Brian Baldinger: Tim Tebow isn’t playing well, making Eagles QB competition ‘a beauty contest’

 Tim Tebow has all but overshadowed Eagles training camp. 

Tebow’s mediocre play in two preseason games has dominated the conversation after resounding preseason victories over the Indianapolis Colts and Baltimore Ravens. 

While many focus on the battle for the third quarterback job behind Sam Bradford and Mark Sanchez, NFL analyst Brian Baldinger hasn’t been impressed by Tebow’s play. 

“He’s not playing well,” Baldinger said Monday on 97.5 FM The Fanatic’s morning show with Jon Marks and Eytan Shander. “Let’s face it. He’s not seeing the field well. Obviously, he’s a crowd favorite. 

“Neither quarterback has played well. Matt Barkley didn’t play well the other night. The fact is, we’re talking about the third quarterback. It’s a beauty contest at this point. You can make a case for either player.”

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Eagles head coach Chip Kelly said Monday that Barkley and Tebow had “up and down” performances against the Ravens in Week 2 of the preseason Saturday. 

Through two preseason games Tebow is 8-of-17 for 82 yards passing with three sacks, while Barkley is 18-of-34 for 278 yards with one interception and one sack. On the ground, Tebow had added 46 yards and one touchdown. 

If Kelly has yet to make up his mind on who will be the team’s third quarterback, it will be fascinating to see if he ignores Barkley’s ability to pass from the pocket in favor of Tebow’s propensity for making plays with his legs — even when wide receivers are breaking open in the back of the end zone — as this competition reaches its final two games. 

“Obviously, a crowd favorite like Tebow … maybe he can do a few more things than Barkley,” Baldinger said. “Who knows how often they’re actually going to activate a third quarterback? Chances are, they won’t activate a third quarterback all that often. 

“So, I still don’t think this is going to have very much of an impact on the football team.” 

Sam Bradford, the Eagles’ presumed starting quarterback, has shown the effects of missing the past two seasons, Baldinger said. 

“He was a little rusty,” Baldinger said. “He kind of double-clutched one to Nelson Agholor and kind of missed him a little bit. He was probably a little unsure if he should pull the trigger or not, but he saw the field well. 

“The ultimate reward for any quarterback is ‘did they get the ball in the end zone?’ And they did.” 

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14 Responses to “Brian Baldinger: Tim Tebow isn’t playing well, making Eagles QB competition ‘a beauty contest’”

  1. David Oliver says:

    YUK !

  2. Sam says:

    The problem with those analysis is, that Tim and Barkley are compared as equal, but Barkley has 3 years in this offense and Tim is new here and was 2 years out of the game.
    when talking about Bradford, he is rusty because he is out of the game for 2 years, but with Tim, nobody mention him beiing out of the game 2 years…

    • jp says:

      I’ve heard Baldy and he seems like a good reporter and is very popular
      in Phil. He is in the same predicament as all the analysts incl. Ditka
      A fair evaluation would bring up Barkleys propensity to turn the ball over when he got the chance to play in a reg season game. Sanchez turning the ball over in crunch time. Bradfords inability to win big games. Instead we hear the constant refrain that T holds the ball to long… we know this means that T extends the play and crushes defenses with great scrambles and big pass plays.. check the Minn and Oakland games where other QBS would have been sacked thrown a PICK or thrown the ball away… Evan Ditka has to qualify his support… I think Kelly is hedging his bet with T… he knows with Murray and a good line T can win games if his Brad and Sanchez bet goes snake eyes.

  3. lex says:

    has anyone heard if tebow was on the practice field today? if so, how did he do?

    appreciate all of your comments on this article!

  4. Danny says:

    Not a lot of news about practices anymore. Since Monday only the first 15 minutes is open to the media. It will be that way for the rest of training camp.

  5. David says:

    Tebow has thrown 1 interception in camp and Barkley has thrown 5 which includes a pick 6 against the Ravens in practice. In the preseason game Barkley threw the ball to the defense 2 or 3 times in 20 attempts. They dropped it the first time. The first string will catch those throws. Barkley doesn’t have the arm strength to beat an NFL defense. Sanchez has the same problem averaging about 20 interceptions in each of his last 3 seasons. The only time that Tebow got to play with some of the better players, he completed 5 of his first 6 passes.
    Tebow is a complete QB and doesn’t have to always throw the ball or die like the other QBs. Can he make the throws? You bet.

    Tebow’s gonna run! OOPS!

    • ck says:

      David: Agree and it is like they are purposely holding him back b/c they are not wanting to look like the ill-advised naysayers that are, in fact, WRONG!!! He needs to play w/at least the 2nd team on reps so they can attempt to run the RIGHT ROUTES ETC.!!! Something sure is rotten jmo!:(
      Buzzy Says : I think they are going to use Tim in short yardage But don’t want to show it in the PreSeason so the teams wont prepare for it the same reason they dont let him play with the 1&2s.

  6. lex says:

    love the facts presented, david. and, your sense of humor!

  7. Pamelot says:

    I swear, he drops one ball and the vultures descend…. It’s o.k.; he will outlast all of them.

  8. lex says:

    isn’t that the truth, pamelot.

  9. ck says:

    Looks like they are playing Saturday at 7:00 p.m. against Green Bay w/Aaron Rodgers no less…GO TEBOW!!!
    Buzzy Says : 7:30 in GB 8:30 eastern

  10. lex says:

    Go Tebow!

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