Tim Tebow + Chip Kelly = ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
The Philadelphia Eagles are giving a workout to Tim Tebow, presumably because coach Chip Kelly's testing to make sure we're all still paying attention.
It's been a wild off-season for the Eagles, who traded away stud running back LeSean McCoy, sent oft-injured quarterback Nick Foles to the St. Louis Rams for perpetually injured quarterback Sam Bradford, and then made a big splash by signing running back DeMarco Murray from the Dallas Cowboys. ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Monday on Philadelphia's interest in Tebow, setting Twitter on fire and leaving the rest of us to ponder just what Kelly's thinking.
To be sure, it's still unlikely you'll see Tebow in an NFL uniform any time soon, even though he reportedly has learned how to throw a football and apparently his contract with SEC Network "doesn't preclude him from continuing to pursue opportunities" in the league. (Not like the college football and pro football seasons overlap or anything.)
The Eagles already have four quarterbacks signed: Bradford, Mark Sanchez, Matt Barkley and G.J. Kinne. Yet despite Kelly's denials, some coaches think Bradford might be trade bait in an effort to trade up and draft Marcus Mariota, and the prospect of Tebow reuniting with former New York Jets teammate Sanchez is compelling and amusing. It's kind of fun to wonder if the fan base that famously booed Santa would also boo Jesus.
At this point, it's pointless to try to figure out what Kelly's next move might be, so let's just sit back and enjoy. Sure, Tebow has experience running a spread offense and could fit into the Eagles' system. And sure, as head coach at Oregon Kelly once said, "We are not a Tim Tebow type of quarterback team. I am not going to run my quarterback 20 times on power runs." Really, at this point, there's only one appropriate reaction to anything Kelly does or might do:
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