Flutie: Tim Tebow’s unique( TKS Tawk2 )

Karen Guregian
FOXBORO — Doug Flutie has a unique perspective when it comes to what to make of Tim Tebow being a Patriot, and how this is all going to play out going forward.

Flutie certainly knows all the parties involved.

Like Tebow, he was once signed by Bill Belichick to back up Tom Brady, even though people thought Flutie’s time was done in the NFL. He also comes from a school of quarterbacking that is not considered traditional.

Flutie, who was pitching EA Sports’ NCAA Football 14 video game when reached yesterday, believes part of Tebow being here is nothing more than Belichick being Belichick and believing he can prove all the naysayers wrong.

Bring Tebow in, coach him up, and let the chips fall where they may. Thus far, offensive assistant Brian Daboll has been a constant at Tebow’s side, lecturing, mentoring and teaching.

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“It’s Bill being Bill. Bill wants to prove he can do this,” said Flutie. “He sees it as a challenge. So he’s going to put his best foot forward and give it every chance. He obviously believes in Tim Tebow. He’s a character guy. He’s the type of guy that’s going to get better and work hard at it . . . so I’d love to see this work.”

But have it work in what way? As a quarterback, which has been a mixed bag thus far in the NFL, or something else?

Flutie doesn’t believe for one minute we’ll see a position change. Tebow isn’t going to be a tight end. Or morph into an H-back. He’s going to be a quarterback.

“You don’t just step in at the NFL level, and learn to play tight end, or learn to play fullback, or H-back. I’m sure Tim can line up and run a few routes and catch the ball. And do that,” Flutie said. “But to play a tight end position, or a slot position, or H-back, there’s a lot that goes into that. You don’t just all of a sudden learn it. There’s blocking schemes, there’s tandem blocks . . . there’s all kinds of things. He’s a great athlete, he’s going to do anything asked of him. I think he’s a guy who’s going to help them get better in the week during practice, and if Bill can find a role, he will. But I think the No. 1 reason is to have him as the No. 3 quarterback.”

Quite a few noted throwing coaches have tried to straighten out Tebow’s flawed mechanics. Some elements have improved, but there are still problems with taking too long in the wind up, along with accuracy. He also isn’t quick with decision-making. Good luck to Daboll.

During practice, Tebow has run some read-option plays, but it’s likely that was for the benefit of the defense. That style of offense has become popular in the NFL. The Pats are scheduled to face two read-option quarterbacks this season, Miami’s Ryan Tannehill and Carolina’s Cam Newton.

Flutie can’t see Tebow ever coming in for Brady unless the franchise QB is injured.

“I don’t think you take Tom Brady off the field when Tom Brady is healthy. Short yardage, goal line, I still want Tom on the field because you can go play action and throw the football,” said Flutie. “I don’t see it unless Tom’s banged up, and you’re down to your No. 2. Now, Tim becomes a factor going in during short yardage, goal line, whatever. Not when Tom’s healthy.”

Yesterday, like every day, Tebow was the last guy off the field. He worked overtime, throwing countless passes to rookie tight end Zach Sudfeld and fullback Ben Bartholomew.

He also took a few questions from the media before heading off to sign autographs.

“We’ve seen glimpses . . . there’s potential there,” Flutie said of his fellow Heisman Trophy winner. “It’s consistency, and that’s what they’re working at, to get it down. So, there’s potential there. Bill sees it and wants to work with him and give him every opportunity. You can win with those kind of guys on your team, the guys who are going to bust their tails off and do what’s asked. You can live with that, even if it doesn’t really pan out as a quarterback down the road. But I’m not counting it out


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8 Responses to “Flutie: Tim Tebow’s unique( TKS Tawk2 )”

  1. Lynn says:

    Someone asked about Friday’s practice report, I posted a few things, and that now all seems to have disappeared, but here are a few more lines from Friday.

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    Quote of note: “I’ve really enjoyed it. He’s a great guy. He’s fun to be around. He’s had a lot of experience and a lot of productivity, so we have good conversation. He loves playing football and those are usually the type of guys that do well.” — Tom Brady, on what it’s been like having Tim Tebow in the quarterbacks room.

    Brady and Tebow hold court: After practice, quarterbacks Tom Brady and Tim Tebow answered questions from reporters. The big topic for Brady during camp has been how he’s adjusting to his new receivers, particularly rookies Aaron Dobson (second round), Josh Boyce (fourth round) and Kenbrell Thompkins (free agent). “They’re smart kids that want to work hard and have really come into this environment and really taken to everything that the coaches have tried to talk to them about, everything that I’ve tried to talk to them about,” he said. “That’s been the fun part is when guys are eager to come in and learn, listen, and try to do the right thing.”

