Tim Tebow Will Never be a New England Patriot

Jan 14, 2012; Foxborough, MA, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow (15) on the field after the game against the New England Patriots in the 2011 AFC divisional playoff game at Gillette Stadium. The Patriots defeated the Broncos 45- 10. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

I’ve seen some of these rumors start to surface so I feel the need to squash them immediately. Since the “quarterback” Tim Tebow has been out of a job this off-season several rumors connecting him and the New England Patriots have been swirling around. Some say Bill Belichick would bring him in just to prove he doesn’t hate Tebow, as was reported incorrectly last month, or just because “that’s something Belichick would do.” These are the worst reasons for any free agent signing, particularly a player like Tim Tebow. The biggest reason for the rumors is that Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels was the coach in Denver that drafted Tebow. McDaniels took a chance on a quarterback that played well in college, and now years later people assume the connection is still there, despite the evidence that Tebow is not fit to be a starting quarterback in the NFL.  The fact that Belichick has put some “outcast” players in a position to succeed combined with McDaniels’ role with the Patriots has caused this speculation, but there are huge negative factors about Tebow that are being overlooked.

The most obvious is that he can’t play quarterback. He lacks the ability to scan a defense and make an accurate throw under pressure. He was good enough to keep the Broncos in games during his time as a starter in 2011, but by no means was he a good quarterback. He had a completion percentage of 46.5%, threw half as many picks as TDs, and fumbled the ball 7 times. He finished the season with a QBR of 29.9. To put that QBR into perspective, Tom Brady finished 2011 with a QBR of 72.7.  In fact, the only players that had a worse QBR than Tebow that year were Sam Bradford, Curtis Painter, and Blaine Gabbert (source: espn.com). Without the Broncos’ defensive stars,  kicker Matt Prater, and a very weak division, there’s no way they would have made the playoffs. A Patriots fan on a comment board said, “I’d rather have Vince Wilfork as my quarterback than Tebow.” While a little extreme, Wilfork can throw a spiral 60 yards, something that seems to be difficult for Tebow.

Another reason Tebow will never be a Patriot is his unwillingness to switch positions.  His quick feet and size could make him an effective tight end if he were willing to switch. He could even play fullback and would have a more successful career than if he decided to stick to playing quarterback. At this point, however, he’s beating a dead horse

with his insistence to keep playing quarterback. Even if he were to switch to a tight end, the Patriots would still have no use for him. Despite the surgeries, the Patriots still have Gronkowski, Hernandez, Ballard, Hoomanawanui, and newcomer Zach Sudfeld. An undrafted rookie out of Nevada, Sudfeld continues to impress at OTAs, which is a sign that even if Gronk isn’t ready to start the season, there are plenty of other people to take his place. Signing Tebow would be an unnecessary expense and would draw unwanted attention.

That  unwanted attention is perhaps the biggest reason for the Patriots to stay away from Tebow. Wherever he goes, the media circus follows. If you’re like me, you hate seeing something about Tebow in nearly every segment of SportsCenter. If he blows his nose, the media will report it. Meanwhile, events like Velasquez’s KO of “Bigfoot” Silva to keep his UFC belt and the entire NHL playoffs go unnoticed. The Patriots already tested the media circus with WR Chad Ochocinco, but even he can’t come close to the commotion that Tebow would cause. Ochocinco only attracted the media when he did or tweeted something outrageous, but the media follows Tebow like a hawk no matter what. Although he doesn’t encourage the media following, he hasn’t necessarily done anything to stop it either. The last thing the Patriots want is constant media attention. So to all those Tebow fans out there, keep dreaming if you ever want to see him in a Patriots uniform. I also suggest you turn to a much better athlete to follow.

Topics: New England Patriots, Tim Tebow

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  • http://sbpra.com/paulvsuffriti Paul V. Suffriti

    Thank you….I agree 100%. He has nothing to offer that will add value to the team.

    • Carter

      You AREN’T a clown.

  • Hal Bent

    Good points. Not the time for a development project at HBack who creates headaches with the media. Too bad there is no NFL Europe anymore for Tebow to go and learn TE for 2 or 3 years because that is what he needs to do: learn to catch the ball and give up on throwing it

    • Carter

      You aren’t a clown either.

  • King_Solomon1

    ANOTHER VILE TEBOW HATER. I BET THE SAME ALLEGED “AUTHOR” CELEBRATES THE COMING OUT OF GAY ATHLETES BUT BASHES TEBOW FOR NO GOOD REASON.

    HERE IS THE BOTTOM LINE……TEBOW IS BETTER THAN AT LEAST 50% OF THE STARTERS IN THE NFL AND EVEN IF YOU DONT AGREE WITH THAT, HE IS BETTER THAN 100% OF THE 2ND AND 3RD TEAMERS FOR SURE. SCUM LIKE THIS “WRITER” , HOWEVER, ARE FIXATED ON HIM AND WRITE ABOUT HIM DAILY, YET AMAZINGLY BLAME OTHERS IN THE “MEDIA” FOR ALL THE ATTENTION.

    • Carter

      Haha dude you’re a clown

      • King_Solomon1

        NO, BUT YOU ARE AN IGNORANT SACK OF DOG SHYTE, SO GO CHOKE ON YOUR BUDDY’S SCHLONG.

        • Carter

          In all honesty, even I liked this last comment from you. It so strongly supported your counter argument that it made me completely forget…
          A) Tebow’s abysmal QBR
          B) Tebow’s abysmal performance against the Patriots, a legitimately good team, while on the road in the playoffs

          In case you actually feel like using logic instead of CAPS lock, your argument could convince me that Tebow’s admittedly awesome victory against the Steelers wasn’t helped tremendously by the fact that…
          A) Polamalu, the man around which the entire steelers D was based, was hurt
          B) The Steelers were on the road in potentially the hardest stadium to play in in terms of physical conditions (thinner air means its harder to breathe unless you are used to it, as the home team Broncos likely were)

          However, your comments have convinced me that the aforementioned facts are useless. You should write for FanSided!

          • King_Solomon1

            YOU ARE A DOUCHE BAG THAT KNOWS NOTHING ABOUT TEBOW. IF YOU DID, YOU WOULD SEE HOW SEVERAL CURRENT STEELERS ENDORSE HIM. BUT YOU ARE A HATER WITH YOUR BUDDY’S SCHLONG IN YOUR MOUTH , SO YOU DON’T HAVE TIME FOR REAL THOUGHTFUL ANALYSIS. JUST KEEP HATING. AND TEBOW WILL JUST KEEP WINNING.

          • Tim Dillon

            wait….Tebow wins?

  • Celia Westbrook

    Never say never in football!

    • Tim Dillon

      I’ve learned my lesson Celia! =p

  • unclealfie

    “Tim Tebow Will Never be a New England Patriot”? Actually, he is a Patriot now. Whether he’ll still be one as of September 1 is a separate question.
    I have to laugh every whenever I read some of the comments from the grocery clerks out there about whether he can/cannot make the 53 man roster. I think most fans, including myself, don’t even realize how little they actually know about football at the NFL level, especially compared to a guy like Belichick.
    Personally, I believe that he has more potential and current value than whoever the 53rd man on the roster might otherwise be. I’m a great admirer of BB and if he sees something he likes in Tebow, I’m behind him 100%.

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