Sportress of Blogitude

Eagles exec says team ‘saw a great deal of improvement’ in Tim Tebow


While the outside world is parsing the exact meaning behind why the Philadelphia Eagles — namely mad scientist Chip Kelly — decided to take a flier on Tim Tebow, a member of the organization’s front office diligently attempted to defend the acquisition.

Eagles vice president of player personnel Ed Marynowitz on Thursday became the first team executive to comment publicly on   Tebow. Marynowitz claimed the team liked what it saw from the quarterback during workouts this offseason, specifically relating to his mechanics.

“We worked him out and we saw improvement from the last time we saw him, had exposure to him live when we played New England when they practice here,” Marynowitz said, per an report that included quotes obtained by NFL Media’s Aditi Kinkhabwala. “When we worked him out, we saw a great deal of improvement with him.”

While the Eagles have been apparently impressed with Tebow’s workouts, he is not guaranteed a roster spot, insisted Marynowitz.

“We’ve got 68 players that are on our roster right now,” he said. “Tim is one of 68 so he’ll have an opportunity to compete for a roster spot here. … His role will be determined by his performance. We’re excited that he’s a member of the organization, and we’re looking forward to him competing.”

Tebow has been out of the NFL since getting cut by the Patriots at the end of training camp in 2013. While he managed to dazzle in some respects, leading the Broncos to handful of thrilling victories, his prospects as a legitimate passing NFL quarterback are suspect at best, and his career numbers clearly reflect that notion.

In 35 games between the Broncos and Jets over three seasons, Tebow boasts an abysmal completion percentage (47.9%) to go along with 17 touchdowns and nine interceptions, statistics that in part earns him a well-below-average 75.3 quarterback rating.

While Tebow remains a compelling if not spectacular player, numbers such as the ones above indicate he in all likelihood is more of a gimmick quarterback — Marynowitz noted he could play a significant role on two-point conversion attempts — than a legitimate signal-caller at the NFL level.

Perhaps that’s why his contract with the Eagles contains no guaranteed money whatsoever, an arguably astute decision.