Tim Tebow is the Answer to the New England Patriots’ Offensive Questions

by Jim Heath

If you will indulge me, I am going to speculate for a moment. Watching the multitude of bad luck events raining down on the New England Patriots, it is safe to say the glory years have been replaced with tough times. They may be temporary tough times, but tough time nonetheless.

Wes Welker, Brandon Lloyd and Danny Woodhead have abandoned the “Patriot Way,” Rob Gronkowski is more than a question mark heading into training camp and Aaron Hernandez’s chances of suiting up as a Patriot diminishes with each passing hour of the incident in Massachusetts.

The Patriots are seriously lacking playmakers.

Fear not Bostonians, there is one possible solution already rostered by the Patriots – Tim Tebow.

I temporarily digress to allow for the heckling, jokes and countless punchlines as most of you read through this.

Now, before continuing, keep this storyline in perspective. Opinions differ on Tebow as a quarterback, I am not here to dispute either side. This is speculation is about Tebow the athlete, not Tebow the quarterback. Please continue with an open mind.

There are undisputed known qualities when it comes to the former Florida Gator. He works hard, he is a tough athlete, he will do what is asked of him as a team player and he has tremendous athleticism.

Tebow wants to be a quarterback, he has been stubborn in his position from the outset and nothing is detouring his resolve. That said, he has never been opposed to doing what his head coach asks of him.

Case-in-point: the New York Jets. They lacked any vision when it came to Tebow’s abilities, simply running him head on into defenses consistently loaded with eight in the box. I may not be the sharpest bulb in the knife drawer, but it doesn’t require a doctorate in common sense to realize that would net a zero percent success rate every time. Yet Tebow, being the good soldier he is, did what he was asked.

As a member of the Denver Broncos, his talents were utilized in more realistic game planning by then offensive coordinator Mike McCoy. Tebow was used as a quarterback, running back, wide receiver, an occasional distraction and maybe even temporary water boy for the Broncos. The bottom line is whenever Tebow is asked to fill a position for a football team – he does, period.

Unless you have watched the career of Tebow closely or have witnessed his pregame ritual a time or two, you are unaware of his pass catching abilities. He’s good – borderline great.

With Kyle Orton as the signal caller in Denver, the Broncos sustained a plethora of wide receiver injuries requiring Tebow to play the position. Once again, without complaint Tebow obliged. Of course, the entire Rocky Mountain region was crying for Tebow to play quarterback at that time, so chances of Orton throwing his direction bordered that of the proverbial snowball in hades. But there was a reason he was asked to play wide receiver – his athleticism.

Here is another angle. Bill Belichick is a polarizing coach who you either believe to be one of the smartest coaches in NFL history or one of the luckiest. I believe him to be one of the best and think that there is reasoning behind every move he makes. Such had to be the case with Tebow, why else would he welcome the media circus that generally follows?

Tebow may have been brought to New England with the promise of one day becoming a quarterback. Until then, he is simply one piece in the big puzzle that is Belichick’s offense. I guarantee Belichick and Josh McKnucklehead (McDaniels) are scheming in light of current circumstances and it is my contention that Tebow will be a part of that master plan. He will block, he will catch, he will run – he will be relevant.

Tebow has the ability to be a jack-of-all-trades in the NFL. Belichick has shown a knack for using players creatively to fill holes on offense and defense when needed. On paper, it is the perfect pairing.

It sounds crazy now, maybe even preposterous to some, but come December, Tebow is no longer an NFL punch line — count on it.

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8 Responses to “Tim Tebow is the Answer to the New England Patriots’ Offensive Questions”

  1. Bob Segrett says:

    Jim , we keep hearing the same thing over and over again about Tim , he can do this or that . This is a man who has thrown for over 200 touchdowns before comming to the pros . and 17 passing tds and 12 rushing in just in a few games in the pros . he who wasn’t even given much a of a chance to pass . there aren’t many qbs that could have done any better . Why, rhythm which he didn’t pass enough to get into . Tim’s forte quarterback .

