COMMENTARY | Tim Tebow might be able to help the New England Patriots--not on game day, but perhaps the week leading up to game day.
Mobile quarterbacks like San Francisco's Colin Kaepernick, Washington's Robert Griffin III and Seattle's Russell Wilson are making their stamp on the NFL by running some variation of the option offense.
All three teams made the playoffs last season.
If the Patriots make it to the Super Bowl in 2013, there's a pretty good chance that their opponent will be one of those teams. Heck, the 49ers were just in it.
The Patriots will need to be ready to defend these well-oiled option offenses.
Guess who is pretty good at running an option offense?
Now, I'm not saying Tebow is the same caliber quarterback as these guys, because he's not--their passing game is light years ahead of Tebow's--but he did run the option with a lot of success during his stint in Denver.
When Tebow took over the starting duties for the Broncos in 2011, there were times when teams had no idea how to defend the new Tebow-centric offense and it helped the team win seven of their last eleven games, as well as a playoff win over the Pittsburgh Steelers--who flexed the best defense in the NFL--in the Wild Card round.
Tebow isn't as fast as guys like RGIII, but he's one heck of an athlete who runs well and, given his size (6'3'', 236 lbs) and strength, is one tough man to tackle, which makes him effective with the ball in his hands.
If you were preparing for a team that runs the option, having an option quarterback with starting experience to run the scout offense would probably be a huge advantage.
We know Tom Brady isn't going to prepare a defense for a fleet-footed quarterback, and backup Ryan Mallett is about as mobile as, well, Brady.
So why not have your third-string quarterback be a guy that can help your team prepare for the option? There is value in having someone like Tebow on the roster, especially when you consider that his deal doesn't include any guaranteed money (per ESPN's Adam Schefter, via Twitter).
Admittedly, trying to get inside Bill Belichick's brain is an exercise in futility, but perhaps this was an angle Belichick considered when signing Tebow.
The Patriots didn't have to give up anything to get him and there's a chance that he'll make their team more prepared on Sundays.
As baffling as it was at first, if this is part of the reason why Tebow was signed, it actually makes some sense.
James DiMaio is a Yahoo! contributor who also covers the NFL and the New England Patriots for Bleacher Report.Follow James on Twitter @JamesDiMaio or visit his profile .
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