Tim Tebow's odds of playing in the NFL in 2013 increased significantly despite barely seeing the field for the New York Jets this season. How and why you ask! The reason is the "Pistol" offense and the success these young quarterbacks are having with it at the pro level. Whether this new running style offense is a gimmick or here to stay, the 2013 NFL season is guaranteed to see a lot more of it.
We've all heard the term "Copycat League." When Tony Sparano had success running the "Wild Cat" offense in Miami, many teams followed the script and inserted some type of wild cat offense into their system. The wild cat turned out to be a gimmick as it only lasted another year in the league. But that style was based on the running back being the focal point of the offense. The pistol is revolved around the quarterback and his ability to run with the football. It's a basic "Read/Option" offense where the QB decides whether or not to keep the ball and run with it based upon what the defense is doing. It requires fast decision making and big time athletic ability.
The pistol offense has been nearly impossible to stop so far since it made its way into the NFL. Russell Wilson and Robert Griffin III both led their teams to the playoffs this season by using a version of this offense. Colin Kaepernick may be the master at the pistol as he has his team in the Super Bowl. But there is another aspect to these young QB's that make them even more dangerous. They can all throw the football really well! That's Tebow's problem. The kid just isn't that good of a passer. But is he good enough to get a job in the NFL next season if the Jets do in fact release him?
I say yes! I highly doubt he'll be a starter next season, but I can see him backing up Wilson in Seattle or even RGIII in Washington. Both the Redskins and Seahawks have very trade able backup quarterbacks in Kirk Cousins and Matt Flynn respectively. The Jets are looking for their next QB despite the rumors that Mark Sanchez will be the teams QB in 2013. I say there is a lot of substance and possibility with a potential trade for one of these two teams. Maybe the 49ers gauge some interest and trade their backup QB who is starter worthy in Alex Smith.
If you ask me it makes a lot of sense. Not only would you not have to change around your offense all too much based on Tebow's abilities in case your starter gets hurt, but also the fact that these teams were all in the playoffs this year so they are well established going into next season.
Now it is painfully evident that Tebow is nowhere near as fast as the above mentioned QB's. But somehow, someway, he is able to beat the defense with his legs consistently. He is very hard to bring down and a lot faster than people give him credit for. I've seen Tebow get around the edge more than a few times. Based on these variables I believe Tebow may still be playing in the NFL next season and most likely for either the 49ers, Seahawks or Redskins. You can throw the Carolina Panthers in the mix because Cam Newton is more than capable of handling this type of offense which we may see even more off now that former offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski has taken the Cleveland Browns head coaching job.
There is definitely room for Tim Tebow in the NFL. The guy is an absolute football player. He does what he's asked to do and he usually does it well. Say what you want but the man did come in and revive the Denver Broncos in 2011, took them to the playoffs and beat the mighty Pittsburgh Steelers in the Wild Card round. The Jets did Tebow wrong this season and showed once again that they have no idea what the heck they're doing. But that's another story.
I expect to see Tebow in the NFL next season, most likely backing up one of the quarterbacks of the aforementioned teams. It just makes sense. But the other big question is if the Pistol offense is here to stay? That remains to be seen but while it is here I think an organization will take a chance and grab Tebow. The Book of Tim is yet to be closed.