Tim Tebow is a desperate to find a place that will give him a shot to at least sniff a football field one more time.
The Chicago Bears are set at the quarterback position with coach Marc Trestman reunited with Jay Cutler, but it seems this is an offense still in need of a spark to add more an explosive element to its repertoire. They thought adding Brandon Marshall last year would solve all their problems.
Instead, thanks to a faulty offensive line, which hurt the performance of Cutler and Matt Forte, drastic changes still must be made to get the Bears over the hump.
Marc Trestman, the Bears new head coach, does have some history with Tebow. The two worked together prior to Tebow being drafted by the Denver Broncos in the 2010 draft, including at the Senior Bowl.
Here is what Trestman had to say about Tebow at the time, from the Morning Journal of Northern Ohio (via ESPN Chicago):
He doesn't have explosive arm strength, but he has more than adequate arm strength to throw the ball in the NFL and make all the throws. I saw him do something totally different in seven or eight days. I can only imagine what he's going to do in one year or two years, because he's going to outwork everybody else and find a way to figure it out.
It is worth noting that the Bears hired Matt Cavanaugh to be their quarterbacks coach starting next season. He came from the New York Jets, who Tebow is currently playing for.
The Jets have to make a decision about Tebow sooner or later. A report from Manish Mehta and Seth Walder of the New York Daily News in December said that the team will look to trade or release the controversial quarterback before next season.
With Tebow still trying to prove that he can play at the NFL level, trying to find a match for him next season becomes harder than trying to figure out the ending to Lost.
The list of suitors isn't short. Last year the only teams that reportedly made Denver an offer were the Jets and Jacksonville Jaguars—and that number doesn't figure to go up based on the way things went last year in New York, a season in which Tebow had no starts or touchdowns on offense.
But the Bears are an interesting possible suitor. One of the reasons that general manager Phil Emery talked about (via ProFootballTalk.com) for firing Lovie Smith was due to lack of consistency on offense throughout his tenure:
We’ve had defensive excellence, but during the course of coach Smith’s years here we’ve had one offense that was ranked in the top 15.
Most would agree that Tebow is best served throwing the ball as little as possible, which is ideal for the Bears since Jay Cutler has a cannon for an arm. Tebow is still capable of running the ball and was used primarily in that capacity in the limited action he saw with the Jets.
In order for Tebow to be a strong fit for the Bears, the team needs to upgrade its offensive line, but the versatile athlete can add a new spark to a team that is often very bland and predictable on that side of the ball.