Vaughn: Why not Tebow?

Vaughn: Why not Tebow?

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FOXBORO, MA - AUGUST 29: Tim Tebow #5 of the New England Patriots warms up prior to the preseason game against the New York Giants at Gillette Stadium on August 29, 2013 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

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by Doug Vaughn, FootballStL

KMOV

Posted on October 21, 2013 at 2:39 PM

Updated Monday, Oct 21 at 2:39 PM

(FootballStL) -- We could use a little Tebow-mania around here. The Rams season is pretty much toast now that Sam Bradford is out for the year with an ACL tear. Why not take a chance on Tim Tebow, at least as a back-up?

The Rams were just 3-4 with Sam Bradford playing relatively well. He had 14 touchdown passes, and could have had a several more if not for penalties and dropped balls. Bradford threw only four interceptions in the first seven games.

If the Rams are a sub .500 team with Bradford playing well, their chances of being a playoff contender without him are slim and none. Kellen Clemens has a career passer rating of 62.2, with just seven touchdown passes and 13 interceptions. Clemens is a smart guy, a great teammate and a decent back-up, but it seems highly unlikely he'll be able to keep the Rams in contention over the final nine games of the season.

So why not Tebow? In his one full season when he got steady work as starter, 2011 with the Denver Broncos, Tebow compiled an 8-5 record including the playoffs, with a six game winning streak from weeks 9-14. He led game winning drives in the fourth quarter or overtime in six of those games. He led the Broncos to a first round playoff win over the Pittsburgh Steelers.

True, his passing numbers were nothing to get excited about: QB rating of 72.2, 12 touchdowns, 6 interceptions. But he also rushed for 660 yards and six touchdowns. Tebow might have a chance to succeed in the type of short passing offense the Rams employ. He's not the guy you want throwing a lot of long passes, he just doesn't have the accuracy.

But in a dump-it-off-to-the-back, throw-a-2 yard-pass to Tavon Austin kind of game plan the Rams have been using, Tebow just might be all right.

If nothing else, Tebow would create some interest in a Rams team that could use the attention. They continue to struggle mightily selling out the dome. Now that Bradford's out for the season, who better than to create some buzz than Tim Tebow?

The last Tebow sighting had him in Hawaii. He hasn't been talking or tweeting. Maybe he's already made so much money he'd rather just spend his days relaxing in the sun, than deal with the difficult days remaining in the Rams season.

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