UPDATE: Tim Tebow has been traded to the New York Jets, according to Associated Press.
PREVIOUS POST ON MONDAY: Should the Falcons pursue Tim Tebow?
Now that Peyton Manning has landed in Denver, Tim Tebow appears headed for the exit door.
The Broncos will likely try to trade him. If they can’t find any takers, he’ll likely be released.
The boys over at Mayhem in the A.M. on 790 The Zone discussed the notion of the Falcons picking up Tebow on Tuesday. They didn’t seem to want him as a quarterback, but as a fullback/H-back/goal-line quarterback who could help out with the short yardage offense.
He’s probably never going to be a NFL passing quarterback. But he was effective running the ball and hitting the occasional pass as he led the Broncos to the divisional round of the AFC playoffs last season.,
Steak Shapiro, Chris Dimino and Nick Cellini had a hearty discussion about
“He’s also a guy who can certainly give you different looks,” Shapiro said. “Now, the running is the look. But the fact that he could be running the ball and all of sudden surprise you with a pass, that’s a weapon. That’s a serious weapon.”
They agreed that Tebow was more durable than former Falcons running quarterback Michael Vick and noted that Chris Redman was an “uncompelling” backup quarterback.
“If Tim Tebow was available to come to Atlanta and he cost you a little bit of money,” Shapiro said. “Is that the kind of quarterback, when you have a quarterback that is as immobile as Matt Ryan . . . We’ve always said are you taking Tom Brady off the field? Are you taking Drew Brees off the field? Are you taking Peyton Manning off the field? You’re on the 1-yard line, why do you ever want them off the field?”
The Falcons problems in short yardage situations last season came to a head in the playoffs against the New York Giants, where they couldn’t knock them back three times.
“He’s not my backup quarterback,” Dimino said. “He’s a guy on my roster, a specialty guy because they let you carry three quarterbacks now.”
Cellini said, “If he has to be my backup quarterback, then no. I want him as my situational guy. I don’t want him as my backup quarterback.”
OK, let me add my two cents.
If you sign Tebow you have to sit him down and break the news to him. Here’s how that talk would go in Coach Led’s office.
“Timmy, you’re not a quarterback son,” Coach Led would said. “But you could play the next 10 years as my fullback/H-back. Here’s jersey No. 45 and a video disc of Marv Hubbard, Earl Campbell and Larry Csonka. Go to the church and pray about this and hopefully we’ll see you in the morning.
“When we get on the goal line or in short-yardage we might let you get in there and throw that little jump-pass thingy you guys did at Florida. But we need you to wrap your arms around the fact that you’re not a quarterback.”
–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog