Monday, March 29, 2010

NFL Tebow: Bills Audition Today

Tim Tebow is working out privately for the Buffalo Bills today, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. This, after eating dinner with Bills legendary QB (and Tebow-backer) Jim Kelly last night.

The Bills are arguably the most intriguing team that has been connected to Tebow.

Start with this: They hold the 9th overall pick of the Draft, along with the 9th pick of the 2nd round.

Could/would the Bills possibly take Tebow with the 9th overall pick? Because here's the reality: I don't think Tebow will be around for the 9th pick of the 2nd round, when the Bills come up again.

The Bills need a long-term solution at QB. More than that, they need a face of the franchise -- and Tebow instantly gives them that. They have a new coach, a QB-development specialist.

Here's the downside: Is there a tougher weather environment to play in than Buffalo, where 8 games a year are (a) in the cold and (b) in swirling winds?

Logically, that doesn't make a lot of sense for Tebow, who has only known (mostly) sunshine and high temperatures, with very low wind variability.

Also, even if you're bullish on Tebow, you agree that he needs at least a season -- if not two -- to hone his skills. Can the Bills afford to wait that long for his development?

(I would argue: Yes, completely. They aren't going to challenge for a Super Bowl title -- probably even the playoffs -- for years, no matter who the QB is. So why not bring Tebow along slowly?)

Back to the draft question: Even if the Bills figured out that Tebow can tame the unique Buffalo stadium conditions, would they actually use that No. 9 overall pick on him?

Well, that would certainly make the Bills the story of the 2010 Draft. And if they are looking for buzz -- positive and, potentially, negative -- and are looking for a face for the franchise...

Why not?

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