On the third month of the year 2013, the world rejoiced: The New York Jets had released Tim Tebow, and finally — rejoice! — tabloid Tebow-mania was over. But, lo and behold, the evil genius of Bill Belichick just made everyone care about the Christian quarterback from Florida once more.
ESPN's Ed Werder and The Boston Globe's Shalise Young report Tim Tebow has signed with the New England Patriots. But there will be no quarterback controversy here, as he will play backup behind Tom Brady, who has the better looks and, most importantly, championship rings to keep his job secure for, like, ever. The craziest detail about this news is that USA Today's Dan Shanoff nailed this prediction in April with piece about the myriad reasons why the Patriots were the best fit for Tebow:
(1) New England Patriots. Not unlike before the 2010 draft, I think this is where Tebow ends up, for a couple of sensible reasons:
*Josh McDaniels, who drafted Tebow in Denver, is the offensive coordinator. No one is a bigger Tebow fan. McDaniels also has a vested interest in proving Tebow to be a solid NFL contributor.
*Bill Belichick loves to tweak — conventional wisdom, the media — almost as much as he loves a strategic advantage, which Tebow gives him.
Shanoff has been a fan of Tebow's since he was still suiting up for the Florida Gators in the NCAA. So, upon hearing today's news, he quickly mocked up pictures of Tebow in a Patriots jersey.
But, yes, New England — a team that is everything to success the Jets are not, a destination second only to New York in sports talk — is really the only place that could have brought back the hype after ESPN and the New York papers dragged us through a Tebow-induced nightmare for so long. It was over. He was a bad football player, out of New York, out of the spotlight, and out of our lives. But uniting him with the Emperor from Star Wars Bill Belichick and the juggernaut Patriots is the only thing crazy enough to make use care. It's like Shanoff said: "Watch Belichick get Tebow 10 TDs, just to show he can."