Tim Tebow: Philadelphia Eagles Would Be Crazy to Consider QB
When the Philadelphia Eagles hired Oregon's Chip Kelly to be their next head coach, the usual firestorm of speculation at the quarterback position predictably began.
Michael Vick, stay or go? Nick Foles, the man or not? Does Kelly want to draft a quarterback in April?
And, of course, where there's speculation, Tim Tebow is likely to be around the next corner. That corner is here now.
However, there doesn't appear to be any kind of fit for Tebow with Kelly's Eagles, and the new era of football in Philadelphia would be crazy to entertain the idea of bringing the Tebow sideshow to town in 2013.
The NFL's Network's Charley Casserly, a former GM and executive of the Houston Texans, thinks otherwise. Speaking on the network Thursday, Casserly said that he could see Tebow running Kelly's offense.
Again, we're assuming part of the Oregon offense will be used. To me, Tebow is a natural fit here, to be one of the two quarterbacks in this offense. He can run the read-option, he's a physical runner and he does have some passing ability to keep the defense honest.
Casserly's premise is flawed from the start.
While Tebow is a mobile quarterback in the mold of what Kelly utilized at Oregon, his passing skill set does not represent one that encompasses what Kelly wants at the position.
Kelly's fast-paced offense demands accuracy and quick reads. The entire passing system is predicated on those foundations. Over three NFL seasons, however, Tebow has yet to display an ability to do either while in Denver and New York.
Without an ability to effectively execute the passing half of Kelly's offense, Tebow becomes nothing more than the same Wildcat runner he failed at being in New York.
Is that addition worth the distraction and media spotlight that a backup player like Tebow brings to a locker room?
Kelly also made it very clear in 2011 that Tebow likely isn't a fit for what he wants to do on offense.
At a coaches clinic in 2011, Kelly said (via Chris Brown of Grantland.com):
I look for a quarterback who can run and not a running back who can throw. I want a quarterback who can beat you with his arm. We are not a Tim Tebow type of quarterback team. I am not going to run my quarterback 20 times on power runs.
Tebow is as close to a fullback playing quarterback as the NFL has right now.
On an elementary level, Tebow-to-the-Eagles makes some sense. Kelly's quarterbacks have historically been athletic runners, and Tebow is a big, strong, option quarterback who is likely in need of a new home for 2013.
However, digging even slightly more into the fit reveals a very clear answer: Tebow likely doesn't have a home in Philadelphia. The Eagles can do much better than bringing in a gadget player and media distraction to Kelly's new-look roster in 2013.
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