Former Colts' GM Says Tebow Could Be Next John Riggins

Former Colts' GM says Tebow could be next John Riggins

10/26/12 in NFL   |   Matthew_Shovlin   |   735 respect

Oct 8, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow (15) carries the ball as Houston Texans players Danieal Manning (38), Earl Mitchell (92), Bradie James (53) and J. J. Watt (99) defend at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-US PRESSWIREWhen it comes to Tim Tebow, everyone seems to have their own unique opinion on how good he is and how coaches should utilize him. Some say he's fit to play quarterback, some say tight end, and so on. Bill Polian, former general manager of the Indianapolis Colts, offered his own interesting assessment of where Tebow's skills are best suited. Polian said that Tebow should be moved to running back, and he didn't stop there, he said, "He might be John Riggins."

John Riggins is a Hall of Fame running back who played for both the Jets and the Redskins during his 14 year career. While it's obvious that Tebow doesn't possess the speed and quickness of Riggins, what they do share is a bruising running style and exceptional balance.

Here's a piece that the NFL Network did on Riggins, who they named the second best power back of all-time:


 
Polian's comparison may seem ridiculous, but it's coming from a mind that put together five Super Bowl teams. While Tebow's ability to throw the ball is frequently debated, it's tough to argue against his prowess in the run game. Most of Tebow's success on the ground comes when he's in situations similar to a running back, running behind a big offensive line and finding holes to get to the second level. In addition, Tebow's 6'2'' 236 pound frame could be useful in pass protection, with a lot of practice, of course.

We're likely a long way from seeing Tebow change positions, as he is still set on playing quarterback in the NFL, and rightfully so. If he can't improve his accuracy and release, however, we just might get to see the reincarnation of John Riggins.
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