When McDaniels drafted Tebow with the 25th pick in the first round of the 2010 NFL draft, many people called him crazy. Pete Prisco of CBS Sports said McDaniels "could kiss his job goodbye" with the selection and other decisions.
As we know, McDaniels did get fired, but saying that drafting Tebow was a major reason for his dismissal isn't completely accurate. The Broncos struggled to an 11-17 record under McDaniels more because of who the team traded (Jay Cutler, Brandon Marshall and Tony Scheffler) rather than anything to do with Tebow.
Those dismissals could be attributed to McDaniels' alleged distaste for the trio's personalities, as Prisco eludes to in his article.
In any case, McDaniels hasn't been made to look like a genius for drafting Tebow yet. The consensus belief about the 25-year-old is still that he is more of a novelty than a real quarterback.
The 37-year-old offensive football guru is again the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks' coach for the Pats after holding both roles from 2004-2008.
While it is possible that Tebow could be switched to another position, it seems unlikely that would be the long-term goal for the Patriots. McDaniels always believed in Tebow's leadership skills, intelligence and passion for the sport.
In 2010, he told Sports Illustrated's Peter King this about Tebow: "The football traits he has is the stuff you die for.''
Chances are, McDaniels still believes this and is enamored with the thought of being the guy who helps guide Tebow to success as an NFL quarterback. If Tebow does well as a fullback, halfback or tight end, it won't be as gratifying for McDaniels.
A position change would prove McDaniels was wrong to take him in the first round back in 2010. It may seem like a long time ago and like water under the bridge, but innovative football coaches like McDaniels have good memories and big egos.
McDaniels wants Tebow to succeed for the both of them.
It is obvious Tebow has no chance at playing quarterback right away with Tom Brady still elite, but Brady will be 36 years old when the season starts. Even if he plays another four years and the Pats retain Tebow, the latter will be just 29 when Brady moves on.
That's not a horrible age to take the reins as quarterback, especially considering he may see the field in other capacities here and there. For the time being, Tebow could learn from the coach who believes in him most of all and from one of the greatest quarterbacks in league history.
He can do this without the pressure of trying to prove himself for a coaching staff that thinks he's a joke. In addition, he'll get ample time to improve the fundamentals he lacks.
No one has ever doubted the Tebow's work ethic. He will do whatever it takes to maximize his talent. However, he does need to be in an environment where he's taken seriously and personally coached.
This dynamic makes the Patriots organization ideal for Tebow. No other NFL franchise or coach will invest the time and effort into the Tebow project like the Pats and McDaniels will.
After all, McDaniels is the one that started it.
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