Tim Tebow Watch, Saints Edition
10 Posted on May 31st, 2013 by Himself
Do the Saints need Tim Tebow? Are bears Catholic? But could the Saints use Tim Tebow? That's a different sort of question...and the answer is probably "Yes."
I‘m going to make this real short, because it’s not much of a Saints topic at all. It’s more of an “I’m bored and I got nothing” topic.
According to…well, someone in “the Tebow camp,” said camp is beginning to recognize that the reason free agent quarterback Tim Tebow hasn’t gotten any offers is that his NFL career is likely over. And I’m totally with that, if what you mean is his career as an NFL quarterback.
But if we’re talking free agent will-do-anything-to-win player Tim Tebow, there may be still some value to be had. For instance, tight end. Or h-back. No, I don’t mean because he’s a wildcat threat. Forget about option passing plays, please. Just fucking forget it. But Tebow, though definitely in the rumblin’, stumblin’, bumblin’ Chris Berman camp as a runner, is peculiarly effective. You watch him slipping tackles, and you wonder how so many people can miss something so slow, so un-slippery. Yet they do. Get Tim Tebow in space, and…say, there’s a concept.
Maybe the whole problem is that he shouldn’t be taking snaps. As a receiver, in the open field, surrounded only by 5′ 8″, 190-pounders, Tebow is a different animal. He can be incredibly difficult to corral. Of all the possibilities, now that quarterback has been exiled to some prison planet, tight end is probably the most intriguing.
Did you know, for instance that Tebow ran a 4.7 at the Combine? That’s Terron Armstead speed! And while he’s listed at only 236 pounds, he’s got the frame to put on more weight if he had to. A 6-3, 250-lb. tight end is pretty much the average. A 6-3, 250-lb. tight end who will never, ever, under any circumstances quit is quite a bit above average.
As long as he could learn the playbook.
So. Do the Saints need Tim Tebow? No. Especially not at quarterback, where he would just be a distraction while adding nothing of any kind to the team.
But could they use him? Especially now, when it’s pretty well understood that the whole quarterback experiment was a mistake that won’t be repeated? And when it will be easy for any NFL coach to take Tebow aside and tell him: “We’re playing you at tight end. You do realize this is your last chance, right?”
I would say …mmmm maybe. Definitely maybe. Small risk, big potential reward. Not that we ought to…but I bet the Saints could make it work.
And having said that: Sean Payton, please ignore everything you just read.