Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Tim Tebow's in-house support
By Brent Sobleski
The writing appears to be on the wall after the New England Patriots' coaching staff decided not to play Tim Tebow during the team's preseason game Thursday against the Detroit Lions. The Patriots are far more likely to only retain two quarterbacks on the active roster rather than keep Tebow.
"Patriots have carried just two QBs on opening day roster 3 of last 4 years, and 4 of last 7 years," Albert Breer of NFL Network tweeted. "And on each of the three occasions that New England has carried a third QB since 2006, that third QB has been a rookie."
Tebow clearly isn't a rookie. He may not be considered enough of a benefit off the field or during practice situations to avoid being cut once the Patriots have to trim their roster to 53.
One thing is certain. If Tebow does make the Patriots' active roster, the team's owner likely had a say in the matter.
"I'm rooting for him big time," Patriots owner Robert Kraft told ESPN Boston's Mike Rodak. "I'm in his corner, but I have the privilege of letting Bill make those decisions. He has a pretty good record doing it.
"Week to week [in the regular season], you're going to ask the questions, if we don't perform up to standard, why we didn't [perform]. I think you want to make sure we have the best 53 people to help us win games during the year."
Mike ReissOdds Tebow makes the Patriots' roster
"Based solely on what we have seen on the game field in the preseason, Tebow hasn't earned a roster spot. I've been on both sides of Tebow's chances to make the team -- first keeping him off the roster, then putting him on -- and if I was making a projection right now I'd leave him off. I just don't see the overall value as the No. 3 quarterback based on what we've seen, and while he's considered a solid locker-room presence, I think the off-field component loses some of its impact when considering his shaky on-field performance. The Patriots have kept two quarterbacks in three of the last four years and I think they'll ultimately enter this year with Tom Brady and Ryan Mallett as their lone quarterbacks."