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Why Not Tim Tebow with the Cleveland Browns?


I fully realize I might be stepping in it by writing this article.  But I feel like I have to ask this question.  While the Browns are looking for a back-up quarterback, why aren’t they considering Tim Tebow?

A few weeks back, this very question came up on ESPN Cleveland’s the Really Big Show with Tony Rizzo and Aaron Goldhammer.  Radio show host Rizzo did not want to talk about the subject, and was not in favor of Tebow coming to Cleveland.  But it was clear that listeners felt otherwise.  During the show, it was reported that texts, tweets and emails coming into the program overwhelmingly supported Tebow.  Callers to the show felt the same way.

Yet there’s no interest by the Browns.

Several NFL executives have said they don’t want to deal with his cult-like following.  It’s too much of a distraction.  To that I have one thing to say: Really?

Is that the best answer you can give as to why a star player isn’t playing?  And make no mistake: he is a star.  Look at the excitement he generates.  But it seems likes it’s that excitement that is keeping him from getting a job.

Since when does the league, or a team, not want excited fans?  What kind of pressure would a team really have to deal with if they signed Tebow?  Screaming fans on game day?  Chants to put Tebow in the game?  Is all of that really that difficult?  Shouldn’t the coaches in the NFL be able to deal with these things like that as professionals?  One of the reasons they make so much is because they’re expected to deal with all of that.

As I see it, bringing Tebow to Cleveland has some very definite advantages.

The Browns would instantly get national attention and excitement.  They would be in the national conversation as we try to make the playoffs.  It would energize the current fan base, and bring new fans to Cleveland football.  Just think of how the jerseys sales would skyrocket!

I think the move would make a big statement to the rest of the league, as well.  It would be a clear signal that the Browns don’t care what anyone else thinks.  We would be telling the nation to heck with all that other stuff, we just want to win, and we think Tebow can help with that.

Let’s be honest, whether you’re a fan of the guy or not, he has some definite upsides.  He’s been a winner his whole life.  He finds a way to get it done.  Remember his stunning success with the 2011 Denver Broncos?  Tebow was at the helm when that team stormed into the playoffs that year.

Besides a steady paycheck, there would be some big positives for Tebow, as well.  Getting to work with Rob Chudzinski and Norv Turner would help his maturation as a player.  The guy needs some coaching consistency in his professional career, and so far he hasn’t had that.  As far as his future, if he’s not the starter, so be it.  But with the help of Chud and Norv, he could become one of the best back-ups in the league.

To me, it’s a win-win.  But then, I don’t sign players for the Cleveland Browns.

I might be wrong, but it almost seems like Tebow has been black-balled by the NFL.  If that is the case, I really don’t understand why.  He’s a stand-up guy with real values.  Maybe it really is his throwing motion.  Or maybe people don’t like him talking publicly about his religion.

Whatever the reason, it seems like Tim Tebow, with his cult-like following, just might be too popular for the NFL.

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  • Eddie

    Tim Tebow never hurt anyone and is being Black balled by the entire NFL. Yet Richie Incognito with
    all the crazy stuff he has done still has a job, is being defended by his team mates, commentators and so called experts. You go figure!
    Strongly agree with Bob Turner.

  • Eddie

    Tim Tebow never hurt anyone and is being Black balled by the entire NFL. Yet Richie Incognito with
    all the crazy stuff he has done still has a job, is being defended by his team mates, commentators and so called experts. You go figure!
    Strongly agree with Bob Turner.

  • Eddie

    Tim Tebow never hurt anyone and is being Black balled by the entire NFL. Yet Richie Incognito with
    all the crazy stuff he has done still has a job, is being defended by his team mates, commentators and so called experts. You go figure!
    Strongly agree with Bob Turner.

  • Eddie

    Tim Tebow never hurt anyone and is being Black balled by the entire NFL. Yet Richie Incognito with
    all the crazy stuff he has done still has a job, is being defended by his team mates, commentators and so called experts. You go figure!
    Strongly agree with Bob Turner.

  • Eddie

    Tim Tebow never hurt anyone and is being Black balled by the entire NFL. Yet Richie Incognito with
    all the crazy stuff he has done still has a job, is being defended by his team mates, commentators and so called experts. You go figure!
    Strongly agree with Bob Turner.

  • Eddie

    Tim Tebow never hurt anyone and is being Black balled by the entire NFL. Yet Richie Incognito with
    all the crazy stuff he has done still has a job, is being defended by his team mates, commentators and so called experts. You go figure!
    Strongly agree with Bob Turner.

