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.

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8 Responses to “Having Tebow is a plus for Eagles( Tks Lynn B )”

  1. David Oliver says:

    These evaluations are getting more optimistic –
    overall, which is a good foundation for Tim Tebow
    to end up being the starting QB before the season is over!

    Reality of Potential can been Truth if given the opportunity!

  2. David Oliver says:

    Sorry, that is: Reality of Potential can BECOME Truth if given the opportunity!

  3. Andrea says:

    Another good article written about Tebow. I wonder if we are getting set-up by the mainstream sports media. Got to watch those idiots like a hawk.

    • ck says:

      Andrea: Agree that there seems to be a 180 degree turn where T2 is concerned…”He will make even your enemies to be at peace”–Proverbs 16:7.

  4. brandi says:

    This article perpetuates some bad perceptions. Tim’s Completion % in Denver is skewed by Fox’s instructions to “beach” the ball if he thought there was any chance at all of an interception. Add to that, for much of the Season, Tim was also discouraged from taking off and running with the ball if he didn’t see an opening. That Completion number isn’t representative of Tim’s Passing. But it continues to get highlighted like it does.

    And there was no good reason for the Patriots to have brought Tim in other than possibly let him get some exposure and possibly see if some sort of fit could be created. But he was never going to be Brady’s back-Up. Just way too different in styles. At the time the Pats signed him, most NFL Media said if it wasn’t for the personal connections with McDaniels and the Meyer-Belichick relationship, it’d be hard to see any reason to bring Tim in given how different his styles/skills and the Patriots needs were.

    But of course everyone who wrote that then forgets it now and just makes it sound like the Patriots didn’t like what they saw.

    I think most here know, I don’t just jump on the Media just to shout FOUL. But this stuff keeps getting written by SportsWriters who should know better and it paints a really negative impression.

    Buzzy Says If you take his rushes that he made a TD Or 1st Down as a attempt and a compleation rather than a check down in each game and add to his record the it comes out at about 60%

  5. David Oliver says:

    Brandi – Good overview of the big picture of historical reality…
    and the bias they refuse to trash..

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