Could Tim Tebow make the Pro Bowl as a member of the Philadelphia Eagles?
It’s unlikely, but maybe not as unlikely as you think.
The NFL is strongly considering changes to the point after touchdown (PAT), with Co-Chairman of the Competition Committee Rich McKay saying, “There’s a clear movement to wanting to change and change it this year.”
Whatever the specifics, any change will be geared toward giving teams more incentive to attempt a 2-point conversion — and that could make Tebow a very interesting player.
Because who doesn’t think the Eagles could get 2 yards (or less) with Tebow running the read option with DeMarco Murray? Who doesn’t think Tebow could throw 10 yards well enough to keep a defense honest on the goal line?
A specific 2-point package for Tebow would minimize all his shortcomings while taking advantage of his strengths. He could make one quick read and go.
Would it be worth trying? I think the math says yes. All you have to be is successful two-thirds of the time for it to payoff. If you go 100 percent kicking, you get 3 points for every three touchdowns. If you go 66 percent with Tebow, you get 4 points for every three touchdowns.
If you convert all your 2-pt attempts in that scenario, you end up with 3 extra points at the end of the game, and almost 24 percent of all NFL games in the last 20 years were decided by 3 points or less.
And what about field position? As a Jet, Tebow sometimes played as the personal protector on punts. I can easily see him filling the same role on the Eagles forcing the opposing team to defend against the fake. And I think Chip Kelly would pull the trigger on the fake a lot more often than Rex Ryan did in New York.
Yes, I can see Tebow becoming a very dangerous, very important special teams weapon.
And you know there is a Pro Bowl slot for special teams.