Tim Tebow: Chip Kelly and Eagles Can't Afford to Gamble on Polarizing QB

Brian Mazique@@UniqueMaziqueCorrespondent IIIJanuary 20, 2013

Tim Tebow deserves an opportunity to compete for a starting job in the NFL, but the Philadelphia Eagles can't afford to take a chance on him.

The Chicago Bears and Eagles are both potential landing spots for Tebow, according to James Walker of ESPN.

Theoretically, it makes sense because Tebow would seemingly be a good fit in Kelly's Spread offense, but there are still too many variables.

Kelly was an out-of-the-box hire, but this is still the NFL and many doubt Tebow's ability to make the throws necessary to succeed, even in the Spread.

Because of that, bringing Tebow in and allowing him to compete—and possibly win the starting job—is a huge gamble.

What if he actually wins the gig in training camp or the preseason?

Nick Foles would seemingly be the logical choice to start, but he may or may not excel in Kelly's Spread offense. Kelly's system is a little different than the version of the Spread Foles ran at Arizona with Seth Littrell.

Foles isn't nearly as good of an athlete as Tebow and Kelly's system has been centered around a more mobile option taking snaps. That said, it would take guts to appoint the former-Florida Gators great as the starting quarterback so early in Kelly's tenure.

In many ways, the rookie coach's success or failure is very important to the direction of the NFL game.

If he has success, you can expect to see a wave of Spread offense gurus hitting the NFL and the breed of quarterbacks coveted in the draft may shift yet again.

Beyond that, this is Philadelphia we're talking about. Failure will be dealt with in a swift and harsh manner from the fans and media.

It isn't smart to make such a controversial decision at the position right now.

Some may say there is no harm in bringing him in because he probably won't win the job anyway. The New York Jets found out in 2012 that isn't a smart approach with Tebow, as he never started any games for New York.

Although he didn't complain about sitting, his celebrity presence—and the fact that he was sitting—was ultimately a distraction for the team. That's the last dynamic Kelly needs so early in his NFL coaching career. 

Though this is a tempting option, the Eagles should let the circus that comes with Tebow travel elsewhere.

 

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