Monday, March 19, 2012
Browns need to say no to Tim Tebow
By Jamison Hensley
Sources have told ESPN that the Denver Broncos will try to trade Tim Tebow once the deal with Peyton Manning becomes official.
Every team that needs a quarterback -- like the Browns -- will get linked in some way to "Tebow-mania." ESPN's Mel Kiper said the Browns "deserve to be thrown into the [Tebow] conversation until they say, 'We're not interested.'"
The Browns need to say no to Tebow. It really isn't a discussion. They shouldn't be interested in him as a free agent, much less in trading for him. That is, unless Tebow can play right tackle.
There's no doubt that Tebow will sell tickets, but he won't win games. He does have a way of creating fourth-quarter magic, and he did beat the Steelers in a playoff game (albeit on 10 completions). You also won't get a better leader or someone with stronger character than Tebow.
But adding Tebow would be the wrong move because his success will be short-lived. His biggest problem is his inaccuracy (47.3 career completion rate). He's a running back who plays quarterback and would be valuable to a team looking to occasionally use a special package (like how teams used the Wildcat). I would actually give Tebow a better chance of being the Steelers' No. 3 quarterback than the Browns' starter.
The Browns seem intent on going with a quarterback competition between Colt McCoy, Seneca Wallace and possibly a rookie draft pick. On a selfish note, it would benefit the blog if Tebow played Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs twice a year considering Suggs' public criticism of Tebow. “They say we were giving him a hard time because he’s a Christian. No, that’s not it!," Suggs told GQ. "We were giving him a hard time because he was terrible.”
Honestly, I don't see the Browns coming anywhere close to the Tebow discussions. The Browns want a franchise quarterback, not a fad one.