  • Eddie

    Tim Tebow never hurt anyone and is being Black balled by the entire NFL. Yet Richie Incognito with
    all the crazy stuff he has done still has a job, is being defended by his team mates, commentators and so called experts. You go figure!
    Strongly agree with Bob Turner.

  • Eddie

    Tim Tebow never hurt anyone and is being Black balled by the entire NFL. Yet Richie Incognito with
    all the crazy stuff he has done still has a job, is being defended by his team mates, commentators and so called experts. You go figure!
    Strongly agree with Bob Turner.

  • Eddie

    Tim Tebow never hurt anyone and is being Black balled by the entire NFL. Yet Richie Incognito with
    all the crazy stuff he has done still has a job, is being defended by his team mates, commentators and so called experts. You go figure!
    Strongly agree with Bob Turner.

  • Eddie

    Tim Tebow never hurt anyone and is being Black balled by the entire NFL. Yet Richie Incognito with
    all the crazy stuff he has done still has a job, is being defended by his team mates, commentators and so called experts. You go figure!
    Strongly agree with Bob Turner.

  • Eddie

    Tim Tebow never hurt anyone and is being Black balled by the entire NFL. Yet Richie Incognito with
    all the crazy stuff he has done still has a job, is being defended by his team mates, commentators and so called experts. You go figure!
    Strongly agree with Bob Turner.

  • Eddie

    Tim Tebow never hurt anyone and is being Black balled by the entire NFL. Yet Richie Incognito with
    all the crazy stuff he has done still has a job, is being defended by his team mates, commentators and so called experts. You go figure!
    Strongly agree with Bob Turner.

  • Eddie

    Tim Tebow never hurt anyone and is being Black balled by the entire NFL. Yet Richie Incognito with
    all the crazy stuff he has done still has a job, is being defended by his team mates, commentators and so called experts. You go figure!
    Strongly agree with Bob Turner.

  • Eddie

    Tim Tebow never hurt anyone and is being Black balled by the entire NFL. Yet Richie Incognito with
    all the crazy stuff he has done still has a job, is being defended by his team mates, commentators and so called experts. You go figure!
    Strongly agree with Bob Turner.

  • Eddie

    Tim Tebow never hurt anyone and is being Black balled by the entire NFL. Yet Richie Incognito with
    all the crazy stuff he has done still has a job, is being defended by his team mates, commentators and so called experts. You go figure!
    Strongly agree with Bob Turner.

  • Eddie

    Tim Tebow never hurt anyone and is being Black balled by the entire NFL. Yet Richie Incognito with
    all the crazy stuff he has done still has a job, is being defended by his team mates, commentators and so called experts. You go figure!
    Strongly agree with Bob Turner.

  • Eddie

    Tim Tebow never hurt anyone and is being Black balled by the entire NFL. Yet Richie Incognito with
    all the crazy stuff he has done still has a job, is being defended by his team mates, commentators and so called experts. You go figure!
    Strongly agree with Bob Turner.

  • Eddie

    Tim Tebow never hurt anyone and is being Black balled by the entire NFL. Yet Richie Incognito with
    all the crazy stuff he has done still has a job, is being defended by his team mates, commentators and so called experts. You go figure!
    Strongly agree with Bob Turner.

  • Eddie

    Tim Tebow never hurt anyone and is being Black balled by the entire NFL. Yet Richie Incognito with
    all the crazy stuff he has done still has a job, is being defended by his team mates, commentators and so called experts. You go figure!
    Strongly agree with Bob Turner.

  • Eddie

    Tim Tebow never hurt anyone and is being Black balled by the entire NFL. Yet Richie Incognito with
    all the crazy stuff he has done still has a job, is being defended by his team mates, commentators and so called experts. You go figure!
    Strongly agree with Bob Turner.

  • Eddie

    Tim Tebow never hurt anyone and is being Black balled by the entire NFL. Yet Richie Incognito with
    all the crazy stuff he has done still has a job, is being defended by his team mates, commentators and so called experts. You go figure!
    Strongly agree with Bob Turner.

  • Eddie

    Tim Tebow never hurt anyone and is being Black balled by the entire NFL. Yet Richie Incognito with
    all the crazy stuff he has done still has a job, is being defended by his team mates, commentators and so called experts. You go figure!
    Strongly agree with Bob Turner.

