEC Nation, ESPN’s traveling pre-game college football show expected to launch in August.

He may be eyeing a return to the field, though, if the opportunity arises.

“I’m training every day and feel like I’m the best that I’ve ever been,” Tebow said. “I still love it, love playing, talking about it, and I’m just excited about whatever the future holds. Who knows what could happen? But I’m excited about it, though.”

Tebow just wasn’t a pro-ready thrower, which floored him during his quest to become a professional quarterback. While capable of hurling decent tosses on the run, he couldn’t regularly complete passes by handling pressure in the pocket.

His running abilites also didn’t translate competently to the pros. With the Gators, he could scramble and run up the middle to full effectiveness. In the faster, stronger NFL game, he couldn’t beat linebackers and defensive lineman on a consistent basis.

Maybe a desperate team invites him to training camp hoping to boost fan attention. He definitely wasn’t necessary for the Patriots.

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  • Post Corner

    Excuse me, but this article is a joke. In Denver, Tebow was able to consistently beat linemen and linebackers when rushing (5.4 y/a). As for his time with the Pats, it was a total of 3.5 weeks and playing with the same set of receivers that Brady went 4 for 21 with during a regular season game. Don’t forget the 3 and 4 string linemen that couldn’t protect or even snap the ball to Tebow properly. Did Tebow need to fix things with his QBing? Yes. But I’ll take 580 total touches (playoffs included) for 32 TDs only 9 INTs and 3785 total yards. I’ll also take a Div title when taking over for a 1-4 Orton. The man took a team with a 1.8% of making the playoffs to the playoffs! With a Defense that gave up 49 To GB, 45 to Det, 32 to Ponder, 41 to NE, 40 to Buff, 45 to NE.
    Denver’s time of possession with Orton ranked 30th, ranked 5th with Tebow. If Brady were to get hurt and the Pats needed a backup for a 4th quarter run, I’d rather have Tebow with the ball in his hands than Mallet. One has proven he can handle the presser, the other, not so much.

    • Duncan Day

      Tebow isn’t capable of being a reliable starting quarterback, bottom line. When he started, he managed to win games for the Broncos, he was playing behind a good line in Denver. He won close games, yes he was timely, but in his short career, was he consistent as a starting NFL quarterback should be, in both the running and passing game, or at least just the passing game. I don’t think so.

      If you’re using stats, Tebow had 46.5 percent completion percentage with Denver, a 72.9 QB rating. That’s not a consistent passer in the NFL. He also fumbled on 13 occasions and lost it six times in 2011. Ridley, who’s had at least 40 more carries than Tebow in each of the past few season, had lost only two fumbles per year, and he’s widely regarded as having fumbling problems. So you can’t say he’s a consistent runner, being able to beat linebackers and defenses. Teams can’t afford these types of turnovers, especially from a quarterback.

      Belichick cut him because he couldn’t get the job done. I watched him in training camp that year, and he threw some rough balls.

    • Duncan Day

      Tebow isn’t capable of being a reliable starting quarterback, bottom line. When he started, he managed to win games for the Broncos, he was playing behind a good line in Denver. He won close games, yes he was timely, but in his short career, was he consistent as a starting NFL quarterback should be, in both the running and passing game, or at least just the passing game. I don’t think so.

      If you’re using stats, Tebow had 46.5 percent completion percentage with Denver, a 72.9 QB rating. That’s not a consistent passer in the NFL. He also fumbled on 13 occasions and lost it six times in 2011 with the Broncos. Ridley, who’s had at least 40 more carries than Tebow in each of the past few season, had lost only two fumbles per year, and he’s widely regarded as having fumbling problems. So you can’t say Tebow’s a consistent runner, good runner, sure. Teams can’t afford these types of turnovers, especially from a quarterback.

      Belichick cut him because he couldn’t get the job done. I watched him in training camp that year, and he threw some rough balls.