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With all the talk this NFL offseason being about who will win the Peyton Manning sweepstakes, three teams are reportedly the front runners for #18’s services. San Francisco, Tennessee and Denver are the three names that pop up most frequently. Manning worked out with the Titans on Saturday afternoon, which only fueled talks of the future Hall of Famer signing with the Music City. However, one scenario, if it comes true, could bring the NFL’s most religious figure to New England.
No, you did not misread that. Rumor has it that if Peyton Manning were to sign with the Denver Broncos, then they would have no need for QB Tim Tebow. It is no secret that Executive VP of Football Operations, John Elway, does not like Tim Tebow as the team’s franchise QB. Go ahead and dispute that statement all you want based on Elway himself saying he has no problem with Tebow, but give me a break. If Elway and Denver landed Manning, it would take about 14 seconds for Tebow to be out the door.
So what would become of Tim Tebow? Rumors are circulating that Tebow could end up a Patriot if the Broncos somehow signed Peyton Manning. Ridiculous you say? Well, kind of. Then again, the situation wouldn’t be the worst idea on the planet.
It is obvious that while Tebow still finds ways to win games, he is by no means a fundamentally sound NFL QB. When opposing defenses find ways to shut down Tebow’s running game, relying on his passing skills would result in poor consequences as evident by his 45.6 completion percentage last season.
That being said, if traded to New England, Tebow would be the #2 QB behind one of the best to ever play the game in Tom Brady. Remember, the man is only 24-years-old and would benefit greatly from sitting, watching and most importantly, learning. I mean, Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers sat for three seasons behind Brett Favre before going full time. No, I’m not saying Tebow is the next Rodgers, but you get my point.
Another benefit for Tebow besides being mentored by Tom Brady? How about being reunited with Josh McDaniels? When McDaniels was the head coach in Denver, he was the man who had enough faith in Tebow to take him 25th overall in the 2010 NFL draft. Giving Tebow an offensive coordinator who has the highest faith in his abilities would produce great results. Speaking of coaching, Tebow being brought into the Belichick system could yield interesting outcomes.
Bill Belichick knows how to maximize talent and Tebow could become a respectable passer under him. While I personally don’t believe Tebow would play a different position in New England other than QB, you really can’t predict what Belichick will do next. If you want to develop Tebow as a QB, then let him sit and learn as a QB and don’t bounce him around at other positions. Tebow is a great athlete and strong runner. If New England did put him anywhere else, it would be some aspect of the running game, most likely at FB to bulldoze over any defenseive linemen.
Yes this is still a rumor in its infant stages, but to say the least, it is a very interesting rumor to talk about. Let’s be honest, the sports world and a lot of NFL analysts still despise the Patriots for Spygate. I’m not saying New England needs to re-shape its image, but could anyone really hate the Patriots if Tim Tebow was on our team? No chance in hell!
But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. All of this is contingent on Peyton Manning signing with Denver. If that fateful day does come, then fans in Gillette could be Tebowing in 2012.