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Posted at 02:01 PM ET, 11/03/2011

Tim Tebow’s play is nothing compared to current QB epidemic


Becoming an NFL quarterback is a process, and Tim Tebow isn’t the only backup-turned-starting QB to learn that the hard way. (Joe Mahoney - AP)
For all of the Tim Tebow haters out there who insist that he isn’t and shouldn’t be a NFL quarterback, let’s first take a look around the league to put things into perspective.

Yes, Tebow is just 2-3 in five career starts with a 48.7 completion percentage — but look at the NFL landscape. Aside from the current golden age of quarterbacks we are witnessing, with the likes of Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady, Drew Brees and Ben Roethlisberger (to name a few), several NFL teams are continuing to trot out quarterback atrocities — and nobody seems to care.

Does anyone realize that backup quarterbacks (not including Tebow) are 3-26 this year?

As much as people want to diss Tebow, nobody blinks an eye that Jacksonville cut David Garrard for Luke McCown, the Colts gave $4 million to a washed up Kerry Collins, and Oakland traded draft picks galore for a crappy Carson Palmer who spent the first seven weeks sitting on his couch.

The Redskins had a “legit” quarterback competition between Rex Grossman and John Beck — and were 100 percent serious about it. Mike Shanahan went so far as to stake his reputation on those two guys.

The Seahawks went into the season thinking “we’re all set — we have Tarvaris Jackson and Chaz Whitehurst.” Same for the 0-7 Dolphins (big surprise!), who took a similar approach with Chad Henne and re-tread Matt Moore.

This is not a new thing either. Spot starters and backups went 34-67 in 2010, which included the likes of Brodie Croyle, Jimmy Clausen, Tyler Thigpen, Max Hall and Brian St. Pierre. You get the idea.

So as much as people seem to think Tebow is a deer in headlights out on the field — look around the NFL landscape, because he’s certainly not alone.

By Sean Moroney  |  02:01 PM ET, 11/03/2011

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