A year after the New York Jets traded for Tim Tebow, creating immense media captivation and controversy, the team announced on Monday of the long expected release of one of the NFL’s most popular players. With Tebow now a free agent, the question that everyone wants to know is whether or not he will ever play again in the NFL.
The New England Patriots have been listed as a potential landing spot for Tebow. Recall that Patriots’ offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels drafted Tebow in 2010 in the first round when he was the head coach of the Denver Broncos. Despite the apparent tie between McDaniels and Tebow, the Patriots should stay far, far away from a quarterback that receives rock-star media coverage despite contributing little on the football field.
Bringing Tebow to New England would certainly generate buzz, but being part of the media spotlight has never been the bravado of Patriots head coach Bill Belichick, who instills a no-nonsense culture in his locker-room. In fact, “Tebowmania” could potentially be toxic to the all-business Patriots.
Sure, Belichick may have praised Tebow this past season, calling him a “valuable player” and noting his versatility on offense and on special teams. And yes, Belichick would love to turn a former Jets player that was released by Rex Ryan into an impact performer, just like he did with Danny Woodhead. But realistically, it would be senseless for the Patriots to bring in a gimmick quarterback like Tebow.
The Patriots already have a very capable backup quarterback in Ryan Mallett. There is no need to bring in the media circus that is Tim Tebow. The reality is that signing the 25-year-old mechanically-deprived quarterback would only hurt the Patriots moving forward.