Newsday's Bob Glauber goes the extra yard for the inside scoop on the NFL.
Tim Tebow's landing spot as good as it gets
Tim Tebow could not have asked for a better place to continue his dream of playing in the NFL, even if it means he won't be a starting quarterback any time soon - or ever - with his new team.
There's no way Tebow will be replacing Tom Brady unless the Patriots' future Hall of Fame quarterback gets hurt. And even then, the Patriots would likely turn to backup Ryan Mallett. But all things considered, Tebow's landing spot was a good one.
After all, he's reunited with the coach who drafted him in the first round in 2010. Former Broncos head coach Josh McDaniels saw enough in Tebow back then to invest a high pick, even if McDaniels wasn't there to see it through. Once team owner Pat Bowlen fired Tebow and hired John Elway as his director of football operations, it was only a matter of time Tebow would play elsewhere.
As it turned out, the Jets were the ones who took Tebow off Denver's hands, and it couldn't have been a more disastrous move. For Tebow AND the Jets.
Tebow barely hit the field on offense, and when he did, not much happened. He completed just 6-of-8 passes and ran for just 102 yards. He didn't come close to scoring a touchdown.
Tebow's ineffectiveness was just one of offensive coordinator Tony Sparano's failures, and it was no surprise that Sparano was jettisoned after just one season. And despite a non-commital stance from new general manager John Idzik, it was obvious the Jets had no plans to move forward with Tebow. Once they drafted Geno Smith in the second round, it was a fait accompli that Tebow would be released.
The Jets made that move the day after the draft.
As days turned into weeks and then months, and no one expressed even a hint of interest in Tebow, it looked as if he might be forced to try a run in the Canadian Football League, or even the Arena League. Tebow had become almost radioactive; he wasn't good enough as a player, and the attention-grabbing phenomenon of his mere presence just didn't make the investment worth it for most teams.
Enter Bill Belichick, who loves this kind of a challenge. If Belichick sees a unique talent in a player, he's willing to make accommodations on his roster. And if he tries and sees that the player simply isn't good enough - which could very well be the case with Tebow - then he's willing to move on.
Tebow can serve a role with the Patriots as a backup quarterback, and if there are occasions when he can be used as a running back, tight end or H-back, then Belichick and McDaniels can find a way to utilized his talents. And they'll certainly do that better than Sparano, who was lost from the start with trying to find the right spot for Tebow.
So even if Tebow doesn't get his wish of challenging for a starting job, at least he goes to a team and a coaching staff he can learn from. And who knows? Maybe Tebow finally finds his way into the endzone when the Patriots host the Jets in Week 2 of the regular season. After all, Belichick never misses a chance to stick it to his AFC East opponents.