The Tim Tebow saga continues, even as his actual career in the NFL seems to be winding down to nothing right before our eyes. Sixteen months after winning one and playing in another postseason game with the Denver Broncos, former Heisman Trophy winner and first-round NFL Draft pick Tim Tebow has been traded, benched, and now bounced from the New York Jets in a public spectacle more befitting a sex scandal.
Although we’re pretty sure Tebow will never find himself in one of those, right?
But we digress.
The point is, Tebow is as unemployed as that high school dropout you know who was caught smoking pot outside of Bennigan’s. There has been rampant speculation as to where the former Florida Gators star may wind up, with every possible outcome thrown into the mix: He could head to Canada to play quarterback, the indoor Omaha Beef have offered him 75 bucks a game to lace ’em up, a Florida-based company offered him 30 grand to chuck footballs at their windows, he could back up a starter, or he could renounce his desire to strictly play quarterback and work in at a new position.
Yet, despite all these different options here we are, still talking about the fact that Tebow is out of work. One major possibility came up that sounded more plausible than any other, and that was heading to the Jets’ bitter rivals, the New England Patriots.
The Pats’ current offensive coordinator, Josh McDaniels, was the head coach of the Denver Broncos and it was his decision to take Tebow in the first round. The team has had more success than any other at lining guys up all over the field, and few players possess the combination of size, speed and running ability Tebow does — no joke.
We have no doubt that legendary coach Bill Belichik would love to stick a thorn into the side of his New York counterpart in the outspoken Rex Ryan. However, Yahoo! Sports’ Michael Silver says there is absolutely zero chance of that happening.
In fact, Silver claims that a source has told him that Belichick “hates” the way Tebow plays the game:
And while there’s plenty of media chatter that Tebow could land with the Patriots (whose offensive coordinator, Josh McDaniels, was the man behind the Broncos’ decision to draft Tebow in the first round), my organizational sources tell me that’s very unlikely to happen, with one going so far as to say that Coach Bill Belichick “hates” Tebow as a player. As for the prospect of employing Tebow as a change-of-pace quarterback — and asking Tom Brady to come off the field in those situations — the source says, “No chance. Plus they wouldn’t like the circus that comes with it.”
This is the first time the word “hate” has come up in this context, regarding The Chosen One. However, the word “circus” is tossed around regularly when folks talk about how employable Tebow can be.
While a team or two might love to bring him in as a backup or even a scout-teamer to help give a defense a better look at the read-option, such a move is simply not possible with this lightning rod of an athlete.
Fans will immediately clamor to see their hero on the field. It happened to a very serviceable quarterback in Kyle Orton in Denver. He had proven he can could win games in both Chicago and Denver, but basically got ran out of town. Mark Sanchez had led the Jets to consecutive appearances in the AFC Championship game, and while he looked terrible in 2012, having fans tripping over themselves to run him out of the Big Apple as well could not have helped.
Why would Belichick want to put his future Hall of Fame quarterback Tom Brady through that nonsense?