Is Tim Tebow the Answer at Quarterback for the Cleveland Browns?

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Then-Pats QB Tim Tebow sits with Josh McDaniels in the preseason. (The Boston Globe via Getty Images)

COMMENTARY | It's pretty apparent that the Cleveland Browns need to make a change at quarterback.

In Week 6, Browns signal-caller Brandon Weeden celebrated his first full game back as Cleveland's starter with another lackluster effort in a 31-17 loss to the Detroit Lions. Weeden's lack of decisiveness and inconsistent play are the reason he lost the starting job to Brian Hoyer in the first place, and his performance against the Lions once again exposed the fact that Weeden does not have what it takes to be a starting quarterback in the NFL.

Backup Jason Campbell is the only other quarterback on Cleveland's current roster, but he likely will not able to light a fire under this team the way that Hoyer was able to before his season was cut short by a torn ACL suffered in Week 5 against the Buffalo Bills. Campbell could lead the Browns to some success, but for this offense to have the same dynamic it had with Hoyer, Cleveland is going to have to bring in a quarterback via trade or free agency.

The pool of quarterbacks the Browns have to choose from should they go that route is, quite frankly, not the deepest or most talented. Kirk Cousins and Ryan Mallett of the Washington Redskins and New England Patriots, respectively, are two of the better options available to the Browns, but neither will come cheap, with wide receiver Josh Gordon likely to be part of any deal involving those two players.

The free agents at quarterback are headlined by Vince Young and Tim Tebow. Though he is eager to prove that he still has what it takes to be a winning quarterback in the NFL, Young's best days are likely behind him. That leaves Tebow, who would certainly bring a different dynamic to Cleveland's offense than what the Browns would get with Weeden or Campbell holding the reins.

Problem is, Tebow is not the man for the job.

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Brandon Weeden (3) reacts after missing a throw against the Lions. (USA TODAY Sports)

Even if it was a good idea for the Browns to bring in a player that would be a distraction to the generally low-key locker room Cleveland has under coach Rob Chudzinski, there would be hurdles galore for Tebow once he stepped on the field.

First and foremost, Tebow would have to get used to throwing the football way more often than he ever has at the professional level. In 14 career NFL starts, Tebow has thrown the ball 24.4 times per game -- the 2013 Browns are averaging 42.3 pass attempts a game. Not good news for a player who has a career completion percentage of just 47.9%.

What Tebow does do well is run the football. He has a career average of 5.0 yards per carry, with 12 touchdowns in 197 career attempts. Unfortunately, there's just not much a place for quarterback carries in Cleveland's offense. Even the electric Cam Newton only had 127 carries last season in Chudzinski's Carolina Panther offense.

Taking all of this into account, it would be hard to believe the Browns would ever seriously entertain the idea of bringing Tebow on board -- even though he did beat the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 2011 playoffs.

Shaun Heidrick is a Yahoo Contributor who has followed the Cleveland Browns for over 25 years.

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