I realize that, at this point, a post about Tim Tebow is nothing but click bait, but I can’t let the signing of the world’s pre-eminent backup go by unmentioned. Days after refuting reports emanating from Foxborough that he hated Tebow as a player, New England coach Bill Belichick thumbed his nose at conventional wisdom (not to mention fans of the forward pass) by offering a roster spot to a quarterback who completes fewer than half of his throws and rarely found the field for a Jets team that had arguably the league’s worst quarterback play in 2012.
To me, the move is a stroke of genius. Possessor of the league’s best offense, Belichick has nothing to lose by bringing in a player of Tebow’s unique skill set and reuniting him with the coach (Pats offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels) for whom he had some success in Denver. If any team can find a way to use Tebow’s size, power, versatility and determination, it’s the team that was able to wring impressive production from less-than-prototypical skill players like Wes Welker and Danny Woodhead and troubled retreads like Randy Moss. If it doesn’t work, no harm done; just sit back and count the money generated by moving a few warehouses’ worth of Tebow jerseys.
Tebow is still the same guy over whom Jon Gruden once gushed: “He’s the strongest human being who’s ever played the position. Ever. He will kick the living (expletive) out of a defensive lineman. He’ll fight anybody. He is rare. Tebow is the kind of guy who could revolutionize the game. He’s the ‘Wildcat’ who can throw. This guy here is 250 pounds of concrete cyanide.”
If anyone can creatively unleash that “concrete cyanide” on the league, it’s Bill Belichick. And no one is better suited to squelching the accompanying circus. As Belichick himself said today: “We’ve already talked enough about him. We’ll see how it goes.”
— Rob Doster is Senior Editor for Athlon Sports.