    • David Oliver says:

      I just cannot understand – how Tim Tebow’s accomplishments as a QB in just his 1st 16 games in the league are discounted, disdained and misrepresented
      when the significant, game affecting stats are so overwhelming in his favor:

      The many, many Tebow – QB, Subjective, Biased, Perceptions vs Truth, Reality, History, and Stats:

      Tebow is not a good quarterback ? Hey Man, give him a legitimate full season opportunity before,
      you make your snap judgments – do not adopt the strategy of the organized “HATERS” check out these ignored by HATERS – :STATS:

      NY Jets Coach Ryan – Unbelievable! This is a great Coach? He would rather lose than play Tebow and deal with the consequences of Tim doing well and perhaps even orchestrating a win? That appears to this past year’s Jet’s REALITY !

      BUT unfortunately -> Tim Tebow – Can only respond to the contrived, limited, opportunities given him.
      How does he compare with other quarterbacks in this league that had been at this point in their careers – (STARTING 16 Games) — Consider some comparative reality via facts –
      especially you Tim Tebow Haters (I wonder why…??)

      …Original to: DAN CAPLIS
      The facts show that Tim Tebow is off to a better start as an NFL quarterback than many of the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history. Through his first 16 starts, Tebow won more games (9) than Peyton Manning (3), Troy Aikman (3), Steve Young (3), Aaron Rodgers (5), Matthew Stafford (6), Sam Bradford (7), Eli Manning (7), John Elway (8), and Drew Brees (8). Tebow accomplished that with a team that was 1-4 before he took over, and had won only 7 of its last 24 games.
      In his first 16 starts, Tebow led his team to a playoff victory. None of these other greats did that. In fact, it took Peyton Manning, one of the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history, five full NFL seasons to lead his team to a playoff victory.

      In his first playoff game, Tebow threw for 316 yards in a winning effort — against the best defense in the league.
      It is so difficult for an NFL quarterback to throw for 316 yards or more in a playoff victory that Ben Roethlisberger has never done it. Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers have each done it once. Tom Brady, John Elway and Joe Montana each did it twice. Eli Manning did not throw for that many yards in a playoff game until this season. And those other quarterbacks had some of the best receivers in the NFL. Tebow is also near the top in another important measure of an NFL passer, which is the number of touchdown passes per pass attempt. In his first 16 games, Tebow averaged an impressive one touchdown pass for every 23 pass attempts (1-23). The same as Peyton Manning. Better than Steve Young (1-46), John Elway (1-36), Drew Brees (1-34) and Tom Brady (1-36). And just slightly behind Aaron Rodgers (1-21), Matthew Stafford (1-21), and Eli Manning (1-21).

      Even more important is the fact that Tebow threw very few interceptions per pass attempt. Just one pick for every 43 pass attempts (1-43). That’s twice as good as Peyton Manning (1-21). Much better than Elway (1-19), Stafford (1-26) and Eli Manning (1-29). Better than Brees (1-34), Brady (1-36), Rodgers (1-39) and Bradford (1-40). This fact is particularly important, because ESPN contends that the chance of a team winning an NFL game goes down 20 percent with each interception a quarterback throws.
      Through 16 starts, Tebow has a far better touchdown pass-to-interception ratio (17 touchdowns-9 interceptions) than Peyton Manning (26-28), Brees (15-15), Stafford (28-23), Bradford (18-15), Elway (10-19), Aikman (12-25) and Young (9-16). Tebow’s rate is also better than Eli Manning’s (21-14), and the same as Aaron Rodgers’ (23-12).

      According to these key factual measures of an NFL passer (wins, touchdown passes, interceptions, playoff performance) Tebow is off to a better start as an NFL passer than many of the great passing quarterbacks in NFL history.

      Thanks – Patriots for NOT joining the Anti – Christian, “Black-Ball” Movement against Tebow – and giving him a real chance!

      (Instead of adopting the covert “NewSpeak” Code Word campaign for “POLARIZING” – (Newspeak Code For: TOO CHRISTIAN!!)

