Howard’s Point of View
Tim Tebow can say goodbye to his career as an ESPN college football analyst after signing a one-year deal with the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday. Tebow’s last stint in the NFL was two seasons ago with the New York Jets as the backup quarterback to, the Eagles’ very own, Mark Sanchez.
The Jets decided not to re-sign Tebow to their roster, which kept him out of the NFL for the last two seasons. Tebow worked out for the Eagles back in March and they eventually decided to give him a chance. Questions are looming about “Tebow Mania” in Philly. It is not clear as to what his role will be and why the Eagles signed him. However, the Eagles cannot lose in this situation.
They bring in Tebow who has been highly scrutinized for not being able to throw the football well. However, Tebow has proven that he is mobile and has a knack for winning like he did in Denver. Add those intangibles along with constantly working on his throwing mechanics, Tebow could turn into a solid quarterback. Easier said than done. With this possibly being his last shot at the NFL, it would not be surprising for him to take full advantage of every opportunity.
Regardless of Tebow’s potential, he was not brought to Philly to be the franchise quarterback. He still has to make the team considering there were three quarterbacks on the roster before him. Tebow is simply being given a chance. If he does not succeed there is no harm done. Yes, the Eagles now have a crowded quarterback position. Chip Kelly has said it on many occasions, the more players a team has, the better.
There are only three things that can happen in this situation. First, Tebow could play situational football in which he could be a decoy or used to run read options or plays along those lines. Second, he could be very fortunate and blow everyone away by thriving in Chip Kelly’s offense while making the Eagles better. Third, he continues to be a back up quarterback or possibly not make the team. In other words, the Eagles are in a “no-lose” situation.