Tim Tebow Signs with the Eagles

This just might be my favorite signing of the offseason. I’ve always loved Tim Tebow, no matter your religious beliefs, you can’t hate on a man who works hard, does the right things and loves the game of football.

In an interview by UFC fighter Brendan Schaub with Urban Meyer for The Fighter and the Kid podcast, Meyer said that “he has never seen a person train like Tim Tebow did” during his time at Florida. He says that Tebow and John Simon who is a linebacker for the Houston Texans are the two hardest workers he’s ever met in his 28 years of coaching. He said, he has never met anyone like Tebow or Simon. To this statement, Schaub agreed that in all of his years playing football at the University of Colorado to his days in the UFC, he has never met anyone like Tim Tebow.

Over the last two years, since the Patriots cut him after the 2013 training camp, Tom House has been Tebow’s throwing coach. House works with Drew Brees, Tom Brady, Carson Palmer, along with “12 or 13” current quarterbacks. House then reiterated the point made by Meyer and Schaub saying to Albert Breer, “What amazes me is this young man, with no job prospects, has prepared just as hard as he would if he were the No. 1 quarterback for an NFL team. He’s busted his butt. He spins the ball better than he did and he’s much more accurate than he was. I think he’s ready.”

He went on to say that he’s helped Tebow with his throwing as he came to him after he was released by the Patriots because Tom Brady recommended him. He stated, “he had trouble spinning the ball and he wasn’t very accurate. We didn’t do much conditioning or route trees or run many defenses against him. We honestly felt we could help him with his throwing like everyone else, but this time, he got enough reps where the change was made.”

What we are about to see is a man who worked his ass off finally get an opportunity to prove himself in the NFL in a system that fits his talents. While we know that Sam Bradford is slated to be their starter and they could still make a move for Marcus Mariota, Tebow has a real opportunity to show what he can do in the read-option style offense that Chip Kelly ran at Oregon and would still like to run in the NFL.

During that magical 2011 season with the Broncos, Tebow went 7-4 in 11 starts, passing for 1729 yards with 12 touchdowns to 6 interceptions, but with only a 46.5% completion percentage. He was a threat on the ground running for 660 yards and 6 touchdowns at 5.4 yards per carry. In that playoff win against the Steelers, he threw for 316 yards with two touchdowns and 50 yards on the ground with a rushing TD. He has shown he can play in the NFL, but he isn’t the prototypical passer, so he hasn’t been able to find a home in the NFL.

Thankfully for him, and something that is true for every player, you only need one team to like you. You only need to fit into the system of one team and you will have an opportunity to play.

While he didn’t fit into many team’s systems the last few years, I also believe that part of the reason he was out of the NFL because no one wants their third string quarterback to bring the circus to town with him with the way the media covered him. A large part of the reason he was out of the NFL is that he is unlike any other player in the NFL, especially being a lefty. Maybe you could have him back-up Russell Wilson, Colin Kaepernick, or Cam Newton, but Wilson and Newton had capable back-ups already. The big thing is, you can’t have a system quarterback as your back-up because then it creates a real issue if your QB goes down, in Philadelphia, he won’t have that problem.

On the Eagles side of this, they just got a player who fits their system very nicely, a former first-round pick, so a guy we know is talented and could be a major player in the right system, for the veteran minimum. On top of that, they got a guy who has spent the last two years perfecting his throwing motion and, while he hasn’t played a snap in the NFL since 2012, he is certainly healthy and well rested for a 16 game season. With DeMarco Murray, Ryan Mathews and Darren Sproles in the backfield, they could have an incredible read-option, rushing attack with Tebow back there. Chip Kelly would love the creativity he could bring to the offense with that backfield.

This could end up being a long-term proposition, who knows. If we go back and look at when Michael Vick signed with the Eagles in 2009, he didn’t play much that first season, he got acclimated to the game that year after two full seasons out of the game and then exploded for an MVP level 2010 campaign.

Unlike Vick, Tebow was still involved in the game, still training like the mad man that he is, working on TV in positions that forced him to continue to watch film and study the game.

Sure, it might take him a little bit of time to get into form and who knows what form that will be, but this could be an incredible signing for the Eagles. It’s a low-risk, high-reward deal and, at the least, they are getting themselves a hard worker, a great person and a world-class leader in that locker room.

I applaud Tim Tebow, it takes a lot of heart to stay dedicated to your vision and work hard at something that no one thinks you can accomplish. No one deserves this opportunity more than Tebow and he’s living out a dream inspiring people along the way, just like he wants to. If he pulls off this comeback story, he’s going to show all of us that anything is possible if you believe in yourself and you’re willing to put the work in.

And frankly, if you don’t like Tim Tebow, it says a lot more about you, than it does about him.

