NFL: Can Tim Tebow Succeed in the NFL? Well, Maybe Not as a Quarterback.

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Dec. 23, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow (15) stands with offensive coordinator Tony Sparano during the first half against the San Diego Chargers at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

Can Tim Tebow be successful in the NFL?

I know this is a very controversial topic, and that there are many fierce advocates for Tebow. I also realize that there is a large amount of people and fans who doubt his abilities to play at a high level.

As a quarterback, Tebow led the Broncos to a playoff birth two years ago, beating the Steelers in overtime in the first round of the playoffs.

However, he had everything on that team going for him. A strong defense, a solid running game, and exceptional receivers. It’s essentially the same team that Peyton Manning took to the divisional round this year with a significantly better reputation.

That year, Tom Brady exposed the Broncos defense, and Tim Tebow just didn’t have an answer for the scores.

After being traded to the New York Jets, Tebow was placed in a special wildcat package that ran about ten plays a game, sometimes less. It depended on the defense and the situation.

After Sanchez was taken out of the game, many fans were excited to see Tebow take over as starting quarterback. However, Greg McElroy was named the starter to finish the season, and football fans across the NFL were immediately angered. Especially Jets fans that had seen the “magic” Tebow had worked in Denver the year before.

But is Tebow really an NFL-caliber starting quarterback?

Before I give you my answer, let me say this. I am a University of Florida undergraduate. I spent my middle and high school years pulling for Tebow and the Gators for four years.

I love the guy as a person.

However, I wouldn’t want him as my starting quarterback.

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