Tim Tebow Shouldn't Be Utilized as Anything but QB in Patriots' Offense

Matt Fitzgerald@@MattFitz_geraldCorrespondent IIIJuly 27, 2013

FOXBORO, MA - JULY 26: Tim Tebow #5 throws during the first day of New England Patriots Training Camp at Gillette Stadium on July 26, 2013 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
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The New England Patriots signed Tim Tebow this offseason to be a quarterback, and that's precisely where he should stay during his time in Foxboro.

A lot of pundits have suggested that Tebow change positions to an H-back, fullback or tight end to more effectively utilize his talents, including many at NFL Network. However, the place for Tebow is the only position he's ever known.


Hashing out the positives and negatives and why Tebow is praised and criticized isn't worth going over yet again in great detail.

Yes, he went on a magical run with the Denver Broncos and helped them win a playoff game in 2011. No, he's not the greatest thrower of the football due to inconsistent mechanics.

With regard to intangibles, Tebow is a great teammate, a proven winner in every stop of his football career and just the type of player the Patriots would covet in the locker room.

Although head coach Bill Belichick has been known in the past to place certain players at different positions, this should not be the case for Tebow.

ESPNBoston.com's Mike Reiss reports that it might not be out of the question for Tebow to be brought in as an occasional pass-catcher:

Ultimately, though, that should not be the norm, because it would prevent Tebow from ever capitalizing on his potential at the game's most important position.

At no other position has Tebow seen significant action other than quarterback in the NFL. Thus, having him adjust to a new position now would almost extinguish the possibility of ever developing into a viable quarterback at the professional level.

This is the perfect situation for Tebow to finally develop and succeed as a QB. The understanding when he was drafted in the first round back in 2010 was that he was a project player who would need time to fine-tune his game before being a true face of a franchise.

Never has Tebow had the opportunity to be properly groomed. Josh McDaniels was fired as the Broncos' coach after the 2010 season. Tebow had to learn a new offense, then was thrust into action after a 1-4 start and no reps with the starters throughout camp to play well enough in the clutch and help Denver finish 8-8.

Last year, the circus of the New York Jets was in full force. Despite horrendous play by starter Mark Sanchez, Tebow was passed over on numerous occasions—even though he played so well late in games with the Broncos and the Jets still had a chance at the playoffs later in the season.

Now Tebow is reunited with McDaniels—the Pats' offensive coordinator and the man with the prior plan to help Tebow shine as a quarterback in the league. Belichick is one of the best coaches in NFL history.


Oh, and Tom Brady is the leader of the team, only one of the better quarterbacks of all-time by any measure.

While Ryan Mallett is likely going to beat out Tebow for the No. 2 spot with his cannon arm and great pocket presence, if Tebow is able to stay in Foxboro to hone his skills, he could go on to be a wonderful player.

And that's not in reference to a different position than the one he's known his whole life. It's referring to Tebow as a quarterback.

There aren't many reps for third-string QBs, but any of those that are taken away from Tebow in 2013 and delegated to another position will further put him away from fulfilling the job description the Patriots signed him on for.