New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft has made it no secret that he is a fan of third-string quarterback Tim Tebow, who survived the first string of cuts and will have one more preseason game to bounce back. Tebow is squarely on the bubble, and many of us here on Musket Fire have the popular QB on the outside looking in. When the Patriots first signed Tebow, Kraft was quick to praise his character, and Bill Belichick seems to be a fan of him (I’m sure Josh McDaniels is as well). But liking somebody as a person is different from believing that they have a chance to help your team win, and that decision, as Kraft stated, is clearly up to Belichick.
Here’s what Kraft said at the kickoff gala, “I’m rooting for him big time. I’m in his corner, but I have the privilege of letting Bill make those decisions. He has a pretty good record doing it.”
Kraft basically stated later on that it’s all about having 53 players on the roster who can put you in the best position to win, and I would argue that Tim Tebow won’t help at all unless if he can be effectively used elsewhere at quarterback (there is no way Tom Brady comes off the field at any point just so Tebow can run plays under center). The tricky thing about developing a QB for the future is that you have to believe they have the ability to develop into something, and what works against Tebow is the fact that he has to take up a spot on the roster in order to develop.
I will say that I do like Tebow as a person, and it’s easy to see why Kraft and many others do. However, it is important to be like Kraft and not let character cloud the overall judgement of how a player can help a team.