An Insider Look at Tim Tebow

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Mar 26; Florham Park, NJ, USA; Newly acquired New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow addresses the media at the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-US PRESSWIRE

Today, I wanted to bring you guys some insights from a guy who would know Tim Tebow as well as anybody. So, to talk about his abilities, both from college and going forward, we have consulted Joel Smith author of The Bull Gator, for some thoughts on the new Jets backup QB. Here is what he had to say:

It’s hard for me to give an accurate evaluation on Tim Tebow because I’m partially blinded by the fact that I’m a Gator and I want him to succeed. From that standpoint, I hope he proves he can be a quarterback in the NFL for many years to come. But then I have to be realistic and admit there are flaws to his game as a passer. Let’s just be clear though, there’s a world of difference between wanting an athlete to do something and actually believing he can do it (just because I want Al Horford to win the NBA MVP each season from now until he retires, doesn’t mean I believe he can actually do so).

Tebow isn’t the ideal NFL quarterback, but there have been those in the past that have succeeded without having perfect fundamentals. There have been also those with perfect fundamentals that have failed. That said, I like to think of Tebow as a football player and not necessarily a QB. I think he has a lot to offer to a team and if used correctly can contribute and help a team win games. People will point to the Broncos defense as the main reason for their success in 2011. That may be true, but you also can’t say Tebow didn’t have anything to do with it (if you did then I have to ask you how well there were doing with Kyle Orton leading the way). Whether it was with his feet, his ability to handle pressure late in games, or just his overwhelmingly positive attitude, he brought something to Denver.

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  • eamesian

     
    I can’t quite understand what the supposed “insight” this so-called “expert” on Tim Tebow is bringing to the debate about his role in the NFL and with the Jets. If the guy really had any special insight into Tebow’s game, the last thing he would ever say is that Tebow’s best utilization came when he was just a special situation QB as a freshman at Florida. That’s an absurd thing to say. Tebow won a Heisman as a STARTING QB and a second national championship as a STARTING QB. He passed for over 9,000 yards and 88 TDs. He’s the leading QB in SEC history for passing efficiency to this day.
     
    So, it’s not even logical to claim that he somehow “naturally” should be a backup when he hasn’t even had a full 16 games as a starter in the NFL and yet accomplished so much last season, against all odds. It’s common football wisdom that draft picks who become starters can’t even really be evaluated as successes or failures until their third season. In reality, Tebow’s only in his 2nd season, given that he only began to be a regular starter last year. Even Rex Ryan said last year in discussing Mark Sanchez that he personally believes that it takes SIX years to assess whether a QB has been a success.
     
    Obviously, from a time, experience and learning curve perspective alone, no one, including the short-sighted “expert” you dug up out of nowhere should be making claims about Tebow’s ultimate potential. No team will ever know just how much more he can improve unless they play him every down behind center. Why does your “expert” think that QBs jealously guard their playing time and snaps (see Sanchez, Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, etc) from backups? Because they only grow as in the position when they play as much as possible.
     
    The Broncos’ success had much more to do with Tebow than with their defense. The defense was ranked in the mid-20s in both passing yards allowed, rushing yards allowed and total points allowed. It’s a media myth that they somehow “carried” their “awful” QB all season. He’s the one who elevated them from utter failure and obscurity. They were the WORST team in the NFL for the prior two seasons. The worst. Tebow took them to first in their division and to the playoffs and he, not the defense, which let the Steelers back in the game when Denver had the game won beat the best defense in the league with his ARM.The Steelers challenged him to do it and he did.
     
    Those who don’t like to think analytically about Tebow’s skills always point to his low completion percentage but not to any of his other stats, many of which are stellar. He only threw 6 picks last year. His average yards per pass was over 13, more than Brady, Brees and Rodgers. He showed a penchant for throwing the deep ball accurately, as highlighted in the Pitt game and throwing on the run. No one knows how his game will continue to evolve, but unlike your “expert,” those of us who care about winning rather style, those of us who don’t believe in group think in a copycat league and embrace calculated risks would *absolutely* make Tim Tebow our starting QB.
     
    You don’t refuse to start a proven winner who turned around a moribund franchise and won in the post-season in his first year as a starter just because you don’t have ironclad guarantees about how much he’ll grow.  You invest in giving him wholehearted, appropriate organizational and coaching support, unlike the sabotage we saw in Denver. Last season, every week, teams were supposed to “figure out” Tebow and “expose” his “limitations.” Yet, he went either further in the playoffs or to the same level as other QBs everyone would say are so much superior to him: Aaron Rodgers, Matt Ryan, Tony Romo, Mark Sanchez, Cam Newton, Drew Brees, Ben Roethlisberger, and so on. That says it all.

    • Alan Schechter

      Hi,
      Thanks for your opinions, always like to hear the other side. I respectfully disagree. The TD against Pitt, although it was 80 yards, really wasn’t a deep ball, it was a 15 or 20 yard pattern that Thomas took to the house. A great play, no doubt, but not really a deep ball.

      His average per pass is nice, granted, but I think you overlook completion percentage way too much. Tebow’s is far too low, and his mechanics are not great. I just don’t see it improving. And if he was such a good QB, why did the Broncos let him go? If he is the QB of the future, and he resurrected the team, bypass Peyton Manning.

      And the gentleman I “dug up”, actually runs a Gator website, as well is a Gator himself, so has a lot of reason to want Tebow to succeed.

      I do appreciate the dissent, that’s what its about, and thanks for coming and reading

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