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Theismann: "Tebow can't play in the CFL"

TSN.ca Staff

12/20/2012 1:06:43 AM

You can count Joe Theismann as another doubter when it comes to any potential future that Tim Tebow might have in the Canadian Football League.

Theismann, who played quarterback in the CFL and the NFL, thinks the New York Jets' backup pivot is ill-suited to the demands of the game north of the border.

Speaking on The TEAM 1040 in Vancouver on Wednesday, Theismann discussed the challenges that Tebow might face should he try to play in the Canadian league.

"Tebow can't play in the CFL. The field is wider, it's bigger. He has trouble throwing the football. I can't see him succeed," explained Theismann.

"If you want to play quarterback at any level, Pop Warner, high school, college, professional, you have to be able to complete passes. You can't be a sub-50 per cent passer and be successful in any league. What's Mark Sanchez's completion percentage?"

With Sanchez benched following the Jets' 14-10 loss on Monday to the Tennessee Titans, New York head coach Rex Ryan bypassed Tebow to start third-string quarterback Greg McElroy against the San Diego Chargers this Sunday.

The New York Daily News reported this week that Tebow will ask for a trade out of New York if he does not start one of the final two games of the season.