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    By Field Yates | ESPNBoston.com

    3. For those who have been unable to make it out for a practice, there are a handful of players who are routinely among the first on the field: the specialists (punters, kicker, long snapper), which is to be expected as each practice opens with a special-teams walk-through period, as well as quarterback Tim Tebow, safety Kanorris Davis, running back Leon Washington and defensive end/outside linebacker Marcus Benard.

    Brady enjoying Tebow’s presence
    August, 2, 2013
    By Mike Reiss | ESPNBoston.com

    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Patriots quarterback Tom Brady said Friday that it’s been a positive experience having Tim Tebow on the team.

    “I’ve really enjoyed it. He is a great guy. He is fun to be around,” Brady said. “He’s had a lot of experience and a lot of productivity. We have good conversation. He loves playing football and that’s usually the type of guys who do well here.”

    Tebow, who projects as the No. 3 quarterback behind Brady and top backup Ryan Mallett, seems to be growing more comfortable in recent practices. The plays he runs generally look different from what Brady and Mallett execute; less drop-back passing and more running.

    Seven practices into training camp, Tebow, who has also lined up as the personal protector on the punt team, was asked for a status report on how he feels things are progressing.

    “I’m feeling good, working hard,” he relayed. “I’m just trying to get better every single day. That’s our goal. … Just learning the offense, you feel more comfortable every single day. There is some carry-over from Denver, but then it’s picking up again and running with it and trying to understand it and play fast.”

    Along those lines, Tebow added that he’s benefitted from having assistant coach Brian Daboll working with him directly in practice at times. Daboll, the former offensive coordinator for the Browns, Dolphins and Chiefs, has the official title of “coaching assistant” with the Patriots.

    “He’s been great. He’s a very bright football mind, offensive mind. He’s been around the game a lot, been a lot of places, and really understands it well,” Tebow said. “When [offensive coordinator] Josh [McDaniels] is busy doing so many things, sometimes Coach Daboll can step in there and really help as well.”

    Seemingly after every practice, Tebow has stayed late, in part to sign autographs.

    “It means a lot to be able to make someone smile or make someone’s day,” he said. “To be able to encourage someone by signing an autograph, it’s a very little thing that can go a long way. I know, because when I was a young boy and I got Danny Wuerffel’s autograph, or Emmitt Smith’s autograph, what it meant to me. You want to be a good role model, someone that a young boy or young girl can look up to.”

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    August, 2, 2013
    By Mike Reiss | ESPNBoston.com

    The Patriots announced that training camp will end Aug. 15, meaning that Saturday marks the final weekend practice.

    The remaining schedule:

    Friday, Aug. 2 – 2:20 p.m.
    Saturday, Aug. 3 – 9 a.m.
    Monday, Aug. 5 – 10 a.m.
    Monday, Aug. 12 – 2:20 p.m.
    Tuesday, Aug. 13 – 2:20 p.m.
    Wednesday, Aug. 14 – 2:20 p.m.
    Thursday, Aug. 15 – 2:20 p.m.


    • tawk2 says:

      Thanks for posting Lynn, great news on Tim! No surprise that Tim is one of the first one on the field and one of the last ones to leave each day.

      Thanks Buzzy for posting above story, I found it this morning, I am sure you would’ve posted it, I guess I beat you to the punch, lol.

      I love this site everyone always working together and keeping us informed with the latest news on Tim.

    • Sage says:

      Very helpful to see posts like this, here. Thanks!

    • ck says:

      Lynn: Glad to see all the positives and T2, as always, making the most of an opportunity as well…wondering if Riley Cooper will be o.k. due to negative info., but hope everything works out; it would be something if he gets to play again w/T2!

    • Sage says:

      They report some good throws and lesser ones. Granting that interceptions are a big no-no, why does it otherwise matter whether you miss a pass completion by 6 inches or 6 feet. Tebow is substantive enough that some big misses could be simply risk management.

      If you want consistency, watch Tim after 2 years with the same program.

      • ck says:

        Sage: That is telling it like it is and would be a fair assessment!!!

      • ck says:

        Sage: After reading the article which seemed a tad biased, brings to mind the armpit analogy (“Opinions are like armpits…everyone has them and they S-T-I-N-K!”)–AND JUST WAIT UNTIL T2 HAS THE PLAYBOOK MEMORIZED B/C THE “FLASHES OF LEGIT NFL QB” WILL BE ON DISPLAY GUARANTEED!!! LOOK WHAT HE DID FOR DENVER AS THEIR LEGIT NFL QB!!!

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