  • Eddie

    Tim Tebow never hurt anyone and is being Black balled by the entire NFL. Yet Richie Incognito with
    all the crazy stuff he has done still has a job, is being defended by his team mates, commentators and so called experts. You go figure!
    Strongly agree with Bob Turner.

  • Eddie

    Tim Tebow never hurt anyone and is being Black balled by the entire NFL. Yet Richie Incognito with
    all the crazy stuff he has done still has a job, is being defended by his team mates, commentators and so called experts. You go figure!
    Strongly agree with Bob Turner.

  • Eddie

    Tim Tebow never hurt anyone and is being Black balled by the entire NFL. Yet Richie Incognito with
    all the crazy stuff he has done still has a job, is being defended by his team mates, commentators and so called experts. You go figure!
    Strongly agree with Bob Turner.

  • Eddie

    Tim Tebow never hurt anyone and is being Black balled by the entire NFL. Yet Richie Incognito with
    all the crazy stuff he has done still has a job, is being defended by his team mates, commentators and so called experts. You go figure!
    Strongly agree with Bob Turner.

  • Eddie

    Tim Tebow never hurt anyone and is being Black balled by the entire NFL. Yet Richie Incognito with
    all the crazy stuff he has done still has a job, is being defended by his team mates, commentators and so called experts. You go figure!
    Strongly agree with Bob Turner.

  • Eddie

    Tim Tebow never hurt anyone and is being Black balled by the entire NFL. Yet Richie Incognito with
    all the crazy stuff he has done still has a job, is being defended by his team mates, commentators and so called experts. You go figure!
    Strongly agree with Bob Turner.

  • Eddie

    Tim Tebow never hurt anyone and is being Black balled by the entire NFL. Yet Richie Incognito with
    all the crazy stuff he has done still has a job, is being defended by his team mates, commentators and so called experts. You go figure!
    Strongly agree with Bob Turner.

  • Eddie

    Tim Tebow never hurt anyone and is being Black balled by the entire NFL. Yet Richie Incognito with
    all the crazy stuff he has done still has a job, is being defended by his team mates, commentators and so called experts. You go figure!
    Strongly agree with Bob Turner.

  • eric

    This is truly the most ignorant article I’ve ever read. Tebow is a JOKE! I live in Denver. They didn’t storm in to the playoffs. They backed in at 8-8. He is NOT beloved in denver. He was a winner in college. Not the NFL. He just does not have it. He brings too many distractions. Hes worked with some of the best trainers in the world. One was on local talk radio and very nicely said he doesn’t have what it takes. Tune in to denver sports talk listen to the disdain real sports minds have for him. I’ll never respect any article of yours from here on out.

    • pacman68

      Distractions??? You mean like he is a dog killer, Racist, Murderer, gun totting thug, wife beater, booze hound? What are his distractions? I’m curious? Without Tim Tebow … there would be no Payton Manning. You think Manning would have come to a team that was 2-14? NO WAY!!

      • eric

        You are showing your ignorance buddy. They were 5-4 already with orton. So explain 2-14 please. And denver already good receivers. Same ones manning had his 1st year. Those receivers HATED playing with Tebow and so would Gordon bess n little. His fantastic 47% completion percentage in a passing league is otrocious. Have u seen him throw?! Its pathetic. I hate that thugs get a chance to play as well. But like I’ve said, if he could play NFL qb HE WOULD BE ON A TEAM. Simple as that. The Jags don’t even want him

        • Russell

          They were 1-4 with Orton, so yes 2-14 was theoretically possible, especially given that they were 7-25 in the prior 32 games (2 seasons’ worth) before Tebow started. Maybe you’re the one that should get your facts straight before you start calling other people ignorant.

          • eric

            My bad on ortons record. However read the rest of my post. 100% correct on the rest. Denver receivers hated playing with the guy. His mind is too feeble. Before even scanning the field for receivers he was ready to run. The game is too fast for him. Like I said, I live in denver and he is not viewed as an nfl qb here. U guys bring up his record. He was 4 defensive saves and 4 LONG fgs away from being 5-11. Teams already figured him out following new englands example. Why didn’t he do ANYTHING with the jets? Previous poster was right. Stop with lounge chair gm attitudes. He is NOT an nfl qb.

        • Howard Knapp

          Eric, the broncos were 1-4 under Orton; Miami was their 6th game.

