From Dave Fleming at ESPN
When the Broncos defense was on the field, offensive coaches would often tell Tebow the first series of plays they wanted to run when the team got the ball back. Tebow would nod, and they’d separate. And then, invariably, a short while later he’d ask for the information again. Sometimes this ritual would repeat right up until Tebow had to duck into the huddle and call the play. As a result, despite starting only 11 games in 2011, Tebow was flagged for delay of game an NFL-high seven times. Worse still was the fact that, according to scouts, Tebow almost never audibled because he struggled to quickly and properly read defenses. And of all the deadly sins Tebow committed against quarterbacking, this was the worst: lacking the self-awareness to recognize and fix these shortcomings. Maybe the most shocking part of Tebowmania isn’t that he has been cast out of the NFL after just three years but that he lasted as long as he did.
The weird part about reading this is that when Josh McDaniels drafted Tebow, all he talked about was Tebow’s football IQ.
In a meeting room at the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis, Broncos coach Josh McDaniels and Tim Tebow sat several feet apart, engaged in animated, rapid-fire conversation about football. They clicked almost immediately.
McDaniels was convinced Tebow was genuine. He came away even more intrigued with Tebow as a player.
Tebow, an All-America quarterback at Florida and the 2007 Heisman Trophy winner, felt he had found a kindred football spirit.
“I was jacked leaving that room. I didn’t even want to visit another room. It was not enough time,” Tebow said. “We were excited, we were enthusiastic. There was passion. It was just intense, and it was ball, and it was juice. The juice level in that room was high, and itÂ was awesome.”
The Dave Fleming has this.
But he scored a below-average (for QBs) 22 on his Wonderlic test. As a kinesthetic learner, Tebow absorbs information better through using flash cards and hands-on repetitive experience than the traditional method of memorizing diagrams, notes and Polaroids from a playbook.Â
I have taken the Wonderlic (and done quite well on it). Â it’s not that hard and if someone does poor on it, I would have some serious questions about their comprehension abilities. Â That may not be that important if you are cornerback or a defensive tackle but if you are a QB and you have comprehension problems, it is big deal.
The disturbing question in all of this is why then did Josh McDaniels draft him? Â It seems like they bonded personally and that made all of the other issues (like completing passes and reading offences) go away. Â
Some of you know I am a big fan of Yahoo! Sportsâ€™ Mike Silver. He has a great column on Terrelle Pryorâ€™s entrance into the NFL Supplemental Draft and the hypocrisy that is shown by the NFL by punishing Pryor and letting coaches like Pete Carroll to move on from programs under suspension to the NFL.
By essentially accepting Pryorâ€™s suspension, Smith is daring Goodell to apply the same standard to non-players who land NFL jobs after having run afoul of the NCAA. If and when Goodell fails to do so (and Iâ€™m not holding my breath that he will), I believe Smith would make some noise, and heâ€™d occupy the moral high ground in the process.
That, of course, is not the endgame for the NFLPA. I believe the union is thinking about this issue on a much larger level and considering its options toward reforming a corrupt system that leaves many of its future members in a defenseless and subservient situation.
Could college athletes ultimately unionize to protect their rights, either with the NFLPAâ€™s implicit support, or perhaps under its umbrella as part of a labor partnership?
Itâ€™s a tricky proposition, but I definitely wouldnâ€™t rule it out.
In the meantime, NFL players have a right to be angry about Pryorâ€™s suspension. They canâ€™t help but compare the situation to that of, say, Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll, who left USC one step ahead of the NCAAâ€™s slow-footed enforcement arm, boarded Paul Allenâ€™s private jet and made a soft, $33-million landing in Seattle.
So the Denver Broncos drafted the heir apparent to John Elway by drafting former Heisman winner Tim Tebow from the University of Florida Gators. Tebow has been called the greatest college quarterback ever and is probably the most popular college player in recent years which means that he has his fair share of Tebow haters out there.
Here are my thoughts on the pick.
I canâ€™t figure out how a guy that supposed to be drafted in the third round two weeks ago leaps to the first round. Now I know Denver brought him in for a workout and I know that he probably could make â€œall of the throwsâ€ but Tebow comes from a college offense that isnâ€™t well suited for the pros. While he was a great college runner, his 4.74 speed wonâ€™t cause incredible fear in the pro game as he can be run down by most linebackers and some defensive ends.
In Florida he had very poor mechanics with a very elongated release that would cause serious problems in the NFL. Of course in a couple of weeks he managed to make his release a lot more compact which won him a lot of praise for changing it so soon (and created some questions about Urban Meyers ability to coach a quarterback). In Florida he tended to lock onto a receiver and rarely wet through multiple reads before tucking it and running.
His fans will say that he is a really hard worker on and off the field and letâ€™s be honest, few NFL games he will be in will be more pressure packed than two BCS Championship games or his games versus Florida State (than again, those probably were more like practicing against Floridaâ€™s scout defense considering the state of FSU football right now).
