In honor of CFT’s all-time comments record being shattered, and because it’s one of those offseason slooowww Sunday news cycle, I’ll just go ahead and offer up an update on the playing career of the subject of the previous record-holder.
FOXSports‘ Jay Glazier and ESPN‘s Adam Schefter are both reporting Sunday evening that Tim Tebow has essentially finalized a contract that will make him a member of the Philadelphia Eagles — coached by former Oregon head coach Chip Kelly, if you’ve forgotten. Tebow had worked out for the NFL organization last month, but most observers of that league felt that there was a slim-to-none chance he’d be signed by the version of Kelly who wears the personnel-boss cap.
As has ofttimes been the case at this level and at the collegiate one, though, most underestimate Chip and how capable he truly is of not giving a spit or a duck (get it?) about your conventional wisdom.
Aside from Tebow winning a Heisman Trophy (2007) and helping to lead the Florida Gators to a pair of national championships (2006, 2008), how this relates to college football is that he is currently an analyst on the ESPN-owned SEC Network. Tebow was hired for that role in December of 2013 and, to be honest, he’s actually good at it. Surprisingly good, from my vantage point.
Tebow hasn’t played at any level since an “interesting” season with the New York Jets in 2012, so he certainly faces a difficult row to hoe just to grab a roster spot. One thing is certain: there won’t be anyone on that roster who outworks him.
Speaking of which, joining Tebow on the Eagles’ quarterback depth chart (at the moment) is a veritable who’s who of recently successful college players: Oklahoma’s Sam Bradford, the 2008 Heisman winner who was the No. 1-overall pick of the 2010 NFL draft; USC’s Matt Barkley, a four-year starter who holds most of the school’s all-time passing records; and USC’s Mark Sanchez, who left the Trojans early for the 2009 NFL draft after one season as the Rose Bowl-winning starter, opening the door for Barkley to emerge as the starter as a true freshman. Not only that, there remains the possibility that Kelly could decide to trade up and nab 2014 Heisman winner Marcus Mariota, who Kelly recruited to Oregon and served as his head coach during the All-American’s first season as the Ducks’ starter in 2012.
As an aside, it’s at this point in the program where I remind readers that I really miss Kelly at the collegiate level…