Like Christ, this post is going to get me crucified.
But I'm about to lay out why the Kansas City Chiefs and Tim Tebow are the right fit for each other.
Let's look at Andy Reid's history with quarterbacks, the quarterbacks' level of success with & without his coaching, the QB traits required for today's West Coast Offense, and Tim Tebow's strengths.
- Reid hired by Packers in 1992, same year as Brett Favre's arrival. Served as an offensive assistant for the wild, gunslinging Favre until 95-96, where he moved to coach the offensive line, and then back to QB coach & assistant head coach in 97-98. Proved he can help develop, under Mike Holmgren, Sherman Lewis, and Marty Mornhinweg (3 of the best teachers from Bill Walsh's 49ers staffs), a wild, erratic winner into one of the best quarterbacks of all-time.
- Reid drafts Donovan McNabb in 1999. Despite a rocky first season, McNabb goes on to have 10 straight seasons of great football, passing for more TD's that INT's in each one and averaging over 3,000 yards per season in which he started more than 10 games. He holds 14 positive Philadelphia Eagles team records for quarterbacking, along with 6 Pro Bowls, NFC Player of the Year & NFC Offensive Player of the Year awards, and an NFC championship. McNabb would then suffer through 2 terrible final years playing for other coaches in other cities. No quarterback in Chiefs history has had that kind of success, outside of Len Dawson's Super Bowl victory.
- Michael Vick came to Philadelphia in 2009 but only attempted 13 passes. However, after taking over for Kevin Kolb (who had enough success under Reid that he was traded for good loot to Arizona, where he has floundered), Vick went on to have his 3 best professional seasons. In 6 seasons in Atlanta, Vick never completed better than 56.4% of his passes. In his first season as the starter, he completed 62.6% of his throws and threw for career highs in touchdowns and only 6 interceptions, despite starting only 12 games. His best QB rating as a Falcon? 81.6. That season in Philly? 100.2. The 2011 season? 84.9. Last season, despite the hits and injuries? 78.1, and still threw more TD's than INT's. And Vick is a guy that smokes pot before team meetings.
- Both McNabb and Reid found success not just as passers, but as runners also. Vick ran for 676 yards and 589 yards in 2010 and 2011, respectably, and had 9 TD's on the ground in 2010 as well. McNabb rushed for over 300 yards 5 out of his 10 seasons as an Eagle, including 629 yards & 6 TD's in 2000 and 460 yards and 6 TD's in 2002.
Historically, the West Coast Offense valued accurate, mobile passers who could establish good footwork and timing with their receivers; in fact, that footwork & timing is the crucial part of learning the WCO, specifically with 3- and 5-step drops.
So what I'm telling you is that Tim Tebow, a guy known neither for his accuracy or his footwork, makes a good fit in this offense?!
Look, Josh McDaniels started to work with Tim Tebow. Then it was John Fox & Mike McCoy. John Fox didn't do anything for Tim's development as a passer. Mike McCoy probably did, but he adapted their offense to Tim's strengths - not trained Tim to work in their offense. Then Tim went and played under Rex Ryan and Tony Sparano. The argument can and should be made that Tim Tebow has not had the coaching he's needed at the NFL level to develop him as a quarterback.
What Tim Tebow is is smart, a proven-winner, and a hard-worker. Pair him with Andy Reid, Doug Pederson, Matt Nagy (who coached Vick and Foles as QB the last 5 seasons in Philly) and possibly Brad Childress, and Tim has a much better chance at succeeding. What's better for him? If Brett Favre, Donovan McNabb, and Michael Vick can be successful in this offense, than in my opinion, it also provides Tim Tebow the best chance of success as well. Instead of just making reads, it's timing. He can still pull the ball down and run after his progressions. He can work with coaches full-time who can mold him. And his leadership on offense is much-needed.
On top of all of that, there are two other important factors that make Tim Tebow as the Chiefs starting quarterback make sense: 1) a strong running game, which we have, as the WCO works best off of play-action, and 2) the merger of the WCO with Spread & Pistol attacks, ala RGIII and Colin Kaepernick.
Take Tim Tebow, put him in the same backfield as Jamaal Charles, behind our young, promising offense line, with our quality offensive coaches, and run their system with wrinkles from the Spread & Pistol that Mike & Kyle Shanahan put in for RGIII and Jim Harbaugh & Greg Roman put in for Colin Kaepernick. Keep Dwayne Bowe for the large, downfield, red zone threat (he's also great on short routes & YAC) and allow guys like McCluster, Wylie, and Breaston to flourish in the WCO's short passing game for YAC. Keep the defense strong so that the offense can try to stay ahead and not have to rely on Tebow winning games through the air and letting Charles break 2,000 yards. I smell championships.
Not only that, but the heartland would love Tim Tebow. Chiefs Nation would carry Tim's cross for however long he's winning, and they'd love him for it, and his attitude and character would continue to make the Chiefs a respected team and franchise, on and off the field. It's a perfect match.
Lastly, he would be CHEAP. No one is going to trade for Tim Tebow this year. He's not going to demand a large contract. And you could still draft a development QB in rounds 2-4 to bring up behind him, allowing us much more flexibility with the #1 overall pick.
Re-sign Albert, Bowe, and Colquitt; cut & bring Jackson back at a lowered salary. Draft the best players available at CB, ILB, S, or WR with our top picks. Trade out of that #1 and garner more picks if possible. But we're overthinking the solution to our quarterback problem: the answer is Tim Tebow.
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