On a slow sports Monday, one which had no NBA Finals or NHL Stanley Cup Finals games, the big news of the day didn't occur in a sports game.
It occurred in headlines plastered all over sports media websites.
"The New England Patriots sign Tim Tebow."
Yes, the big news of the day was the signing of the enigma that is Tim Tebow.
Just when it seemed Tebow's NFL career was dead in the water. Just when it seemed after the Jets released him that Tebow would have to take his talents elsewhere, perhaps to another football league to revive his declining career, none other than Bill Belichick and the Patriots have decided to give the former college football superstar a chance to crack the Patriots' roster.
Just recently, Belichick refuted the belief that he "hated" Tim Tebow. Via ESPN Boston:
I wouldn't get into the probability of us pursuing any free agent. Every single player has strengths and weaknesses but regardless of that, for anyone to have represented that is the way I feel about Tim Tebow is completely untrue, baseless and irresponsible. It is unfortunate that something so inaccurate was reported.
Well, not only has Belichick responded with words, but he has now responded with action by signing Tebow—you know, the guy he reportedly "hated."
As usual with anything Tebow-related, the signing has had a mixed reaction. Some opine that it's a no-risk signing, while others deem this an act of desperation.
Clark Judge of CBS Sports is one of those guys who believes the Tebow signing is "low risk":
So maybe this is genius, and maybe it's not. All I know is that it didn't cost the Patriots much of anything, and Tebow isn't a threat to the starting quarterback. I also know New England just got itself a young man who will work hard to fit in.
Bottom line: It's a low-risk move.
On the other hand, James Walker of ESPN views the signing in a different light. Walker states that the signing is a signal of the "Pats showing desperation" and that "New England took a step backward on Monday":
I do not see how adding Tebow makes the Patriots a better team. This is a franchise which prides itself on competing for championships. But New England took yet another step backward on Monday.
All across media platforms, from sports media sites, to Twitter, to blogs, etc., people have this question to ask:
Why did the Patriots sign Tim Tebow?
As annoying as it may be to answer a question with another question, the question isn't, "Why did the Patriots sign Tim Tebow?"
Rather the question should be, "Why not?"
The Patriots have no risk attached to Tebow. They don't risk overpaying him in salary and with draft choices as the New York Jets did last year when they traded for Tebow.
The Patriots won't have the media circus that the Jets embraced. As Belichick has done with previous "malcontents" such as Corey Dillon, Randy Moss, Chad Ochocinco and Albert Haynesworth, Tebow will be "just another guy."
If he doesn't abide by the program, he can always enjoy free agency. We saw what happened with Moss in the middle of an NFL season when he started mouthing off his frustration with the Patriots organization to reporters.
The point is, if there is any organization that can shut down the "Tebow Media Circus," it's Belichick and the Patriots.
Belichick is notorious for his bland, unemotional responses to every question the media asks him. His players abide by that philosophy, and if Tebow wants to play for an NFL team in the future, he will abide by the same philosophy.
With Tom Brady and Ryan Mallett on the roster, there is no chance of a quarterback controversy.
When the two-time NFL MVP throws an interception or has a bad game, Patriots fans won't be clamoring for Tebow. They won't be waving their Tebow signs or showing off their Tebow jerseys to the television cameras.
This is not New York.
All of the pressure in the world was there for Tebow to start. The fact that Mark Sanchez was such a bad quarterback. The fact that the Jets traded draft selections and took on a huge chunk of Tebow's first-round draft salary.
The fact that, well, the Jets introduced Tebow in an introductory press conference upon acquiring him as if he was going to be the franchise quarterback of the future.
There won't be any of that in New England.
And so I repeat the question, "Why not?"
If it shows during minicamp and training camp that "the Enigma" can't contribute to the Patriots, well, Belichick will cut him, and this signing won't affect the Patriots' 2013 season.
If it does show during minicamp and training camp that it was a worthwhile signing?
Enjoy seeing Tebow on your television screen alongside Tom Brady in 2013.
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