The last time Tim Tebow was seen in an NFL uniform, the Heisman Trophy winner had just thrown for 91 yards and two touchdowns in the final game of the 2013 New England Patriots preseason.
For a man that has been off the gridiron for two years the former Florida QB has been making headlines lately. Chip Kelly and the Eagles brought the former Denver Bronco and New York Jet in for a workout and though the two sides didn’t come to an agreement it doesn’t and shouldn’t shut the door on Tebow making a return to the NFL in the 2015 season.
Sam Bradford is the likely Eagle’s starter on opening day and Mark Sanchez the back up. But with recent rumors that Chip Kelly could be gauging interest in third year quarterback Matt Barkley, Tebow could once again be brought into the fold. Kelly values mobility in his quarterbacks and Tebow certainly provides a lot of it but if the rumors hold a sliver of truth then that wouldn’t be his only talent to contribute.
Almost as quickly as word got out that there wouldn’t be a signing, reports came out that Tebow “looked good” in his workout. Tebow has spent his two years out of the NFL training with quarterback coach Tom House. House, a former MLB pitching coach, has a list of clients that includes Tom Brady, Drew Brees, Joe Flacco and Carson Palmer.
Adam Dedeaux, a partner with House has said, “From the moment we started working with him until now, his ability to get the ball out quickly has dramatically improved. His ability to spin the ball and to be accurate is better. He also understands when he misfires…he can be able to answer the question why and make the adjustment.”
Tebow’s last start was a 45-10 shellacking in a divisional round loss to the Patriots in 2011. Though he certainly didn’t play well that night the same could be said for almost the entirety of the team. When Peyton Manning was brought to the mile high city, Tebow was shipped to New York. A year after leading the Broncos to the second round of the playoffs, Tebow threw just eight passes in the 2012 season. Stuck behind Mark Sanchez and with Rex Ryan at the helm, Tebow ended up providing more help with the playbook then on the football field. That hardly seems fair.
Though Tebow got another chance during New England’s preseason, he never showed enough to latch on. It was definitely a squandered opportunity. If a coach was going to find a use for Tebow wouldn’t it be a future hall of famer in Bill Belichick? Still, a 7-4 record as a starter and magic of “Tebowmania” in the clutch is hard to forget.
In the midst of a season that will likely see Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson land with new teams and has already seen Greg Hardy, it would be nice if the NFL could provide a second chance for a player that has worked long and hard to earn it.