Disclaimer: These two guys are unrelated, thoughts about them just happen to be bouncing around my head on this Thursday morning. Also, this is my first fanpost.
I think Tim Tebow is an amazing football player. I agree strongly with Tony Dungy's comments Sunday night that winner's win and that's who you want to have on your football team. I've developed a strong fear that all the discussions Bill Belichick has had with Urban Meyer means that the Patriots will use their first round pick on Tebow and he will torture we Bills fans for year to come. It is the perfect time for the Patriots to draft a new QB. Brady will be great for another 2-3 years. The Pats can work Tebow in gradually running spread/read-option/wildcat type stuff just like Meyer did at Florida to add more concerns for defenses to prepare for. The Patriots already run a fairly spread offense, so it would not be the huge adjustment that has crippled spread QBs like Alex Smith in the NFL. And with Brady in place, there is time for Tebow to learn the offense and perfect his mechanics. My naive assessment is that Tebow has the tools to develop into an incredible thrower. It seems to me that he has a really strong arm. I don't know anything about mechanics. I just know that he completes passes when he needs to and one time I turned the TV on and it showed him throwing the ball a heck of a long way.
I'm not sure the Bills are in a position to do anything about this short of offering the head coaching position to Urban Meyer, drafting the Pouncey twins and Tebow's roommate, Riley Cooper who he seems to look for in the clutch (and who makes the plays). The current Bills offense would not suit Tebow at all. I think if you wanted to tap into his intangibles, you'd pretty much have to mortgage the franchise on the kid and hire a coach specific to his talents, which would be a huge gamble particularly with Tebow's recent concussion issues. I don't think that any of the coaching candidates currently being discussed run offensive systems that would optimally utilize Tebow's talents. It's hard for me to advocate taking such a huge gamble, but I sure hope a team other than the Patriots drafts him.
Which brings me to Mike Martz who Chris Brown said was praising Perry Fewell extravagantly so that he would get hired as offensive coordinator. I think Martz would be the perfect fit to coach the offense if Deisel Fewell gets poured on the Bills as coach next year. In fact, I think Martz would be one of my requirements if Fewell is brought back next year. This offense was designed several years ago by Steve Fairchild in the Martz image, though the architect was far less skilled. What would happen if the master came to town? I would love to see what Martz would do with all the weapons that we heard so much about this year, but have yet to be truly utilized. What would he do with Freddy and/or Marshawn in the Marshall Faulk role? Would Marshall Faulk stop predicting bad things for the Bills on the NFL Network? Wasn't Ryan Fitzpatrick raised in the Martz system? Would we see the return of Gibran Hamdan who followed a similar career path to Kurt Warner (minus stocking supermarket shelves and spiky haired wife)? Is Trent Edwards a good fit in a Mike Martz offense? Would Martz be able to resuscitate Edwards' career? Does Kurt Warner really have that much stronger of an arm than Trent? My major concern is that the Mike Martz offense seemed to work best in a dome and I get concerned about how it would work in the bad weather (so all the December home games would have to be played in Toronto ;(). I'm also not sure that the current receiving corp is fast enough (Josh Reed, Steve Johnson, Hobbly Hardy), but maybe that would provide an actual use for Roscoe outside of returning kicks. I do think that Perry Fewell would give Martz the latitude that Mike Singletary wouldn't in SF.
Just to be clear: Mike Martz would be a terrible offensive coordinator for Tim Tebow, but might be a good fit for the Bills. I think the Martz offense would require drafting an OT (Orlando Pace equivalent?) in the first round and, of course, a GM who understood Martz' wants and needs (which unfortunately might exclude Eric DeCosta). It would also mean a showy, glitzy form of aerial football that I'm not sure fits the Buffalo ethos (but then the no huddle K-gun seemed to be appreciated). Martz just seems to go well in my mind with the offensive players that are currently in Buffalo and Coach Diesel. Coach Fewell seems to have the spark to motivate players required for a head coach and Martz loves to tinker with offensive strategy. We'll just have to see if the Bills can keep "playing like hell and winning" as the season winds down to justify keeping Coach Fewell. If the Bills do, I think bringing in Martz is an interesting possibility.
Let's go Buffalo!