It’s no secret that Greg Schiano and Bill Belichick are friends. They have great mutual respect, and the Patriots under Belichick have brought in Rutgers’ players by the handful. And with the Bucs and Patriots set to work out together again this offseason, the coaches continue to show the rest of the NFL world that they’re teaming up, and don’t care what the rest of the league thinks about their unique strategies.
So with news that the Patriots have signed Tim Tebow to a contract, fans across the league once again have a topic to discuss, or ignore, about everyone’s favorite quarterback/tight end/punt protector. But how does it impact the Buccaneers?
With the teams set to practice together during the build up to the season, Tebow’s presence will provide the Bucs’ an opportunity to see the kind of quarterback they’ll face on multiple occasions during the NFL season. With the Buccaneers slated to play Cam Newton twice, along with Colin Kaepernick, Russell Wilson, Michael Vick, and possibly E.J. Manuel, in addition to Tebow himself, the chance to work out against a quarterback who is capable of making the moves and reads that only a read-option quarterback can make, and showing the instincts that only a mobile quarterback can show will be very important for the Buccaneers.
It also removes the possibility that Tebow will come to Tampa Bay, at least in the immediate future. There had been plenty of speculation that the Buccaneers may consider bringing Tebow to town to compete with Josh Freeman, and while I have defended a potential move for Tebow in the past, I think it’s good to have him finally on a roster that isn’t the Bucs, so fans can move on and throw more support behind Josh Freeman in what will be a very important year for the Bucs’ young signal caller. The Buccaneers started enough quarterback drama by drafting Mike Glennon in the third round of the NFL Draft, so having Tebow signed by another team removes yet another possible QB controversy topic in Tampa.
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