Yes, I am a Tim Tebow fan. Am I a big one? Umm, you could say that. The thing about a guy like Tebow, at least from my point of view, is that while he may not be the best player on the field (and let’s be real, he’s certainly not), he captivates the imagination. For those of us who would call ourselves Tebow fans, something about the way Tebow plays just makes you want to believe in him.
We know he’s not a pocket passer. We know the mechanics are wonky (yep, that’s the word I’m going with). His tendencies and skillset are unorthodox and he’ll probably never fit in as a traditional QB. But the thing is, when Tebow was given a real chance during the 2011 season, he didn’t let the city of Denver down.
It wasn’t always the most beautiful sight. It didn’t always look like it was headed in the right direction. But Tebow led the same team Kyle Orton led to a 1-4 start to an 8-8 finish. To those who support the notion that it was the defense and the run game that got Denver to the playoffs that year, let’s reflect on Kyle Orton’s efforts early on.
Orton had thrown for 979 yards, 8 TDs, 7 INTs, and completed 58.7 percent of his passes. Not great numbers, but not terrible either. Most of the losses Denver accrued early on were decided by only a few points, leading me to surmise that Orton’s play, while not yielding the desired outcome for Denver, was not all that bad.
Why then, is it so easy to state the Tebow can lay no claim to Denver’s success in 2011?
Tebow finished the regular season 7-4 as a starter. He guided the team to an improbable win against the heavily-favored Steelers in the first round of the playoffs. The man finds a way to win games, not despite, but because of his unusual skillset.
And now, as preseason rolls around the corner, Tebow has a chance to earn his first permanent spot on an NFL roster since his brief (and unfortunate) tenure with the Jets.
Chip Kelly’s offense seems to be the best fit of any NFL offense for Tebow, utilizing a fast pace and the play action. Kelly claims that his offense is “quarterback-proof.” Well, here’s the biggest test anyone could hope for, Philadelphia. Tebow, unorthodox style of play and all, could find his way onto the 53-man roster come September. Chip Kelly didn’t bring him in for nothing.
Assuming he does make the cut, it will be very interesting to see how Kelly plans on using Tebow. Is it truly to compete with Bradford and Sanchez for the number one spot? Is it even to compete with third-year quarterback Matt Barkley? Or are we in for something of a surprise, with Tebow filling some role other than that of backup QB.
It seems unlikely that out of every available QB in free agency, Chip Kelly would select Tebow, who bears little similarity to either Bradford or Sanchez in the way of talent and play style, to play strictly as backup. If he wanted a poor man’s Bradford (or even Sanchez for that matter), they’re out there. If he wanted the next best thing, he could’ve found it.
But Kelly’s a guy who’s already made a lot of moves that have shaken things up in Philly. This just reinforces my belief that he’s got something up his sleeve.
He’s an out of the box thinker and he likes to keep people guessing. Just look at how he’s made over his offense this offseason. I think this just goes to show though, that he might really have something in mind with this Tebow move.
Personally, I’d love to see it.