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Tim Tebow responds to Steve Spurrier after getting offer to return to football
Steve Spurrier would really like Tim Tebow to play for his team in the Alliance of American Football

by John Breech

It looks like Steve Spurrier's dream of coaching Tim Tebow isn't going to happen. 

The dream started back in April when Spurrier was named the coach the Orlando team in the brand new Alliance of American Football. Shortly after being hired, Spurrier made it clear that he was going to try and get Tebow to drop his baseball career and return to football. 

During an interview with Paul Finebaum on Friday, Spurrier revealed that he actually contacted Tebow before he took the Orlando coaching job, and the former NFL first-round pick didn't sound too interested in returning to football. 

"I actually got in touch with Tim before I took the job," Spurrier said. "I sent him a text and I said 'By the way, I'm going to be the coach of an Orlando team in this new Alliance of American Football.'"

So what was Tebow's response?

"He basically just said, 'Hey coach, I'm going to keep swinging the bat and see what happens,'" Spurrier said. "And I agree, that's what he should do. If he can get to the big leagues, that's what he should do."

If Tebow does change his mind, Spurrier said he'll have a roster spot ready for the former Broncos quarterback. 

"If for some reason, [baseball] doesn't work out, I told him we have a No. 15 down in Orlando waiting for him," Spurrier said. "I think Tim Tebow is a winner."

Of course, Spurrier might be waiting for awhile because Tebow has done pretty well for himself playing baseball. Through 63 games this year, Tebow is batting .256 with five home runs. The former Florida quarterback also has 11 doubles on the season, which is tied for fifth on the team. 

As for Spurrier, he'll now have to find someone else to play quarterback for his new AAF team. By the way, if you're not up to date on the AAF, it's a new football league that will kick off for the first time in February 2019. The league will have eight teams in eight cities (Orlando, Birmingham, San Antonio, Phoenix, San Diego, Atlanta, Salt Lake City, Memphis). Rosters will have 50 players each and will be built primarily through a regionally-based draft that will be held this fall. 

To differentiate the Alliance of American Football from its competitors, there will be no TV timeouts and 60 percent fewer commercials. Other differences will include no kickoffs and instead of onside kicks, the trailing team will receive the ball on its own 35-yard line facing fourth-and-10. There will also be a 30-second play clock and mandatory two-point conversion attempts after touchdowns. 

Spurrier's team will play its home games at the University of Central Florida's Spectrum Stadium, which sits roughly 13 miles outside of downtown Orlando. 

The AAF's debut game will be televised by CBS on Feb. 9, 2019, one week after Super Bowl LIII also airs on CBS. The network will also carry the Alliance of American Football's championship game on the final weekend of April 2019.

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Well, I cannot bring myself to root for a team that is coached by a guy that still thinks tebow is an NFL quality QB!

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Seems there are few more differences than just no kick-offs.

Fewer commercials is a good thing imo.

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Also, it seems there is a partial TV deal already done. Will be interesting to see how the rest of the games fall into TV Schedules.

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The Shadow wrote:

Seems there are few more differences than just no kick-offs.

Fewer commercials is a good thing imo.

I can't help but suspect that the 60% fewer commercials (*cough-sponsorship) is not by choice and will increase as rapidly as possible.

Butkus never wore an earring

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Seems there are few more differences than just no kick-offs.

Fewer commercials is a good thing imo.

I can't help but suspect that the 60% fewer commercials (*cough-sponsorship) is not by choice and will increase as rapidly as possible.

Or they keep it a small sample of commercials and charge more for them. Supply and Demand. The NFL is so saturated with commercials, we see the same commercial every 12.5 minutes. How many time do we see the same truck commercial over and over in the first half, to then see their competitors truck commercial saturate the second half? They could just take the Papa Johns Pizza commercial and mix it with the Set the Bar and Ram tough commercials and just have one continous commercial all game long. "Setting the Bar with better ingredients to make Ram tough Pizza" Buy on get one free*

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Alliance of American Football contracts will have an “NFL Out” clause

Posted by Mike Florio on July 26, 2018, 10:51 PM EDT
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Players who join the Alliance of American Football will sign standard three-year, $250,000 deals. But they will be able to sign with the NFL, if the NFL comes calling.

In a letter sent to NFL agents, the AAF’s player personnel department explains that the league “will consent to the player leaving The Alliance at the end of that Alliance season to play in the NFL.” The so-called “NFL Out” will be available from AAF’s championship game until December 1st of that same year.

That wrinkle instantly makes the AAF more attractive than the CFL, given that the CFL still insists on a firm two-year deal with no opportunity to exit prematurely. That may be changing, of course, given the CFL’s recent decision to let players in the final year of their CFL contracts to work out for NFL teams and agree to a contract that becomes effective after their CFL contract expires.

Still, the AAF already is well ahead of the game, giving players the chance to leave, regardless of the time remaining on their AAF deals.

The AAF’s “NFL Out” rule clearly implies that Alliance players won’t be allowed to join a 90-man roster and embark on offseason workouts before the 10-week season ends, including two-week postseason. That will keep AAF players away from the NFL until, in many years, the weekend of the NFL draft.

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So it seems Brad Childress has not reported to his new team yet! He was recently spotted at Bear training camp wearing full bears coaching reagalia! Still in Consulting mode it would appear.

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Might still be under contract to the Bears? Maybe through preseason...

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Alliance of American Football starts play in 75 days, with a big step on Tuesday

Posted by Michael David Smith on November 26, 2018, 6:10 PM EST

Charlie Ebersol, the founder of the Alliance of American Football, has a clock on his office wall that counts down the days, hours, minutes and seconds until the upstart league’s inaugural game, on February 9.

