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Pack Needs To Say No To Tebowmania

Posted March 20th, 2012 @ 02:03pm

ESPN's Chris Mortensen was the first one to float it out there. Pro Football Talk picked it up. Tim Tebow to the Packers? Say it ain't so, Ted. Or maybe more accurately, 'say it ain't so, Mike.'

Here's Mortensen's theory: McCarthy was effusive in his praise for Tebow when he was entering the NFL draft. "I'd love the opportunity to develop him," McCarthy said then. He went on to use words like "winner," "competitor" and "passion."

There is no doubting McCarthy's' skill had developing quarterbacks. It's his calling card, maybe second only to excellent play-calling. Any guy with an ego would love to be the guy to turn the guy who can't throw--into a legitimate NFL quarterback.

Since the Pack lost their backup over the weekend, Mortensen is connecting the dots and thinks there's a chance Thompson and McCarthy would consider bringing in Tebow to compete for the backup job with Graham Harrell. He probably wouldn't cost more than a fifth rounder. There doesn't feel like there will be a feeding frenzy here, despite his insane popularity.

I've heard ex-NFL quarterbacks say when they watch Tebow on tape that they sometimes wonder if he's throwing with the wrong hand. Think about that. I'm not sure anyone will be able to correct his major flaws in technique. And the Packers are not at a place where they should spend time trying to mold him into Michaelangelo's David. I'd be much more comfortable seeing the team pick up an accomplished veteran to back up Rodgers (though there's not much left to choose from).

Bringing in Tebow would be welcoming a sideshow that would always be there. This is a team that's favored to win the Super Bowl. The last thing it needs is Tebowmania.  Look, I like the guy. You can't argue the fact that he has a magnetic personality and his faith has struck a chord with millions of fellow believers. But I've heard enough former NFL greats say he can't be a winning quarterback in this league. I believe them.

Maybe they're wrong. Maybe in a few years his mechanics will improve. Maybe he will become a legit QB in this league. The Packers shouldn't be involved in any of that. They are about to embark on a season of redemption. The defense needs some retooling, but the offense is in strong shape. Add a center and they should be good. They will find another QB, most likely in the draft.

You want one more reason he doesn't belong with the Pack? He can't wear #15 in Titletown. Seems like a sign to me. Ted and Mike, don't pick up the phone. Please.

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Where do I begin...? First of all, Mortensen, Florio, etc., are all looking to keep the flow of information (and in some instances, misinformation) going during FA time, so what else would be better fodder than a Tebow to GB story? Besides, if it was just Tebow the QB coming without the hype machine that comes along as additional baggage it might make sense, but will not and should not happen. Let him go back to FL where the Jaguars and the Dolphins can bargain for his services. Nothing against the guy, of course - he seems to be a good guy and all, but this isn't a good fit. And I've respectfully disagreed with Dave before on this topic, and I'll do it again - Harrell has been kept around this long for a reason. TT and MM haven't put this much time and effort into the guy for nothing. If I'm wrong, I'll admit it, but he at least deserves a shot at being the #2 guy, then go out and find the next QB gem in the draft. Let's forget about finding a veteran to step in right now. There are too many younger guys out there who could do a far better job. Maybe the "next guy" could come using Flynn's compensatory pick? How would that be for poetic justice?

on March 20th, 2012 at 02:41pm

Wow! I have the first comment? Unless someone jumps ahead of me. While you have a point in saying that brining Tebow in would be a distraction because of "Tebowmania". It would be interesting to see Mike McCarthy improve his mechanics. He was able to do that with Aaron Rodgers & other quarterbacks. I hope they find a really good center to replace Wells either through Free Agency or the draft unless either McDonald or Guy could step up.

on March 20th, 2012 at 10:17am

I am only surprised you wasted valuable HeadCheese realestate with an article about Tebow. I know news is tough to come by during the "abyss" until April but this is ridiculous. GoPack!

on March 21st, 2012 at 05:34pm

Scheny....you are the voice of reason !! Tebow mania does not belong with us. Nice guy,,,,nice story but he belongs back in Florida with the Jags or big fish. TT and MM like to develop QB's not rework them. If they believe in a guy in the system...Harrell will be the backup. I would like to see Russell Wilson stay in Wisconsin if they can get him Round 4 or higher. Would be a nice long term project despite his height....think Dree Brees with athletism. With Wells gone and if he is still available Peter Konz from Wisconsin is a lock at our number "1" draft choice to replace Wells. GO PACK GO !!

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OSSG...Scheny is the voice of WHAT!?! (Sorry, I couldn't resist.) :-) But hey, with the lack of Pack FA talk (until today), this was about all we had to chew on. I can take a joke just as well as the next guy. Go Pack!

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