        • Howard Knapp

          Eric, the Jags owner does not want to do anything to make money in the next 2 years. He has to lose money to get out of the stadium contract and move or LA or London, where he already owns a soccer team.

    • pacman68

      He is 9-7 in the NFL. FACT!! That’s a winning record.

    • Daddy Rich

      i’m a diehard bronco fan since the early 80′s you think we backed into the playoffs? we where in a 6 year post season drought before Tebow took us to the playoffs let me guess you think kyle orton was a great QB lol call it what you want but Tebow made us a winning franchise again only reason he is not on the team is cuz the greatest QB ever was available

      • eric

        Yes backed in. What do u call starting 7-4 and finishing 8-8? If the rest of the division were halfway decent that year, someone else wouldve won it at 9-7

        • Daddy Rich

          Tebow didn’t star off the year for one and yes another team should have won that divison only problem is they couldn’t win games like Tebow he did it on the road and at home beating some of the best defences that year bears in Chicago Vikings in Minnesota lets see @ KC and @ San Diego @ Oakland he did the one thing that all those QB’s in that division with more experience couldn’t do WIN!!!! oh and Steelers best D in the NFL at home in the playoffs lost to the Patriots but hey who doesn’t lose to the pats

          • eric

            You are the only donkey fan I know that defends him. If u watched those games during “tebowmania” you’ll recall he didn’t win those games. The D was fantastic. Caused the bears fumble to win that one. Prater should be praised for kicking a record tying 63 yd field goal and 2 others past 55 yds. The donks could have easily lost those games. And even the most die hard donkey fans I know will back me on this. Manning inherited the EXACT same team. Stellar d and great coaching. Fox had to dumb down the offense to basically a college spread or wildcat to make it work. Donkey receivers come on sports talk all the time and, very kindly, say they hated playing with him. Give me some definitive proof he’s so good

          • Daddy Rich

            Yes the D put tebow in position to win but he had to make the plays to win the game he either ran for a td or threw for a td to win those games field goals only came into play a few times that year I never seen tebow play a down in college but he wins games orton had the same team and never won ever I only defend Tebow because most people think he is the Worst ever and I don’t know if you have been watchin the NFL this year but the back up QB’s haven’t done anything some of the worst football I have seen in 30 years 2 teams with no wins and no QB 16 teams Under 500 its pathetic I’m not a tebow maniac but I have seen him win more then these second and third stringers period

  • Gary Schneider

    Tim Tebow Exposed: Tebowmetrics (Tebow’s Stats) Suggest He Should Still be Starter

    November 6, 2013 5:26 pm EST by RanterX

    Tim Tebow should be a starter in today’s NFL. There, I said it; and if you think differently, you need to check yourself and start having a little more faith in Football Jesus.

    First off, the number one priority in the NFL is to win games. As a starter, Tebow is 8-6 [57.1% winning percentage], with seven game-winning drives (in the fourth quarter or overtime) in those 14 games. Seven! One of which was a playoff game, nonetheless!

    Related: NFL Injury Report for Week 10

    Next, even though his sample size is relatively small, Timmy sports 17 career passing touchdowns against only nine picks. That’s good for almost a 2:1 TD/INT ratio, which is traditionally the ratio for a more-than-serviceable starting NFL quarterback. If you compare those numbers to the combined 320 TD/333 INT ratio of the top 10 QBs in the NFL and Tebow’s not too shabby.

    So at this point, you might be thinking, “Ok, those numbers may be true, but Tebow still can’t throw the ball.” Well, in this case, you are somewhat correct, but if you compare his completion percentage of 47.9% to other top 10 QBs in TD/INT ratio it’s not that big a difference:

    Brady Quinn 53.8% Kellen Clemens 51.6% Josh Freeman 57.6%

    Kevin Kolb 59.5% Bruce Gradkowski 52.9% Christian Ponder 59.3%

    Brandon Weeden 56.2% Blaine Gaebbert 53.3% Derek Anderson 52.8 %

    Chad Henne 59.3%

    Only three of those 10 quarterbacks produced a completion percentage over 10 points higher than Tebow, and those three combined for a 1:1 TD/INT ratio (Kolb 28/25, Henne 45/53, Ponder 33/30).

    Next, Tebow’s strong ability as a runner must be taken into consideration. He is 6-foot-3 and around 240 pounds pounds of hulking mass with 4.7 speed (40-yard dash). Tebow has the body of a large linebacker and would be able to take the abuse that comes with rushing 10-15 times a game. In his 11 starts for the Denver Broncos in 2011, Tebow rushed for six touchdowns at an average clip of 5.4 yards per run; that kind of production would make a lot of running backs in the league envious.

