NEPD Editor: Doug Kyed
The Peyton Manning sweepstakes is over – Peyton Manning is going to be a Bronco. Now that is settled, where will Tim Tebow end up?
John Clayton reported on ESPN Radio that there is a rumor that if Manning winds up on the Broncos, the New England Patriots are the favorites to land Tim Tebow in a trade.
That’s right, and it might actually make sense on a few of levels. It was widely reported that the Patriots were interested in Tebow prior to the 2010 season. Tebow spent a couple of days in Foxboro, working out with the team and meeting with Bill Belichick and Nick Caserio.
The inclusion of Josh McDaniels, the man who traded up to draft Tebow back in 2010, makes this even more interesting. Tebow may not have started any games while McDaniels was head coach there (he was fired prior to Tebow’s three starts), but McDaniels did use him as a goal line option, scoring three touchdowns in twelve rushing attempts.
Finally, we’ve seen the affinity Bill Belichick has for former Florida Gators. In the 2010 draft alone, the Patriots selected TE Aaron Hernandez, LB Brandon Spikes and LB/DE Jermaine Cunningham. Granted, I’d probably rather add Cam Newton, Chris Rainey, Percy Harvin, Riley Cooper, David Nelson, Mike Pouncey, Maurkice Pouncey, Carlos Dunlap, Joe Haden and Janoris Jenkins from that 2008 National Championship team over Tebow, but that connection is still there.
So where does Tebow fit in with the Patriots? Would he be the new future under center? Would he be a goal line option? A fullback? Another tight end? Merely a backup?
There’s a lot of layers here. If Tebow was looked at as the future QB of the Patriots, then I would expect either Ryan Mallett or Brian Hoyer to be moved this offseason. With so many teams carrying just two quarterbacks last season, there would be no reason to carry four.
The logical move would be to trade Hoyer, then essentially have a competition between Mallett and Tebow for the role as future QB. The Pats will be able to get more for Mallett in a trade, but there’s also a reason for that, he holds a better future.
Some may say it wouldn’t make sense to bring Tebow in for goal line situations, not only does it take Tom Brady off the field, but Brady is also one of the best QB-sneak artists in the league. I agree with all of that, but the less hits Brady takes, and the less Brady has to run between the tackles for a first down or touchdown, the more it may prolong his career.
I can’t imagine Tebow being happy switching positions, but it’s the option I would most prefer as a Patriots fan. Overall, I’m not overly excited by the idea of Tim Tebow, starting QB of my favorite team.
I think there is something about Tebow that invigorates his teammates. The Broncos vastly overachieved last season, and Tebow is Brady-esque in his fourth quarter comebacks. I am not sure though how Tebow will do with his teammates while taking over for a legend like Brady.
The Tebow magic is fun to watch, but it may be more fun to watch from afar, and not in your own backyard every week. I’ve got my hopes up for Mallett as the starting QB.
What do you guys think? Would you be excited for Tebow time in New England?