Sunday night, Chip Kelly reinserted Tim Tebow mania into the sports world. Agreeing to a one-year deal with the 27-year-old quarterback tops off what can be described as an eventful offseason for the Philadelphia Eagles (to put it lightly). Kelly traded his best offensive player, LeSean McCoy, his quarterback, Nick Foles, and watched his top wide receiver, Jeremy Maclin, sign with Kansas City. On the other hand, he has signed pro bowl running back Demarco Murray, traded for quarterback Sam Bradford, and now brought in ideal Nicholas Sparks movie protagonist Tim Tebow.
Tebow? Really? This means the Eagles now have three of the top five most inaccurate passers in the NFL over the last five seasons. Philadelphia’s presumed starter, Bradford, has a career QBR of 40.7. Backup Mark Sanchez’s? Just shy of that, sitting at 40.4. Tebow takes the cake however boasting a career QBR of 33.4, which fits the bill for the lowest in the NFL. Sanchez improved last year under Kelly’s system, as did former Eagles QB Nick Foles. Ideally for the Philly faithful, the same will happen with Bradford and Tebow.
Kelly has treated these past few months like a crazed science experiment. Tim Tebow just happens to be the newest and most intriguing variable he’s brought into his lab. For all we know, Tebow could be cut before training camp even comes to a close. But for now, he adds a whole lot of fun to the already absurd Eagles’ offseason. Sanchez played with Tebow in New York during the 2012 season, so maybe Chip is just trying to get the band back together. Whatever his reasoning is, Kelly hasn’t shied away from strange moves. And by signing Tebow, this maniacal scientist from Oregon has just taken over SportsCenter for the next few months.
So where does Kelly go from here? Does he draft Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota? Or maybe he’ll try to sign Albert Haynesworth? At this point, no one knows what Chip Kelly’s next move is. I’m not even sure if he does. But one thing I do know is that he’s an expert on how to keep an NFL offseason interesting. This whole ordeal could turn out to be the greatest thing for the Eagles franchise since Terrell Owens did sit ups in his driveway. Or it could completely blow up in Chip Kelly’s face. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.