By Sid Saraf, FOXSports.com
A lot has been said about Tim Tebow and most of it is just endless sniping boiled down to “he can play,” and “he can’t play.” But while he might not throw the prettiest or most accurate ball, one thing most people would agree on is that Tebow has intangibles. Meaning, he’s a natural leader. That’s a rare quality and Tebow, for better or worse, has it.
Don’t believe me? Check this out:
When he speaks, we listen. There are a few quarterbacks in the NFL who have all the tools, but could maybe use a little bit of that Tebow magic. Let’s run down the list, shall we?
1. Jay Cutler
Cutler has a rocket for an arm, swift feet and has almost everything you want in a quarterback. But let’s face it: There’s something about his demeanor that’s just off-putting, right? We’ve all noticed it before. He’s probably a great guy, but he just has one of those bitter-beer faces out on the field. I imagine he was the only one not smiling at his wedding. Wouldn’t you like to see a little more fire out of him? A little does of Timmy would do him well.
But, to be fair, he does have his teammates’ backs. See below:
2. Matt Schaub
Here’s another guy who throws a great ball and has had success in this league, having led the Texans to playoff appearances in the past two seasons. But there’s something holding him back from taking the next step. The quarterback has to be the center of a team’s offense and we haven’t seen that from him. As a result, a lot of people like to write him off and say that Schaub isn’t the longterm answer in Houston. I disagree. Schaub can do it … he just needs to take command of the organization and be the face of the franchise. Check out how Tebow did that in college:
3. Mark Sanchez
This guy is a mystery, because he actually spent time with Tebow in 2012. But yet, nothing has seemed to rub off on him. When was the last time you saw Mark smile? It seems the fun-loving rookie who came out of USC in 2009 has been stamped out. What we have in his place is a guy with zero confidence with strange facial hair. One thing Tebow has in abundance is confidence. And accountability. Wouldn’t you like see this out of Sanchez after a loss?
4. Tony Romo
This is another difficult one, because Romo has thrown at least 25 touchdown passes in a season five times during his career. He’s also thrown for more than 4,000 yards four times. In case you were wondering, he’s the only Cowboys QB in history to cross that plateau, and that includes Hall of Famer Troy Aikman. Yet, for all of that, he has just three playoff appearances (since 2006) and only one victory.
What’s missing? Maybe it’s that end of game confidence that Tebow has in abundance. Tim might stink out loud for 55 minutes, but it seems nobody is more steady-handed when the game is on the line.
Maybe this is what we need from Tony. We need the kind of take-charge attitude that Tebow displayed below:
5. Michael Vick
In all fairness to Vick, he’s been through a lot over the past few years. True, it was mainly of his own doing, but nonetheless he’s done what he can to repair his image and keep a low profile. What’s more, he’s taken on more of a leadership role as of late. His comments and attitude during the Riley Cooper controversy are to be admired.
No, he needs to do even more. Become the guy who the fans will look to for energy. He has the speed to electrify a crowd. Let’s see him act the part. Guess who knows how to do that? Yep, Tim Tebow:
NFL fans want someone they can get behind. If Vick can do that, this Eagles team might just be able to make some noise … as soon as this season.
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