The New England Patriots shocked their fanbase today trading backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo to the winless San Francisco 49ers for a 2nd round draft pick.
This means that of the three backup quarterbacks the pats had at the start of the year, none are left, two have been traded and the #4 man Julian Edelman is out for the year, meaning New England has two weeks (thanks to the bye) to fill that role.
Now while I suspect that the 2nd round pick for next year might be used to find the replacement for Tom Brady for the 2020 season but for right now we need something different. Someone is playing shape, who wouldn’t mind being a backup, that you can get inexpensively, someone who has experience starting in the NFL and as we are talking a backup for the Pats, someone with playoff experience would be a real plus and if it was someone with at least a little bit of familiarity with the system that would be awesome.
Finally you need someone without a big ego who would add to, rather than disrupt the chemistry in the locker room and that you could release at the end of the year if you decided to go long on QB drafts.
That someone? Why Tim Tebow of course.
I can hear the cries now: DaTechguy you’re crazy, why on earth would you sign Tebow except to beard all the kneelers and their supporters, and I admit that is an appealing thought but there are a bunch of logical reasons why Tebow is the best choice for the job.
Tebow has been a backup before and would love another chance to play in the NFL. Because of his season playing baseball he is in great physical shape, dare I say playing shape. He has experience as a start both in the regular season and in the playoffs and has had success in both. Furthermore he was in the Patriots camp a few years ago and thus has some familiarity with the system so he would be an easier fit as a backup than most people out there and has a reputation for hard work that would be a perfect fit for the Patriots way.
Financially not only would the Pats be able to sign him for peanuts (without trading anything of value) but Tebow is the ultimate team player, a plus in the locker room, a hard worker and with so little ego that the thought of making trouble for Brady or anyone on the team would be the last thing on his mind. Finally if at the end of the season the Patriots decided to go a different route (which they certainly would) he would, rather than complain, give a huge thank you to the organization for giving him another chance.
Lastly if God forbid Brady goes down, Tebow has experience in big game both at the college and pro-level. While not a great mechanical quarterback he is a leader of men, a person cool under pressure and most important of all, he’s lucky and believe me if you lose Tom Brady in to injury during the playoffs the thing you are going to need more than anything else is luck.
For all of these reasons if I’m Bill Belichick Tim Tebow is the guy I sign to backup Tom Brady for the last 8 games of the season and the playoffs in the hopes that I don’t have to use him.
Closing thought, if you’re the owners of the NFL this is the dream signing that would make the conversation shift dramatically and stay shifted. It would have the potential to actually bring fans back who are upset. It’s a win win.