If the Jets decide to cut quarterback Tim Tebow, the next question becomes whether any other team will sign him. Though some think he'd be a viable fullback at the NFL level, Tebow may insist on playing quarterback.
And if the Jaguars or the Cardinals or any other quarterback-needy team isn't interested in letting Tebow play quarterback, he could always go north of the border.
As recently pointed out by Sportsnet, the Montreal Alouettes hold Tebow's negotiating rights in the CFL. Previously, the Hamilton Tiger-Cats had dibs on Tebow.
Montreal's incumbent starter, Anthony Calvillo, is reportedly contemplating retirement.
So, would Tebow in the CFL work? I know it's even more of a throwing league than the NFL is, and Tebow can't really throw for jack. But would his running abilities be a threat to CFL defences, given the extra width to work with?
I don't really think his skill set translates well to the CFL where he would be a star. That said he is good enough to be on a roster and be one of the best 16 guys in the league - fringe starter, good backup kind of guy.
Don't think he would succeed. He isn't accurate and wouldn't be able to make the tough throws on the much larger field. He could create a lot with his legs and take advantage of the smaller defenses, but I don't think he would be a great player up here.
As an Als fan, I'd love to see Tebow replace AC when AC is done. He might suck, but at least, he'Ll be entertaining. Let's not kid ourselves, once AC is gone, unless we miraculously sign a great QB, the Als will be bottom feeders. Having Tebow would at least give us a reason to watch the team until the complete the rebuild.
It should be pointed out that the Als QB just re-signed for another year+an option. So he won't be retiring.
He will play next year that's for sure, but do you really see him sticking around much longer? I, for one, am surprised that he decided to stay. He still is the best in the league, but he has nothing left to prove and the team around him is declining.
He'd be pretty terrible. The CFL is even more pass oriented then the NFL and he just flat out doesn't have the kind of accuracy or even the arm required to be a starter at the pro level. He could certainly fare better running the ball then he does in the NFL just due to his sheer size, but the dude just flat out wasn't cut out to be a pro QB.
Originally Posted by No Fun Shogun
Finally, America would have its revenge on Canada for them unleashing Bieber on us.
Calvillo is a freaking Timex, he could play until he's 50.
As for Tebow, considering how pass-heavy the CFL is, I don't think it's really suited to him as far as making an immediate impact. He needs an offense with a lot of short and moderate length passes. It might not be a bad place for him to develop as a passer, though, if he's willing to take the sizable pay cut.
His slow release wouldn't be quite as much of a problem (look no further than Calvillo, a guy with a slow windmill release who has excelled), but as others have said, his lack of accuracy will hold him back no matter where he plays.
Well, he's bigger than probably every line backer in the CFL... and probably faster than all of them to, so it's a safe bet he'd crush just about every rushing record.
He'd be slightly bigger than the average CFL linebacker, probably not faster though. Not faster than outside LBs at least.
Tebow would probably be best suited as a short yardage/power running back type roll in the CFL. I don't think he's a good enough passer to excel as a full time starter. His speed would help on the bigger field, but not to the extent that people are suggesting. It's not college where QB draws and options are going to be succesful with regularity. You'd probably need Michael Vick-like speed before a pure running QB is going to be a legitimate threat, even on a CFL field.