The Philadelphia Eagles signed Tim Tebow this week, leading to rumors that the team has plans for the quarterback to step into a role never before seen in the NFL.
The Eagles had hosted the former Denver Broncos quarterback for a workout back in March, but after the team didn’t sign him, many believed that Tebow’s time had passed in the league. The Eagles are already loaded up with quarterbacks — currently carrying Mark Sanchez, Sam Bradford, and Matt Barkley on the roster — and there seemed to be no room to fit Tebow.
But with the signing this week, there are rumors that the Philadelphia Eagles have plans for Tim Tebow that don’t involve lining up at quarterback on offense.
The Denver Post‘s Mike Klis believes that Chip Kelly could be planning for the NFL to move the extra-point back to a 33-yard kick, which would increase the number of two-point conversion attempts.
Klis wrote as follows.
“During Tebow’s two-year term with the Broncos in 2010-11, I often proposed that coaches Josh McDaniels and John Fox should go for two every time. It was not unrealistic to expect the multi-option Tebow to convert 3 of 4, 2-pointers in a game for 6 points. Make 4 of 4 kicks and it’s 4 points.
Tebow rushed for 4 touchdowns of 2 yards or less in his two Bronco seasons and was 2 of 2 in 2-point rushing attempts during his magical 2011 season.”
If true, it would be a first for the NFL in more ways than one. There has never been a two-point specialist before, and never been a coach willing to use the two-point conversion unless absolutely necessary.
But Kelly has been a fan of going for two at various times, dating back to his time as head coach at Oregon.
There are others who believe that Tim Tebow still has what it takes to be a starting quarterback in the NFL. Though he fizzled out of the league just one season removed from leading the Denver Broncos to the playoffs, Tebow has been working out to remain in playing shape and also worked with quarterback coach Tom House on his throwing mechanics.
House said Tebow has been making great strides.
“He went from being a little inaccurate and didn’t throw a whole lot of spirals, to throwing very accurate and real good at spinning the ball,” House said.
While it remains to be seen whether the Philadelphia Eagles rumors are true, Zach Berman of the Philadelphia Inquirer said the Tim Tebow signing isn’t unusual for the team. The Eagles had five quarterbacks on the roster going into the 2013 preseason, and had four last year. Berman also noted that Sam Bradford’s rehab may keep him from being a full participant in the team’s OTAs and mini-camp.
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