The Philadelphia Eagles continued their headline-grabbing offseason yesterday when they invited Tim Tebow for a private workout with the Eagles.
Tebow landing in Philadelphia would be the icing on the cake for what has already been a chaotic offseason for the Birds.
According to Adam Schefter, the Eagles do not intend on signing Tebow at this time. Nevertheless, Tebow in Philly is an intriguing possibility.
Tebow struggled statistically as a quarterback for the Denver Broncos, but somehow managed to win games and showed a unique skill set doing so. The media and fans around the country gravitated towards the fascination that was, and possibly still is, Tim Tebow.
In the 2011 season, he took over a 1- 4 Denver team led by Kyle Orton. Tebow won seven games to win the AFC West despite horrific performances. In that season, he completed only 46.5 percent of his passes and had a total QBR of 29.2.
Somehow Tebow consistently found ways to win games, almost magically. In a game against the Kansas City Chiefs, Denver prevailed despite Tebow completing only two passes.
He was a terrible quarterback, no disputing that, but he contains a rare clutch trait. Magic is all you can think of when describing the transformation in Tebow’s game at the end of games. His total QBR throughout the season on a scale of 0-100 was 29.2; however in the last seven minutes of games, he led the NFL with a QBR of 96.3.
Tebow’s weakness was how inaccurate he was passing the football. It is implausible that a quarterback that inaccurate could win a playoff game, but Tebow was a superb runner. He was both powerful and fast for his size, which made him very tough to tackle.
He Is A Quarterback
Analysts’ believed there was a place for him at the professional level, just not as a quarterback. Tight end and fullback were the positions most discussed when talking about Tebow. To his credit, Tebow did not want to change positions. He elected to live and die in the NFL as a quarterback.
He made a wise decision. Not only is his heart in the quarterback position, but who is to say he would be able to compete at the professional level at a position he is not familiar with.
After stints with the New York Jets and New England Patriots failed to pan out, Tebow did not play in the NFL last season. Tebow is reportedly attempting to give it another shot. He recently stated:
“I feel great, I feel the strongest, healthiest, throwing the best I ever have, I’m just really excited for the improvement.”
Imagine a quarterback with the unique ability Tebow possesses being utilized by Chip Kelly. Obviously, not as the starting quarterback, but possibly to help the Eagles in the red zone with a similar role to what Michael Vick had with the Eagles in 2009. Vick would come in the game for Donovan McNabb and run trick plays out of the backfield confusing defenses because of his ability to be a dual threat.
Tebow Could Improve Red Zone Issues
Philly fans had to endure seeing their team settling for field goals over and over again in 2014 because of their inability to score touchdowns in the red zone. The Eagles converted an embarrassing 15% of their red zone possessions into touchdowns; 23rd in the NFL.
In order to beat elite teams in the NFL, settling for field goals is unacceptable; points come at a premium. Chip would be foolish not to consider a player who could instantly improve their chances of scoring touchdowns instead of field goals.
The Eagles have already explored better options for short yardage situations such as trading LeSean McCoy, who is more of a shifty runner, and signing DeMarco Murray, who is a power option.
Chip Kelly has made the Eagles the most fascinating team in all of sports, but no team compares to the story that is Tim Tebow. Chip Kelly coaching Tim Tebow would be a dream scenario for both Tebow and NFL fans. Tebow benefits from being coached by a mastermind and the fans get the pleasure of watching the most unique story in sports unfold.
Again, as Adam Schefter reported, it was nothing more than a workout, but Chip Kelly deserves a round of applause for exploring every option to improve his franchise.