Do I really have to beat on the dead horse – or in this case a deceased Bronco – named Tim Tebow yet again?
Now that Peyton Manning has signed on the dotted line, he has officially recreated John Elway’s migration from Blue Horseshoe to the Denver Broncos, three decades later.
(At least Manning was nice enough to play for the Colts and make them relevant for 13 seasons first. I guess it was a good thing for Indy that Peyton couldn’t crack the University of Tennessee baseball team and create some hard-ball leverage the way Elway did back in the day.)
Maybe a generation from now we will all shake our heads and wonder why in the world Big John traded a future President of the United States for a declining veteran QB with a cranky neck. What more could Tebow do to prove himself, besides showing that he could also throw right-handed (see photo at right) to match his ideologies.
The next few years will determine if Elway’s bold stroke will go down as a masterpiece or just a swing and a miss.
In his introductory presser, Manning said the right things and said he is looking forward to having Tebow as a teammate. And John Elway? He said Tebow is the kind of guy he would want his daughter to marry.
So Elway would be fine with Tebow as an in-law, just not his starting quarterback.
And in an even bigger clue, the Denver organization has already removed pictures featuring Tebow from team headquarters. It was only a mere 10+ weeks ago, but it’s like Tebow to Demaryius Thomas/first play of overtime never even happened.
3:16 gone; number 18 in.
So with the Peyton Manning sweepstakes over (it was only 12 days) we have already moved on to the Tim Tebow Derby, or the Fight for Sloppy Seconds.
Last week I discussed possible Tebow landing spots, which included the Canadian Football League. I still think the CFL would be a good option if he could swing it. He could actually play ball and enjoy it without looking over his shoulder after his first, inevitable, 6-21 performance. (Or there’s rugby, which is perfect for Tebow’s build and also carries the bonus of forward passes being illegal, kind of like watching triple-option offenses without helmets and shoulder pads for 80 minutes.)
But there are now new angles to the eventual Tebow landing spot, including places where Timmy would not start but where he would know his role and be a situational player. Seemingly all beat writers for the other 31 teams have already penned a piece on how Tebow would look in their team’s garb. What you see below are just some of the juicier potential landing spots. Just remember, almost anywhere Tebow lands he will still be considered a ‘project’ and will not have an infinite leash.
Tebow now reportedly says he would like to play ‘somewhere’ in Florida.
I mentioned the Jaguars the last two weeks, but that franchise sent a strong message by signing…Chad Henne…last week. I’m sure everyone remembers him – the guy who went toe-to-toe with Tom Brady on Monday Night Football way back in Week 1 of last year, but soon thereafter was injured and lost his job. But even Jacksonville (along with every other franchise) is leery of inviting the Tebow circus into town.
And Miami? Word is the sports talk shows have already gotten ugly discussing the subject. Joe Philbin and the West Coast Offense mixed with Tebow does not sound like a good match. But Miami is already in a really bad spot now that they have also lost out on Matt Flynn (to Seattle, 3 years/$26 million) and any chance at the #2 overall draft choice. With Alex Smith re-signing with the 49ers, the Dolphins don’t have many options left.
Tampa Bay might wind up being the most logical choice of the three, but there appears to still be plenty of patience left with Josh Freeman. (Although the Buccaneers somehow made do with Shaun King for a couple years, so that might be the best fit of all for Tebow…)
Well, Matt Drudge made the possibility his headline for a couple of hours. (I just wonder how much more money they would have to add to Mark Sanchez’s contract to appease him if they whiff on Tim…)
And how about the Rex Ryan/Tebow combo? I’m not Dr. Laura, but I just don’t see that marriage working, although it couldn’t possibly be much worse than Sanchez.
UPDATE: If you believe ESPN New York, talks between the Jets and Broncos are reported to have ‘intensified’. That ought to really galvanize the Jets locker room. The report also contains a video where Merril Hoge (not surprisingly) believes this would be a horrible idea for the Jets. Does Tim get to ring the bell on Wall Street if this goes down?
The Eagles get mentioned because Andy Reid has already turned around one career of a left-handed quarterback who was known for his running ability while being thought to not be able to hit the broad side of a barn. Tebow could serve as a project behind Michael Vick for a couple years, and if Vick were ever to go down Philly (in theory) would not have to change their schemes too much to accommodate Tebow.
The best way to ensure that Tebow is never beaten to a bloody pulp by the Patriots again would be to join them. Actually Tebow in New England is one of the more intriguing possibilities out there – as Belichick is great at finding unique roles for players with specific skill sets, and ex-Broncos coach Josh McDaniels is now New England’s offensive coordinator.
And there’s always a point in Week 17 where coach Bill could look for someone to drop-kick an extra point.
(BTW, read this article out of Boston where the writer discusses PM possibly breaking out Steve Grogan’s iconic neck brace!)
I’m shocked no one remembers when Jim Harbaugh darn near led the Indianapolis Colts to the 1995 AFC Championship. He was breaking out Jesus Christ in EVERY interview! He was Kurt Warner before there was Kurt Warner. Hearing Harbaugh then would make his in-law Tom Crean seem like Tom Leykis in comparison.
But with the 49ers re-signing Alex Smtih, and Colin Kaepernick waiting in the wings, there isn’t much room for Tebow on the roster.
Here is one I don’t understand.
Leading into the 2010 NFL Draft Mike McCarthy did say the politically correct coach-speak about Tebow being a ‘winner’ and how he would ‘love the opportunity’ to work with Tebow. And GB is in the market for a #2 with Matt Flynn gone, and Graham Harrell does not exactly excite me.
But this article by Jay Sorgi (not related or to be confused with anyone who as ever backed up Peyton Manning) hits the nail on the head. Tebow could learn a lot from backing up Aaron Rodgers, but barring injury Aaron is going to be the Packers starter for the foreseeable future. Tebow could also learn a lot from Peyton Manning – and considering Manning’s age and injury, Tebow might as well just stay in Denver in that case.
Maybe they shouldn’t tear down that Tebow statue from Broncos headquarters just yet?