New England Patriots Show Hubris In Signing Tim Tebow

By Lucas Carreras
Dec 23, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow (15) runs off the field after the Jets 27-17 loss to the San Diego Chargers at MetLIfe Stadium. The Chargers defeated the Jets 27-17.
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Just as it appeared that NFL fans would be spared of any further news about the future and viability of Tim Tebow as a pro, the New England Patriots dropped a bombshell and it became known he would be joining the team.

The first thought that came to my mind upon hearing the news and seeing the range of reactions on social mediums like Twitter was that this signing showed that once again, Bill Belichick and the Patriots organization are once again being hubris in signing a player.

The Patriots are showing themselves to be hubris in signing Tim Tebow for several reasons. The first is that it cannot assume just because they handle and deal with the media in a certain manner, this will not prevent the media circus that accompanies Tebow from being around.

The Patriots players and coaches will have to get use to being asked about Tebow on a daily basis and while they might deflect the questions and not answer them in a Patriots type of way. That doesn’t mean they won’t be bombarded with said Tebow questions or have to deal with the media circus, something the Patriots view themselves as being above of.

If thinking that the media circus won’t come around by signing Tebow, the Patriots are also demonstrating hubris in thinking that they can get anything out of Tebow, either as a quarterback or swiss-knife player.

The fact of the matter is, Tebow, independent of that run of game winning drives he had when he was named as the starter for the Denver Broncos back during the 2011 season, is not a good quarterback. In a league where a completion percentage below sixty percent is considered to be bad, Tebow during the 2011 season had a completion percentage of forty-six percent. That alone diminishes and did diminish is value of being a good quarterback.

Independent of whether you think the New York Jets misused Tebow during the 2012 season, the fact remains that Tebow also did not show any ability to be at least minimally effective in playing either a fullback, tight end, and or gunner role on punt coverage. Therefore, just because they are the Patriots, somehow Tebow will show to have skill he’s failed to display so far?

Patriots as of late have failed to be able to get anything out of the reclamation projects/signings. The likes of Albert Haynesworth and Chad Johnson (Chad Ochocinco) came to the Patriots with the team thinking they could turn around their careers and get some production out of them only for those two fail and give them nothing in terms of production.

While Bill Belichick admired Tebow while at the University of Florida and Offensive Coordinator Josh McDaniels drafted Tebow while he was head coach of the Broncos, this does not mean that they will somehow get the best of Tim Tebow. For them to think that they will be the ones to make Tebow into a serviceable NFL player and somehow keep the media circus at bay, they are being arrogant and wrongfully so in their thinking.

Lucas Carreras is a contributing San Francisco 49ers writer and general contributor to You can follow Lucas on Twitter by following him @maldini3fan and you can add him to your circle on Google+.


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