Tim Tebow is going to the Patriots, and I couldn’t be happier for the guy. I’ve been rooting for Tebow ever since weird irrational hatred of him started. Every year there are guys who are in the league who shouldn’t be, and yet with Tebow it always seemed that a large contingent of people are out there actively rooting for him to get the boot.
There’s more I’d like to say, but since I’m desperately trying to nurse myself back to health in record time after a stupid “back” mishap. (Someone got cocky, lost his form on a set of dead lifts and paid the price. Out for a few days, I think.) … I’m handing off the ball to my good friend Denver Pat. He sums up many of things I was thinking, but could not articulate because a.) his football knowledge is light years beyond mine and b.) because it’s hard to write when you’re alternating between constant stretching exercises and a heating pad.
Denver Pat on Tebow heading to the Patriots:
I like Tebow’s character and work ethic, so I’m happy he found a spot. However, my thoughts are probably more football slanted as opposed to his character:
The Patriots have a relatively highly touted backup in Ryan Mallett that they have been grooming for the last couple years. Mallett needs to fail to show promise or Tebow will struggle to get a roster spot after the final cuts because teams only dress two quarterbacks. Teams often keep a third on the practice squad, who they sign to the real team in the event of an injury. Tebow has said he is only playing as a quarterback, so you either dress him for “wildcat” plays, or situations where both he and Brady are on the field, and only promote Mallett in case Brady goes down. This would be a weird situation where the #2 quarterback doesn’t dress because of Tebow’s versatility, yet he would inherit the majority of snaps if Brady gets hurt — leapfrogging Tebow on the depth chart.
The other option is not to dress Tebow and just let him learn. I’m not sure either Mallet or Tebow would find those scenarios positive. Why make the splash of signing Tebow if you aren’t going to use him? Part of me thinks Bill wants this to work to further stick it to the Jets (see, we figured a way to work Tebow in the game!) because those two franchises hate each other. There’s a long history of stealing coaches and players from each other, and it was the Jets who reported Bill to NFL officials on the “spy gate” scandal. Bill himself was the Jet coach for 3 days, mysteriously quits, and resurfaces the next week as the new Patriot coach… I might be reading into this aspect and creating a story that’s not really there, but again I point to history.
I will be more excited if Tebow actually makes the team. What someone has to explain to me, however, is how Tebow has a winning record and a playoff win — and yet, with the God-awful quarterbacking of the Cardinals, Titans, Jets themselves, Jaguars, and frankly the Eagles last year — none of these teams would give him a chance. Tebow can’t do any worse in the loss column than the Blaine Gabberts and Jake Lockers of the world…and as it stands now it makes good business sense. Does anyone give a poop about the Jaguars or Titans? Is it to tough to modify your play book for Tebow? The Broncos figured it out, rode him to a division title and the second round of the playoffs. “Won’t we have to retool the offensive roster for Tebow?” I would say the Saints retooled their roster when Brees arrived, and the Broncos did the same for Manning.
Bill is a smart guy. He and his coordinator (Broncos old coach that originally drafted Tebow) truly believe they can teach him mechanics; I hope they are right and I hope he gets a legitimate shot; because I think the Jets screwed up in the sense that Sanchez has turned the ball over an insane amount of times the last few seasons; one thing even detractors will agree — Tebow doesn’t turn the ball over; the jets had no offense with Sanchez — why not give Tebow the shot? Why waste the time of a much ballyhooed signing if you aren’t going to use him? Moves like this are why the Jets are historically stupid.
Tebow won’t be Manning/Brady/Brees; but he has a winning record and a playoff win all before the age of 25; I think someone can give him a shot….plus, Tebow has never butt-fumbled!
So there you have it. With yours truly on the disabled list, Denver Pat nicely picks up the ball and runs with it. Well done.