The phrase has been used so often now that it’s becoming a cliche: ‘I want Tim Tebow dating my daughter but not playing quarterback for my football team.’ Every male fan of the Philadelphia Eagles is probably saying that now as well because the latest NFL rumors have Tebow coming to Philadelphia in 2013 under new Eagles head coach Chip Kelly.
It remains to be seen whether Kelly’s super-quick spread option offense will work in the NFL, but surely Tebow isn’t the guy to run it, right?. Michael Vick or Nick Foles probably aren’t perfect fits either, but Tebow hasn’t had success anywhere else, so why would he work in Kelly system?
But Kelly’s system is from the college ranks, where Tebow was a superb player, a Heisman Trophy winner and a finalist for the award in two other seasons even. He excelled running the option in college and the short, quick passes required in Kelly’s scheme might be exactly the way to for Tebow in the pros.
With LeSean McCoy to take handoffs and catch passes from him, Tebow wouldn’t be required to throw the ball down the field a ton and he’d have a weapon in DeSean Jackson similar to what he had in Percy Harvin while with the Florida Gators.
This might have been the plan all along with the Eagles and Kelly–recreate the 2007 Gators offense. With a very successful college coach like Kelly, who employs a college scheme relatively similar to the one Florida used, Tebow might find the place in which he best fits at the pro level. It could be a disaster, but the Eagles won’t know unless they give it a shot.