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Tim Tebow’s Conversion To An H-Back A Real Possibility?

One of the strongest arguments against Tim Tebow coming to Philadelphia is that he isn’t a good enough passer to throw the ball 35-40 times a game in Andy Reid’s system. And I don’t disagree.

To me, bringing Tebow to Philadelphia makes sense under the following conditions:

1) He is not billed as the quarterback of the future.

2) He serves as an emergency quarterback–I have little interest in Tebow serving as the primary backup, and teams don’t usually activate three quarterbacks on game day.

3) His primary responsibility would be as a hybrid offensive weapon, playing the “H-Back” position.

Some analysts have suggested that it wouldn’t be in Tebow’s best interest, or that he would be reluctant to convert from a traditional quarterback role. Fine. But if Tebow wants to get on the field and make a contribution from the jump in 2012, this is how he’s going to do it.

While conventional wisdom suggests that Tebow would be reluctant to make such a move, there’s some evidence emerging that suggests otherwise.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that the San Francisco 49ers and Green Bay Packers are both interested in acquiring Tebow. Now, the 49ers quarterback situation is unstable, but it’s likel QB Alex Smith will return to the team. As for Green Bay? Aaron Rodgers is cemented as the team’s starting quarterback. There’s no way Tebow would inherit snaps from Rodgers–Green Bay, under no circumstance, would take the ball out of Rodgers’ hands.

That Green Bay is interested at least suggests the possibility that Tebow isn’t completely against a position switch. And if that’s the case, again, he becomes a weapon the Eagles could use.

It may seem like I’m banging down the door to bring Tebow here. I’m not. Michael Vick, if healthy, should be this team’s quarterback and, no, it’s not even debatable. But Tebow presents a plethora of intriguing possibilities on the offensive side of the football. Matchup nightmares in the redzone. A tough goal line runner that could come at you from anywhere on the field. Just one more thing to keep opposing coordinators up at night. So yeah, it would be foolish if the team didn’t do its due dilligence to see if he’s a player that can fit the scheme.

Bob Wankel

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eagleman215
eagleman215
March 20, 2012 6:54 pm

Add plexico as a redzone threat and other teams d cord will be up all nite with all the o weapons we currently have. Let tebow anywhere else but here. I wish him well just not here.

Rocko
Rocko
March 20, 2012 7:06 pm

eagleman215 – good stuff buddy, i agree 100%.

EaglesSuck
EaglesSuck
March 20, 2012 7:07 pm

I believe he will either go to Jacksonville or New England. Its not surprise how much respect Tebow has for Brady and vice versa. Brady would love to play with Tebow and Bill Belichick is a coach that likes taking a chance on his player (randy moss, ocho cinco, albert hanyesworth) Plus Josh Mcdaniels the guy who drafted Tebow in the 1st round so I think New England can be one of the teams phoning the Broncos and willing to offer a 4th rounder for him.

EaglesSuck
EaglesSuck
March 20, 2012 7:13 pm

Lions re-sign MLB Tulloch to 5-year contract. LOL I bet the Eagles dont even realize the LB position even exist.

Eaglehaslanded
Eaglehaslanded
March 20, 2012 7:15 pm

************BREAKING NEWS***********

The Eagles just acquired Texans Linebacker Demeco Ryans.

pdiddy
pdiddy
March 20, 2012 7:20 pm

Nice veteran move.

RegalEagle
RegalEagle
March 20, 2012 7:20 pm

Nice upgrade at LB. Tebow as an H back and work with AR for a year – I vote yes

pdiddy
pdiddy
March 20, 2012 7:26 pm

He was a pro bowl player at one point very good move. Mlb solved thank god.

gmcliff
gmcliff
March 20, 2012 7:27 pm

If DeMeco Ryans has been signed Eaglehaslanded, this is a reasonable acquisition. Before his knee injury, he was mentioned as one of the young top linebackers in the league.

