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Ex-teammate says Patriots are Tebow's "last chance"

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05:10 AM ET 06.11 | The New England Patriots shocked the NFL world when they signed free agent quarterback Tim Tebow on Monday afternoon, but while Tebow's camp is rejoicing with this latest chance, an ex-teammate of his is saying it's going to be Tebow's last in the NFL. Brian Dawkins played with Tebow while he was in Denver, and he told USA Today that Tebow better not take his opportunity with the Patriots for granted, as he's unlikely to get another one. Dawkins may not be too far off in his prediction that New England might be Tebow's last stop in his career. Albert Haynesworth and Chad Johnson were brought in under similar circumstances and both fizzled out after failing to catch on in New England. Tebow does have the advantage of being much younger and having much more talent left in the tank, but it's far from a certainty that he's going to succeed. But as far as being a teammate goes, Dawkins said he was fine with Tebow while they were in Denver together and that things were harmonious in the locker room.

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June 11, 2013  12:32 PM ET

Tim is smart enogh to realize where he landed......he will work hard..

June 11, 2013  12:38 PM ET

There's always the CFL...

June 11, 2013  12:43 PM ET

If there is any poetic justice, he'll replace Brady during the season and lead the team to the super bowl (where I hope the 49ers crush the Pats, but Tebow still plays well). If that happens you can bet there won't be a girlfriend or wife of Tebow, blaming his teammates for the loss.

June 11, 2013  12:52 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

If there is any poetic justice, he'll replace Brady during the season and lead the team to the super bowl (where I hope the 49ers crush the Pats, but Tebow still plays well). If that happens you can bet there won't be a girlfriend or wife of Tebow, blaming his teammates for the loss.

Iif it was really poetic justice Tobew'd win the SB not lose it. And he'd beat the Giants to boot too!

June 11, 2013  12:58 PM ET

Tebow really shouldn't be compared to Albert and Chad. He's not a discipline case.

June 11, 2013  01:06 PM ET

At first I thought No way in hell he goes to the Pats...

But then again - Mr. Hoodie might super motivated to prove he can get something out of Tebow - an area where the Jets failed miserably.

June 11, 2013  01:13 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Tebow really shouldn't be compared to Albert and Chad. He's not a discipline case.

Exactly...


He has enough sense not to end up in a courtroom - much less slap his lawyer on the arce in front of the judge.

June 11, 2013  01:19 PM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Exactly... He has enough sense not to end up in a courtroom - much less slap his lawyer on the arce in front of the judge.

Chad is just sad. When I was a kid I went through a long phase where I could always be counted on to make the wrong choice, do the wrong thing, say the wrong thing and bring as much trouble to my family as I could. Somewhere around age 22 I realized I was being stupid and changed the way I was behaving. I almost feel bad for Chad because he clearly isn't ever going to have that Aha Moment. It should have come ages ago. But then I wonder if I would have had that moment had I been pampered and pushed through life because I could catch the hell out of a football.

June 11, 2013  01:19 PM ET

Not sure how this will work. BB can't take Brady off field so is Tebow going to be a decoy? I see him getting stuffed at the line every time he touches the ball unless they can teach him how to catch.

June 11, 2013  01:21 PM ET

Terrible thread. Beli customizes his personnel package frequently. With a roster of 90, he's taking a look. He might not be able to get what he wanted out of the player and cut him when they do first cuts.

Beli will help ease his media circus image, which has been a factor to him having a hard time landing on a roster.

June 11, 2013  01:23 PM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Chad is just sad. When I was a kid I went through a long phase where I could always be counted on to make the wrong choice, do the wrong thing, say the wrong thing and bring as much trouble to my family as I could. Somewhere around age 22 I realized I was being stupid and changed the way I was behaving. I almost feel bad for Chad because he clearly isn't ever going to have that Aha Moment. It should have come ages ago. But then I wonder if I would have had that moment had I been pampered and pushed through life because I could catch the hell out of a football.

