Another Test of Faith for the Patriot Way


In Bill We Trust. Remember? Well that mantra is being tested again Pats fans.

Picking up damaged or unwanted goods and attempting to recycle and revive careers is nothing new for Bill Belichick; think Corey Dillon, Randy Moss, Wes Welker, Danny Woodhead, and oh yeah, there’s Albert Haynesworth and Chad (Ochocinco) Johnson as well. Shall we add Tim Tebow to this list?

Admittedly, I’m as pessimistic a Patriots fan as you’ll find; after all my family is one of the original Foxboro season ticket holders-so trust me, its earned. However even I can see the potential. Tebow’s work ethic and locker room leadership is nearly legend. After the situation he just left in New York, you’d have to think Tebow is willing and able to do whatever it takes to get a fair shot at any opportunity to contribute on the field.

What is Bill thinking? Probably first and foremost, that he has absolutely nothing to lose. Secondly, …a tight end? I just can’t imagine with Brady back there that they’d have Tebow around just to occasionally pull some of the wildcat plays out of the box. And I know it’s out there, but I don’t expect he’d take the backup QB job away from Ryan Mallett either.
What is Tebow thinking? Much like Bill, that he has absolutely nothing to lose. The 2007 Heisman trophy winner’s football career appeared to be over just a few months ago when the Jets cut him after failing to trade him by the deadline. And some could say, it’s an incredible reversal of fortune, or divine intervention perhaps (sorry, couldn’t help myself), that he lands with Belichick and Brady.

I was at Foxboro stadium back in 2011, on that wintery night that marked Tebow’s last NFL start. Patriots fans were thrilled to be playing against the Tebow-led Denver Broncos instead of Pittsburgh. The blowout playoff loss for Denver nearly guaranteed Tebow would be given his walking papers.

While there are so many unknowns, this is still the Belichick/Brady era, and after all, all we need is a taming of the Tebow media circus (Belicheck’s been there, done that), a little flexibility and patience (Tebow’s middle names), and a whole lotta faith, and that’s where we come in Pats fans. Here we go again!

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