Tim Tebow’s best shot to get back to the NFL–as a quarterback –is in the AFL. History proves, he can do it.
This past Monday, 30-40 Jacksonville Jaguar fans protested outside of Everbank Field on the banks of the St. Johns River for the team to sign Tim Tebow.
It wasn’t the first show of support for the hometown kid who also stared at the University of Florida. There have been signed petitions and other various, ridiculous acts in attempt to bring Tebow home to play pro football. The other day I tweeted that the Jaguars franchise should give the people what they want. He can’t be worse than what they have, plus it’s a great business move for a team that has to put a tarp over its upper deck because of a lack of fan support, they’ve had several blackouts in the past 5 seasons too.
After careful consideration, there’s two problems with my tweets (That is why you should think before you press send, thank Coach Herman Hedwards.) One, the Jaguars are a mess and signing Tebow won’t help him long term in his career goals. Problem number two with my tweets, Tebow still needs LOTS of work—I know he wins games, trust me I’m a Steeler fan, I remember the 2011 Wild Card game—before he can be a consistent NFL QB. Which brings me to this, Tebow should sign with an AFL team IMMEDIATELY.
Kurt Warner spent 3 season in the AFL
Kurt Warner did it. After spending the 1994 season on the Green Packers practice squad, Warner spent 3 seasons (1995-1997) in the AFL with the Iowa Barnstormers.
Warner led the St. Louis Rams “Greatest Show on Turf” Offense to two Super Bowls
When he got back to the NFL with the St. Louis Rams in 1999, all he did was win a Super Bowl and the game’s MVP, a regular season MVP and played in two other Super Bowls while setting passing records in all of them. Warner threw for a total of 32,344 yards and 208 touchdowns in 12 seasons. He’ll be a Hall of Famer one day.
Tommy Maddox did it. After being drafted 25th by the Denver Broncos in 1992 , he struggled in the NFL for 5 seasons, 2 of those backing up Hall of Famer John Elway.
After 3 years away from football, Maddox went to the AFL and played for the New Jersey Red Dogs, then the Los Angeles Xtreme of the sort lived XFL, where he led them to the league championship. His performances were good enough to earn a tryout with the Pittsburgh Steelers. All he did in the Steel City was lead them to the playoffs in 2002 and win NFL Comeback Player of the Year. Maddox won a Super Bowl Championship Ring (SB XL) as Ben Roethlisberger’s back up in his final season as a pro.
Jordan Palmer, younger brother of Arizona Cardinal quarterback Carson, is the latest to go from NFL to AFL and back to the NFL. Heck, even a coach has made the jump from the Arena league, Cincinnati Bengal Offensive coordinator Jay Gruden.
The AFL will help Tebow where he’s in need the most, passing accuracy and decision making. The game is played on a shorter field, which will force him to throw into tighter Windows and gain that precision needed to make it back to the big lead. The pocket collapses quicker so he’ll have to get rid of the ball quicker, forcing him to make quicker decisions. Something he struggles at now. Lastly, and just as important, he won’t be able to rely on his legs as an escape plan. In the Arena league game, running the ball hurts you. This is a passing league.
This summer, ESPN Analyst and Former Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Ron Jaworski offered Tim Tebow a chance to play for the Philadelphia Soul, the team he co owns with Bon Jovi. He told the Associated Press, “I think he’s got to have a career path. What’s he going to do to get back?” That’s why several including Jaworski, believe the AFL is his best and maybe last shot. Jaworski went on to say, “You’ve got to learn to get rid of the football, quick. You’ve got to process information, quick…. If you get reps and you are dropping back 40-45 times with people in your face, you get better. He needs to play. He needs to get on the field.”
So the opportunity is there and it may be the only one, if he continues to stick to his goal of becoming an NFL quarterback, which I commend him for in holding on to his dream. I just don’t believe it will happen if he thinks he can continue to do what he’s been doing, and that’s working out alone with the best QB gurus/tutors in the country. He needs to play, even if the league is a step down. As I showed you it has worked for other QBs, he should try it. I’m sure it will work for him too.