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Tim Tebow signs with Patriots, the one team unafraid of Tebowmania (+video)

Tim Tebow has reportedly signed with the New England Patriots, which is perhaps the only team that can handle his off-the-field celebrity – and which still has faith in his abilities.

By Staff writer / June 10, 2013

Then-New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow warms up before an NFL football game in Nashville, Tenn., last season. Tim Tebow is joining the New England Patriots, according to a report by ESPN on Monday.

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The New England Patriots will sign Tim Tebow because their coach, Bill Belichick, could quite possibly be the antidote to Tebowmania.

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The New England Patriots will sign Tim Tebow because their starting quarterback, Tom Brady, would have to release a trove of sensitive US security documents and flee to Hong Kong for there to be even the whiff of a quarterback controversy in New England.

The New England Patriots will sign Tim Tebow because their offensive coordinator, Josh McDaniel, still thinks he made the right call when he drafted Tebow in the first round of the National Football League draft in 2010, then as head coach of the Denver Broncos.

In the end, Tebow the football player – for all his faults as a drop-back passer – could probably have helped any number of teams in the NFL. But in the end, he will sign for the Patriots, because they are quite possibly the only team that is bigger than he is.

Multiple news reports say Tebow will sign for the Patriots and be ready for their mandatory minicamp Tuesday. From a football perspective, the move fits on many different levels.

If Tebow is going to have any chance at succeeding in the NFL as a quarterback, what he needs is time and someone dedicated to his success. In New England, he'll have both.

For as long as Brady is with the Patriots – and that's likely to be another three years, at least – there will be no questions about whether Tebow is going to start. Online petitions? Chants from fans? Questions from the media? The moment Tebow's pen goes to paper in Foxborough, Mass., they end.

To be honest, Tebow won't really even be competing for the backup role. That's Ryan Mallett's job. Instead, he will have a window of relative calm in which to hone his craft under the tutelage of the very man who thinks he is most capable of doing it in McDaniel.

There's also the fact that he gets to Tebow on the sidelines next to perhaps the greatest quarterback of his generation. For a man who has been criticized for lacking the ability to read defenses, that amounts to a Harvard-level master's degree.

If that's not a recipe for success for Tebow, then there is none.

Weeks ago, there were rumors that Belichick "hated" Tebow as a player. Those were quickly squelched by the man himself. And there's little mystery as to why.

Back in 2011, before the Patriots met Tebow's Broncos in the playoffs, Belichick was asked about Tebow's unorthodox style – code for his much-maligned passing mechanics and his need to run the ball because he is so inaccurate. "Yeah, I don't agree with any of that" was the response.

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