Dec. 23, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow (15) runs off the field after the game against the San Diego Chargers at MetLife Stadium. Chargers won 27-17. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports
When I heard that the New England Patriots had signed Tim Tebow I nearly dropped dead. This was easily the most unexpected move the Patriots have made in the last five years in my opinion. I know that some people have said that this makes the most sense for both parties and stuff like that, but to me this came as a huge surprise.
My first reaction to this was “what the hell is Belichick thinking!”. But after thinking it over, I have calmed down and I really don’t mind Belichick making this move. My basic thinking is this: the Patriots need a third string QB right now because Mike Kafka was released today. I don’t respect Tebow’s ability to play QB in this league, but he is good enough to play as a third stringer. So, because of this, I think that Belichick saw a guy that the Pats could go out and get at a cheap price to come and backup Tom Brady and Ryan Mallet. There are a lot of people saying that he is going to play fullback, or tight end or something like that and I think that is way off. Belichick is a very intelligent guy and I think he knows what he is doing. The Patriots are loaded at tight end, and they never really need a fullback. This is without even mentioning the fact that Tebow has expressed to the media that he does not want to switch positions. So because of those reasons, I highly doubt that Tebow plays a position other than quarterback.
If the Patriots do indeed keep Tebow at QB, then I don’t see any problem with this signing as long as one thing happens. As long as there is no circus surrounding Tebow and the Patriots throughout the 2013 season. We saw what this did to the Jets last season, and I really don’t want that to happen to the Pats. Now, there are a few differences between these two situations. The first is that there will be zero QB controversy here in New England, and if anybody disagrees then they have no business talking about football. Tom Brady is the best quarterback in the league as far as I’m concerned, and Tim Tebow is not in the same universe as him. However the way I see it, Tebow is a guy that is going to bring attention to himself no matter what the circumstances are. Even if he is a third string quarterback I think he will try to get the media surrounding him once again. But I was talking to Musketfire’s very own Christopher Field on twitter today, and he brought up a very good point. If there is one place on earth where ‘Tebow Mania’ can be halted, it is Foxboro, Massachusetts. Bill Belichick is the best in the business at forcing his team to be tight-lipped, and hopefully he can work his magic once again with Tebow.
If the Patriots can avoid the circus that came to the Jets and the Broncos, then I think this move was a good one for them, because they get a solid third string quarterback at a very low price (numbers not released yet). Amid all of this talk about Tebow, let us remember one thing. Bill Belichick is one of the smartest men to ever step foot on a football field, and when in doubt we have to trust him.