For the last couple seasons, the NFL has been engrossed in the Tim Tebow frenzy. From his position on draft day to whether or not he could run the Denver Broncos offense, Tebow has been the center of many sports debates around the country. Even though he did nothing but win at the University of Florida, the critics questioned whether or not his game would translate to the next level.
After a one-year stint with the New York Jets, it seemed like Tebow was destined to try and play football north of the border this next season. Most teams haven’t shown much interest in signing the quarterback. There was some talk about the Jacksonville Jaguars possibly having an interest but that’s as far as it went.
On Monday, the news broke that Tebow was set to ink a contract with the New England Patriots; a move that seemed to come out of left field. Less than a week ago, Patriots’ head coach Bill Belichick was squashing rumors that he hates Tebow and the way he plays the game. Obviously, Belichick and the rest of the Patriots organization have seen something in him that would warrant an interest. For all the grief he takes and even though a lot of people don’t like his method of coaching and management skills, Belichick is possibly the best in the game at what he does. He has been known to cut players and pick up others midseason.
The Patriots are a team, however, not really looking for a new quarterback. When it’s all said and done, Tom Brady will go down in NFL history as one of the greatest to play the game. He’s already drawn comparisons to Hall-of-Famer Joe Montana with his ability to run an offense and his clutch performances in the Super Bowl. In 2011, they drafted Ryan Mallett in the third round out of Arkansas. The 6-foot-6 quarterback has been backing up Brady and seems to be poised to take over should the time come when he is needed.
For this reason, it makes me wonder what Belichick’s game plan is for Tebow. Sure, he could be a third string quarterback for the Patriots but that doesn’t seem likely. He could be designated to the practice squad, but there again that doesn’t seem practical. Beilichick, however, is a mastermind at moving people around. Much was made about Tebow coming out of college and how he could possibly play Tight End or Fullback in the NFL. It wouldn’t be a surprise if this is what Belichick has in mind. He watched his division rival Jets allow Tebow to hold a clipboard and run only a few plays a week. Although Belichick doesn’t need to prove anything, I wouldn’t put it past him to try and use this to prove a point to Rex Ryan and the rest of the NFL. Tebow could possibly be a third string quarterback but I would watch for him to line up in a different position for the Patriots in 2013.