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And Another Thing

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Your Tebow take for today

Watched some highlights (lowlights?) of Tim Tebow playing quarterback for the Jets the other night, and again I had the thought I've had all along where Tebow's concerned.

Is there any other reason he's still playing quarterback, except for the fact that he's Tebow?

His 4-of-14, one-pick showing the other night might have been his ugliest yet, and it leads me to believe that even a team based in New York, where hype is a way of life, has become a captive of the hype. It's the only explanation that makes sense for why Tebow is still being thought of as an NFL quarterback.

The blunt truth is, he's not. He's no more an NFL quarterback than, say, Antwan Randle El or Eric Crouch were. Both were standout college QBs; neither were ever seriously considered at that position in the NFL. So they ended up playing elsewhere.

So, too, with Tebow. His odd mystique and fiercely loyal fan following are the only factors, it seems to me, keeping him under center; minus all that, smart NFL people would have converted him to a tight end or H-back long ago. He is, after all, big, strong and athletic. He'd be perfect in that role.

But not as a quarterback. He's not an NFL quarterback. He's just not.

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