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Philadelphia Reached Out to Tim Tebow About Potential QB Opening

May 13, 2013, 1:39 PM EDT


Two weeks have gone by since the New York Jets released Tim Tebow, and the only NFL executive who will admit he wants anything to do with the career 47.9% passer is Commissioner Roger Goodell. In fact Chip Kelly ruled out Tebow landing with the Eagles immediately, favoring accuracy over athleticism under center.

So why even pose the question as to whether or not Tebow will be hurling footballs 10 yards out of bounds at the Linc this season?

Nobody said anything about the Linc. Tebow could be coming to the Wells Fargo Center.

According to a report by Ed Barkowitz for the Daily News on Monday, Ron Jaworski reached out to Tebow about playing for the Philadelphia Soul in the Arena League. The former Eagles quarterback and long-time ESPN analyst is one of two majority owners for the franchise, and he along with head coach Clint Dolezel are the ones courting the 2007 Heisman Trophy winner.

To this point the team has received no reply, nor was the Daily News able to obtain a comment from Tebow.

Whether or not Tebow would be likely to achieve more success at the Arena level is debatable, but his NFL career is nearing its conclusion if something doesn’t change fast. Tebow is mechanically flawed beyond the point of mere tinkering, and his popularity exceeds his ability which might be a problem in some locker rooms.

Having said that, if Tebow wishes to continue pursuing a career as a quarterback at the pro level, a minor league may be his best bet. Even if an NFL team were to take a chance on him at this stage, is he ever going to get the reps and attention from coaches to fix his delivery?

Either way, signing Tebow could be a huge boon for the Soul, even if it were only short-term. Obviously I don’t speak for everybody, but I personally would have some interest in going to see the Tebow experiment attempted in the Arena League. That could pack the house for at least a week or two.

Don’t hold your breath though. Tebow has undoubtedly received these kinds of offers from all sorts of smaller operations, so if he’s hand-picking his next job, don’t necessarily expect him to choose Philly.

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  1. greggyd717 - May 13, 2013 at 2:52 PM

    I know the guy wants to play football, but he could rake in SO much money just by going around and being a public speaker. I have no doubt that organizations would shell out tens of thousands for him to just stand in front of them and preach something about trying hard, never giving up, loving God, etc etc.

  2. Matt S. - May 13, 2013 at 4:46 PM

    I really do feel bad for the guy. I’m sure if he had it his way he wouldn’t generate such an annoying media circus every time he does something. His QB style doesn’t translate very well to the NFL but he can still add something to a team and find a way to contribute. I just don’t think any NFL teams going to want to deal with the whole Tebow mania crap that comes with signing him. I don’t want him on the eagles but I hope he can just find a place to play somewhere.

  3. crappygovernment - May 13, 2013 at 5:53 PM

    Tebow is still 8-5 as a starter in the NFL. Vick should be a Soul player instead.

    • Andrew Kulp - May 13, 2013 at 6:17 PM

      I must have forgot that Tim Tebow played on a defense that held the opponent to 15 or fewer points in five of “his” seven wins for the Broncos in 2011 — because that’s a conventional way to win in the NFL — not to mention kicked the game-winning field goal in four of “his” wins. But hey, don’t let those minor details stand in the way of the infallible won-loss stat. Instead, maybe take a cue from the fact that he couldn’t even beat out Mark Sanchez or Greg McElroy for the starting QB job on the Jets, not to mention NFL teams aren’t exactly crawling all over each other to sign him.

      • crappygovernment - May 13, 2013 at 7:11 PM

        No ethnic or religious minority QB would ever have been degraded like Tebow was in 2012. Shame on the Neocon & Freemason League! Good luck without Christian fans!

      • lahoe819 - May 13, 2013 at 11:47 PM

        to be honest i’d still have tim tebow over mark sanchez or mcelroy. its not like either of those guys were terribly inspiring leaders and made their team better overall, which you could make the case for tebow. he literally is the definition of what intangibles can do for a team. is he a franchise qb? no. do i want him on the eagles? no. do i think the jets shouldve released him when they just sent me an invite to training camp to compete for the starting qb position? no. he got shafted in ny with the jets and they’ve been terrible with quarterbacks. he may not have kicked the field goals or played D but he didnt commit too many turnovers and got the team in field goal range for those wins. people always seem to have a double standard about qbs. when a good qb has a a good record, its because of him and his talent. when a bad qb has a good record its because of his defense or special teams or the ref. the guy inspired his team. maybe it wasnt his talent that led to those wins but it was undeniably his leadership.

