Should the Saints Sign Tebow?

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The answer should be obvious: unless you like witnessing locker room implosions more than watching Lombardi Trophy ceremonies, the answer has got to be "No."

 
Quick Out, April 29, 2013

The Jets have released Tim Tebow. So, before anyone else can bring up the inevitable question, I’ll ask it myself:

Should the Saints sign him?

And I answer it thus: “No.” Make that “Hell no.” But not for the reason you may think.

I’ve got nothing personal against Tebow. His religion doesn’t bother me at all (since, with certain doctrinal tweaks—some the size of a Buick—I share it). Nor does his inability to perform as an NFL quarterback should. If Tebow can’t be quarterback, make him a tight end. A fullback. A middle linebacker, for Chr— um, for gosh sake. The guy can play. He could probably play any position on the field, other than quarterback. I’m sure some smart coach can find a way to plug him in and make it work.

In private.

Of course, once it goes public, once the media gets hold of it, Tim Tebow will become the center of a media circus—through little fault of his own, although he is complicit to the extent that he exploits the attention. Which is unfortunate, because he should be more cognizent of the damage it does inside locker rooms when some glamourous (as an aside: how did we ever come to the point where Tim Tebow is “glamourous”?) but minor cog is brought in from outside, and immediately steals all the attention, not to mention a roster spot.

It might be better once Tebow is away from New York. And you could make the case that in New Orleans, the media would probably not even be aware of Tebow signing with the Saints until they read it on some other site. But they’d quickly make up for lost time, because Tebow is easy. Anyone can cover Tim Tebow. There’s no doubt a user’s manual issued to every sports reporter in the country, “How To Cover Tim Tebow.” That would help explain why they spend so much time doing it.

So, no. Let someone else be the circus. If they manage it brilliantly, they might get a valuable role player out of the deal; if they don’t, they’ll get a locker room cancer and a carnival instead of a team.

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  • PhilistineApril 29, 2013 at 5:29 pm

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    If Tebow hadn’t been drafted in the first round and/or not expected to play QB, he might be getting on the field right about now as a TE or something. Hell, Steve Foley went from QB at Tulane to safety at – ready? – Denver. Now he’s a freak show. I hope he ends up spending a year in the shadows on some team’s bench, where he can gain a little perspective; either that, or just walking away into the sunset, using his millions to start up a megachurch or something.

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    • HimselfApril 29, 2013 at 7:36 pm

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      Just got back from dinner at a Mexican restaurant that has ESPN on tv screens scattered around the dining area. And they were talking about…Tebow. And gay NBA players. I guess sports isn’t interesting.

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      • PhilistineApril 29, 2013 at 7:49 pm

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        Just another step on the road from information to entertainment.

        We’re being entertained to death.

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      • Breesus Christ SuperstarApril 29, 2013 at 8:47 pm

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        Was Tebow witnessing to the gay player?

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        • Doc BoudinMay 3, 2013 at 11:11 pm

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          Is that what the kids are calling it now?

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