Patriots did the smart thing by picking up Tim Tebow
Whether you love him or hate him you must appreciate the smarts behind this move.
Tim Tebow, the ‘all in’ football player is the newest member of the New England Patriots, the powerhouse franchise which consistently tops the AFC East.
Since the trade was announced this Tuesday many have been wondering WTF just happened. How did the most famous 3rdstring QB make it from the New York Jets bench to a championship worthy team? I’ll admit, being a native New Yorker I could not resist making fun of my Patriots-fan friends (they deserve it, after-all). But after the sense of shock settled, I started to wonder why the Patriots would make this scandalous move. For a team that minimizes media controversy, taking on ESPN’s knight in shining armor seemed to be the wrong move. But this actually makes perfect sense for the Patriots.
For starters, there will be no QB controversy in New England. Future Hall of Famer, Tom Brady, can rest assured that the crowd will not be chanting for Tebow. Tebow was signed to play Backup Quarterback, not Tight End, and not Running Back. There will be no distractions, like we saw in New York, on where Tebow might show up from week to week. He will play backup QB. With Ryan Mallett as a strong No. 2 in New England, the Patriots can take the year to continue to develop Tebow.
Belichick often has spoken with admiration of Tebow’s versatility, intelligence and character, and Belichick does not see a need for Tebow to only plan on the field. Unlike the Jets braintrust, Belichick sees far beyond game day and devotes time, money and attention to his practice squad.
With the emergence of read option QB’s, preparing for dual-threat quarterbacks is more important than ever. This year the Patriots face numerous mobile QB’s including Geno Smith, EJ Manuel and Cam Newton. The ability for a defense to learn how to defend against a read-option QB is how the league seems to be progressing, and if the Patriots want to remain on top, they must learn how to defend against mobile quarterbacks. With Tebow on the team the Pats they get to see what a mobile quarterback moving around does against defensive looks, and can garner insight from seeing how receivers get open or not. It is a brilliant move my Belichick which will set the Patriots apart from other pass-heavy teams.
For Tebow, this is a blessing. He no longer has to ride on Mark Sanchez’s curtails. Instead of learning what not to do behind Sanchez, Tebow is set to learn about how to play at a high level in the NFL. Tebow will also reunite with offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels who picked up Tebow in the 2010 draft. It looks like a win-win for Tebow and for the fans, because for the first time since 2010, if Tebow is cut, there is no one to blame but Tebow.