NFL Network analyst says Redskins would be good fit for Tebow

By Mel Evans/AP.
(Mel Evans/AP)

A great many Redskins fans have expressed world weariness about excessive blog items concerning Robert Griffin III’s knee, or Robert Griffin III’s thoughts about the Seattle playoff game, or Robert Griffin III’s relationship with Mike Shanahan, or Robert Griffin III’s Twitter account, or the Redskins nickname, or any number of stale and over-discussed offseason topics.

For those weary fans, I present a bit of freshness, a crisp piece of celery stuck into a bowl of mushy peas, a peppy young grade schooler sprinting into a quiet retirement community, a grapefruit-ginger-banana-nut donut amidst a giant pile of crullers.

Yup, that’s right, it’s Tebow Time.

“I honestly think the Redskins would be a good fit for him,” former Pro Bowler and current NFL Network analyst Eric Davis said on NFL AM Thursday morning. (Video here.) “If there is a spot for [Tim] Tebow to do what he does – be that Wildcat-type quarterback – the Redskins are a place where you have a coach in Mike Shanahan who’s in charge, that can say, ‘This is what’s going on,’ where he’s not really worried about what is happening.

“He’s the GM, he’s the coach, so he can make that decision that, ‘I want this guy on my team, and from a coaching standpoint, this is my specific purpose.’ There’s not that clash from upstairs and the meeting rooms – that’s number one.

“Number two, you have a quarterback that’s firmly in place [in Robert Griffin III],” Davis went on. “There is no question, there is no concern that [Tebow] is here to take my job. And you have a system that’s already in place. They already have the read-option as a part of their offense, so it’s not where you have to learn a specific offense just for this guy. If you want that quarterback to run the ball as opposed to RGIII running the ball 12, 15 times a game, taking those hits, you let Tim Tebow take some of those hits.

“But Tim Tebow has to be able to get better with his passing accuracy to keep a defense honest,” Davis continued. “So now you can still have [RGIII] run the ball three or four times a game, keep that defense honest, throw the ball. You bring Tebow in in those same situations where you think that those plays are there from a game-plan standpoint, and you let Tebow run them. RGIII doesn’t take the hits, you keep the quarterback healthier.”

“Yes, yes,” agreed fellow analyst Mark Kriegel. “In other words, body preservation for RGIII. Let RGIII talk the stuff about the Cowboys, and let Tim Tebow take the hits in his place. That’s a sound football theory.”

“That’s a place where I think it could work,” Davis continued. “Because again, that’s the one thing that I always hear everyone say: well, you’ve got to run a specific offense for him. Well, you can’t change the offense for that one guy, but you do have that package in. So I can see that working in a system like that.”

Here’s my well-argued and comprehensive response: Nah.

(Also, I’m sorry. I try to be better than this. Sometimes, anyhow.)

Dan Steinberg writes about all things DC sports at the DC Sports Bog.
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