Look, I've been a vocal proponent of drafting Clausen. I am trying to come to grips with the fact that we won't take Clausen. I am trying to come to grips with us drafting Tebow. But I need some help getting behind this concept. I still stand by the fact that if by some disaster, I hear the following "With the 9th pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, the Buffalo Bills select, Tim Tebow" then I just don't think I can continue being a Bills fan anymore. In my opinion, that would be the most colossal of 'reaches' and I would have no confidence in the CHIX regime. Not to mention the ridiculous amount of teasing I'd have to endure from all my Patriot friends. And I get enough of that as it is.
But, I am coming around a little and am trying to get behind us selecting TT later in the 1st round or in the 2nd. Listen, I love Tebow's intangibles. As a Christian, I love the way he lives his life. I love his work ethic and his physical abilities. But as a Bills fan, that wants to see us get to the playoffs within the next century, I can't see how he's going to help us do that for at least 3 years.
I have yet to hear one 'expert' or 'scout' say that Tebow doesn't need at least 2 years of watching from the sidelines before he can make an impact at QB in the NFL. So what does that mean for the Bills? Does that mean 2 years of Trent Brohmpatrick under center? I don't think any of those three are going to lead us to a playoff game. And if Tebow is in house, we certainly won't be bringing in another QB, so that puts us out of the playoffs for a minimum of 2 years. I realize next year we've got about zero percent chance of making the playoffs, but that is beside the point.
So now we enter the 2012 season with (hopefully) a team that is ready to compete for a playoff spot. We've upgraded our offensive line (hopefully), our new 3-4 defense is a top 10 unit (hopefully) and we've upgraded our WR corps (hopefully) to give our new QB the weapons he needs to be successful. BUT, we now have a QB that has taken few, if any, snaps in the NFL trying to lead this playoff-hopeful team to the postseason. How many times does a first year QB lead a team to the playoffs, answer: not often.
I see this as the likely scenario if we draft Tebow. Can someone tell me a different story to make me feel better about this? Or do I just need to resign myself to the fact that our first real chance at the playoffs will be 2013?