RegalEagle
RegalEagle
March 20, 2012 7:34 pm

Don’t doubt landed guys its all over NFLN

Eaglehaslanded
Eaglehaslanded
March 20, 2012 7:35 pm

I concur with your position gmcliff.I hope he has the knee in good health. He hasthat dog in him. The Eagles will still need to drafta linebacker or two. This move tells me the Eagles will go Defensive Tackle in the first round.The Eagles traded a midround pick for him.

Muimuiman
Muimuiman
March 20, 2012 7:40 pm

NICE!

andrew p
andrew p
March 20, 2012 7:47 pm

Its true guys, we got DeMeco Ryans! I think its an excellent pickup, the games i saw him play the man was all over the field,seemed to be in on every play, way to go Eagles!!!

gmcliff
gmcliff
March 20, 2012 7:50 pm

We still need two new young outside linebackers in the draft. And yes Eaglehaslanded, I think they have to go DT, in the 1st round, I draft Fletcher Cox, and trade Asante, and my #1 in 2013, to Cincinnati for their first #1, trade down a bit, for an additional 2nd round pick, or two, and draft Dontari Poe, and grab Zach Brown, Vinny Curry, and Nigel Bradham in the 2nd.

Eagle Eyes
Eagle Eyes
March 20, 2012 7:52 pm

Sounds like we got Ryans for a 4th round pick and a swap of 3rd rounders. Good haul for the Eagles!!!

paulman
paulman
March 20, 2012 7:54 pm

No way does Tebow go to the Patrots, they Drafted QB Ryan Mallett last year who they have some very high hopes for and are supposedly very happy with his progress thus far.. Remember the Patriots are a passing offense first and do not run the ball much. The Patriots Offense requires a QB to throw the ball 40 times a game and a QB who can get rid of the ball quickly and accurately which are not Tebow’s strengths ..

gmcliff
gmcliff
March 20, 2012 7:54 pm

If you notice, I’m not talking about Tebow…to me it’s a mute issue…I think the guy is a fraud bum.

BirdoBeamen
BirdoBeamen
March 20, 2012 7:58 pm

Holy ish folks! DEMECO RYANS!!

paulman
paulman
March 20, 2012 8:00 pm

Nice Pick-up on Eagles for Demarco Ryans.. He’s a very good MLB, signal caller and a natural leader.. He’s 6-1 247lbs and can run,tackle and play all 3 downs.. He’s 28 Years old and in his prime athletically… He should be the #1 Starter at MLB allowing Chaney to battle Matthews for the SAM spot.. but I believe they will be Drafting a big LB for SAM (Shea McClellin, Keenan Robinson or Nigel Bradham)
I would think this puts any thoughts of the Eagles selecting MLB Luke Kuechley with their 1st Round Selection at #15 (I think Kuechley will go a few spots earlier to KC Chiefs,Buffalo Bills or even Arizona CArdinals before #15)

pdiddy
pdiddy
March 20, 2012 8:06 pm

Man I am going to pass out we all agree on something, this is once in a lifetime I may save this page lol.

Eagle Eyes
Eagle Eyes
March 20, 2012 8:06 pm

I thought Ryans was more of a 2 down thumper???

paulman
paulman
March 20, 2012 8:09 pm

With teh Signing of LG E mathis and now the Trade for MLB D Ryans, you have to think the Eagles are looking at DT or WR with that 1st pick at #15
Could a WR like Michael Floyd be the choice with Maclin in a contract season or do the Eagles go DT with a Fletcher Cox, Devon Still or Jerel Worthy or maybe grab the best SS in Mark Barron to solidify the Safety spot.. Lots of options..
I think this move of solidifying the MLB with Ryans and the signing of LG Mathis to solidify the OL probably makes the Eagles Trade down to a team looking to move up like the Bengals,Patriots or even Browns who all have 2 1st Round Selections and remember that Teams like the Raiders,Falcons and Saints have no 1st Round Selections at all and may be willing to give up a little more to get into the 1st Round…

BirdoBeamen
BirdoBeamen
March 20, 2012 8:12 pm

I cannot believe this….Demeco f’n Ryans…..wow. He should be fully healed from all his injuries in 2012. WHAT A BEAST OF A LINEBACKER WE JUST GOT!!

btc24
btc24
March 20, 2012 8:16 pm

If healthy, Demeco Ryans is much better than Tulloch or Lofton. If he is, this is an outstanding move.