      • Thrawn says:

        I wouldn’t say his accommplishments as a QB in those 16 games is “discounted.” They’re just not letting only the good stuff carry the evaluation of him. They’re considering the bad stuff too… and there was a LOT of it.

        Tebow fans miss the mark on what they think the critics are criticizing”

        People complain about the criticism of his throwing motion insisting the critics think it is better to “look pretty” than it is to just get the job done. None of the critics are arguing that at all. As far as I and many are concerned, it can look as butt-dog-assed ugly as there ever was in the history of the league AS LONG as they are hitting their mark. Completing less than 50% and being the first QB to do that since 1992 sends a lot of red flags to people that CLEARLY there is a problem there. When examined why, a lot of that is on his end. Not excessive dropped passes by receivers, as Denver receivers only averaged a half a percent higher than the league average and were near the middle of the pack in number of drops. So there is a legitimate concern about his throwing motion.

        People also use the win-loss record as the benchmark on what makes a great QB, as if it were ALL about the QB. For the last couple years, they pull up the stats of the others like Bradford, McCoy, gabbert, etc. and say… “so and so only went 4 for 9 or something like that… as if it were ALL the QB. It just isn’t a fair benchmark when there are 10 other starters on the field with them, and 11 guys on the other side. “Most important” postition seems to be getting confused with “All important” as if win/loss records should be compared like an individual sport like tennis records. It just isn’t persuasive to those looking at the entire picture. So using the win/loss record at face value is just as cherry picked as pointing at his completion percentage ONLY and saying he sucked. Otherwise, I’d have to believe Brad Johnson, Doug Williams, Trent Dilfer, and a couple of others were better QBs than Dan Marino because they won a lot of games and won a Superbowl. I’d have to believe Kyle Orton was something special because he went 10-5 in his rookie season. Yet nobody is dumb enough to make that argument for THOSE guys, yet it gets used all the time in trying to make a case for Tebow.

        Some see his clutch performance late in the 4th as greatness, others see it as him finally waking up after 3 1/2 quarters of almost zero offensive production. It’s always in the eye of the beholder, but BOTH SIDES are cherry picking. Looking at him as a whole, few things are being discounted if looking at it honestly. Everyone admits he is good in the 4th if the game is close. Everyone admits he is superb as a runner. Looking at the running alone and considering nothing else, I might even take his running and scrambling abilities over the likes of RGIII, Cam Newton, or even Michael Vick, believe it or not.

        It isn’t about looking pretty. It never was. And few are saying he didn’t do anything good out there. He had his moments. But he is still seen around the league as a deeply flawed passer, one who is going to take a LOT of work to get around it, and few want to deal with the extra work, ESPECIALLY with Tebowmania breathing down their neck the whole way. We’ll see if the Pats are willing to take on that “project” or if he’s just there to be the jack of all trades.

      • ck says:

        David Oliver: You are more than 100% right and totally agree!! Great post btw!!

  2. shaztah says:

    I agree Bob, Tim is a QB and I think that the Pats are grooming him to take over after Tom. He may play a bit in a different position just to get him used to the playbook but I think he is going to play QB.

  3. Tisa says:

    We can not deny that the Patriots are in a lot of trouble. I don’t want to see Tim play anything but QB, but, if he can help them in any way, I agree that he will do it and it would e nice to see him on the field once in a while. Their lack of receivers and TEs may create an opening for a few option plays. Who knows?

  4. shaztah says:

    Well I wonder why this was not a big topic when Tim was released?

    http://www.metro.us/newyork/sports/nfl/2013/04/30/source-tebow-couldnt-get-a-fair-shot-with-jets/

    All of this from a current player on the Jets if anyone knows the truth then he would. Just confirms the Tebow fans suspicions that Tim was never given a shot and Mark knew it!

    • ck says:

      Shaztah: If the “tat” didn’t tell all then the article summed it up and we know it was payback for beating the Jets when he was the QB for the Broncos!!! T2 was always going to be the better QB b/c he already beat Sleazy Sanchez IMO!!!

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