Can you imagine having Cam Newton and Tim Tebow on the field at the same time?
It is perhaps the most unlikely scenario this offseason, and it makes very little sense considering Jim Harbaugh's plans to recreate a West Coast offense in San Francisco.
But in dark times—and these are still dark times in 49ersville—it's good to humor ourselves with a fantasy or two.
How it could happen:
John Denver Elway is rumored to be less than smitten by Tim Tebow, who was selected in the first round last year by the now-fired Broncos coach Josh McDaniels.
Now imagine the Carolina Panthers setting the table next Thursday with a defensive blue chip like Marcell Dareus, Patrick Peterson or Von Miller. They did select two quarterbacks last year after all.
This would bring up Denver with the second pick. Knowing the Buffalo Bills would take Newton third, San Francisco and Denver reach a deal to get the 49ers the second overall pick. Speculate freely on the cost of said trade, but the bottom line is that Newton goes to the 49ers.
Unwritten in the position swap is an understood agreement that when a CBA deal is finally inked, the 49ers will trade Michael Crabtree to Denver for Tim Tebow.
What it could give them:
The strong left-right combination of Tebow and Newton would spread the field thinner than rice paper. Rollouts could go smoothly to the right, or to the left and from either guy.
Both passers would have the ability to take off and run for the first down. Both would be able to deliver neigh unstoppable QB sneaks in short yardage. Both have very strong arms that are capable of hitting the deep or underneath routes with some zing.
Double-pass (trick) plays could be executed with rare reliability, and their abilities running the ball could force defenses to worry about that aspect and blink on deep coverage.
And if one QB got hurt (this is the NFL after all) there would still be a player with a very similar high-strength, high-speed skill set to lead the offense.
But in the end:
This concept was developed with a strong beer buzz, and it's about as likely as mayonnaise in milkshakes becoming a fad.
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