My Take on Eagles Signing Tebow

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Movie Quote of the Day:

Ferris: “If you’re not over here in fifteen minutes, you can find a new best friend.”
Cameron: “You’ve been saying that since the fifth grade.”
– Ferris Bueller and Cameron Frye, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986)

Probably the biggest sports story yesterday was that the Philadelphia Eagles signed quarterback Tim Tebow. For the record, I’ve always been a huge fan of Tebow. Mainly because of his Christian faith and his actions off the field. So, I’m ecstatic to see him get another chance in the NFL.

I think this move can only help the Eagles. He’s obviously shown to be a great leader on the field, especially in college. It showed a little bit in the NFL when he was with the Denver Broncos. That team could rally around him unlike the other quarterback’s on the Denver roster. He won’t get in trouble off the field, and he’s a great presence in the locker room.

Now, as for his on-field performance, that’s a different issue. Was Tebow a good quarterback when he was in Denver? No, absolutely not. His passer rating in Denver was 77.5, which is below average to say the least, and his completion percentage was below 50 percent, which is even worse. He also had a 2.2 percent touchdown-interception ratio, which is around average. Although, Brett Favre is considered to be one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time and his career touchdown-interception ratio was 1.7 percent. So, it’s not all bad for Tebow.

Any other quarterback would not have had success in the win column if they had Tebow’s stats, but Tebow did. He took over a Denver team that was 1-4, and finished the season with a record of 8-8. Making Tebow’s record as a starting quarterback 7-4. During that time, the team had a six game win streak, won the 2011 AFC West division title, and led them to a playoff win over the Pittsburgh Steelers.

I will be the first to admit that Tebow had those results in 2011 thanks to a great Denver defense, some late game heroics from former Denver kicker Matt Prater, and some pretty good talent around him (Demaryius Thomas, Eric Decker, Knowshon Moreno, etc.). Nobody really knew how good Tebow actually had it in Denver until he was traded away to the New York Jets and Denver signed Peyton Manning in the 2012 offseason. Then Manning took over that team and made those pretty good players even better.

I always believed Tebow got a raw deal in Denver and New York. John Elway, General Manager of the Denver Broncos, clearly didn’t care for him. I just thought it was handled very poorly in Denver, and I’m pretty sure Tebow wasn’t the reason for that.

Then, he got traded to the Jets. If you know me, you’ll know that I’m one of those people that proclaims the Jets as one of the worst organizations in the NFL, and where careers go to die (sorry Jets fans, but it’s true). So, I don’t blame Tebow for becoming irrelevant in New York, he never saw the field. Mark Sanchez, quarterback of the Jets at the time, was terrible so I never understood why Tebow was never given a chance in New York. Truthfully, I don’t think Rex Ryan, who was the head coach at the time, cared for Tebow and I think he refused to play him out of spite. I believed Tebow to be a better option than Sanchez that season.

That being said, I don’t think Tebow is a guy that you can build an NFL team around, but he gets results and is shown to be a great leader. There’s a spot for him in Philadelphia, whether that’s as a quarterback or somewhere else. Plus, there’s only about four maybe five head coaches in the NFL that can make good quarterbacks out of anyone and Chip Kelly is one of them. I’ll be cheering hard for Tebow and I hope he gets a chance.

All stats from pro-football-reference.com

Thanks for reading

Shane Price
Follow me on Twitter – @priceisright53

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