G, when are you going to do some actual reporting? You didn’t even write about Mathis being signed and now Demeco gets acquired and yet no word again.

schiller
schiller
March 20, 2012 8:19 pm

Can’t be a good move. Our GM isn’t a “football guy”. And the Eagles never pay big for a top notch LB. So this won’t work out.

Obviously I’m kidding. But all you haters and doubters…. how you like the team now?

Seriously, this move makes Chaney a lot better. It makes Rolle a lot better – and I still want them to sign Hawthorne for SAM. Or imagine if they hit on a LB in round 2 or late 1…. This is an awesome move.

And once again – nobody saw it coming. BAM

eagles0superbowls
eagles0superbowls
March 20, 2012 8:24 pm

go get them Howie, nice move ———————there is a fire sale going on in Houston

navyeaglefan
navyeaglefan
March 20, 2012 8:26 pm

OK – first off – guy never hurt his knee – he tore his achilles in 2010 – and played in all 16 games last year (7 tackles vs Ravens in Playoffs)

in 6 seasons he has played in all 16 games 5 of them – so lets not spend more then 10 seconds on missing 10 games 2 years ago…

I did not read anything about trading 3rd round picks – only that we got him for a 4rth rounder – either way – solid addition

schiller
schiller
March 20, 2012 8:29 pm

navy – the 3rd round swap is true. Who frickin cares. Still a fleecing of Houston. Great moment to be an Eagles fan. Now I’m really excited to see what they do with the LBs around him. Do you go with Cheney and Rolle outside? Do they try to work in Mathews at the starting position? Go with a draft pick at SAM? Get another free agent?

And just think, all 3 safeties will play better now. BAM

lionsden
lionsden
March 20, 2012 8:30 pm

This if friggin’ awesome!!!!!!!! Demeco Ryans is EXACTLY what we need at MLB! I would have never guessed this one in a million years… Now the Eagles can go after Dontari Poe to play next to Jenkins and draft Mychael Kendricks and convert him to SS making this a very potent defense. Ok… maybe Poe won’t be there at 15 and Kendricks at 46 but I can dream! I really can’t wait for next season.

schiller
schiller
March 20, 2012 8:32 pm

Ha, NFL network had some lineman for Houston on talking about losing Ryans – he was pretty bummed.

SONGSRME2
SONGSRME2
March 20, 2012 8:33 pm

For the losers who have been dupe into thinking Ryan is the answer at linebacker…..LOOK!

The trade for Ryans gives the Eagles the legitimate starting middle linebacker they sorely lacked a year ago. The 27-year-old was a two-time Pro Bowl player early in his career (2007, 2009), but “he ruptured his Achilles tendon in 2010.”

INJURED GOODS THAT WILL RESULT IN US FALLING BACK ON THE SAME GARBAGE LINEBACKERS ONCE HE’S HURT.

btc24
btc24
March 20, 2012 8:34 pm

Nice to see us all agreeing for once.

Erock
Erock
March 20, 2012 8:36 pm

He will floss and make the d legit. He makes Chaney and or Rolle(one will start) that much better.

Good point about BC kid Paulmandomis…go get a d-tackle with that pick or trade out 1st into high second.

B- offseason grade…get Plax and or have a great draft and they get an A.

Jon Hart
Jon Hart
March 20, 2012 8:38 pm

Confirmed Demecco Ryans will be traded to the birds Wednesday.

My Thoughts: Just as i reported would happen, you guys gotta give me my props. My sources are very very good. I said it wasnt tulluch or lofton or hawthorne necessarily and that they were looking elsewhere.. This may not be the only LB they get during FA. They may decide to sign another or to draft one. All possibilities. Good pick up of Ryans, when healthy hes a top tier LB, 28 yrs old and has the size and speed to be a dominate LB. There not done yet though.. stay tuned

Erock
Erock
March 20, 2012 8:42 pm

He played every game last year and his achilles is healed dude.Songs wtf are you calling losers after that statement? Come on? Playing ps3 and reading comics when he was making plays in the p-offs last year?

