As I see it, there are 3 options for Tim Tebow’s next path. The one that gets taken depends on a lot of factors but after yesterday’s game, the paths are clear.
The first path: Denver keeps Tebow. If they do they have 2 choices and only 2. They can work with him and try and convert him into a serviceable drop back, pocket passer who runs only sometimes. Or, they can convert him to a fullback or a slot receiver like Wes Welker. Those are the only 2 choices Denver has if they keep him. They cannot, if they ever intend to get to the playoffs or advance in the playoffs, keep him the QB he is now. A run first, run often guy whose offensive line prepares for that type of game only and when he has to attempt to become a drop back passer it goes horribly, horribly wrong. Denver can however turn Tebow into a fullback or a slot receiver. He would perform very well at either position and perhaps better than he ever will as a QB. Those are their 2 choices if they keep him.
The second path: Another team could take Tebow in some kind of trade and try and turn him into a pocket passer. This would require a team with a coach who is willing and able to do so and a team that doesn’t mind losing a lot of games while getting him there. I really don’t think there will be a lot of takers on this path. However, if people continue to be blinded by Tebowmania rather than see what Tebow’s real abilities are, there might be a team out there who just wants to ride that train and gather what money they can from the boost of Tebow fans, then so be it. But as the Broncos learned that train only goes so far down the track and then it goes no further.
The third path: Another team could take Tebow in trade to turn him into a fullback or a slot receiver. This would be a smart move for a great many teams. They would only need overcome the hurdle of the rabid Tebow fans who only want him to be a QB. Of course, you would have to convince Tebow as well, which after getting the Broncos to the playoffs might not be as easy as it might seem. He could provide a Welker-like component to a lot of teams. The Falcons need one of these for sure.
These are Tebow’s three open paths now. Regardless of what the sports media says or Tebow’s fans say, these are the paths. I was never convinced that John Elway was on the Tebow train for the long haul and I am still not convinced. It wouldn’t surprise me in the least if even as early as last night Denver had feelers out for trade scenarios. They know as does anyone who watched that game objectively that Tebow in his current style of play will never, ever be able to beat a team like the Patriots who bring a swarming defense, excellent secondary coverage, and a prolific offense to the table. It will never happen and as more and more teams in the NFL try and model themselves after the Patriots, the Packers, the Saints, etc. teams with these run first, college option play QBs are never going to be successful (see also the Eagles).
It remains to be seen which path plays out for Tebow. I am sure that he will adjust to whatever path is presented to him. He can be successful in the NFL, but he will never make it past teams like the Patriots or Packers with his current style and mechanics. We will see which team takes which path in the coming weeks.