Steve Spurrier wants to coach Tim Tebow

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Tim Tebow is playing minor league baseball right now. But if he wants to play minor league football a year from now, he has an offer on the table.

Steve Spurrier, who will coach the Orlando franchise in the upstart Alliance of American Football, says he’d like to have Tebow, his fellow Florida Heisman Trophy winner, on his team.

That would be wonderful,” Spurrier told Mike Bianchi. “I think Tim knows about our league. He knows he’s welcome to come down [to Orlando] and play. Obviously, if his baseball career is going well, he may decide to stick with it, which I would certainly understand. But if it doesn’t go to well and he has the urge to play football, we would certainly welcome him in Orlando.”

Tebow has indicated that he’s serious about trying to make it work in baseball, and although he’s a long way from the major leagues, he has played better than most people were expecting and is currently at the Double-A level. It seems unlikely that he’d be willing to go back to play in the equivalent of Double-A football, but if Spurrier could persuade him it would be a huge coup for an upstart league trying to get attention.

55 responses to “Steve Spurrier wants to coach Tim Tebow

  1. Tim Tebow might be one of the most underrated football players in history. The guy had a winning record, plus a playoff victory as a starter and then got blackmailed for being too Christian.

    I still remember when they said he would never be a viable starting QB in the NFL because all the option plays (RPO’s) he ran in college wouldn’t work in a NFL offense and yet here we are….

    The guy was ahead of his time by that metric.

  2. Tebow hit a homerun in AA ball. Thirty years ago, when baseball was still America’s pastime, a lot of kids probably dreamed of growing up and doing the same. Even if Tebow gets mired at that level or even just bounces up for stint before stalling out I think he’ll still have played two children’s GAMES at a pro-level and that’s a heck of a thing. I think his critics can’t accept he’s a preternatural athlete. I think most of his critics would have to google the definition of preternatural quite frankly.

  3. I’m sorry, but honestly. I love Tebow, but when will we stop talking about him on PRO-football forums? He’s been out of the professional league for how many years? I feel like the guy will 65 before some people quit hoping for a comeback. Great guy. Great work ethic and entertaining to watch, but sheesh…he’d be getting long in the tooth in the league now if he had found a team he could stick with.

  4. Well he is hitting 0.143 so it might be only a matter of time before he is looking for work. The league would have to offer him more then he can make on TV where I thought he was pretty good.

    Those saying Tebow should be starting in the NFL, he had his chance. Couldn’t make even as a 3rd stringer because he is so inaccurate he can’t even run a scout team. He also never wanted to put the time in to be good at QB. Wanted to just go out there and play street ball.

  5. He’s not a pro-level athlete. Not in the majors or the NFL. He might as well do what he likes and then become an ESPN announcer. He’s 30, might as well live life to the fullest.

  6. “truthsayer317 says:
    Tim Tebow might be one of the most underrated football players in history. The guy had a winning record, plus a playoff victory as a starter and then got blackmailed for being too Christian.

    There are plenty of religious people in sports. Tebow got a lot of criticism (deserved) because he was so in your face about his religion and an evangelical extremist. Stop with the so-called Christian persecution victomhood complex.

  7. jackedupboonie says:
    April 9, 2018 at 3:39 pm

    TE bow….didn’t entertain any other position than QB. That’s the only reason he’s not in the NFL right now.
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    Tebow started for the Broncos for a partial season and won a playoff game against the Steelers as a starting QB. Why would he play another position?

  8. I’m neutral on Tebow – he was pretty much unquestionably a poor NFL QB yet had that unlikely win tendency (or perhaps more accurately, his team did) – but this does suggest a potential upside for these upstart leagues – giving players who never got a full time in the sun a chance to make another run.

    I honestly have so little memory of the likes of the XFL and USFL that I can’t recall how much of a component this was of those leagues, and whether it had any positive effect.

  9. PrincePaul says:
    April 9, 2018 at 3:59 pm

    He’s not a pro-level athlete. Not in the majors or the NFL. He might as well do what he likes and then become an ESPN announcer. He’s 30, might as well live life to the fullest.
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    Tebow played a partial season & won a playoff game against the Steelers. How is that not a pro-level athlete? He actually started for the Broncos, an NFL professional football team and led them to a playoff win. Plus that was with a on-the-fly offense scheme.

    What if they actually kept him and had an entire off-season to go all in on a RPO offense? Obviously the Broncos got Manning and the rest is history, but I find it strange that another team didn’t give him a fair shot at being a starter. The Jets seemed clueless as to how to use him & the Pats never gave him chance.

