New England Patriots sign free agent Quarterback to work at pre-season minicamp.
Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots stunned the NFL community on Monday after they announced that they had signed free agent Quarterback Tim Tebow to a pre-season contract, and will work out with the team during their upcoming minicamp in Foxboro.
Tebow was released by AFC East rivals the New York Jets two months ago, and had struggled to draw any interest from NFL teams that were interested in picking up the 25-year old on a tryout basis.
Depsite having a reasonably successful stint as the Denver Broncos QB, Tebow struggled for playing time in New York, and when he got it some, he failed to make the most of it.
Criticised for his lack of arm strength and awkward throwing motion, it will be interesting to see how he will fit into the Patriots offence, which is run by future hall of fame Quarterback Tom Brady.
The interesting side note is that the offensive coordinator in New England is Josh McDaniels, who was also the head coach of the Denver Broncos when they selected Tebow in the first round three years ago, and it seems the trust between the two men is still there.
The big questions now for Tebow and the organisation is how the former Heisman winner will fit into the teams offensive scheme, with it more than likely that he will play at more positions than just QB.
Secondly, it will be how the fellow players, coaching staff and other personnel handle the media circus that will descend on Foxboro, with Tebow one of the most popular sports stars in America.
With Bill Belichick regarded as one of the best tacticians in the leagues history, it is not so much of a case as this being a strange signing, but more the coaches asking each other ‘What does he know that we don’t?’.