Nice move Walrus.

schiller
schiller
March 20, 2012 8:42 pm

Songs – gotta hand it to you, you are one consistent fellow. Kinda like you haters call Reid – STUBBORN. But nobody can say that you’re a flip flopper. You’re a hater true and true. I could hand you a billion dollars in cash and you’d be complaining about 2 of the bills being wrinkled.

I hope you lose electricity during the next Eagles superbowl and cant watch it.

Erock
Erock
March 20, 2012 8:44 pm

Your sources arent very very good Jon.They’re top-shelf.

eagles0superbowls
eagles0superbowls
March 20, 2012 8:44 pm

what is going on in Houston — they finally get into the playoffs for the first time and they start shedding starters up and down their roster?

EaglesSuck
EaglesSuck
March 20, 2012 8:45 pm

Songs you are a moron. Have you not ever seen Demecco Ryans play? dude when healthy is a top 10 LB in the league! for a 4th round pick this is a amazing pick up for you guys.

BirdoBeamen
BirdoBeamen
March 20, 2012 8:48 pm

Geez Jon Hart, where did you get the idea that the Eagles weren’t interested in Tulloch, Lofton or Hawthorne? Could it have been when they DIDN”T SIGN ANY OF THEM OR HAVE THEM IN FOR A VISIT?!

Stop looking for props around here pansy. If you woulda predicted that the Birds were after Demeco, you would have gotten props…..suck your own stick cause you ain’t going to get it around here.

EaglesSuck
EaglesSuck
March 20, 2012 8:48 pm

Brian Cushing on losing D Ryans.

@briancushing56: I wouldn’t be half the player or person I am today w/o @DRyans59 this one hurts. Philly got a unbelievable player/leader

SONGSRME2
SONGSRME2
March 20, 2012 8:51 pm

Eaglessuck…the point of your comment..”when healthy”

Watch.

This is a classic Eagles bargain basement, injured goods acquisition.

Jon Hart
Jon Hart
March 20, 2012 8:52 pm

Thanks Erock. I try to shoot the news as fast as possible but only if its from reliable sources, i dont just shoot from the hip..

Muimuiman
Muimuiman
March 20, 2012 8:55 pm

I hope we take Devon Still now. To me he is better than Poe or Cocks

pdiddy
pdiddy
March 20, 2012 8:58 pm

Songs I don’t understand your point, he played all 16 last year. He got hurt in 2010 and played all 16 in 2011. They switched systems from a 4-3 to a 3-4. He fits a 4-3 scheme. He is better than Lofton and Tulloch neither was ever pro bowl player. This is not a bargain basement anything he has a huge contract he’s making close to six million this year. I don’t get your point at all.

Jon Hart
Jon Hart
March 20, 2012 9:00 pm

Birdo, ive made a habit of giving accurate up-to_date news. Dont knock the messenger. I told you guys they were looking elsewhere from all the other LBs in FA a week ago so obviously i had news that noone else did. Did i know it was going to be Demecco Ryans? Not at all. But i did say it wasnt any of the guys in FA and that they were looking elsewhere possibly thru a trade. Check my posts buddy, i dont make this stuff up.

pdiddy
pdiddy
March 20, 2012 9:00 pm

I Love Devon Still he makes a ton of plays behind the line of scrimmage. I got to see a lot of his games this year.

BirdoBeamen
BirdoBeamen
March 20, 2012 9:04 pm

Devon Still should be our #1 target.

Jon Hart
Jon Hart
March 20, 2012 9:05 pm

They still may make another signing of a LB in free agency or they may decide to draft one. I told you guys this last week. I said also to expect two moves this week, i even gave the days tues weds or thurs.. i mean cmon haha.. another one coming this week..

pdiddy
pdiddy
March 20, 2012 9:08 pm

Yo if the eagles get Devon still and sign plax this offseason will be unreal.