Patriots’ signing of QB Tim Tebow could be coach Bill Belichick’s latest masterstroke

BY:Eric Adelson

Leave it to the arbiter of conventional wisdom to punch conventional wisdom squarely in the jaw.

Every so-called expert in the NFL said Tim Tebow couldn’t make it in the NFL. He can’t throw. He can’t learn an offense. He can’t fall in line.

And of course, there was the circus! Think of the circus!

That was the conventional wisdom, until just after 5 p.m. ET Monday afternoon, when reports surfaced that Tebow was going to the New England Patriots to play for the originator of so much of the wisdom in the NFL: Bill Belichick.

It’s a copycat league, and the league has been trying to copy Belichick for years. Ask the franchises who have hired former Patriots assistant coaches Josh McDaniel, Eric Mangini, Romeo Crennel, Scott Pioli, and Charlie Weis. Everyone wants to be just like Belichick, and nobody has been able to do it.

That’s because Belichick has always gone directly opposite of where all the so-called experts stand. He gave Corey Dillon a shot. He gave Randy Moss a shot. He gave a former rugby player, Nate Ebner, a shot. And now he’s giving Tebow a shot when every other team had weeks to bring him in.

Now watch: Everyone who yesterday said Tebow was a football dead-end is going to miraculously see the light. This really could work!

Of course it could work! Tebow’s got that rugby player’s toughness – his willingness to tuck the ball away and seek contact as if he has a million-dollar insurance policy on the cartilage in his nose.

Of course Belichick could make it work! He’s the former lacrosse player who played the attack position and used his toughness and preparation to overcome other limitations.
Bill Belichick speaks to the media during rookie minicamp at Gillette Stadium. (USAT  …”Bill wasn’t the best athlete on the team,” former teammate Dana Seero told the Eagle Tribune two years ago, “but nobody worked harder in practice and nobody was in better shape. I was a tackle. And I always remembered Bill knew where everybody was supposed to be. He was solid all the time.”

New York Jets fans who were delighted to be rid of Tebow will now start to fear that Tebow will be reborn in New England. The pundits who were sure the circus would keep Tebow out of the NFL forever now realize that, hey, Tom Brady is married to the greatest supermodel in the world and there’s no circus.

There will be no circus in New England.

Media coverage? Absolutely. But the Patriots are used to that. They’ve been to how many Super Bowls in the Belichick-Brady era?

Watch how the conventional wisdom about Tebow’s game will change. Maybe he’ll be a backup who sees an occasional running play. Maybe he’ll do his old jump pass from his Florida Gators days. Maybe he’ll spell Brady at quarterback every now and then. Watch it work. Admit it: you can see it working now in a way nobody saw it working days ago.

It will work because Belichick has order. He has complete control in a way other franchises (especially the Jets) don’t. He’ll scoff at the constant media questions. What will he do with Tim Tebow?

Whatever he damn well pleases.

Tebow won’t grumble. First of all, that’s not his style. He wants to play quarterback, but he hardly complained last season in New York even though he went from a playoff hero to the punt team. Tebow is not going to gripe about Bill Belichick or to Bill Belichick. He’ll do whatever he’s asked – quarterback or wildcard or fullback or all of the above.

And slowly but surely, the story of Tebow’s demise will reverse course.

If it doesn’t? If Tebow holds a clipboard and then vanishes into retirement? Belichick will not get any blame. All the so-called experts will blame Tebow, insisting he never had the goods and even the great Bill Belichick couldn’t save him.

If it does work? It’s a victory that will go down in New England lore. It’ll cement the Jets’ inferiority complex for years to come, and prove yet again that Belichick can fit any round peg into a square hole.

Remember: Tebow has never failed at any level of football. He was one of the greatest college football players of all time after being a high school legend. He then was a first-round draft pick and helped turn the Denver Broncos around. He led them to a stirring playoff win over the Pittsburgh Steelers with an overtime pass.

We all know the reasons why Tebow’s history counted for nothing up until a few hours ago: He can’t play the quarterback position. Put simply, he can’t throw.

Never mind that nobody could throw or run or do anything productive in New York, where the Jets had a weak offensive line, no real running threat and no solid targets at wide receiver.

Well, the Patriots don’t have those problems. The Patriots don’t have a coach, general manager and owner pulling in all different directions. The Patriots don’t have an avalanche of anonymous quotes coming out of the locker room following every availability with the media.

The Patriots have an unquestioned coach, and unquestioned leader at quarterback (who can throw), and an unquestioned chain of command.

Tebow will fit right in or he’ll be out.

Here’s betting it’s the former. And here’s betting the same people who were so sure Tebow was done will quietly come around to seeing how Tebow makes perfect sense in the Patriots’ offense.

Then conventional wisdom will change again. Because Bill Belichick made it so.

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18 Responses to “Patriots’ signing of QB Tim Tebow could be coach Bill Belichick’s latest masterstroke”

    • tawk2 says:

      Great post Buzzy! Great link Larry what a great story! All true as well, but the haters and naysayers would not agree with it, but facts are facts.

