Warren Moon says Tim Tebow not a fit for CFL

Posted May 02, 2013, at 7:07 p.m.

Free agent quarterback Tim Tebow wouldn’t succeed in the Canadian Football League because of a weak throwing arm, Hall of Famer Warren Moon told radio station KILT-AM in Houston.

“You have to be able to throw the ball up there, if anything,” Moon said. “They throw the ball a lot. It’s only three downs, so the passing game is much more important up there, and there’s a lot more field to cover.

“If you can’t throw the football, it doesn’t matter where you play quarterback. You have to be able to throw it. That’s his biggest problem, just being able to complete passes, be an accurate passer. I think he’s a really good athlete playing the position, but I don’t think that’s enough sometimes.”

Tebow was released Monday by the New York Jets. The Montreal Alouettes own his CFL rights and would sign him, assuming he’s willing to compete for the backup job.

Moon spent six seasons in the CFL, and led the Edmonton Eskimos to five straight Grey Cup titles, while throwing for 21,228 yards and 144 touchdowns. He then threw for 49,325 yards, 291 touchdowns and 233 interceptions in 17 NFL seasons.

A day earlier, Moon told ESPN Radio’s “The Herd with Colin Cowherd” that he feels Tebow could succeed in the NFL by changing positions.

“I don’t think it’s going to happen at the quarterback position for him, at least not in the National Football League. You have to be able to throw the football before everything else happens. It’s nice to be able to run the football in those read-keep options, but even the guys that are in the league right now, the Russell Wilsons, the RG IIIs … Colin Kaepernick, they can throw the football from the pocket with accuracy, and that just adds another element to their game. Tim doesn’t have that pocket-passing ability to go with that other element that he has.”

 

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