So does this mean Tim Tebow to the Bears?
BY ADAM L. JAHNS Twitter: @AdamJahns January 16, 2013 4:04PM
Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow (15) warms up before playing against the Chicago Bears in an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 11, 2011, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)
Updated: January 16, 2013 4:05PM
Tim Tebow and the Chicago Bears?
There’s been ample speculation that the Bears could be interested in the services of the New York Jets quarterback, especially with Marc Trestman now their head coach.
But a league source indicated that Trestman wouldn’t be interested in adding Tebow, especially with Jay Cutler already with the Bears.
The speculation is rooted in Trestman having tutored Tebow before the 2010 NFL draft, the Montreal Alouettes having Tebow’s rights and some complimentary comments about Tebow made by Trestman years ago.
But the source said bringing in Tebow could bring unwelcome controversy since the Bears already have an experienced and talented quarterback in Cutler. General manager Phil Emery has said he wants to build around Cutler.
Alouettes standout quarterback Anthony Calvillo said he believes Trestman’s offensive schemes, which are predicated on a lot of movement, various formations, matchups, quick reads by the quarterback and timing routes, could work for the Bears.
“From a quarterback standpoint, the first thing Marc wanted to do was protect the quarterback,” Calvillo told the Sun-Times on Wednesday. “When Marc first got here to Montreal, we gave up the most sacks the year before. And when he arrived we kept the same five offensive linemen and what he did was just adapt and change our protection, inside [to] out. He wanted to protect the quarterback and make sure he could finish his throwing motion.”
The Alouettes allowed 68 sacks in 2007. In Trestman’s first season in 2008, they allowed 22.
That has to sound good to Cutler.
‘’It’s a great hire. I couldn’t be more excited,’’ Cutler told the Bears’ website. ‘’I’ve talked to guys around the league and did my own research on [Trestman]. He’s an offensive mind, a great person and a guy that’s going to come in hopefully lead us to many victories in the future.’’
Tebow is on the Alouettes’ “negotiation list” for American players, Montreal general manager Jim Popp said. It can include up to 35 players, who can be included as early as their freshman year in college. Under Popp, the Alouettes also included Russell Wilson and Colin Kaepernick on their “negotiation list.” Wilson and Kaepernick, two non first-round picks in the NFL, have blossomed into legitimate starters for the Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers, respectively.
“You identify people and you grab their rights, and you sit and hold onto them until one day you may get them,” Popp said. “The difference is you can put them on there one day and the next day pull them off. We’re constantly evaluating.”
Popp questions whether Tebow will be able to succeed in the CFL
“Tebow is a guy who we don’t know if he will be able to play in the Canadian Football League,” Popp said. “Marc, as he has, has tutored guys like Tim Tebow. We know what kind of outstanding person [Tebow] is. But we have a quarterback [in Montreal] who is playing at an unbelievable level at his age (the 40-year-old Calvillo). It’s remarkable, and it looks like he could play five more years. But at some point, we might have to have a quarterback change, but it could be three years from now. And when we do, there may be a whole change of philosophy.
“The only way it would ever work with Tim Tebow in the first place is that somebody would say, ‘Hey, we’re going to change the whole system to what you can do.’ … If [Tebow] were to come to the CFL tomorrow, he would be a backup quarterback, and not be stepping on the field very much despite being in the NFL.”