How many stud college quarterbacks does it take to find an NFL caliber quarterback? That’s the game Chip Kelly continues to play. The addition of Tim Tebow is considered a laughing matter around the league and a mockery to fans in the local market.
The Eagles roster now consists of four star college performers who have found little success in the NFL. Tebow and newly assumed starter Sam Bradford both won Heisman’s in college (Tebow won two) and faced each other in the 2009 BCS National Championship game, where “Timmy Ballgame” was victorious. Also filling out the roster are Mark Sanchez and Matt Barkley, two highly accomplished USC Trojan QB’s, who put up great numbers in the Coliseum but have had difficulty finding success at the NFL level.
While the signing of Tebow seems strange and out of place, it’s just another walk in the park compared to Kelly’s head-scratching moves last month. As a fan, the goal with all of Chip’s moves is to try and justify the madness and hope that it all works out by Fall. But how do you justify Tim Tebow? First, when it comes to this offense, you need a signal caller who can be a running threat, which Tebow has the capacity to do. Right there he should at least be able to beat Barkley out for the third spot on the depth chart.
What else does he bring? If the NFL introduces the new extra point rules, where they would significantly move the extra point back if you elect to kick or possibly move the ball up for a 2-point conversion, Tebow could become an asset. A package of goal line plays could be designed around him if the analytical experts determine the percentages are better going for a shorter 2-point play versus the long extra point.
Who knows, but there has to be some way to mentally accept the signing this week…right? If you can’t do that, stop by the Philly Pretzel Factory to try their special line of “Tebowing” pretzels!