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HOUSTON (CBS Houston) - The highly-recognized, but often criticized, backup quarterback Tim Tebow has endured two tumultuous seasons in the NFL.  On Monday, just days after drafting West Virginia’s Geno Smith, the New York Jets cut Tebow.  With little interest from any of the 32 NFL teams in making him the starter, Tebow is looking at his options. Is Canada the next logical landing spot for the former Heisman Trophy winner? Hall of Fame quarterback Warren Moon, who played six seasons in the Canadian Football League, thinks Tebow is destined for failure in Canada.

“You have to be able to throw the ball up there if anything and they throw the ball a lot.  There are only three downs so the passing game is much more important up there and there’s a lot more field to cover so if you can’t throw the football, it doesn’t matter where you play quarterback.  You have got to be able to throw it and I think 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,”  Moon said about Tebow in an interview with SportsRadio 610’s mid-day show MaD Radio.

Moon, best known as the starting quarterback for the Houston Oilers from 1984-1993, began his post-collegiate career in Canada.  Moon, who went undrafted in 1978,  spent six years in the CFL with the Edmonton Eskimos and was named CFL’s Most Outstanding Player Award in 1983 after throwing for a league record of 5,648 yards.  Moon then decided to enter the NFL, where he was signed by his former Edmonton coach Hugh Campbell, the Houston Oilers head coach in 1984.  Moon had a prolific career in the NFL with 9 Pro-Bowl appearances, 291 career passing touchdowns, and 22 career rushing touchdowns.  He retired among the Top 5 all-time quarterbacks for passing yards, passing touchdowns, pass attempts, and pass completions after 17 seasons.

Some critics think the CFL will give Tebow the time and opportunity to refine his passing mechanics while playing quarterback.  If it worked for the likes of Warren Moon and Doug Flutie, why not Tebow?  Moon explained that, unlike himself and Flutie, Tebow lacked the basic skills of a passing quarterback.  Tebow’s highly-criticized throwing motion would be his ultimate downfall in Canada.

“We (Moon and Flutie) knew how to throw the ball. We were very good passers. That had nothing to do with it.  We didn’t have to go up there and try and change our throwing motion.  We didn’t have to go up there and try and become more accurate.  We just needed to get the opportunity.  Doug’s was because of height and mine was because of my color and so we went up there and proved ourselves but I think Tim has been given a lot of opportunities to play the position.”

Moon did not rule out the possibility of Tebow becoming a successful professional football player, at a position other than quarterback.

“He’s worked as hard as anybody can but there just hasn’t been that much improvement made in his quarterback fundamentals and his technique so he might think about maybe playing another position if he wants to stay in the NFL.”

This week the Montreal Alouettes, who hold Tebow’s CFL negotiating rights, offered Tebow a job with their organization as a backup quarterback.

Check out the full interview here.

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