Eagles coach Kelly on QB Tebow: 'He's really progressed'
Through each stage of the Eagles' offseason program so far, quarterback Tim Tebow has shown enough improvement to catch head coach Chip Kelly's attention. After working with former MLB pitcher Tom House to improve his mechanics, Kelly noted that Tebow was throwing the ball much better during the Eagles' OTA practices.
After Monday's minicamp session, Kelly praised Tebow's ability to pick up his complicated offensive scheme.
"He's progressed. He's really progressed,'' Kelly said of Tebow after practice, per True Jersey. "It's tough on a first-year quarterback (in this system). You saw a little bit last year with Mark (Sanchez). We throw our quarterbacks in the deep end.
"They could be ready to go. They drop back and then a rookie receiver runs the wrong route. They're looking for him where he's supposed to be, and he's at the other side of the field. You have to deal with a lot of variables.
"I have seen improvement from Tim from the day we got him in terms of his knowledge of what we're doing, getting used to the way we do things. What we do is different from anything he's done in the past. But each week you've seen an incremental bump and then some. I'm excited to see where that takes him as we move forward. It will be a good competition when we get to camp.''
Tebow will continue to battle it out for a spot on the Eagles' roster at the quarterback position, but that doesn't mean he won't be used elsewhere. Kelly hasn't denied the possibility of using Tebow in unique offensive and special teams packages. Knowing what we do about Kelly's tenure as head coach, I wouldn't expect to learn of these packages being used any time soon.
(H/T True Jersey)