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Report: Tebow will be quarterback only in New England

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The Patriots’ plans for Tim Tebow still aren’t known, and may never be until those plans are executed.

For now, the word is that Tebow will be a quarterback — and only a quarterback.

Ed Werder of ESPN, who broke the news that Tebow is heading to New England, reports that Tebow will join the team as the third quarterback, spending all of his time practicing with quarterbacks and meeting with quarterbacks.

He becomes the third-string quarterback behind Tom Brady and Ryan Mallett, and while the Pats typically carry only two quarterbacks on the 53-man roster, Werder reports that Tebow will stay if he performs well in camp.

That’s a huge if.  Tebow never performs well in camp or in practice.  Two years ago, he at one point slid to the fourth spot on the Broncos’ depth chart.  He was third when the Broncos ignored his performances in situations that don’t count and made him the starter in front of Brady Quinn.

Thus, Tebow needs to quickly realize that every rep of every practice now becomes the fourth quarter of a close game.  Whatever he finds in those moments of desperation he needs to bring constantly, or he’ll be gone.

Meanwhile, we’re not prepared to accept that Tebow will only be a quarterback until a season goes by without Tebow showing up as a tight end, running back, fullback, personal punt protector, or other special-teams contributor.  Belichick’s military-style secrecy, forged by his father’s years at the Naval Academy, meshes perfectly with the notion that they’ll trot out Tebow as a secret weapon in the perfect moment.

For maximum impact, the opponent has to not see it coming.  And so the Pats need to sell the con by leaking to the media that it’ll never happen.

Indeed, history tells us that, when it comes to these Patriots, we only know what they want us to know.  They want us to know Tebow is only a quarterback.  Which will make Tebow even more effective as something other than a quarterback if/when it ever happens.

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57 Responses to “Report: Tebow will be quarterback only in New England”
  1. Patskrieg dot com says: Jun 11, 2013 9:06 AM

    “We’re not prepared to accept that Tebow will only be a quarterback…”

    That makes two of us.

  2. jagsfanugh says: Jun 11, 2013 9:06 AM

    Purely a publicity stunt.

  3. FinFan68 says: Jun 11, 2013 9:07 AM

    OK, we’re Tebow’d out again. Please stop the incessant articles until something actually happens.

  4. flmike says: Jun 11, 2013 9:07 AM

    Timmy, that light at the end of the tunnel, it’s a train…

  5. ravensallday2012 says: Jun 11, 2013 9:09 AM

    Does anyone believe anything that is reported by the patriots?

  6. grpatriot says: Jun 11, 2013 9:09 AM

    The twisted mind of an Attorney……evil laugh!

  7. golforepar says: Jun 11, 2013 9:09 AM

    Without Gronk, I wonder what position Tebow will play??

  8. laserrocketarm12 says: Jun 11, 2013 9:10 AM

    Looks like he’s begging God to free him from the Jets in that photo.

  9. pftwstbshmc says: Jun 11, 2013 9:11 AM

    Um….. doesn’t ANYONE else see what is going to happen here? Due to the new rules in the league and what players can and can not do and how it handcuffs certian aspects of the game something is about to be reintroduced to the game.

    Ladies and gentlemen, presenting what once was old made new again….. THE HALFBACK.

    Think about it. This guy is PERFECTLY made for the position. There is NO OTHER reason for him to be in New England.

    The game is about to change on offense people. Mark my words on this one.

  10. thejabronisayz says: Jun 11, 2013 9:12 AM

    Yes let’s disregard the man’s on field performance and vanquishing of the steelers in favor of emphasizing his performance in practice. Lest we forget the great Allen Iverson? We talkin bout practice man.

  11. restlesspillow says: Jun 11, 2013 9:12 AM

    He’ll at least provide good practice against the now-popular spread-option.

  12. cylondetector says: Jun 11, 2013 9:13 AM

    It must make life easy to be able to talk in such definite terms about something of which you know very little (and that is probably a generous estimation).