I keep hearing that Josh McDaniels will essentially redshirt Tim Tebow in 2010, coach him, and let him compete for a backup role in 2011 with the idea that he can compete for the starting job in 2013. This makes a lot of sense as it what Green Bay did with Aaron Rodgers and look how that turned out. Unless of course you have and 8-8 team and just traded away your franchise quarterback last season, your franchise receiver and a really good pass catching tight end this season. In other words, this makes a lot of sense if Andy Reid had done it, if Mike Shanahan had done it (even in Washington), if Bill Bilichick had done it but not so much when Josh McDaniels does it. The Denver Broncos have a lot of immediate needs on both offense and defense than quarterback in the first round. First round draft picks are supposed to start now, not in a couple of years. You donâ€™t reach in the first round unless your name is Al Davis.
The Denver Broncos better get off to a fast start and sustain it this year; otherwise the fans and media will start calling for Tebow to play before he is ready. That could be a disaster for everyone involved.
Apparently Tim Tebow had a really bad first practice at the Senior Bowl. Since I have a disproportionate amount of Florida State Seminoles fans who read this site, I thought I would toss in the juicy bits below.
But when he showed up Monday for the first day of heavy scrutiny at the Senior Bowl, all the old alarm bells started ringing at maximum volume — Tebow reportedly flubbed his first snap from center, and it only got uglier from there:
Performing drills with fellow South team quarterbacks Zac Robinson of Oklahoma State and Jarrett Brown of West Virginia, Tebow fumbled the ball at least twice while taking snaps under center.
Later in team drills, Tebow fell into his same old habits â€” holding onto the ball too long, locking onto receivers and throwing wobbly passes.
The scouts noticed.
"He looks like the third QB out there," one NFC South talent evaluator said.
Of course, the two QBs in front of him, Robinson and Brown, also come from shotgun-based spread schemes that featured a steady dose of quarterback-as-runner, and former Texas Tech coach Mike Leach — as prominent an acolyte of the "college spread" as you can find — hilariously mocked the NFL mantra when his prolific protegÃ©, Graham Harrell, met with failing grades from the scouts last spring. ("How could you possibly look yourself in the mirror and consider yourself an NFL coach and not be able to teach a guy to run back three steps, five steps and seven steps? I can teach a child that!")
So start your Tim Tebow comparisons now to other highly touted QBs who could not play in the NFL (or in the CFL for that matter). The easy one is to Steve Spurrier but feel free to add your own. That being said, according to the NFL Network, most teams have him between a first and third round pick, depending on how much value they place on having a wildcat quarterback (it worked well in Philly last year didnâ€™t it).
The NFL season is almost here and I am coming to grips with my ongoing addiction to NFL football. Since it is a changing addiction, I thought I would offer up where I am at this year.
- I am planning to take Thursday and Friday of the NFL draft in 2010 as vacation days.
- I can only follow about 300 people on Twitter without missing Tweets all over the place (hint if someone says they are following 3,000 people, that arenâ€™t following anyone). I have had to make some tough choices on who to cut since I am following @richeisen, @OGochocinco, @YahooSportsNFL @Adam_Schefter, @RealMikeSilver, @SI_PeterKing, @tim_micallef, @Denver_Broncos, and @jamiedukes. Sadly it meant that there were some cuts that had to be made. Iâ€™ll follow @wendycooper, @coopermark, and @mcgrowl in the off season.
- I have recently made a couple of dinner reservations under Steve DeBerg and one under Ron Mexico. Speaking of Mr. Mexico, every time I have ever prepared a sermon, I have looked for an appropriate place to make a Ron Mexico reference and after years of study, I have concluded, there is no appropriate place. That being said, I do think that would make a worthy topic of a Masters thesis.
- I recently re-read Instant Replay by Green Bay Packer great, Jerry Kramer. If you havenâ€™t read it, it is one of the great sports biographies of all time and shows how close those Green Bay Packerâ€™s teams under Vince Lombardi really were.
- I bought Wendy some Denver Broncos ear rings last year for our anniversary (actually she picked them out).
- We woke up to Mark watching the NFL Network last week. I cried a tear of joy.
- Not only did the original pre-season game with Kyle Orton throwing all of those touchdowns make me upset but so did both times I watched the rerun of the game.
- Speaking of Kyle Orton, I am thinking of growing a really bad neck beard as a sign of solidarity.
- Today I got out my combination of John Elway cards, including the 1989 Pro-Set John Elway card, which I count as my favorite card of all time, dusted them off and displayed them in a tacky place to drive Wendy crazy until the Super Bowl is over or she threatens me with a divorce.
- I tried to convince Wendy that we name Oliver, Thurston Goal Cooper. That didnâ€™t go over well either.
Maybe I do need some professional helpâ€¦ at least until the Kyle Orton neck beard grows in.