Tuesday June 11, 2013Let another 'Summer of Tebow' begin
Updated: 12:35pm, June 11
Updated: 12:35pm, June 11
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Nothing like a Tim Tebow signing (by the New England Patriots, no less) to set the Twittersphere aflame.
The very second ESPN’s Ed Werder reported late Monday afternoon that University of Florida icon and international lightning rod was headed to the Patriots, the Tweets -- from lovers and haters, analysts and satirists -- began spewing on timelines.
Come Tuesday, with hours to process the development, we were in full-blown Tebowmania again with lengthy pieces breaking down the move, starting with a nice headline in The Boston Herald.
Here’s Yahoo!'s Mike Silver, who quoted a source in the New England a month ago that Bill Belichick “hates” Tebow as a player.
He stands by his story.
UF grad and pro-Tebow guy Alex Marvez, FoxSports.com, had nice glass half-full look, making mention of how JaMarcus Russell, arguably the biggest quarterback bust in NFL history, appeared to have more pro prospects than Tebow just last week. Now this.
“Whether the Patriots keep Tebow exclusively behind center is really immaterial at this point. Even if he’s a reserve passer who gets snaps at tight end, H-back, fullback or becomes a core special teams player, Tebow has a chance to stay in the league for a fourth NFL season.”
What round-up on this subject would be complete with some quick-hitting excerpts from the lead basher of the anti-Tebow cult?
Take a bow, good friend Pete Prisco, of CBSSports.
“This is what the Patriots’ Tim Tebow signing says to me:
1. Bill Belichick is doing a favor for his buddy Urban Meyer.
2. The Patriots’ arrogrance is in full force. It’s more of this: ‘We can make anything work. We’re the Patriots. We don’t deal with distractions, just football players. We’re the Patriots.’ ”
The NFL is a passing league. The Patriots are one of its premier passing teams. The knock on Tebow has been his accuracy throwing the ball. Hmmm.
Steve Politi, columnist for The Newark Star-Ledger, wrote an advice piece for New England area columnists, based on his past year dealing with the year-long circus of Tebow as a member of the New York Jets. Pretty entertaining stuff.
“Tip 1: Take a strong stance right away. Either acquiring Tebow is a stroke of genius that will surely revoluntionize how the Patriots play football, or it is a disastrous move that will undermine Tom Brady and this entire football dynasty. Brilliant. Or insanity. No room for nuance here. Pick one and dig in.
“The best part: There is no wrong answer. If, for example, Tebow has no impact on the Patriots offense, then you can blame the team’s offensive coaches for failing to untilize him in a way that revolutionized football. Find a suitable scapegoat like Tony Sparano -- I’m looking at you, Josh McDaniels -- and blame him for everything.”
Perfect columnist plan. When you stand for nothing, you can never be wrong.
There was more, of course.
Belichick’s news conference came Tuesday morning (live on NFL Network, obviously). To exactly no one surprise, Belichick provided very little insight to how Tebow fits into the team's plans, outside his usual Beli-speak.
“Anything we do is what we eel is in the best interest of the team,” he said. “Time is a talented player that’s smart and works hard. so we’ll see how it goes.”
More Tebow questions followed.
“We’ve already talked enough about him,” Belichick said, clearly Belichick-styled annoyed (but seriously, what did he expect?). “I think I’ve covered it. Anything else?”
Yeah, quite a bit. But it’s only June 11.
The NFL has another "Summer of Tebow" on its hands.