Chip Kelly has been no stranger to headlines this NFL offseason. He has gutted the Eagles roster and brought in “his type of guys”. Still no one really knows what the plan is and Kelly won’t necessarily reveal it either. The man has one heck of a poker face. Whether you like the signing of DeMarco Murray or not it was pretty incredible how he pulled it off and robbed him away from division rival Dallas. A move no one saw coming.
So again we don’t know the plan, which means we are not 100% sure why Kelly brought in newly acquired Tim Tebow. The consensus is he’ll be competing for the third-string quarterback position.
Here are pressing questions regarding Tim Tebow’s status in the NFL and the answers should end the debate as to what Tebowmania was/is all about.
Why was Tim Tebow signed by Philadephia?
Tebow was signed by the Eagles for two reasons. One he is a great locker room guy. Third-string quarterbacks rarely see the field and if they do get frequent playing time it usually means the season is a wash. Have you seen the other third-string quarterbacks in the league? It’s putrid to watch them play. Did you watch Ryan Lindley in the playoffs? So why not have a guy that can have a positive impact on those around him?
The second reason is Tebow can actually succeed in Chip Kelly’s system as a backup. It is a simple offense for quarterbacks and his unique athletic talents can open things up for their perennial Pro Bowl running backs.
Why has Tebow had trouble finding a spot on an NFL roster?
Most quarterbacks with a record of 8-5 and a postseason win with over 300 yards passing which included throwing the winning touchdown wouldn’t have trouble finding work. Tim Tebow is the exception. He throws a nice deep ball, but his short to mid-range accuracy is terrible. Denver had to revamp their whole offense to adjust to his style. He’s not the type of quarterback that you can plug into different systems which automatically makes him a potential coach killer. Also if you factor in the media attention he brings (it’s much tamer than a couple years ago) it isn’t worth the headache.
Will Tim Tebow make the Eagles 53-man roster?
Tebow has a good chance to win the third-string job behind Sam Bradford and Mark Sanchez mainly for the reasons I listed above. I don’t believe he is there as another body for camp like Sanchez suggested. If that were the case why not bring it someone who wouldn’t make a lot of noise? Of course all this could change if Philadelphia dumps Bradford and acquires Marcus Mariota.
What is the story behind Tebowmaina? The love? The hate? Will it continue?
Tebow is a polarizing figure. It all started with his incredible career at the University of Florida. Tebow is loved because of his intense play on the field, passionate leadership, his off the field demeanor, and his marketable clean-cut image. There are people who love Tebow because of his Christian faith, which I find odd since there are tons of other athletes that are openly Christian yet they don’t nearly garner the attention that Tebow does for it.
People hate Tebow because they don’t feel a player with his limited skill set should be taking up so much time as the main topic on multiple sport media sources. I’m sure there are some militant atheists who gag at his love of Jesus, but at the end of the day it’s no worse than Russell Wilson or Ray Lewis. There are also people who hate simply just to hate.
Tebowmania has likely reached its peak and unless he actually plays it will never resurface as the phenomenon it was just a few years ago.
What happens if Tebow gets cut?
Kelly runs the Read-Option more than any other coach in the league. This just happens to be Tebow’s biggest strength. If he can’t win a job in this offense that is the friendliest system to his skill set then I think it is pretty safe to say that he is done as a player in the NFL.
He will have several other options though. He could play in the Arena League or Canada. The door is always open for him to go back to broadcasting. Coaching perhaps? Why not? The guy is a great motivator. With his squeaky clean image he could even run for office. The next Mayor of Gainesville? Stranger things have happened.