That's potentially five more seasons of Brady behind center for New England.
But that doesn’t mean there can’t be a future for Tim Tebow in a Patriots uniform.
ESPN’s Ed Werder first broke the news of Tebow's signing on Monday, June 11, a day before the team reported for its mandatory offseason minicamp.
Just filed to ESPN: The Patriots are signing QB Tim Tebow and expect him to be in minicamp tomorrow— Ed Werder (@Edwerderespn) June 10, 2013
Adam Schefter, Werder’s colleague, reported the next morning that Tebow’s deal would be for two years and include no guaranteed money.
Tim Tebow signed a two-year contract with the Patriots that included no guaranteed money.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) June 11, 2013
Speculation has run rampant since the backup quarterback inked that “prove it” deal with the team.
How will Bill Belichick utilize the polarizing quarterback?
What position will he play?
Will he even make the team?
Actor Dennis Leary jokingly believes he has an answer to those questions.
“It doesn’t make any sense to me,” Leary said, according to Ted Berg of USA Today. “But it’s Bill Belichick, so I have faith that he has some sort of secret evil plan. I think he’s one of the greatest coaches in the history of the game. Very smart guy.”
As crazy as it sounds, he might be on to something.
With that said, let’s take a look at a theory that explores Tebow’s potential future with the Patriots.
In order to have any future in New England, or the NFL in general, Tebow is going to have to continue to evolve his throwing motion.
The mobile left-handed signal-caller has already done some work in that department since the end of last season.
Tebow worked with Dennis Gile, a former Intense Football League All-Star quarterback, in Scottsdale, Ariz. for three months to improve his throwing mechanics, according to Chris Dell of New York Daily News.
Gile said that his new motion is “100 times better” than when he started working with him three months earlier.
Former quarterbacks Chris Weinke and Trent Dilfer have also signed off on Tebow’s improvements this offseason, too.
While outside reviews to this point have been outstanding, Belichick has refused to participate in the circus of questions swirling around his presumable third-string quarterback.
We can't know for sure where exactly he's at now, but there won't likely be a short timetable for his further development in New England.
Being able to continue to build on those improvements under the tutelage of Josh McDaniels and Tom Brady will ultimately help tell the final tale of the Tim Tebow saga.
Even with Tebow’s mechanical issues being addressed, there’s still a long road ahead to seeing him behind center for the Patriots. However, he has landed in the best possible situation and could become a staple of the team in the next three seasons.
With the current shift in philosophies around the NFL, Tebow makes perfect sense as a future heir to Brady in New England.
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Immediately, the results were staggering. New England put up an NFL-high 557 points in 2012, 76 more than the runner-up Denver Broncos.
The hurry-up function added another intriguing facet to the Pats’ attack. They executed 1,191 plays last season, leaving them just eight plays short of the NFL record that the franchise set in 1994.
Just as mobile, multi-threat quarterbacks are becoming the norm, Belichick is rewriting the script at how to attack a defense. Adding Tebow, who has the proven ability to command a huddle and succeed on the field, is a logical choice for the team moving forward.
The future possibilities of this offense with an improved and mentored Tebow at the helm are limitless.
In the meantime, Belichick will continue to squash rumors and the glorification of his backup player. He’ll find a way to employ the multi-talented Tebow, too, whether it’s utilizing him in a hybrid offensive role, as a special teamer or strictly as a backup quarterback.
Once needed and fully schooled in the Belichick and McDaniels system, he should be able to stand in to become the most important player in New England’s future offense.
The NFL is slowly moving in a new direction. It would surprise no one if this move was an attempt by Belichick to continue to evolve with and past the ever-changing competitive curve.
Time will tell.