Tim Tebow Can Save His Career With Tom Brady and Bill Belichick
By now Twitter has likely crashed on the news that Darling of the Masses, Tim Tebow, is on his way to join the New England Patriots in his continuing quest to play quarterback in the NFL. A lot of people will call it a publicity stunt and nothing more than the Patriots bringing in an extra quarterback body for training camp. While those can still be proven true, there is the possibility that the move is exactly what the former Florida star needs to learn the position the way it was meant to be played. So why is a chance to play behind Tom Brady and under Bill Belichick so fruitful?
New England Patriots had similar problems with Brady
One major knock on Tebow since he entered the league was his awkward and "elongated" throwing motion that left him open to too many hits, sacks, and fumbles. To his credit the young man has worked tirelessly to fix that part of his game, working with over a dozen different quarterback experts on everything from cocking motion to footwork. A number of those same people have since come forward claiming his biggest problems are fixed and the Patriots should be pleasantly surprised by how much he's improved. Whether that holds true in the face of defensive linemen, linebackers and blitzers flying in his face is another story. However, that improvement could serve as a stepping stone to what New England can offer him.
People easily forget how the career started for Brady back in 2000. The Patriots took a flyer on him in the 6th round out of Michigan. Everybody remembers the famous details of how a year later, then starter Drew Bledsoe took a bad hit that collapsed his lung. Brady capitalized and ended up winning the Super Bowl and kick started a dynasty. What many don't know is coaches had a lot of the same opinions of him as they have Tebow. Brady was considered slow reading defenses, had inconsistent feet and a slow delivery. It was the reason he was such a low draft pick in the first place. With time and practice he began to correct those problems, turning him into the MVP player people see every Sunday.
Josh McDaniels connection made the move obvious
No one can say if Tebow will see the same kind of improvement, but he should certainly have the coaches around him to help. Bill Belichick clearly tops the list. His ability to improvise and adapt to his players is one of the reasons he is Hall of Fame bound. The bigger connection people might overlook is the reunion Tebow will have with Josh McDaniels. Football fans will look back and recall it was he who took the risky gamble to draft Tebow in the 1st round as head coach of the Denver Broncos. Ironically it wasn't McDaniels who handed Tebow the reigns during the magical 2011 season since he was fired. That doesn't mean he isn't a bad coach for the young quarterback. McDaniels, like Belichick, is a proven master of versatility. He can create offense in many different ways. It was his pass-heavy system that lit the NFL world on fire in 2007 as the Patriots scored a record 587 points. Last year they averaged 34 points per game featuring a balanced attack that ranked 4th in passing and 7th in rushing. Adding Tebow, a quarterback who can throw and run, makes it that much harder to predict.
Tebow will learn easier ways to win in the NFL
Who will help Tebow the most in New England?
Some may argue Tebow doesn't need to learn how to win in the NFL. After all, he got Denver to the playoffs in 2011 and beat the mighty Pittsburgh Steelers in the wild card round. What is forgotten about that remarkable run is that of the seven games Tebow won down that stretch, six were decided by a touchdown or less. True winning teams can't live life on the edge like that. While turning Tebow into a better quarterback is priority, one thing Brady and Belichick can install into him is what it takes to win easy. New England has mastered that art over the years, outworking opponents early and cruising the rest of the way. It preserves bodies and energy for deep playoff runs. No one can say if Tebowmania is on the rebound. If it has any chance though, it will go through Foxborough.