Having Tebow is a plus for Eagles( Tks Lynn B )

Tim Tebow. (Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
Tim Tebow. (Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
 

It might be he already knows plenty.

One thing I believe he knows is that quarterback Tim Tebow is probably going to be on the roster when the Eagles open the regular season on Sept. 14 in Atlanta. Another thing he knows is that, if Tebow is on the roster, he won’t be a mascot or a clipboard holder. He’s going to dress and he’s going to play.

If there was any doubt of all that, it was dispelled last week when the NFL approved a rule change that increased the motivation for a team to try a two-point conversion after a touchdown rather than kicking for a single extra point. The league’s competition committee thought the current extra-point rule – in which the kicks were the football version of a tap-in – had to be changed, and the Eagles were one of two teams that also put forth a proposal favoring that change. The committee went with its own recommendation, and now extra points are the equivalent of a 33-yard field goal rather than a 20-yarder.

 

The alteration increases the need for inventive goal-line packages and partly explains the presence of Tebow, whose NFL future was not terribly bright. He washed out in Denver for the very simple reason that he couldn’t throw the football as well as a starting quarterback in the NFL needs to do. He completed just 47.3 percent of his passes for the Broncos before being traded to the Jets, where he sat behind Mark Sanchez and didn’t do much else in 2012. The following season, he was in training camp with the Patriots, but even Bill Belichick couldn’t find a way to justify keeping him.

Is Kelly smarter than everyone else, or is he just amusing himself by taking a whack at the puzzle to see if he can solve it? I don’t think this is any lab experiment. I think Kelly looked at Tebow’s college career, in which he completed 67.1 percent of his passes, and figured he could finagle a compromise between Tebow’s pro and college numbers. If he could get Sanchez, who had completed 55 percent of his passes, to complete 64 percent for the Eagles, why couldn’t Tebow do the same in a very specific set of read-option play packages designed just for him? There is no reason why not.

Tebow can do a lot of things. He’s big and tough. He can run and block. He is the perfect quarterback for a 2-yard conversion situation. Put straight-ahead DeMarco Murray in the backfield with him and let Kelly design away. Put him as the blocking up-back in punt formation and watch defenses trim their return commitment in respect to a possible fake.

“Really, he can create his own role,” wide receiver Eric Decker, who played with Tebow in Denver, told the New York Daily News. “I know he wants to be [a starting] quarterback, but he can . . . help a team in many ways [like] a two-point conversion . . . or a goal-line package. He has the athletic ability to be a personal punt protector, and he can play other positions. They’ll figure out a way to utilize him if it’s going to help them be a better football team.”

What makes many people skeptical about Tebow’s ability to stick with the Eagles is the question of the game-day roster and the idea that teams don’t like to have three active quarterbacks, preferring to use that spot for another position. All of that is true, but I think – if Sam Bradford is healthy and starting at quarterback – it will be Tebow who is active and not Sanchez.

If your starter gets hurt during a game, that outcome is already in jeopardy, no matter who the backup is. And let’s not make Sanchez out to be something he’s not. He’s still Mark Sanchez. Having the usefulness of Tebow at your disposal in a given game outweighs the twin possibilities that: (a) the starter will get hurt; and (b) Sanchez will perform so much better in relief. If the injury was serious, then Sanchez would become the starter, but he adds nothing to a game just standing on the sideline in a ballcap.

There isn’t any downside to having Tebow on the roster instead of Matt Barkley. There is the potential for a lot of upside. It is still a long way to September, but Chip Kelly can see things that far away. It will be interesting when he shows them to the rest of us, too.


Tim Tebow Creating New Role?

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New Extra Point Rule Puts Philadelphia Eagles and Tim Tebow Ahead of the Curve

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In less than two months, Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly might have gone from dunce to genius for signing Tim Tebow.

 The quarterback nobody wanted the last two years could be the very specialist the Eagles need to beat the NFL’s new extra-point rule. For the grand Kelly scheme to work, though, Tebow would have to be activated on game day not as the third quarterback—who can only be used if one of the first two go down—but as a special teams performer. Given Tebow’s size and reputation as a football player over a quarterback, that seems reasonable enough.

Tebow could be, say, the up man on the punt team, a guy who you could short snap the ball to on fourth-and-1 to gain a needed yard or a blocker for the punter. On kickoffs, he is not the type of guy who shuns contact—either to block for a returner or to tackle one. So for Tebow to be involved on game day, he will have to help on special teams.

 

Where Tebow’s real value comes, though, is in this new extra-point rule, where he can come in as the quarterback and run Kelly’s vaunted read-option offense. If the read call is to pitch the ball, Tebow has a pair of good options in last year’s leading rusher in the NFL, DeMarco Murray, or in Ryan Mathews, a guy who has the speed to get to the outside. The two-point conversion will still come from the 2-yard-line. The gamble this year involves the kick, which will be moved to the 15 and makes the extra point not as automatic as it once was. To a riverboat gambler like Kelly, those are pretty good odds with that personnel grouping. Tebow is, after all, 6-foot-3, 236 pounds, and that’s a load for any defense to stop short of the goal line. In 2012, Kelly’s last year at Oregon, the Ducks were 4-for-6 in two-point conversions.

The Eagles tipped their hand by being one of two NFL teams (the Oakland Raiders being the other) proposing the ball be placed on the 1-yard line for two-point tries. That gives a glimpse into what Kelly has to be thinking now. With Tebow on his team, though, Kelly has got to be thinking the one yard will not make that much of a difference and that’s why at least a few Eagles’ touchdowns this season could come with a special surprise package at the end.

As former Eagles wide receiver Terrell Owens might say, get your popcorn ready.

Buzzy Says : I just want Tim to start as the QB of the Eagles not a bunch of ST junk.

How long does Chip Kelly have before Eagles fans turn on him?

 

Philadelphia Eagles fans are famous for many attributes. Patience and understanding are not generally considered to be among them.

That could be bad news for head coach Chip Kelly, who has dramatically re-made his roster over the last several months since becoming the head of personnel. Many Eagles fans are already unhappy with his moves. How long does Kelly have before they start to turn as a flock?

PFWA writer Lloyd Vance put it this way on Twitter this morning:

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Six seasons is a long time to go between playoff wins and while Kelly has gotten close, he hasn’t been able to seal the deal.

Kelly would likely have more time to build his roster if he hadn’t blown up a solid 10-6 team. Now because he’s taken such an incredible risk the window has gotten considerably smaller.

When Kelly came in he had three remarkable playmakers on offense: DeSean Jackson, Jeremy Maclin and LeSean McCoy. All three are now gone. While it’s possible that Kelly’s replacements will work out, the margin for error is not what it used to be.

Expecting to win a Super Bowl is not a realistic goal for this coming season. Philly still has too many holes to fill and not enough experience as a group. However, if the Eagles aren’t able to win the division the grumblings will begin.

My guess is that Chip has roughly two years of good faith before Eagles fans balk. If Kelly hasn’t at least gotten the Eagles back to the NFC Championship by 2018 he’ll be a lame duck coach.

 

The Philadelphia Eagles have not won a playoff game in 6 seasons and that needs to change if Chip Kelly wants to keep his fans happy.© Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images The Philadelphia Eagles have not won a playoff game in 6 seasons and that needs to change if Chip Kelly wants to keep his fans happy.

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