Tim Tebow traded to the New York Jets

Tim Tebow got off to a slow start at Senior Bowl workouts a couple of years ago. (Dave Martin, Associated Press)

Tim Tebow got off to a slow start at Senior Bowl workouts a couple of years ago. (Dave Martin, Associated Press)

UPDATE: Tim Tebow has been traded to the New York Jets, according to Associated Press.

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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

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whether the Falcons should get in the Tebow Derby.

“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

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325 comments Add your comment

railman311

March 20th, 2012
10:57 am

No!!! Simple as that

OMG, always wanted to do this

March 20th, 2012
11:01 am

OMG, always wanted to do this

March 20th, 2012
11:02 am

railman311

March 20th, 2012
11:03 am

bart

March 20th, 2012
11:04 am

Lot’s of positives if he can be convinced to play positions other than QB. I think he could develop into an outstanding tight end for one. A situational runner is one of his strong suits. He could be a valuable weapon and don’t forget he would put some extra people in the seats and bring a little drama to the dome.

Matt from MN

March 20th, 2012
11:08 am

Hahahahahahahahaha…Oh, that’s an AWESOME joke!! (No further response is necessary)

Yes, Yes, Yes

March 20th, 2012
11:11 am

For sure. He would really work in those third and short situations and goal line stuff. Heck, he could get those fourth and ones, that neither our starting HB or our starting QB can seem to get.

The least he could do, is bring the spotlight to our city. We need to be a team they talk about.

Bluestreak

March 20th, 2012
11:13 am

That would be an interesting setup, if he would do it. Having a H-Back that could throw a pass out of a running play with our receivers could be death on defenses.

But to trot him out should Matty Ice go down isn’t desirable. But, then again….he got further in the playoffs than Matt.

iceBIRDcold

March 20th, 2012
11:13 am

As a QB start “Tebowing”

As # 45 the FB/Specialty guy Hmmmmmmmm?

GDawg

March 20th, 2012
11:15 am

He would be great at TE taking over for TG as well as a HB/QB for the goalline.

Verdict still out

March 20th, 2012
11:16 am

I think Tebow needs to go somewhere from start to finish they will give him a chance. He is only a two year quarterback–I have seen a lot of worse performances from quarterbacks in my day. No telling what kind of success he could have if he was giving the reins, had a training camp and an entire season to learn the game. Actually I think his best game with the Broncos was when they let him come out throwing and didn’t hold him back. I think because of the expectations that he cant be a throwing quarter back it hindered the OC play calls instead of letting him go.

James

March 20th, 2012
11:16 am

NO. As soon as Matt Ryan had one bad game we would have ESPN pushing a QB controversy. Then the evangelicals would clamor for him. Super bad idea.

Are you out of your mind?

March 20th, 2012
11:19 am

Delbert D.

March 20th, 2012
11:20 am

Yes, if they can get him for something close to the NFL minimum. Redman won’t last forever.

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kbn

March 20th, 2012
11:23 am

ya why not he can get us the short yards we need

oh, hell NO

March 20th, 2012
11:23 am

Jax can have the circus….King Arthur doesn’t need another circus after trashy mv7.

oh, hell NO

March 20th, 2012
11:24 am

I’ll stick with Ringling Bros. once a year.

Jeff B

March 20th, 2012
11:25 am

No, no, no… a thousand times, no!!

elvis the falcon fan

March 20th, 2012
11:26 am

YES YES AND YES!!!……Imagine this scenario….its 3rd and goal…you have turner, snelling AND Tebow in the backfield….Gonzo and Roddy or Julio go in motion….Ryan works out of the shotgun, whom do you defend? Also, years ago when the Falcons had Dave Archer as QB, often times in situations that called for a deep ball the coaches would bring in Scott Campbell who had a big arm..or when hebert was starting and we needed a “hail mary” deep we would bring in Tolliver. Miami in the 80s had a situational player Jensen I beleive was his name.

RetNav

March 20th, 2012
11:26 am

Must be a slow day at the office to come up with this article. We need a heck of a lot more than a backup QB. We need to address our defense and O line before anything else should be talked about. Besides Tebow will make his payday somewhere but surely not here.

MJM

March 20th, 2012
11:27 am

I think tebow would make a great Halfback/fullback. remember Paul Horning

DePort

March 20th, 2012
11:27 am

hahahahah come on now … I should have known this was coming …

Mr. Costanza

March 20th, 2012
11:28 am

He has one more playoff win than Matt Ryan!