  10. Wow. Old Ball Coach comes out of retirement to coach for the D League and now wants Tebow, a washed up never was? This is gonna make a great movie!

  11. He’s not really a long way from the major leagues. He’s only a phone call away. If the Mets season falls flat, Tebow will certainly get called up near the end of the season simply for the boost it will give the team financially.

  12. stevejjones says:
    April 9, 2018 at 3:32 pm

    … I think his critics can’t accept he’s a preternatural athlete….

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    He has athletic ability way above the norm. THAT is why he was a very good college player and made it to the NFL (along with some level of intelligence and probably decent work habits). Just like most, if not all, the other players in the NFL. But why use a term like “preternatural” which has both demonic and divine implications? Most of us would just say he was “gifted” or “blessed” and leave it at that.

  13. April 9, 2018 at 4:18 pm
    @jackedupboonie says:

    Tebow started for the Broncos for a partial season and won a playoff game against the Steelers as a starting QB. Why would he play another position?
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    Cause he sucked as a QB. Either you didn’t see the one playoff victory game or you’re just blinded by stats. The hard truth is his completion percentage was pretty low, it made the offense one dimensional, predictable and extremely limited in the play calling. So he moved on and had other opportunities. If he was blackballed, he wouldn’t have gotten additional opportunities.

  14. mumfio says:
    April 9, 2018 at 4:18 pm

    Tebow started for the Broncos for a partial season and won a playoff game against the Steelers as a starting QB. Why would he play another position?
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    Because the NFL is a throwing league, and Tebow is not a throwing quarterback.

    That’s what made him throwing a walk-off touchdown against the Steelers in the playoffs all the more hilarious.

  15. I wish my team would sign Tebow. Guy’s great in the locker room I bet…Tebow has a much better case then CK does as far as being “blackballed” imo…

  16. I think Tim just is not an accurate passer. If the NFL discriminates against Christians, Foles, Wentz, Sudfeld, Pederson and others wouldn’t be getting sized for Superbowl rings.

  17. jackedupboonie says:
    April 9, 2018 at 3:39 pm
    TE bow….didn’t entertain any other position than QB. That’s the only reason he’s not in the NFL right now.
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    That is simply incorrect. He’s not in the NFL because he had a poor career pass completion percentage of 47.9% and that is simply not good enough. He didn’t move to another position like TE, because although a good runner, he was a lousy blocker and not very good at catching the ball. He never seriously considered changing positions because he knew he could only be considered as a QB.

  18. mclovin07 says:
    April 9, 2018 at 5:05 pm

    I wish my team would sign Tebow. Guy’s great in the locker room I bet…Tebow has a much better case then CK does as far as being “blackballed” imo…
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    For all of the talk about how lousy of a quarterback Kaepernick was, well Tebow really was a lousy quarterback. As for being blackballed, he did go to two other teams, but his steadfast refusal to consider any position other than quarterback meant that he had no place in the NFL.

  19. When you say he only won because of the team around him, you must have missed how that team carried Kyle Orton to the playoffs. Oh wait, they didn’t. They sucked and had a losing record UNTIL Tebow took over as QB. FACT.

  20. Highest rated QB in the 4th when Fox let him play. 82.1 rating away from Fox in ‘10 his 1st 3 starts. 90.0 playoff rating even though he only started 16 games total. Last start was against Belichick on the road, when Fox restricted him again (vs the previous Pitt playoff game). 90.0 rating for Eagles when cut. Ryan, Fox, and Kelly all voted against him, are all ex-NFL. And he’s WAY too popular to be a backup.

    Tebow wills that Jax team way deeper (+ if he had that 5 years experience). Denver won a SB with a worse version of Tebow (last year Manning) & now have no QB yet 2 1sts soon to be wasted on the position. Oh, his playoff team was the 2nd worst team the year before, and had the 24th ranked D.

  21. AND…between his rookie year and the playoff year, the lockout happened, so he got no reps. Then the Elway/Fox new regime decided Kyle Orton and Brady Quinn provided a “better chance to win” so Tebow was down to 3rd string in training camp.

  22. Lastly, NFL teams always value arm talent and cookie cutter scheme fit over intangibles, because every coach thinks they have the magic scheme and perfect motivational words. It’s why Manning is comically deified and Carson Palmer and Jay Cutler stayed employed, and why Luck is so badly overrated (check his rating, not much better than Tebow his 1st 3 years (count the playoffs…with it Tebow’s goes up to around 80.1 overall).

  23. There are no real Christians in the NFL or they’d be speaking up for Tebow…
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    bobbyhoying says:
    April 9, 2018 at 5:16 pm
    I think Tim just is not an accurate passer. If the NFL discriminates against Christians, Foles, Wentz, Sudfeld, Pederson and others wouldn’t be getting sized for Superbowl rings.

  24. crappygovernment says:
    April 9, 2018 at 6:48 pm

    There are no real Christians in the NFL or they’d be speaking up for Tebow…
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    There’s nothing to speak up about. Tebow is just one on a very long list of good college quarterbacks that flamed out in the NFL.

    He realized it, and moved on. It’s time for everyone else to do the same, since he will never ever come back to the NFL as a quarterback.

  25. If I hated Tebow and knew he would fail, I would want him out there going 2-14 annually so that I could mock him and Jesus in typical Jesus-hater style. The fact that never was allowed to happen(0 starts since)means that the owners and GMs knew Tebow would win some more like he did when he went 8-5 with a playoff win in 2011 and blackballed him for his proselytizing Biblical Christianity.

    Also, none of the the other alleged NFL Christians ever made any converts or had the Lord intervene in their games like Tebow did in 2011.

    mmack66 says:
    April 9, 2018 at 7:30 pm
    crappygovernment says:
    April 9, 2018 at 6:48 pm

    There are no real Christians in the NFL or they’d be speaking up for Tebow…
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    There’s nothing to speak up about. Tebow is just one on a very long list of good college quarterbacks that flamed out in the NFL.

    He realized it, and moved on. It’s time for everyone else to do the same, since he will never ever come back to the NFL as a quarterback.

  26. Crapping on a country’s religion, heroes(Tebow), flag, national anthem, military and law enforcement are all parts of Cultural Marxism in the NFL and Media. You sports groundlings should heed this history lesson.

  27. I like Tebow. I admire him. But he didn’t make it in the NFL because he’s not capable of being an NFL QB at even an average level. And there’s no shame in that. Do I think some wanted him to fail be a use he was an outgoing Christian and clearly lived as one like few can? Yes. But the bottom line is he was given chances. He just didn’t have what it takes

  28. granadafan says:
    April 9, 2018 at 4:08 pm

    There are plenty of religious people in sports. Tebow got a lot of criticism (deserved) because he was so in your face about his religion and an evangelical extremist. Stop with the so-called Christian persecution victomhood
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    Yeah if you’re Christian, you should just shut up and keep your beliefs hidden. No free speech for you. Come back, one year!

  29. Tebow took over a 1-5 Broncos team and single handedly turned their season around and took them to the playoffs. He was as green as the hills, and had not even begun to figure out how to read defenses yet, but he was relying on other intangibles that make certain QB’s winners. Had he been given 3 or 4 years to develop, like most QB’s get, I’m sure he’d have even gone further. Most teams have always had patience with young, ultra-talented QB’s, even while their team was losing. In Tebow’s case, he turned a loser into a winner, yet was not given any time to develop. Tebow didn’t require patience. He was winning. It’s obvious that a lot of people fear Tim Tebow. I don’t know people’s true beliefs, but this certainly doesn’t have anything to do with football, and the fearful people are willing to lie through their teeth and say that it does. NFL personnel people don’t have a good track record with evaluating QB’s, and there have been plenty of times where they missed on a guy, but once a Brady or Montana gets on the field and starts winning, they have always kept him on the field. People speak about Tebow as if he was a finished product, yet he never even got started. There are just too many lies surrounding this case. Obviously, Steve Spurrier isn’t a coward.

  30. Spurrier has a real talent for pro caliber QBs. Ask any Redskin fan about the excitement of watching Shane Matthews and Danny Wuerffel. Purely electrifying!

  31. People, stop with the “Christian persecution” nonsense – that’s an absurd, delusional fantasy.

    The NFL is about one thing: money – and money comes from winning. If Tebow was capable of being an NFL QB he’d still be there. No team in the NFL is going to get rid of a winning QB because of their religion. They don’t care about that. They want to win and that’s all.

    Tebow wasn’t an NFL-caliber QB. Simple as that.

  32. The link to this article reads “Tim Tebow gets offer to play pro football from his former coach.”

    That’s factually incorrect.

    Urban Meyer was Tebow’s coach at Florida, not Steve Spurrier.

    NBC News needs to to correct their mistake.

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