      I am praying that Belichick brought Tim to the Patriots to groom for the future to eventually take Tom Brady’s place when he retires. Mallet is good, but he does not have much experience thus far in the NFL, I learned that Urban Myer was torn between Mallet and Tebow at Florida, and Myer called a Friend, whom some think was Belichick and Belichick told Myer to take Tebow. Someone on here said this. We probably won’t know who that person Myer called but we all know that Myer and Belichick are great friends and Belichick has followed Tim’s career. Belichick was even trying to trade up to get him in the draft.

      So only time will tell. I have heard numerous reporters today saying that Tim is being signed as the lowest paid player on the team right now, and most analyst/reporters have Tim playing another position other than quarterback. The future holds those secrets as well.

      I wonder what number Tim will wear, Mallet wears 15. I am praying that Tim has finally found a home and a coach that believes in him and all things Tim.

      Go TEBOW, we never stopped believing in you!

      • jason says:

        Belichick and the patriots are completely fair. If tim shows them that he can learn their system, fit in and is worth the value of his contract he’ll have a job there.
        Belichick is very much about judgement based on performance. Practise, camp and preseason is what’s gonna earn tim his spot.

        Mallet has a huge advantage right now in that he knows the system from all the years he’s been there. They have the biggest playbook in the league. He’s done great on wednesdays in practise which is the day brady and the other vets are off for extra rest during the season. Mallet is very good and probably one of the best backups right now. I hope he gets a trade to get his shot at starting. They wouldn’t have sent hoyer if not. Mallet has done everything the right way. That’s also gonna be with how well tebow learns the system and precision on which its ran.

        I think they’ll do other things with him as well cause they rarely have single use players on the patriots. Even brady and mallet practise with the punters sometimes. It’d be really odd if tim doesn’t do other things as well based on how the patriots are.

  1. Alan says:

    It would be poetic justice for the Patriots to now win the Superbowl.

  2. tawk2 says:

    I just seen Belichick’s interview he did not give up any information on what position Tim would be playing, he kept saying Tim is a talented, smart, and hard worker. He was asked several times about Tim being able to be an NFL quarterback and Belichick kept saying he already answered that, by saying he is a very talented and hard worker. So I guess we really don’t know much.

    Albert Breer reporter that the Patriots have signed Tim to a low money no guarantee’s 2 year deal. So I guess we will have to sit back and wait to see how this all unfolds in New England. Bill Belichick did not look very happy answering questions about Tebow though.

    • jason says:

      Belichick is always that way with the media. He hates having the same question asked that he’s already answered. If the NFL didn’t require that you have to speak with the media a certain amount belichick would probably never speak to them at all.
      What you saw was normal belichick.

  3. tawk2 says:

    I just read on a tweet that Tim is going to be wearing #5 the same number he wore at Nease and where his number was retired!

  4. jason says:

    This is what I’ve thought would be best for tim for a while now and I’m glad its happened. Hopefully it goes that he’ll get it all down and take over for brady in 4 or 5 years. I think it could work out perfect.

  5. Bigfan says:

    Classic Belichick indeed!! Going to make for speculation up and down the street. One thing for sure is the “Patriot Way” will prevail. I think we have some fun times ahead!!

  6. Cindy says:

    OMGosh had started to become so depressed about the whole Tebow situation, haven’t even been on this site till this morning ( heard the news on the radio on my way home from work last night) never cared for Belichik even though I knew he was a Tebow fan, now have gained quite fond of him for giving Tim the chance he so richly deserves. Please accept my most humble apologies to Tim & all the devoted posters on this site.

    • ck says:

      Cindy: Yes, it was quite a roller coaster ride as usual and glad it all worked out in his favor…welcome back:D

  7. tawk2 says:

    I just read a report from mini camp today saying Tebow was either bad or good just sub par, the reporter pretty much had negative things to say about Tebow. I guess there will be a lot of this. I pray the Patriots keep the media at bay and keep the reporting minimal from training camp. As we know some reporters are biased and tend to spin their own version of the truth. I know when Tim was on the Jets, some of the things reporters said about practice were false, a lot of players said Tim was not a poor practice player but yet the media did. Also I can remember Sanchez having far worse days than Tim and nothing was said about it at least not much.

    So I guess we will have to wait and judge with our own eyes on how Tim’s is doing. I have gotten where I don’t trust a lot of what is said around the league. All we can do is wait and hope for the best.

  8. The Mascot Army says:

    I’ve been reading comments on the internet stories. it’s really not that many rabid anti Tebow posts.. it more just a few crazies posting a lot.

    • tawk2 says:

      I agree, but one reporter from mini camp today says Tim did well and another pretty much says he did not, so who is one to believe? I wish we could see for ourselves how Tim is doing with our own eyes and not from the media that some at times is biased.

      • The Mascot Army says:

        Oh man, that is going to happen a lot. There was one broncos fan who hated Tebow and gave reports from camp that claimed how bad Tebow looked, but his credibility steadily declined because every time some other fan gave a report, they didnt see the same thing at all.
        Prepare for that.

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