Tim Tebow: Sean Payton wanted me to play the Taysom Hill role

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What Saints coach Sean Payton is doing with third quarterback Taysom Hill this year might seem revolutionary, or at least evolutionary.

But he apparently wanted to do all the same things year ago a quarterback who was even more of a curiosity.

According to Christopher Dabe of the New Orleans Times-Picayune, former Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow said he had conversations with Payton about having a hybrid quarterback/option/gadget role.

Tebow wasn’t specific about the time frame, just saying it was “back in the day” when he “talked to coach Payton a lot when he was trying to get me to come do that-ish, here.”

Tebow did say they had conversations after he was cut by the Jets in 2012. He went to camp with the Patriots and Eagles, and then went onto television and eventually baseball.

“He did a good job making it clear what he thought,” Tebow said of Payton. “It just wasn’t necessarily in my heart at the time. It was cool. It wasn’t like I was totally against it. Love coach Payton. He’s one of the best coaches out there. For me, I still wanted to pursue being a quarterback and then baseball. Sometimes it’s not that you dislike something. It’s that you have something even more in your heart.”

Tebow’s a big fan of what Hill’s doing with the Saints, but considering a bigger version of a running quarterback in the hands of one of the league’s most creative play-callers does give you a real sense of what-might-have-been.

25 responses to “Tim Tebow: Sean Payton wanted me to play the Taysom Hill role

  1. Meanwhile Lamar Jackson is playing the same style offense Tebow did in Denver and is being applauded for his running ability / mediocre passing ability (take away the intermediate passes of the middle and Jackson can’t do anything through the air). Funny how Tebow was essentially blackballed from the league for being the same type of player Lamar Jackson is.

  2. That would have been fun to watch! Tebow could have played TE or FB but my gosh was he a horrible thrower of the football. Cam Newton came along and was a bigger faster better throwing running QB and made Tebow’s niche obsolete.

  3. And that is why Tebow is no longer in the NFL; he had it “in his heart” to be a NFL QB. Dude has great character and would likely be a top notch backup QB/role player but he didn’t want that role; he wanted to be the starter and just didn’t have the talent.

  4. @toldlikeitis

    You hit the nail on the head. Couple of us were talking about this the other day; if you compare stats between Jackson and Tebow, as a passer Tebow looks to have a slight edge. I’m no Tebow fan but it’s funny how the attitude has changed now that Jackson is essentially doing the same thing.

  5. Ask the Steelers how effective Tebow was throwing the ball? My wife went out to the kitchen to get a snack at the beginning of overtime in that playoff game, and no sooner did she open the refrigerator than the game was over!
    Right after what was an outstanding game for him, Tebow was inexplicably dropped from any consideration as an NFL QB. And the comparison with Lamar Jackson is apt, though Tebow might have been a better passer, at least at this point in Jackson’s career.

  6. Lot of revisionist history on this board. Tebow always had a pretty good deep ball but couldn’t hit anything mid or short. He won a game going 2-11 against KC. He won a few games and then lost the last three of the season and Denver had to back into the playoffs.

    After beatin Pittsburgh and throwing for 33% completion percentage he was shut right down by NE. It was the most embarrassing g performance by a QB I had ever seen.

    And the he still got a chance with the Jets and afterwards with NE. And as he’s stating Peyton was asking him to be a slash type QB for the Saints and Tebow decided to quit football.

    The League looked st him and found him wanting;g. He wasn’t r7. Out of the league, he was given every chance to succeed. He just couldn’t throw the damn ball with any accuracy under 15 yards. And you cannot win many games only scoring 7-10 offensive points a game (only so many games you will get pick 6s).

  7. It’s real simple. Can’t be a passer if you can’t pass. Lamar Jackson will have to adapt or his career will be short lived as teams will scheme away his legs as a weapon.

  8. You see players all the time switch positions for the betterment of the team (mostly in high school and college, but it does happen in the pros occasionally).

    Tebow is a selfish player he wanted to be a QB and nothing else. If he wasn’t so selfish he would probably still be in the league.

  9. Maybe but I bet Payton is glad Tayson Hill is in that role instead of Tebow. If the Saints had 11 Tayson Hill’s on defense they would be a scary team….Hill blocked a punt, can’t see Tebow doing that.

  10. I still find it remarkable that so many people still dislike him after all these years seemingly for just being a nice guy and being a below average NFL player.

  11. toldlikeitis says:
    January 1, 2019 at 9:32 am
    Meanwhile Lamar Jackson is playing the same style offense Tebow did in Denver and is being applauded for his running ability / mediocre passing ability (take away the intermediate passes of the middle and Jackson can’t do anything through the air). Funny how Tebow was essentially blackballed from the league for being the same type of player Lamar Jackson is.
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    You hit the nail on the head. Couple of us were talking about this the other day; if you compare stats between Jackson and Tebow, as a passer Tebow looks to have a slight edge. I’m no Tebow fan but it’s funny how the attitude has changed now that Jackson is essentially doing the same thing.
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    What stats are you looking at? And, people are upvoting this garbage, it’s not at all based on facts.

    Tim Tebow had a 46% completion percentage…4….6 in the NFL
    Lamar Jackson’s QB rating is 12 points higher

    This is with Demaryious Thomas and Eric Decker while Jackson is throwing to a collection of journeymen.

    But don’t let facts get in the way of your argument…

    Let’s not forget there were plenty of people talking about how great Tebow was despite him not even able to break a 50% completion percentage which is god awful.

  12. Tebow’s downfall was his own doing. His best opportunity came when he was with the Patriot’s and Belichick wanted him to play the ‘Swiss Army Knife’ position.
    Had Tebow humbled himself under the tutelage of BB he would developed and learned a great deal under BB, Brady, McDaniels.
    I have no doubt that his NFL career would of blossomed with the Pats as a Hybrid TE/Run Threat Option.
    I am not saying that he would be with the Pats today, but rather Belichick would of developed him and showcased his skill set that another Team would of wanted/needed, even if it were a short term career.

  13. Taysom can actually play QB pretty well so there is the difference. Defenses have to stay honest against the pass and not just sell out to the run.

  14. I thought this loser was a baseball player. No need to hear from him until spring training. He’s not relevant to football anymore.

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