By Eric Schmidt

The Tim Tebow experiment has failed in New York. His addition created the sideshow that was expected this season and the southpaw signal caller made no impact on the field for the Jets this year. Wholesale changes are in store for the franchise this offseason and reports are suggesting that Tebow has requested a trade or his outright release from the organization. Would he accept a position change in order to play more?

The Jets were planning to utilize Tebow in the Wildcat offense this season. In the offseason, the club had Tebow bulk up and reports suggested that the former University of Florida product would see as many as 20 snaps a game. The scheme that the Jets had in place for Tebow was so secret, it was never shown to the media during training camp. It was so secret, fans never saw it on the field this year either.

Obviously, Tebow would like another shot at a starting quarterback job in the NFL. There are only 32 starting jobs and heading into 2013, there might be the fewest number of teams in need of a quarterback in recent memory. The Jets will be looking but that is not an option. Oakland might release Carson Palmer but could turn to second-year player, Terrelle Pryor. Kansas City needs help, but does he fit with the Chiefs? The Buffalo Bills could make a change but general manager Buddy Nix has already stated the team is looking for a signal caller in the upcoming draft.The Bills could be an interesting fit though, with Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller in the backfield.

Perhaps the only team where he might fit, is the team long rumored to be associated with Tebow, the Jacksonville Jaguars. Blaine Gabbert is proving he is not the answer and Chad Henne is a journeyman. Quite frankly, if Tebow was unable to beat those two quarterbacks out for a starting job, then his career is pretty much over as a quarterback in this league.However, I fully expect the Jaguars to address their quarterback needs through the draft.

The Jets employed Tebow on the punt team this season but could a complete position change be in the cards for Tebow’s continued career in the NFL?

More an more team’s are utilizing the two tight end set. I could envision Tebow in an H-back role. His athleticism has never been questioned, I could see a team trying to find a role for Tebow on the field. It’s a shame that Ryan and offensive coordinator Tony Sparano didn’t experiment with Tebow in that role this season. The Jets offense was hit hard with injuries to their wide receivers and tight ends during the course of the regular season, and why he wasn’t utilized more is beyond me.

A future career at quarterback might not be in the cards for Tebow, but if he was willing to change his position, he just very well might have a productive NFL career going forward.

 

 

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