If you are following me on Twitter, you know I’m a Tim Tebow guy. I love the intangibles he brings to a team and the unique skill set he has. Nothing makes me happier than someone going against the grain and succeed in doing so all while driving his detractors absolutely nuts. He’s a great story, really.
That said, Tim Tebow has absolutely no business being on the Green Bay Packers roster. Adam Schefter has tweeted a couple times about the Packers being a possible destination for Tebow now that the Denver Broncos have signed Peyton Manning. I would implore GM Ted Thompson, however, to not even sniff around the former Gator star.
Why, you ask?
First off is the baggage that comes with Tebow. Normally when someone talks about “baggage” in regards to a professional athlete, they’re talking about a checkered past or other skeletons in a guy’s closet. This isn’t the case with Tebow. Instead his “baggage” is an army of millions of blindly devoted Tebowmaniacs.
Who are these “Tebowmaniacs?” These are people ranging from fans to actual paid members of the mainstream sports media (I’m looking at you, Skip Bayless). These people would descend upon Green Bay as well as Packer sites all over the internet. The media coverage would be so intense it would border on making the Favre fiasco in 2008 look like a walk in the park.
There is no way Aaron Rodgers, the reigning league MVP, would be supplanted by Tebow but that doesn’t mean some of the Tebowmaniacs won’t start a push for it. We’re talking about fans that have a level of passion for the guy like teen girls have for Justin Bieber.
Thompson hates media circuses and he has firsthand experience after the Summer of Favre. The fact that Schefter mentioned the Packers shows that Thompson is perhaps slightly intrigued by adding Tebow to the roster as either the backup behind Rodgers or perhaps the third string behind Graham Harrell.
There’s also the small fact that Tebow is lousy as an NFL quarterback right now. Yes, he’s shown flashes of brilliance but he is way too inconsistent and too poor of a pocket passer to be able to firmly grasp Mike McCarthy’s offense as a backup. Matt Flynn at least had the fundamentals in line and McCarthy, Tom Clements and Joe Philbin were able to mold him into a decent quarterback.