Tim Tebow and Ron Jaworski at the 2008 Maxwell Awards. (Getty Images)
While the hullabaloo surrounding Tim Tebow's continued football unemployment seems to far exceed his actual NFL prospects at this point (we pretty much stopped paying attention when the Omaha Beef became involved), there's now one possible opportunity for the former first-round pick of the Denver Broncos and recent New York Jets cast-off. Former NFL quarterback and current ESPN analyst Ron Jaworski, who does the "NFL Matchup" show with our good buddy Greg Cosell, also co-owns the Philadelphia Soul Arena League team. And Jaws has reached out to Tebow with an interesting offer: Come play for my team, get your mechanics in order, and see where you can go from there.
"If Tim Tebow decides he wants to play in the Arena Football League, I'd love to have him on the Philadelphia Soul," Jaworski told Philly.com. "I haven't heard back from him and I'm not going to push it. If he decides he wants to play Arena Football, we'll make a spot for him."
Most people in sub-leagues want Tebow for the name recognition alone, but Jaworski is far more serious about the football aspects of a Tebow signing, if such a thing could happen. Jaws and Soul head coach Clint Dolezel went to the trouble of sending Tebow a list of plays in which he could be featured. Most were red zone plays, and at this point in time, Dan Raudabaugh would be the team's starting quarterback.
But Jaws, who has forgotten more about quarterback play than most of us will ever know, is serious about the faster-paced arena game working wonders with Tebow's iffy passing mechanics.
"One [criticism] of Tebow is that he is slow and methodical," Jaworski said. "He would be forced to quicken it up in this league and it would be good training for him. You can learn a lot in this league. It's about processing information and getting the ball out ... or you get whacked."
Kurt Warner could attest to that. Warner came out of Northern Iowa as an undrafted nobody in the early 1990s, washed out with the Green Bay Packers, and eventually landed with the Iowa Barnstormers of the Arena League. From 1995 through 1997, he refined his game in the high-paced arena game, and he's said many times since that it allowed him to process information at a much faster tick. This, of course, helped him immeasurably when he joined the St. Louis Rams in 1998 and eventually became the leader of the Rams' "Greatest Show on Turf" offense. Warner went on to throw for more than 32,000 yards and over 200 touchdowns in his NFL career.
Tebow may not have that level of nascent talent, but then again, who knows? If he's really looking to get back in the NFL at a level that will allow people to take him seriously, the combination of Jaworski's football acumen, and a style of game that would force him to clean a few things up, might be his best shot.
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