Former baseball pitcher Tom House has become a quarterback Svengali, claiming last year that half of the NFL’s quarterbacks (including Tom Brady) have been seeking him out for assistance. Half of the NFL’s quarterbacks, and Tim Tebow.
After working with the man who has been exiled from the league for the last two seasons, House has declared that Tebow has prepared himself to play again.
“What amazes me is this young man, with no job prospects, has prepared just as hard as he would if he were the No. 1 quarterback for an NFL team,” House told Albert Breer of NFL Media on Monday. “He’s busted his butt. He spins the ball better than he did and he’s much more accurate than he was. I think he’s ready.”
House explains that Tebow’s Philadelphia opportunity emerged out of the blue, with the team calling last week and House sending Adam Dedeaux to Florida to finish Tebow’s preparations.
House believes Tebow has done more than enough reps the right way to get rid of past bad habits.
“We helped his throwing,” House told Breer. “When he was released by the Patriots, because of Tom Brady, he came to us. . . . He had trouble spinning the ball and he wasn’t very accurate. We didn’t do much conditioning or route trees or run many defenses against him. We honestly felt we could help him with his throwing, like everyone else, but this time, he got enough reps where the change was made.”
If House is right, the Eagles should be signing Tebow, regardless of whether they can first trade Barkley. If House is right, other teams should be clamoring to add to their rosters a guy who has shown that he knows how to perform at a high level in the fourth quarter of close games. If he can elevate his performance for the rest of a given game and during practices, Tebow has a chance to author one of the great redemption stories the NFL has ever seen.