Tim Tebow is Not NFL Caliber For More On Tim Tebow...Click Below! Through My Eyes Nathan Whitaker Through My Eyes: A Quarterback's Journey, Young Reader's Edition Tim Tebow "Tebow Time": The Biography of Tim Tebow Brody Anderson Growing Up Colt: A Father, a Son, a Life in Football Colt McCoy Maybe I'm crazy, but while watching Tim Tebow on Sunday night, I couldn't help but think to myself, "There is no way this guy can play in the NFL." What? Just being honest. Don't be mad at me, Tebow fans. I'm not saying he's a bad guy. In fact, if I had to guess, he's probably one of the top five men on this planet. He's just not an NFL quarterback. Anyone who watched on Sunday with just a semblance of objectivity couldn't possibly see it another way. His delivery hasn't changed a bit. It still took him three months to get rid of the ball. His passes had very little zip on them. If he was a pitcher, he'd probably be Greg Maddux in terms of velocity. The only problem is that he isn't especially accurate. He never was in college, and he wasn't on Sunday night, even on his completions. Furthermore, we have to question Tebow's ability to read the field. The type of offense he ran at Florida had very few complex reads, contrary to the NFL. The talent around Tebow at Florida was always far better than the talent of opposing teams, and he was able to rely on his receivers winning their individual matchups. As a result, he didn't have to worry as much about looking to his second, third, and fourth receiver. In the NFL, it's a different story entirely. Every team has just as much talent as the next. And the offenses and defenses are so complex that even Good Will Hunting would look like a fool trying to decipher them. It's never a smooth transition from college to the NFL for any quarterback, let alone one like Tebow who has no experience in anything like the offense that he'll be a part of at the professional level. What I saw on Sunday night was Tebow staring down his receivers and either forcing the ball, not moving to his secondary receiver fast enough, or fleeing the pocket way too early. These aren't just signs of an inexperienced rookie. These are signs of a quarterback who has never had to play NFL STYLE football. With that said, the type of improvement Tebow needs is going to take a long, long, long, REALLY FREAKING LONG time.
I'm not concerned with the stats of a pre-season game. Tebow's were actually pretty decent. And to his credit, he showed his toughness and bulldog-like playing style on his touchdown run. But nice stats against the third string defense in the first pre-season game of the year do not make an NFL quarterback. And neither does rushing for touchdowns. Don't misunderstand me. I'm rooting for Tim Tebow. I hope he proves me wrong. He has that quality about him that makes me want to see him succeed. He has the work ethic and desire to improve his game and maximize his abilities. He says the right things. More importantly, he acts the right way on and off the field. I just don't think he's an NFL quarterback. For More On Tim Tebow...Click Below! Through My Eyes Nathan Whitaker Through My Eyes: A Quarterback's Journey, Young Reader's Edition Tim Tebow "Tebow Time": The Biography of Tim Tebow Brody Anderson Growing Up Colt: A Father, a Son, a Life in Football Colt McCoy
Published on Jan 13, 2012
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