    Putting the word “report” apparently allows you to print whatever you wish you absolutely no evidence.

    Report: PFT compromised almost fully of monkeys with typewriters….chances of full Shakespeares work thought to be low.

  13. jswheeler says: Jun 11, 2013 9:18 AM

    worst.offseason.pickup.ever

    -Patriots fans

  14. sanitytrek says: Jun 11, 2013 9:18 AM

    It’s obvious Belicheat is trying now to have God cheat for him!!! Pathetic.

  15. jack3dsd says: Jun 11, 2013 9:21 AM

    they’re going to use his knowledge of the spread option on scout team and make him look good enough for somebody to trade for him

  16. alexb1234 says: Jun 11, 2013 9:22 AM

    As a jets fan i know i will get thumbs down no matter what but i must say it is so relieving to see all of these tebow posts geared toward the patriots. Are the patriots really that arrogant that they think Tebow(the master of distractions) won’t be a distraction? The answer is YES.
    Belicheat and Uggs man have another thing coming…..Tebow is to stubborn to play anything but qb…i’d say good luck to the patriots but i wish them anything but luck…

  17. elliottcovert says: Jun 11, 2013 9:23 AM

    Belichick will figure out a way to make Tebow into a weapon, just as he did with Danny Woodhead. As per usual, the Jet’s screw-up will be a big gain for New England.

  18. johnnyjagfan says: Jun 11, 2013 9:24 AM

    Obviously the team doesn’t think Mallet is going to be the guy either after Brady retires or gets hurt. Might as well take a flyer on a guy that wins games. Tebow has been working with that wunderkind QB/Pitching coach on his throwing motion all Summer that has helped Brady. Wouldn’t surprise me if Tebow has gotten better.

  19. baddegg says: Jun 11, 2013 9:25 AM

    This is a misdirection. New England is not that rigid in the use of their players.

    This is the coach who used Troy Brown in the secondary…

  20. Steeley McBeam says: Jun 11, 2013 9:25 AM

    Just hire the Steelers defense to play against him in practice everyday hahahahaha THAT JOKES OLD

  21. mungman69 says: Jun 11, 2013 9:26 AM

    That’s what he is, a quarterback. He’s not a tight end. He’s not a running back.

  22. mrbigass says: Jun 11, 2013 9:28 AM

    Not sure why folks are seeing him as a TE?

    Fullback and Wildcat Goal line QB!

    That is all…….

  23. dcryan82 says: Jun 11, 2013 9:28 AM

    Qb, TE, RB, doesn’t matter. Tebow sucks, and last I checked “secret weapons” were supposed to give a team an advantage. What advantage can Tebow give them? The only thing that guy is good at, is maximum effort.

  24. bucrightoff says: Jun 11, 2013 9:32 AM

    Patriots are geniuses. Sign Tebow, relieve his moronic followers of some of their money on new jerseys, cut him before the regular season and the jersey money is still theirs. This is why their the best franchise in the NFL.

  25. hisgirlgotburrelled says: Jun 11, 2013 9:33 AM

    “Which will make Tebow even more effective as something other than a quarterback if/when it ever happens.”

    Which is good for 1 play, 1 time. And then everyone knows he’s not just a QB… Awesome secret.

  26. greglloydrules says: Jun 11, 2013 9:33 AM

    Tim Tebow is a football player. Not neccessarily a QB, but a football player none the less. He can have a promising career doing his job or whatever is neccessary to help his team win. Now that can all go sour if the media (ESPN, PFT, NFLN and others), don’t treat it as such. Don’t let this be a circus or he will be released before preseason even starts. Leave the man alone to do his job, or you will ruin his career. Even as a Steelers fan, I’m rooting for the guy.

  27. dynaco says: Jun 11, 2013 9:34 AM

    Some people just have to learn the hard way.
    Hopefully the player who makes room for Tebow will land with a better team.

