If given the chance to be an NFL general manager (GM) this off-season, I would sign both Colin Kaepernick and Tim Tebow in a never seen-before two quarterback full-time offensive system.
There comes a time when change is necessary and that time is now. What happened recently with the Raiders has sparked this idea within me and with the support of fans of both Kaepernick and Tebow and the support of NFL ownership, I would like to bring these two field generals together on the field to run a revolutionary “two-headed monster,” two-QB system. This system would not feature the second quarterback in a gadget type of approach, like what we have seen previously in New Orleans, Baltimore or San Francisco. This is the first-of-its-kind two starting QB system, which requires additional game-planning preparation for opponents.
This concept came to me back in 2013 when my friend Marc Trestman was named as the Bears’ head coach. At the time, I emailed Trestman and proposed the idea of signing Tebow to play in this system. Tebow and then starting Chicago QB Jay Cutler would have been interchangeable under center. Both would have been on the field at the same time and the resulting mismatches and offensive possibilities were endless. It is a system that would have featured either Cutler or Tebow taking turns under center, as the other lined up directly behind in I-formation. The running back off-set to the left or right. The system also featured the capabilities of multiple touches on the same play.
Trestman responded to me by saying, “Dan, you’re unbelievable.”
Timing is everything. I believe God gave me this system for now on the timeline of human history, and I want to entrust it to Kaepernick and Tebow to run.
Additionally, I will plan on naming Kaepernick and Tebow as my assistant GM’s in my opening introductory press conference. This will make both of them the first two dual-role players/front office executives in league history.
I feel Kaepernick and Tebow are uniquely qualified to offer invaluable perspective into the team building process, while demonstrating an unprecedented show of racial solidarity never seen before in that process.
I have a deep disdain for racism and feel there is no place for it any longer in the America we live in or in the game we love. It is time to do something to erase it permanently from our future.
My vision is to have these two men providing input into everything that goes on both on and off the field as they lead our team to a Super Bowl championship. I will work closely with both to ensure true and lasting change is implemented – – the kind of change that actually changes things.
Kaepernick and Tebow have never given up on their dreams to play QB in the NFL, and both have expressed their desire to have another chance. I want to facilitate this opportunity by the grace of God. Kaepernick and Tebow both have enough money they never have to work again, but both are driven by something which supersedes monetary gain. It is that very characteristic I want leading and touching everything we do as an organization. This will be something so dynamic it makes most science projects look like they came out of a gumball machine, from a team chemistry standpoint.
I have my sights set currently on the Detroit Lions, Atlanta Falcons, New York Giants or Minnesota Vikings depending. Miami would also be an interesting option since my wife and I live in Key West, Florida. Of course none of this is set in stone, but I am intrigued by these five teams and their fan-bases. Three of these five teams have never tasted victory in the Super Bowl and I would like to be the one to hand the fans who have spent a lifetime cheering for their teams, the Vince Lombardi Trophy. The Giants would be interesting because New York is the biggest market – – and my roots trace back to the Giants through Bill Parcells and Bill Belichick.
I feel there is an NFL owner out there that this will resonate with – – an owner who deeply desires to be on the cutting edge of something that not only produces a championship, but also produces something even greater. I believe there is an owner out there who would like to make this part of theirs and their families’ legacy. I trust this owner is out there.
Daniel Kelly is a former NFL scout with the New York Jets. He was hired on the regime which featured Bill Parcells, Bill Belichick, Scott Pioli, Mike Tannenbaum, and Dick Haley. He currently writes for Sports Illustrated Detroit Lions and he is a contributing evaluator for Draft Diamonds. For more information about him visit his website at whateverittakesbook.com. He can be followed on Twitter @danielkellybook and his Facebook page is WHATEVER IT TAKES NFL TALK.