Bears coach Marc Trestman worked with Tim Tebow briefly before the former Florida star was drafted in 2010 and quarterbacks coach Matt Cavanaugh filled that role for Tebow last season. But the Bears have no interest in the backup quarterback who was released Monday by the New York Jets.
The Bears didn’t draft a quarterback last week and could be on the lookout for one before training camp opens, but a source told Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune that Tebow won’t be considered. The team has journeyman Josh McCown and second-year player Matt Blanchard behind starter Jay Cutler. St. Xavier’s Jimmy Coy is being brought into rookie minicamp starting May 10 on a tryout basis.
Cavanaugh, the new Bears quarterbacks coach after holding that position with the Jets last season, said the team didn’t use its Tebow package as much as it should have.
“I think it’s one of the things that you’ve got to be sure about when you do it,” Cavanaugh said. “Why doesn’t New England do it? Why doesn’t Denver do it? Why doesn’t New Orleans do it? They don’t want to take those guys (Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, Drew Brees) off the field. We were probably less convicted about how much we wanted to get (Mark) Sanchez off the field to do that. So it was something we toyed with. But to be fair to Tim, we didn’t use it enough to let him be productive in it. So you better be sure when you decide to do it.
“I think he’s a good football player and I hope he gets a chance to play more.”