Tebow A Perfect Bucs Short-Yardage Fit?February 4th, 2014
There’s a former Buccaneer lobbying for Tim Tebow to join the roster of one Lovie Smith.
That’s right. A year out of professional football and busy with BSPN, TV commercials, appearance fees and charitable endeavors, Tebow is said to be a fantastic fit with the Buccaneers — just not competing for a starting quarterback gig.
That’s the word Ian Beckles, the former Bucs guard (1990-1996) turned WDAE-AM 620 personality.
“I want you to listen to something. Listen to it closely. This is a perfect situation to bring Tim Tebow here and make him a role player. Not a quarterback, a role player, Beckles said. “Short yardage, goal line, put him in at quarterback. You get an extra blocker. It might be four, five plays a game. He’s scoring touchdowns. He’s popular. He’s pounding his body in there. He’s not a quarterback, but for short yardage/goal line, he would be good. And the most important thing, he’s not going to upset Mike Glennon. You’re not going to take Tom Brady off the field or Peyton Manning, but you can take Mike Glennon off the field.”
Well, Joe can’t offer an official endorsement of this idea, but Joe would surely be open to it if offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford thought it could succeed.
Maybe it would work, but there would be no way to avoid the circus that surrounds Tebow. And Joe doubts that’s worth the trouble for the team. (Perhaps Darrelle Revis’ opinion could be sought for this proposed scenario?)
Joe would hope the Bucs could get a lot tougher in short yardage with Doug Martin’s return and a better (hopefully) playcaller and offensive line.
On avoiding a potential quarterback controversy with Tebow and keeping him as a role player, Beckles delivered a classic response. “Don’t teach him the offense. We already know he can’t do that.”
You can enjoy the full Beckles audio below. He also dives into why Michael Vick is a bad idea.