Opinion: Tebow lands in place he can be successful
There is no reason to believe that Tim Tebow will not be a success in New England, not with head coach Bill Belichick to help him realize his potential. The same could never be said of his season here in New York with the Jets.
Yesterday’s news that Tebow is set to become a Patriot is the best thing to happen to the former Florida Gator, Bronco and Jet for his hopes of being an NFL quarterback. The Patriots, who are already sewing “2013” onto an AFC East title banner, don’t need Tebow to win, which gives him all the time in the world to develop into a starting quarterback.
In New England, no one is bigger than the Patriots and given his resume, no one is bigger than Belichick. With three Super Bowl titles in New England, and a total of five AFC championships, Belichick has the type of collateral that lets him deal with a player and his future like no other coach in the league.
He will benefit, of course, from being under the best quarterback of his generation. What Tom Brady is on the field, Tebow isn’t. But both are competitors and both are winners, even if they take different paths to get there. It can only make Tebow a better quarterback.
From the start, Tebow was doomed to fail with the Jets. He was a player who from the moment he was traded was the only player on the roster during preseason, minicamp, training camp or the regular season who wasn’t allowed to compete for a starting job.
It was also clear that no matter what Sanchez did, or more aptly didn’t do, Tebow still couldn’t get the job, despite having succeeded in Denver in 2011.
New England is a perfect fit for Tebow, not only to learn and grow in the pocket but simply to be utilized. What Belichick does better than any coach in the NFL is put his players in the best position to succeed. If Tebow sees the field this year, he will do so in a position where his natural skills will best be utilized. That wasn’t the case in New York, where the personal punt protector gimmick grew cold fast and the Wildcat formation quickly became predictable.
But in New England, Tebow will be put in a position to succeed and maximize his God-given talents, much like former Jets Danny Woodhead and James Ihedigbo did in Foxboro. To count Tebow out now in a position where he will be set to succeed is to not understand the genius of Belichick or the heart of Tebow.
But more than anything, it will work between Tebow and the Patriots for the very same reasons it didn’t work here in New York. He will be given the chance to be his best, which he never was with the Jets.
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