By Ed Baylor: This week the New England Patriots made a huge move in signing former 2010 1st round draft choice and former Heisman trophy winner Tim Tebow to a 2-year deal with the team. In doing so the Patriots have added one of the most popular players in the NFL, if not the most popular, to their team, and there’s a potential for a lot of media attention this season.
The Patriots already have a very good quarterback in Tom Brady who gets a lot of attention as well in the media for his quality play and his lavish lifestyle off the field. Brady is married to one of the top models in the United States and he lives in a mansion.
Tebow said this as quoted by usatoday.com “It’s such an honor to be a Patriot and play for Coach Belichick and Coach [Josh] McDaniels, to learn under Tom [Brady] and be part of this great franchise, a part of a very successful franchise…it’s going to be a lot of fun.”
Tebow will be back with his old head Coach McDaniels, who was the one that was instrumental in Tebow being drafted by the Denver Broncos in 2010 when McDaniels was the then head Coach for the Broncos. McDaniels is the offensive coordinator for the Patriots, so this puts Tebow in a really good situation because McDaniels sees Tebow as a player with talent and ability to be a starter in the NFL, and that’s a big positive for Tebow having someone that believes in him. Last season while playing for the New York Jets, Tebow was kept on the bench and not given a chance to show what he can do.
The weird thing was that Tebow showed that he could play in the limited times that he saw action on the field, completing 6 of 8 passes, and rushing for 102 yards on 32 carries, but the Jets head Coach Rex Ryan wasn’t motivated to give Tebow a real chance at starting for the team. Instead, the Jets floundered under the mediocre play of starter Mark Sanchez last season.