According to Jay Feely, Tim Tebow is a great man and a great competitor, but Feely still believes Tebow is the “worst quarterback” ever. But do Tebow’s stats agree with that assessment?
In a related report by the Inquisitr, in the past some have claimed that Tebow was “blackballed” from the NFL due to Christian beliefs, not NFL stats. At the same time, Joe Theismann insists Tim “can’t throw the football” and referee Jim Daopoulus once used Tebow as an example of the uncatchable rule. Rush Limbaugh might agree that more men like Tebow are needed in the NFL, but insists he just can’t handle the quarterback position at the NFL level.
Due to this history, some question whether Eagles coach Chip Kelly is making a mistake, wondering aloud how the Philadelphia Eagles could have two quarterbacks, Tebow and Mark Sanchez, coexist.
Based upon comments made by Jay Feely, Tim Tebow’s Eagles deal is just a mistake — period.
“[Chip Kelly] thinks he’s smarter, and so can take a guy that everybody else has quit on and can make him work and utilize him… [Tebow] is such a dichotomy for me because I really respect the person, the man, the things that he believes in and the things he does off the field, he was the single worst quarterback I ever saw in my career in the NFL. Like, I watched him one day. I sat and watched him do routes on air with Ken Whisenhunt as we were playing the Broncos, and routes on air—there’s no DBs, you know exactly what he’s going to run. There’s no pass rush. He had like 13 incompletions in routes on air. Like, Jim, you and I could go out and do routes on air and we’d complete most of our passes.”
Over on Twitter, Jay Feely softened the blow by noting that he thinks very highly of Tim Tebow as a person, but concludes he’s “just not a good QB. Sorry if that offends you.” He also took at a jab at his critics by noting the number of “people who talk about their ‘faith’ in their bio but cussed me out on Twitter [because] of what I said about Tebow.”
Would Tim Tebow’s stats disagree with Feely? Tebow has a career passer rating of 75.3, having thrown 17 touchdowns, ran for 12 rushing touchdowns, and thrown nine interceptions during his time as a starter. As a comparison, Mark Sanchez has a career rating of 74.1.
Even though Tim Tebow’s stats show him to be an average NFL quarterback, he was supposedly a fantastic leader with the Denver Broncos. Tebow was even named Forbes’ most influential athlete for the year. In 2012, Tim was ranked number 95 by his peers in the NFL Top 100. Near the end of the 2011-2012 season, Tebow was ranked number five out of the NFL’s 32 starting quarterbacks. So, while Tebow is unlikely to be one of the top 10 NFL quarterbacks right now, calling him the “worst quarterback” ever seems something of an overstatement.
Supporters of Tim Tebow also point out that the NFL quarterback’s running game is quite formidable compared to other NFL quarterbacks, although this ability requires a team to adjust their strategy to Tebow’s strengths. Tim is built like a linebacker, standing 6 foot 3 inches and weighing 240 pounds, and yet, he can run the 40-yard dash in 4.7 seconds. It’s possible Chip Kelly is hoping to use Tebow as wildcard quarterback, which forces the defense to adjust their strategies to compensate for unknowns.
Do you agree with Jay Feely’s assessment of Tim Tebow’s NFL stats, or do you think the quarterback will make a great addition to the Philadelphia Eagles?
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