“I can tell you to the second how far we are from the first snap,” Ebersol told PFT on Monday.

Much work is left to be done until that first game, 75 days from now, and one of the most important steps will be taken on Tuesday night, when the league’s eight teams divide up the quarterbacks who have agreed to play in the AAF. The league is using a draft format that is designed to prioritize having players playing for AAF teams in the same area where they played college football, while also trying to put the eight best quarterbacks on eight different teams.

Ebersol said those who watch the draft, which Kurt Warner is calling for CBS Sports Network, will be impressed with the collection of passers who are committed to getting themselves a chance in professional football.

“There are some Kurt Warner-esque stories,” Ebersol said. “One guy worked at Costco, he’s been a personal trainer, he’s moved his family multiple times, and against the backdrop of all that he still has a dream, and he’s going to have an opportunity because of us. . . . That’s why it was so important to me that Kurt Warner be the voice of our draft.”

But are these guys good enough to play football, at a high enough level that fans will want to watch? The quarterbacks who have already been announced as joining the AAF include Aaron Murray, Christian Hackenberg and Scott Tolzien. Ebersol isn’t claiming the quality of play can compete with the NFL, but he does insist that the television product will be an impressive presentation, starting with that first game on February 9.

“You’re going to see how much has gone into this. The difference between us and everyone who’s done this before is they all spent so much time marketing their league that the expectations were out of whack. We’ve managed to under-promise and over-deliver,” Ebersol said. “The football is one thing. The technology is something else. That will probably be the most shocking thing people will see on CBS on February 9. What we’ll do with data in a consumable way is like nothing people have seen before.”

By far the best-known quarterback who’s not currently on an NFL team is Colin Kaepernick. Ebersol said he has talked to Kaepernick and respects what he’s doing, but he’s not sure Kaepernick is interested in joining an upstart league.

“I’ve gotten really close with Colin over the last year, year and a half. He’s one of those guys who, I think in everyone’s eyes is the golden goose, the guy who is out there who we’d all like to see what would happen if he got back on the field,” Ebersol said. “I think Colin has a very, very challenging choice in front of him because I think he does believe he deserves to be in the NFL. He certainly played at the highest level in the NFL. I think Colin has more than just the weight of being a football player on his shoulders, I think he’s the messenger of something bigger.”

The AAF may not be a big enough stage for a quarterback who’s already a household name. But it might just be a big enough stage to help some other quarterback take the first step toward becoming a household name.

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Alliance of American Football starts play in 75 days, with a big step on Tuesday

Posted by Michael David Smith on November 26, 2018, 6:10 PM EST

Charlie Ebersol, the founder of the Alliance of American Football, has a clock on his office wall that counts down the days, hours, minutes and seconds until the upstart league’s inaugural game, on February 9.

“I can tell you to the second how far we are from the first snap,” Ebersol told PFT on Monday.

Much work is left to be done until that first game, 75 days from now, and one of the most important steps will be taken on Tuesday night, when the league’s eight teams divide up the quarterbacks who have agreed to play in the AAF. The league is using a draft format that is designed to prioritize having players playing for AAF teams in the same area where they played college football, while also trying to put the eight best quarterbacks on eight different teams.

Ebersol said those who watch the draft, which Kurt Warner is calling for CBS Sports Network, will be impressed with the collection of passers who are committed to getting themselves a chance in professional football.

“There are some Kurt Warner-esque stories,” Ebersol said. “One guy worked at Costco, he’s been a personal trainer, he’s moved his family multiple times, and against the backdrop of all that he still has a dream, and he’s going to have an opportunity because of us. . . . That’s why it was so important to me that Kurt Warner be the voice of our draft.”

But are these guys good enough to play football, at a high enough level that fans will want to watch? The quarterbacks who have already been announced as joining the AAF include Aaron Murray, Christian Hackenberg and Scott Tolzien. Ebersol isn’t claiming the quality of play can compete with the NFL, but he does insist that the television product will be an impressive presentation, starting with that first game on February 9.

“You’re going to see how much has gone into this. The difference between us and everyone who’s done this before is they all spent so much time marketing their league that the expectations were out of whack. We’ve managed to under-promise and over-deliver,” Ebersol said. “The football is one thing. The technology is something else. That will probably be the most shocking thing people will see on CBS on February 9. What we’ll do with data in a consumable way is like nothing people have seen before.”

By far the best-known quarterback who’s not currently on an NFL team is Colin Kaepernick. Ebersol said he has talked to Kaepernick and respects what he’s doing, but he’s not sure Kaepernick is interested in joining an upstart league.

“I’ve gotten really close with Colin over the last year, year and a half. He’s one of those guys who, I think in everyone’s eyes is the golden goose, the guy who is out there who we’d all like to see what would happen if he got back on the field,” Ebersol said. “I think Colin has a very, very challenging choice in front of him because I think he does believe he deserves to be in the NFL. He certainly played at the highest level in the NFL. I think Colin has more than just the weight of being a football player on his shoulders, I think he’s the messenger of something bigger.”

The AAF may not be a big enough stage for a quarterback who’s already a household name. But it might just be a big enough stage to help some other quarterback take the first step toward becoming a household name.

I disagree with Charlie on one thing, Colin Kaepernick would be an absolute poison pill for this new league. He is no goose and no QB. He is an option RB who was only good when Harbaugh called his plays and schemed for him.

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