Tim Tebow is going to make the Philadelphia Eagles’ roster. It looks inevitable. There’s no way Chip Kelly is going to let him get out of town.
Part of it is Tebow’s ability to run the read-option and give Kelly’s up-tempo offense another style of play, another weapon. Part of it is that Kelly loves nothing more than proving people wrong; tell him Tebow can’t play, and he’ll want to show you that Tebow can be a star. Yes, that’s a lot of ego on Chip’s part, but it’s the type of guy he is.
Every report from the Eagles indicates that Kelly is happy and excited with what he sees out of the former Florida star, who led the Denver Broncos to a playoff win back before Denver picked up Peyton Manning.
The biggest reason the Eagles will keep Tebow, though, is to get one extra point.
The NFL moved the extra point kick this year. It’s now a 33-yard kick, which is still pretty close, but less automatic. It’s to make teams want to go for two more often. If the extra point isn’t as easy, the two-point conversion feels more attractive. If an extra point is missed, the two-point becomes a necessity to get back to even.
Two kickers missed extra points in the first week alone: Ryan Succop and Shayne Graham. More will, especially when we get into real football and people are trying to block those kicks. It’s not going to be a huge issue, but it’s going to be an issue.
No one is better for a two-point conversion than Tebow. He can’t be denied from two yards out. Even when teams know he’s getting the ball and he’s going to run, he gets in.
It happened multiple times with the Broncos, when Tebow Time was in full swing. He’d take off and no one seemed to be able to stop him. He’s not that fast, but he has a knack for the game and understands where his lanes are. Plus, he’s a bulldozer. He runs into and through people whenever possible.
That’s probably his best quality for the two-point try. The defense is going to be coming all out to stop him, but he only has to go two yards. If he just runs forward and puts his shoulder down, he’s more than likely going to batter his way through and fall across the goal line.
It won’t be pretty. He won’t juke anyone out. But he’s one of the few QBs in the league—maybe the only one—who can make that play time and time again, even when the defense reads it and reacts to it properly.
Quarterback sneaks are already pretty deadly, even with QBs who can’t run. Tom Brady has lined up on the one, with the whole defense stacked in the middle, and he’s been able to push forward or jump and extend the ball enough to score.
Tom Brady. The guy who looks like he’s never seen a weight room in his life. His combine photos look like he’s just some dude who wandered in off the street.
In some ways, Tebow is way too built for a quarterback. Some people have said it may even impact his throwing motion, telling him to lay off the weights. For a two-point conversion, though, that’s all he needs. It’s his power and desire that will get him in every time. He’s also agile enough to scamper around the outside if the defense is too stacked in the middle.
Plus, remember that little jump pass he ran in Florida? He hasn’t done it in years, but you know Chip Kelly hasn’t forgotten. Tebow mastered it, running toward the line and then jumping to throw a two-yard pass to a TE who had slipped behind the defense as that defense surged up to stop the run.
Once Tebow has run it in enough times, that jump pass is coming back. He doesn’t have to be accurate or have a nice throwing motion to toss it six feet and score.