The Air Force squared me up. Now my focus is on making sure my grandsons don't look at morons like Chad and Pacman and think "Hmmm - there's a good idea".

June 11, 2013  01:25 PM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Terrible thread. Beli customizes his personnel package frequently. With a roster of 90, he's taking a look. He might not be able to get what he wanted out of the player and cut him when they do first cuts.

Beli will help ease his media circus image, which has been a factor to him having a hard time landing on a roster.

If anyone has the wherewithal to figure out how to use Tebow, it's Little Bill.

He gets the benefit of the doubt from me.

June 11, 2013  01:27 PM ET

It was my drill sarge in 73 for me.

June 11, 2013  01:53 PM ET
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It was my drill sarge in 73 for me.

I had a different experience with my drill sergeant...

He was a good dude... was a hard **** but fair. One day we had to exercise with our sister squadron. Those girls were grunting after 10 pushups. By the time he stopped, we had done about 75-80 pushups. Our squadron was sore but more pissed at them. They turned in our DI for abuse. He was temporarily assigned to pushing a Remington (re: admin duty) until things settled down. He proceeded to forge his discharge papers and split. I understand he ended up in Leavenworth.

True story.

June 11, 2013  02:26 PM ET

Brian Dawkins, Great Player, with Eagles and Broncos, should know what he's Talking about!!!

June 11, 2013  03:02 PM ET

All the fans in the stand swill be screaming, " We want Tebow.".....At away games.

June 11, 2013  03:06 PM ET

Earlier I had said his best chance would be if he ended up with the Pats or the Steelers. They're both very good at controlling the message when it comes to the media. Very few other teams have that kind of discipline.

This gives Tebow a chance to show that he's not a problem in the locker room, or a distraction off the field. Belichek will keep him around for a while, let him win some preseason games, ride the pine or get into some garbage time, and then next year trade him to a team that was interested (but scared off by the circus) for a 3 or a 4.

June 11, 2013  03:16 PM ET
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Not sure how this will work. BB can't take Brady off field so is Tebow going to be a decoy? I see him getting stuffed at the line every time he touches the ball unless they can teach him how to catch.

I can envision a lot of things BB could do with Tebow, with Brady on the field. The real pressure is going to be on McDaniels, who drafted Tebow in the first place, and must have had a lot of input to convince BB to bring the kid in.

Remember, Denver put in a Pistol-style read-option offense on the fly in 2011, and Tebow managed a 7-4 record, and a playoff win against Pittsburgh. I can see Tebow taking the snap instead of Brady, and then running a form of read-option but ONLY if McDaniels can get the kid to throw with some accuracy. Tebow is big enough to take the physical abuse of the read-option, but if he can't throw worth a hoot then BB will punt him faster than he did against Peyton and the Colts in 2009.

June 11, 2013  03:53 PM ET
QUOTE(#18):

I can envision a lot of things BB could do with Tebow, with Brady on the field. The real pressure is going to be on McDaniels, who drafted Tebow in the first place, and must have had a lot of input to convince BB to bring the kid in.Remember, Denver put in a Pistol-style read-option offense on the fly in 2011, and Tebow managed a 7-4 record, and a playoff win against Pittsburgh. I can see Tebow taking the snap instead of Brady, and then running a form of read-option but ONLY if McDaniels can get the kid to throw with some accuracy. Tebow is big enough to take the physical abuse of the read-option, but if he can't throw worth a hoot then BB will punt him faster than he did against Peyton and the Colts in 2009.

Or maybe BB just looked at his offense without Gronk and Welker and no wide out of note and said " Hmmmm. a back up plan might be in order."

 
June 11, 2013  04:19 PM ET
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Or maybe BB just looked at his offense without Gronk and Welker and no wide out of note and said " Hmmmm. a back up plan might be in order."

I would think BB had a better back up plan than that. Tebow's got terrible hands, from all reports.

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