    Finally, the guy is a born leader who flourishes under the spotlight and inspires others. He won two national titles and the Heisman Trophy, he led the Broncos to the playoffs in 2011 and if the Peyton Manning sweepstakes had never happened, Tebow might still be the Broncos’ starting quarterback today.

    So there you have it. If you looked at these numbers and you still don’t think Tebow can be a viable NFL quarterback then — unlike Tim — to you, winning isn’t everything.

    Read more at http://www.rantsports.com/videos/2013/11/06/tim-tebow-exposed-tebowmetrics-tebows-stats-suggest-he-should-still-be-starter/?ekOSLosHo2hwbTKf.99

  • pacman68

    The reality is that Campbell hasn’t proven any more than Tebow; he’s certainly never won a playoff game. Yet one former first-round pick keeps getting chances, while the other one doesn’t. BLACKBALLED !!!

  • Daddy Rich

    NO Clevland Browns please I beg you don’t sign Tebow your team will start Winning and we can Not have that Cleavland is known to be a losing football franchise one of the worst of all time just keep putting your second and third string scrubs in the game so they can throw pick sixes and not score in the red zone.

  • John Duquette

    Your arguments on Tim Tebow’s personal attributes are flawless. He is a man of high character and generates an incredible buzz where ever he has played or even appeared. Tim has been a proven winner at the collegiate level and so far in the game of life. The main reason he is not a quarterback in the NFL or even the Canadian Football League is he doesn’t have the skill set to play the pro game of football. It’s easy to see and understand so please let’s bury this argument once and for all. Tim can never play the game at quarterback in the pro level now or ever.

    • eric

      Amen John. He does have flawless character. Which I admire. However, we don’t need a qb who throws wabblers in the dirt 7 yds away from his receivers constantly. Sure, he can scramble. But once u contain him like new england did he’s just awful. And yes I hate that these guys with terrible flaws are playing. However, they obviously have more talent. OR HE WOULD BE ON TEAM RIGHT NOW! Jacksonville won’t even bring him in. Ouch

      • John Duquette

        Right on Eric I didn’t even consider that the lowest of the low, Jacksonville do not even want him. That’s gotta tell you something.
        I would like to comment on pacman88′s statement that he feels Tebow is being BLACKBALLED, are you kidding me? It’s because he is not an NFL capable quarterback. That the only reason he is not signed with anybody .Got it-Good

  • Greg

    Tim Tebow isn’t a star quarterback. If he was he would be playing with someone.
    I don’t understand the Tebow love out there. He isn’t any better than anyone else on this team.
    And obviously isn’t better than what other teams already have.

  • micronot

    As a backup QB that you can drop in occasionally to run the wildcat? I suppose for the right price, it could work. I know I would much rather have Tebow trot out on the field over Weeden, should the backup need to play.Even at the right price, I’d still have a concern that the media circus could be an unneeded distraction to the team.

  • Houdino

    Guys, I’m a Bengals fan. So yes, you should bring in Tebow.

  • Rob

    Do you really believe that Tebow should be in the NFL? NFL teams are going to do whatever it takes to make their team better and if Tebow would just suck it up and change positions he would be in the NFL right now but he continues to think he can throw the ball. All of you arm chair GMs and Monday morning QBs are ridiculous, if you were so smart and could see talent, shouldn’t you be working for a professional team as a scout or executive?

  • freeme10

    There is only way to look at this – Tebow is better than Weeden. We already had one scare with Campbell that brought Weeds into the huddle, don’t let it happen again. He is not ready.

  • Justin Cibik

    It’s extreamly simple, no one man can be bigger than the team as a whole and he was.

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  • Kipp Latten

    This article should of never been published! Id rather read the trashy article about how we should sign Tim Couch atleast he can complete a pass! Tebow is no star player just a bad player wit a celebrity like following

  • Pooiooooooopey pants

    Tebow time, baby! The guy is sensational and he WINS! That’s what I don’t get… I mean personally, I take a guy who friggin wins (Tebow) over a guy with a great arm (Weeden). Can anybody here HONESTLY tell me they would rather have Weeden as our back up? Why? Weeden sucks and is not “fun” even if you think Tebow sucks, the guy is fun!