After Week 1 in the NFL, it’s clear that there are a few teams which have QB issues. And although many don’t consider Tim Tebow to be a legitimate QB, if you look at his track record, I believe that he could bring some much needed help to these win-less teams:
5. Cincinnati Bengals
- Current QB: Andy Dalton – 33 Att, 26 Comp, 282 yds, 2 TD, 2 Int, RTG: 97.2
- Analysis: The Bengals aren’t dying for a new QB, however their only other active QB on the roster is Josh Johnson – who’s been in the league for 6 years with 2 other teams (the Bucs and Browns). He’s only played 27 NFL games (total), of which has thrown a total of 5 TDs with 10 Ints. Worse, he only has a 54% completion rate and has a total QB Rating of 57.7. Let’s just hope Dalton doesn’t get injured.
4. Buffalo Bills
- Current QB: EJ Manuel – 27 Att, 18 Comp, 150 yds, 2 TD, 0 Int, RTG: 105.5
- Analysis: Rookie EJ Manuel‘s debut (in terms of numbers) is very respectable. However, we’ll have to wait until after week 2 to make a judgement on his leadership and game mangement skills. Regardless, the Bills lack a tested backup in Jeff Tuel – who seems to have wandered onto the field in Buffalo and somehow got the job.
3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
- Current QB: Josh Freeman – 31 Att, 15 Comp, 210 yds, 1 TD, 1 Int, 1 Fum, RTG: 67.9
- Analysis: After 5 years as the starting QB for the Bucs, Freeman needs motivation to either consistently produce or reach the next level as a Franchise QB. For his career, he’s thrown 79 TDs with 64 Int – and this year, he’s been removed as a captain of the team. Good news: the Bucs have 2 backup QBs; Bad news: their backups are Mike Glennon and Dan Orlovsky.
2. Cleveland Browns
- Current QB: Brandon Weeden – 53 Att, 26 Comp, 289 yds, 1 TD, 3 Int, 1 Fum, RTG:48.4
- Analysis: Not much to say here (the stats says it all). Last year Weeden completed only 57% of his passes (and threw 14 TDs with 17 Ints) – and apparently Weeden’s continuing where he left off. The only silver lining is that they have Jason Campbell as their backup – but that’s not saying much.
1. Jacksonville Jaguars
- Current QB: Chad Henne (backup)
- Supposed starting QB: Blaine Gabbert (injured) – 35 Att, 16 Comp, 121 yds, 0 TDs, 2 Int, RTG: 30.8
- Analysis: I still don’t know why the Jags didn’t pickup Tebow in the preseason – especially if you have to choose between Gabbert and Henne is your QBs. Forget the media hype that Tebow brings – without a competent QB at the helm, you might as well forfeit your games. The next 11 games are likely losses (Raiders, Seahawks, Colts, Rams, Broncos, Chargers, 49ers, Titans) until they face the Cardinals at home. So after going 0 – 11, I think new owner Shad Khan might be begging for Tebow to helm the position.
So why Tim Tebow? Just let his stats do the talking:
- In just 3 seasons in the NFL, Tebow has: 17 TDs, 9 Ints, 989 rushing yds, 12 rushing TDs, and a QB Rating: 75.3
- He’s incredibly clutch and chrismatic, has a huge following (think Jersey sales) and 1 playoff win.
Kue has a Masters in Business Administrations (MBA) from California State University, Fresno. He works as the Director of Education and Outreach for the California Department of Business Oversight in addition to being a contributing writer for news, business, and international blogs. He has also written, directed, and produced an award-winning film as well as authored several books on business, philosophy, and Asian folk lore.