From his Twitter feed, ESPN Insider Adam Schefter reports:
Tebow to the Packers is a rather interesting pairing. Tebow would get a chance to learn from one of the game's greatest pocket passers, who has been torching defenses, and would be able to add a wrinkle of his own to the already deadly offense of the juggernaut Green Bay Packers.
For Tebow, if this becomes a reality, it would be a dream come true. Tebow would be given the time to further develop under one of the best quarterback coaches in the country, Packers head coach Mike McCarthy.
Mike McCarthy has worked wonders with Aaron Rodgers, who enjoyed a career year in the loaded Packers offense. The Packers are filled to the brim with weapons, which would greatly help Tebow’s maturity into the prototypical pocket passer.
Tebow also brings an added threat of running or running an option to someone like Randall Cobb, who has blazing speed.
The young Aaron Rodgers would be the undisputed starter, which would be a perfect situation for Tebow, who wouldn’t come into a bad situation and be expected to carry his team.
However, the Packers would likely utilize Tebow in special packages to run the wildcat, the read-option, the jump pass play, and other trickery that would baffle teams, especially in areas around the goal line, where he is most potent.
The Packers would be the ideal team to train Tebow as well, especially with McCarthy and the Packers offensive coordinator Tom Clements, who has a great reputation at training and tutoring developing quarterbacks to become future stars.
Not only did they do it with Aaron Rodgers, but also Matt Flynn, who performed flawlessly in the absence of Aaron Rodgers when he sat in the season finale.
Flynn had a monster game. He completed 31 of 44 passes for a total of 480 yards and six touchdowns. The only real negative in his awesome game against the Detroit Lions, who were vying for a playoff spot, was a lone interception in the game. That game was so impressive that Flynn has multiple teams seeking his services this offseason.
In return for trading away Tebow, the Broncos could expect a third- or fourth-round draft pick, and maybe some cap relief from Tebow’s contract, which isn’t bloated.
Another intriguing part of this possibility would be the several outspoken Christians on the Green Bay Packers team.
Last season, in an interview with Packers beat writer Jason Wilde during his weekly radio show on ESPN Milwaukee, Aaron Rodgers was asked about Tebow and his Christian faith. Rodgers went on to share his views on overtly sharing his faith like Tebow routinely does:
"My desire has always been to follow a quote from St. Francis of Assisi, who said, 'Preach the gospel at all times. If necessary, use words.' So basically, I’m not an over-the-top, or an in-your-face kind of guy with my faith. I would rather people have questions about why I act the way I act, whether they view it as positive or not, and ask questions, and then given an opportunity at some point, then you can talk about your faith a little bit."
While Tebow’s style might contrast Rodgers, the shared faith would create bonds between Tebow, Rodgers and the many other Christians on the Packers. Some believe the Packers’ top wide receiver, Greg Jennings, is even more open about his faith in God than Tebow is. Jennings always drops to one knee to thank God after scoring touchdowns.
Jennings appears on radio shows to talk about his faith, and his dad, Greg Sr. is even an Evangelical pastor. Jennings is involved in several community service projects and runs his own foundation, which adopts the motto from the Bible in Luke 12:48: “To whom much is given, much is required.”
James Jones, Randall Cobb, Ryan Pickett and Mason Crosby are all self-proclaimed Christians.
Both the Green Bay Packers and Tim Tebow would mutually benefit from the arrangement with the special things Tebow can do and the amazing experience Green Bay offers. Tebow would be allowed to shrink away from the bright spotlight he attracts, and Green Bay would add to its arsenal of weapons.
Not only that, but this heavenly arrangement could see the Denver Broncos, a new-found Super Bowl favorite, matched against the mighty Green Bay Packers in Super Bowl XLVII in Peyton Manning’s birthplace of New Orleans, Louisiana, just a few hours from Jacksonville, Florida, Tebow’s stomping grounds.
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