  28. Iknoweverything says: Jun 11, 2013 9:34 AM

    If just given a chance, Timmy would show the world he is a better QB than FraudIII

  29. Iknoweverything says: Jun 11, 2013 9:41 AM

    TD Timmy has more playoff wins than FraudIII

  30. mavix27 says: Jun 11, 2013 9:41 AM

    I’m sure his backup role will be a videographer if QB doesn’t work.

  31. lphboston says: Jun 11, 2013 9:45 AM

    If the story is true, he will be cut before training camp at the earliest and midway through training camp at the latest.

  32. eatitfanboy says: Jun 11, 2013 9:47 AM

    thejabronisayz says:
    Jun 11, 2013 9:12 AM
    Yes let’s disregard the man’s on field performance and vanquishing of the steelers in favor of emphasizing his performance in practice. Lest we forget the great Allen Iverson? We talkin bout practice man.

    You’re right, we shouldn’t disregard his on field performance. Here are his last 5 starts as an NFL QB:

    Lost 41-23
    Lost 40-14
    Lost 7-3
    Won 29-23
    Lost 45-10

    Combined score:

    Record 1-4
    Opponents 162, Broncos 73

    Sorry, what were you saying again?

  33. iamapatsfan says: Jun 11, 2013 9:50 AM

    I think, with all the stories about Tebow in the last day (last couple years really), he needs his own Team pagelink on the front page of PFT with all the other teams. Something like “God’s Team” or “Good Guy but not-as-good QB”, something like that.

    Also, doesn’t this feel as a continuation of that little presser from BB about how he doesn’t hate Tim Tebow. And now he’s just trying to prove it or something? Silver got BB’s back up about something and now he won’t let up until Silver finally realizes his dog and the voices in his head don’t count as “anonymous sources close to (insert name)’s camp.”

  34. raiderufan says: Jun 11, 2013 9:51 AM

    As I stated earlier it is not possible that they only use him at QB. It’s also not possible to know what they have planned for him….this crap is just more throw it out there and hope it’s true garbage. If it is? GENIUS! If it’s not? Already writing the next guess.

  35. dontasemebro says: Jun 11, 2013 9:54 AM

    PFT= Publicity For Tebow

  36. cdan374 says: Jun 11, 2013 9:58 AM

    His on field performance – 1 win and four losses in his last five starts (including a 7 – 3 loss to KC)…

    All he does is win! smh

  37. righthereisay says: Jun 11, 2013 9:59 AM

    He won’t be a qb. Bellicheck has stuff up his sleeve as always. Imagine Brady and Tebow at the same time. That will be tough for defenses. Anything can happen.

  38. rugbyisbetter says: Jun 11, 2013 10:01 AM

    Why are we praising or hating on this move? Bill B has been known to take chances on players. Moss, Ocho, Albert Haynesworth, etc.. sometimes they work, sometimes they don’t.

    But I wouldn’t put it past Bill to take on Tebow and show that he can work with him to make him a semi-successful football player..

    Just picture Tim Tebow running in a touchdown vs the Jets… Thats the stuff Bill B wants.

  39. pftfan says: Jun 11, 2013 10:02 AM

    “Ladies and gentlemen, presenting what once was old made new again….. THE HALFBACK.

    Think about it. This guy is PERFECTLY made for the position. There is NO OTHER reason for him to be in New England.

    The game is about to change on offense people. Mark my words on this one.”

    ____________________

    Jets fans said the SAME EXACT THING last year.

    Good luck if you think Belichick will place a guy who never played halfback his entire life, in a meaningful game situation above 3 other qualified RBs.

    Enjoy his one or two punt fakes next year, that about all you’ll see of Tebow, if he isn’t cut by Week 1.

  40. accipiterq says: Jun 11, 2013 10:05 AM

    Ummm…..the halfback is as prominent a position as it has ever been. The league is skewed more towards passing now, but there are just as many 1000 yard rushers as there have ever been.

  41. thestrategyexpert says: Jun 11, 2013 10:08 AM

    Yeah he’s a QB only, until 1 second before the snap when he is lining up as something else. Not so convenient for the Defense with the timing of that change. Tough break, but not the Pat’s problem!

