Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Tim Tebow in the NFC South?
By Pat Yasinskas
All the division bloggers were asked to take part in a project in which we looked at potential landing spots for Tim Tebow, now that Peyton Manning is Denver’s quarterback.
When it came to the NFC South, I didn’t see much of a chance of Tebow landing with any of the four teams. I put the New Orleans Saints in the “low probability’’ category.
Here’s the quick synopsis I wrote on the Saints: It's hard to imagine because the Saints have Drew Brees at quarterback. But coach Sean Payton has such an innovative offensive mind that he could probably come up with a way to get Tebow on the field for a few plays a game.
I’ll elaborate a little more here and specify that I really don’t see Payton viewing Tebow as a quarterback. But Payton is creative enough that he could find ways to work him in as a tight end, H-back, fullback or, occasionally, as a running back. But all that is a very long shot. The Broncos are likely to want a draft pick for Tebow. I don’t think the Saints want to be parting with draft picks right now.
I put the Panthers, Falcons and Buccaneers in the “no chance’’ category and that’s basically because I believe there’s absolutely no chance any of them would be interested in Tebow.
Here’s what I wrote on Atlanta: The Falcons are set with Matt Ryan for the next decade or so. They don't use any gimmicks in their offense and they don't want to take the ball out of Ryan's hands.
Here’s what I had on Carolina: The Panthers have one of the league's top young quarterbacks in Cam Newton. They're hoping they don't have to look for another quarterback for another 12 to 15 years.
Here’s what I had on Tampa Bay: From a business standpoint, it might make some sense for a franchise that struggles to sell tickets to bring Tebow back to Florida. From a football standpoint, it makes absolutely no sense. New coach Greg Schiano and offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan plan to run a conventional offense. They've already got a drop-back passer in Josh Freeman and they don't want to cause any headaches for a player who needs to bounce back from a rough 2011 season if he really is going to be their franchise quarterback.
I really don’t have anything more to add on what I said in relation to the Falcons and Panthers. On the Buccaneers, I’ll just say, I can see Tebow back in Florida, but it would be either with the Dolphins or Jaguars.