        I noticed how little people are commenting on articles now. It’s gotta be cuz of the new site format and all. I thought the old one was fine.

      • Andrew Kulp - May 14, 2013 at 12:20 AM

        The problem is inspiration and intangibles only take you so far. A team that relies on holding opponents to 15 points or less and a kicker booming 50-yard + field goals to win as time expires is not a recipe for long-term success. I don’t know how Tebow turned it on in the last five minutes of so many games when he was so rancid over the first 55, but I can’t deny he did that on several occasions in 2011. Yet look at some of the scores of the games he didn’t win with Denver: 45-10, 41-23, 40-14, 45-10. As poorly as that reflects on the defense, it’s impossible to hold up on a weekly basis with no help from the offense. You can talk about leadership all you want, he simply doesn’t have the ability play the QB position in any conventional sense. Hell, the only team he’s beaten that finished with a winning record in his entire NFL career is the Steelers in the playoffs, so even if his W-L as a starter does merit some consideration, look at who he did it against. It was all done with smoke and mirrors, my friend.

        Do you still have to log in to comment? We were hoping to have that changed. As for the format, we really had no say in the matter, although this is definitely an improvement from our end.

      • Anonymous - May 15, 2013 at 1:09 AM

        Yes and the same defense was 1 and 4 pre Tebow in 2011!

      • hokieduck - Sep 11, 2013 at 2:16 AM

        Hey, crappy. I thought you Christian types said (1) no working on Sunday, and (2) pig(skin) is unclean. Oh that’s right, you cherry pick which parts of the Bible you think really matter.

      • Htj - Dec 3, 2013 at 6:30 AM

        Yes he played with an ok def.. but Mr. Orton did too and look he couldn’t getting done.. period…

    • willh888 - May 14, 2013 at 12:18 AM

      Yeah well I’m undefeated as a starter. It’s all relative. I guarantee with my heart of hearts that I can throw a nicer ball than Tim Tebow. See the way it works is…. he only has haters because there’s so many die hard knob gobblers. We wouldn’t have to criticize the guy if you throat gaggers relaxed a bit.

      • htj - Dec 3, 2013 at 6:32 AM

        sure, thats why you are playing for.. for.. um, what team you play for again..

    • Anonymous - May 15, 2013 at 10:36 AM

      There are even words to Describe how bat shit crazy and delusional you are. I don’t care what made up god Tebow prays to. I care that you both drink the same kool-aid and as such insist that this stiff is 1.) being persecuted and 2.) some kind of talent. In 35 games the guy has a 47% completion percentage and a 75 quarter back rating. Add the fact that he averages a whopping 69.2 yard passing per game and has a whole 17 TD’s vs 9 Int’s and 7 fumbles lost in 35 games? No matter what space god you worship, he can’t play in the NFL. Sorry. Too many right wing Christian loons, not enough lions.

      • crappygovernment - May 15, 2013 at 11:34 AM

        Rev 3:8-10 predicts Tebow fans will win.

    • coopjr - May 15, 2013 at 4:56 PM

      Tebow fans take everything way too far.

      • crappygovernment - May 15, 2013 at 6:05 PM

        We Christians tolerated mediocre Jewish Qbs like Jay Fiedler and Sage Rosenfels. Where is the tolerance of Tebow?

      • Andrew Kulp - May 15, 2013 at 8:17 PM

        When has Sage Rosenfels ever been tolerated as a starting NFL quarterback?

  4. crappygovernment - May 13, 2013 at 5:54 PM

    Tebowphobia is mentioned in Acts 14:1-2

    1 And it came to pass in Iconium, that Paul and Barnabas went both together into the synagogue of the Jews, and so spake(won football games for the Lord), that a great multitude both of the Jews and also of the Greeks believed.

    2 But the unbelieving Jews stirred up the Gentiles, and made their minds evil affected against the brethren.

    • fredc24 - May 28, 2013 at 12:26 PM

      Are you high?

  5. Andy Schreiber - May 15, 2013 at 12:42 PM

    Yeah, funny how that same defense didn’t make Orton a winner in those games he started prior to Tebow taking the starting gig.

    And Tebow won a playoff game for the Broncos.

    That would be one more playoff win in a Broncos uniform than Manning has so far.

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