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  • Tyler Ferree

    My issue is at base Tebow’s skill set isn’t quarterback, its Fullback. He has minimal arm talent, no amount of coaching will fix that. He’s too big to play halfback effectively, and isn’t fluid enough to be anything more than a blocker at tight end, that leaves fullback. I have nothing against him personally (ESPN’s infatuation with him is another story), but the reality is he isn’t an NFL starting quartback, basic scouting reveals that much fairly quickly.

    • Anthony Brown

      In my gut, I want to agree with you, but then we didn’t see Tebow work out. Chip Kelly has. It is a human failing to pigeon-hole people. Whatever he once was doesn’t mean he is the same now. I’m not expecting much, but Tebow landed in the best possible spot — with a coach who believes in QB mobility in the NFL.

      • Tyler Ferree

        Actually no, Kelly’s system isn’t about mobility, more important are quick decision making and accuracy. That is which Foles thrived while Vick flunked out, and why Kelly pounced on Bradford. Those have NEVER been Tebow’s strong suits, and for all the talk of his improved mechanics, i’ll believe it when is see it. we heard this a couple years ago when he was working with another esteemed QB guru, George Whitfeild, lo and behold once he got on the feild for the preseason his mechanics were the exact same hot mess they were prior.

    • Lol Tyler, you can say that you don’t believe in Tebow the player and not be called a hater my man. I’m mainly saying the people who are like irate over him being picked up for what’s essentially a tryout and a veteran minimum contract. It’s like, “hello? Everyone who knows him says he looks better, he doesn’t deserve a shot at a back-up QB job?”

      • Tyler Ferree

        I know, i’m more covering myself against people who don’t get that subtlety with that bit (also i’m not one to pass up a chance to take shot at ESPN, hence the follow on).

      • icerob

        I’m happy that he got a chance, but I certainly don’t believe in Tebow the player. The fact is he’s been a terrible QB so far, but if he truly did improve his mechanics substantially it will be a remarkable story. It’s a long-shot, obviously, and people who know a person will always speak well about him it they like him, but he clearly earned an off-season roster spot in his workout, so good for him.

        As far as hatin’, I sure do hate the ignorance Tebow brings out in people and the media. “He just wins, baby, wohooo!” Idiots.

        • Aethelred

          Yes, I agree. I would never root against any out-of-work player getting another chance to pursue his dream, but the fact remains Tebow was horrendous when he last got on the field.

          His 2011 campaign for the Broncos was far from “magical”, as the “all he does is win” camp would have it (they never seem to remember the week following the miracle playoff win when all he did was get blown out by New England). His base stats – 126/271 (46.5%), 1729 yds, 12 tds, 6 ints – are hardly impressive. But they conceal a far worse performance that more advanced stats do pick up. Football Outsiders ranked his 2011 40th out of the 47 QBs who attempted 100+ passes, ahead of only Cassel, Skelton, Painter, Bradford, Ponder, Hanie, and Gabbert. Yuck. ESPN QBR gave him almost identical marks. Likewise, PFF ranked him well towards the bottom (27/36), notably showing Tebow to be the least accurate QB in the league that year (59.8%).

          The sub-50% completion percentage is a major red flag for his future prospects. Tebow is one of only five QB’s complete less than half of his passes in a season in the salary cap era. The others – Akili Smith, Heath Shuler, Craig Whelihan, and Kerry Collins (twice) – had a combined record of 14-36. (Ryan Leaf hit exactly 50% in 2000, going 1-8). Of those, only Collins was able to resurrect his career, and he was never out of football like Tebow. And, of course, Collins did not carry the additional red flag of a 10%+ career percentage, again, like Tebow. In fact, Tebow is the only QB post-merger with a caereer completion % under 50 and sack % over 10. No one else is even close.

          Sure, maybe he’s a totally different player now, against all odds. I still cannot understand how anyone could possibly look at what we do know about Tebow and call him “[maybe] my favorite signing of the offseason”.

        • Urban Meyer calling him the hardest working player he’s every coaches is far from “people who know a person will always speak well about him if they like him”

          • icerob

            I was thinking of former teammates and friends, but typically current teammates, coaches and ex-coaches always talk up players. I swear every year you hear a college or NFL coach saying one of his players is the “most… ever” at something. It doesn’t even make headlines half the time, it happens so often.

  • McGeorge

    >>And frankly, if you don’t like Tim Tebow, it says a lot more about you, than it does about him.

    i don’t particularly care for him.
    I don’t particularly care for people who wear their religion on their sleeve, as if they are better than others. Nor do I like it when fans think he’s something special because of his religious views. Maybe he’s a great guy, and it’s my loss, oh well, i can live with it.
    Id’ still he rather not succeed, and I doubt he will.

    • Rooting against someone who works his ass off? Come on now.

      • McGeorge

        How do you know how hard he’s worked?
        Maybe he has put some effort into improving, so what?
        I’ll wager that many of the players on the cusp or who just missed work out hard too.
        So what if he worked at improving his football skills? That’s not reason enough to root for (or against him). That’s nothing special that athletes in similar positions don’t do.