SeenThisBFalcon

March 20th, 2012
11:28 am

LOL…LOL….LOL…..DON’T EVEN THINK ABOUT IT LMFAO…….NO WAY EVER IS TEBOW COMING TO ATL NOT IF EVERY QB ON OUR ROSTER GOT HURT….

Herschel Talker

March 20th, 2012
11:28 am

Yes! Bring him on as TE or FB! We need this guy to inspire our locker room!

SeenThisBFalcon

March 20th, 2012
11:29 am

TEBOW IS WHAT I THROW OUT ON MONDAYS…..GARBAGE…..

SeenThisBFalcon

March 20th, 2012
11:29 am

THIS QUESTION IS POINTLESS AND STUPID…

vote for pedro

March 20th, 2012
11:30 am

only the lost florida lizards in this town would want this guy

vote for pedro

March 20th, 2012
11:31 am

I just took a big tebow and flushed

hangman

March 20th, 2012
11:36 am

knowing that front office hasn’t enough sense to do it or they would have gone for MANNING1

Last Word

March 20th, 2012
11:38 am

Don’t bother.
Belichick will get him and use him effectively on third down.

PMC

March 20th, 2012
11:38 am

Only if he’s not wanting to be a fulltime QB.

He’s a fantastically versatile player, just not a QB right now. The Falcons are brutally horriffic in short yardage situations where Tebow is at his best.

SeenThisBFalcon

March 20th, 2012
11:39 am

HE BE NICE IN NEW ENGLAND NOT AS A DIRTY BIRD!!!

PMC

March 20th, 2012
11:40 am

That said, this town has endured the circus already.

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Rod "straight outta Augusta"

March 20th, 2012
11:42 am

Bottomline: (1) We have too many fair weather fans in Atlanta for that to happen. (2) Not sure if Matt Ryan is mentally ready to handle Tebowmania when he has bad games. (3) It will throw offense off. Just McNabb/Vick combo in Philly.

Decades of Heartbreak

March 20th, 2012
11:42 am

A move like that would require the type of imagination and innovation that doesn’t exist in the Falcon’s management.
More likely to happen in New England. Or maybe in New Orleans where he can help punish the Falcons.

Boom Dizzle

March 20th, 2012
11:42 am

Since when does a backup QB have to be compelling???

As for Tebow, as a backup QB…not a chance. As a player on the roster, jack of all trades, WHY NOT? There are worse things that can be done with a roster spot (see Sam Baker)

Rell

March 20th, 2012
11:45 am

panic fan

March 20th, 2012
11:49 am

what def would say ohh no its tebow? maybe ours

railman311

March 20th, 2012
11:49 am

I’m not saying the guy could’nt play another position, But how do we know he can pick up a blocker or run a route. Do you want to risk having the “circus” in town on an assumption?

railman311

March 20th, 2012
11:51 am

also I live in Flowery Branch and I don’t want the traffic Nightmare

Will

March 20th, 2012
11:51 am

He is headed back to Florida and play in Jacksonville. The new owner is going to give Tebow the keys and let him play. It’s gonna be a great fit for both.

Nelly

March 20th, 2012
11:53 am

Well, your first mistake is listening to that joke of a radio show in the first place.

ernisTbass

March 20th, 2012
11:53 am

couldn’t bring him as a free agent, doesn’t have enough injury history

YouBeenTEEEBOOWWED

March 20th, 2012
11:58 am

The Falcons want good Character guys right? Well, here is your chance to prove it by signing Tebow!

ronhen24

March 20th, 2012
12:04 pm

NO,NO,NO,NO AND NO! I LIKE TEBOW AND I THINK HE IS A WINNER, BUT DON’T DO HIM THAT WAY AND AT THE LEAST HE SHOULD GO SOMEWHERE HE CAN COMPETE.

Dr. Warren

March 20th, 2012
12:07 pm

Blank had a lifetime’s worth of distraction during the Vick-Petrino debacle. No way he’d go for signing Tebow. Dimitroff wouldn’t want him anyway. I personally like the guy and hope he goes gangbusters for Jacksonville or even Miami.

Joe Falcon

March 20th, 2012
12:09 pm

I’d LOVE to see Tebow here as a Tight End.

That said, I don’t ever see it happening…