  42. bcwildcat24 says: Jun 11, 2013 10:14 AM

    Well, at least no fan in their right mind will be clamoring for Tebow to be the starting QB up there.

  43. dgreenfi says: Jun 11, 2013 10:14 AM

    He will be plugged in at QB in scenarios where the Pats need to have a 40% chance of completing a pass.

  44. hehateme2 says: Jun 11, 2013 10:29 AM

    This may be the jests worst nightmare. Having to face Tebow 2X a year plus the (small) possibility that Darth Hoodie will bring out the best in him.

    This will only prove that the jets franchise doesn’t have a clue as to what they’re doing….. oh, the agony!

  45. chargerdillon says: Jun 11, 2013 10:31 AM

    I wouldn’t mind the Patriots winning a superbowl with him on the roster just to stick it to all the jokes like Hodge who claim he can’t do anything.

    But seeing as how I’d never root for the Patriots, here’s hoping Brady breaks a hip and Tebow becomes the starter.

  46. lawyermalloy says: Jun 11, 2013 10:33 AM

    No Pressure Tim!

  47. jimmyt says: Jun 11, 2013 10:38 AM

    He will easily beat out Tom Brady for the starting QB job. Easily.

  48. eatitfanboy says: Jun 11, 2013 11:05 AM

    chargerdillon says:
    Jun 11, 2013 10:31 AM
    I wouldn’t mind the Patriots winning a superbowl with him on the roster just to stick it to all the jokes like Hodge who claim he can’t do anything.

    How would the Pats winning the SB with Tebow as the third string, inactive QB stick anything to anyone?

  49. 69finfan says: Jun 11, 2013 11:11 AM

    Of course it had been previously reported that Bill Belichek hated Tim Tebow so with that same logic I say ML/DE is what Tim will play.

  50. fwippel says: Jun 11, 2013 11:14 AM

    I wish Tebow the best. Unlike with the Jets, this move is not a publicity stunt. He’ll get a chance to learn how to play the position instead of being used for the purpose of selling more Jersey’s at local sporting goods stores.

  51. olcap says: Jun 11, 2013 11:31 AM

    Tebow certainly looked effective as a QB two years ago, when he completely carved up the Steeler #1 ranked pass defense in the playoffs, and made them look like complete amateurs.

    That was just a fluke though, I suppose, huh?

  52. yonnyyonson says: Jun 11, 2013 11:42 AM

    Great. Yesterday they say Tight End and I make my first positive comment concerning Tebow in the NFL…NOW they say QB. What is this world coming to???

  53. toosoon2013 says: Jun 11, 2013 12:03 PM

    Perhaps the Patriots will use him at the end of the game for the………KNEEL DOWN. (Yes I know that was lame. Going to thumbs down it right now.) ;)

  54. creamsiclecannon says: Jun 11, 2013 12:08 PM

    When Tebow played the Steelers his missed 2 passes for every completion that’s not good guys

  55. tindeaux says: Jun 11, 2013 12:19 PM

    Many people hate Tebow because of the media. they like to write about Tebow and the readers get annoyed by it.

    poor guy. but i’d root for tim. good luck!!!

  56. xcerebus1 says: Jun 11, 2013 3:17 PM

    I’m seeing him more as a fullback with a pass play option. With Tebow in the backfield, along with Brady, teams will have to have one, possibly two, keyed in just on him. With his size, I can’t see too many secondary players taking him down straightup.

  57. eatitfanboy says: Jun 11, 2013 3:26 PM

    olcap says:
    Jun 11, 2013 11:31 AM
    Tebow certainly looked effective as a QB two years ago, when he completely carved up the Steeler #1 ranked pass defense in the playoffs, and made them look like complete amateurs.

    That was just a fluke though, I suppose, huh?

    Completely carved them up? LOL. He was 10 for 21 in that game for around 300 yards, 80 of which came on one play. Carved them up. SMH.

    Considering that was the only game he won in the last 2 months of the season, I would in fact call it a fluke.

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