Tim Tebow takes job with ESPN's new SEC Network

12/31/13 in NFL   |   Matthew_Shovlin   |   735 respect

Tim Tebow still believes that he is an NFL-caliber quarterback, and why wouldn't he? If you had led a team to the NFL playoffs and knocked off the Pittsburgh Steelers in the first round, would you say, "Hm, maybe this isn't for me"? Tebow does not want to play in a different league, nor does he want to play a different position - both opportunities that are on the table for him. However, it does not look like an NFL team will be signing him as a quarterback any time soon, and he has apparently gotten tired of sitting around waiting for an opportunity to present itself.
Nov 30, 2013; Gainesville, FL, USA; Florida Gators former player Tim Tebow watches from the sidelines during the first quarter against the Florida State Seminoles at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
 
As a result, Tebow has accepted a job with a new ESPN channel, the SEC Network, which will launch in August.

"I am so excited that ESPN has given me this incredible opportunity," Tebow said. "When I was six years old I fell in love with the game of football, and while I continue to pursue my dream of playing football in the NFL, this is an amazing opportunity to be part of the unparalleled passion of college football and the SEC."

It's a wise move on ESPN's part, as plenty of people will tune in strictly to hear what one of the most polarizing athletes of recent history has to say.

For those of us who want to see Tebow succeed, it's nice to hear that he is still pursuing an NFL quarterback job. However, it seems quite unlikely that he'll get an opportunity without going to another league - perhaps the CFL or AFL - to prove he can throw the ball accurately.

If you are wondering why no teams are taking a chance on Tebow while perennial face-planters like Brady Quinn continue to get backup jobs, it is most likely because, with Tebow's current skill set, an offense needs to be altered to fit his abilities. If he backed up, let's say, Tom Brady and had to come into the game for whatever reason, he'd be forced to execute a pass-first, vertical offense, which would probably be disastrous (as we saw in the preseason). A team is not going to have an entirely different playbook just for their backup quarterback, so unless a burly, run-first, read option signal caller needs a backup, there probably isn't a job out there for Tebow.
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12/31/13   |   SusanVette   |   8511 respect

Tebow will be great in this capacity. Can't wait for August and this new SEC Network. Will be watching!