Re: If It Ain't So Complicated - Release Tebow
posted at 7/30/2013 12:21 PM EDT
In response to Paul_K's comment:
The crucial question is whether Tebow is making any progress at getting rid of the football. If he's holding the ball for 5-7 seconds, please cashier him after the first preseason game. If Josh McDaniels gets any learning curve out of him whatsoever, he stays. Maybe in another 3 months he'll make a bit more progress.
A Tim Tebow that makes reasonable decisions under pressure is a good experienced backup quarterback, capable of winning a few games, and the Tebow/McDaniels team did win a few games back in Denver. I'm assuming that Mallett will hold the clipboard while Brady is around, but if 36 year old Tom Brady busts his buns someday then it's between Mallett and Tebow. Assuming that Tebow is somewhat corrected, I'd put Mallett in on passing downs (and first and 10) but hand the keys to Tebow on obvious running downs (second and 1, the fourth quarter if the team is up 21 points). When everyone in the stadium knows that the Pats are going to run it, why not have an extra 220 lb running back on the field? Tebow has also been hitting enough accurate 50 yard bombs in practice to encourage (if not force) the free safety to play deep in center field. So, Tebow comes in, gets a few first downs, eats the clock and the game is over.
Swapping between radically different quarterbacks could be hard on defenses. Mallett has a cannon for an arm but he sure can't run. We know that continual swapping of running backs between a little scat back and a fat pile driver is hard on a defense - they don't ever quite adjust their focus. Also, pitchers like to alternate between curve balls and speedballs because it confuses batters.
BB seems to have a defense coming along this year so a backup QB only needs to manage many of the games to squeeze the Patriots into a division crown.
I am thinking that what made Tebow "successful" is his heart. Because of his poor throwing mechanics - he ended up scrambling (part by design, part because of blown up plays) - and, he's a bigger QB - a lil harder to bring down. He seemed to make some big plays as a college player and a pro w/ Denver.
However, the patriots offensive playbook was designed around a pocket QB who can't run. Surely, they can't change the entire system around someone who isn't even going to get many snaps at QB