Tim Tebow—man among boys.
It’s said every time, in just about every imaginable way possible. Tim Tebow is a great athlete, a scholar, and most assuredly a leader. The media have proclaimed him their most recent darling.
But this author has found a need to bring this revelation: Tim Tebow will do NOTHING in the NFL.
How can that be so categorically stated, you ask? This isn’t a Tebow bashing like you think, but a reality check into what is really going on.
You see, his college career so far has been spectacular, winning a Heisman Trophy and a couple National Championships. He has been surrounded by world-class talent and given the best coaching money can buy. But is he a product of great genes and a passion to win, or of a system designed to inflate statistics?
Urban Meyer, upon being hired at Florida in 2005, installed an offense known simply as the Spread. It is an offense that constantly uses three wideouts and a running back, while the quarterback lines up in shotgun formation. It leaves open the possibility of running the option to keep defenses honest. It is an offense most college defenses are simply not adept to handle. It is an offense that makes quarterbacks momentarily immortal.
Another well respected college coach, Jeff Tedford of Cal, has been known to take average passers and have them churn out gaudy numbers because of his quarterback-friendly system. I submit to you the following names of “highly touted prospects” coached by Tedford: Aaron Rodgers, Kyle Boller, Joey Harrington, Akili Smith, and Trent Dilfer. Enough said.
So far, Meyer has produced Alex Smith, a former number one overall draft pick. His play so far hasn’t materialized into anything but mediocrity. Will Tebow follow suit?
Tebow, for his career, has amassed 6,391 yards passing and 67 touchdowns along with 11 interceptions. He also ran for 2,037 yards and 43 touchdowns in a little over two and a half years. Awesome numbers.
Alex Smith racked up 5,203 yards with 47 touchdowns versus eight interceptions to go with 1072 yards rushing in the same time frame.
Pretty similar stats when you take into consideration that Smith attempted 61 less passes and ran 189 fewer times.
But what does Coach Meyer say about Tebow?
"I think [Tebow] is very similar to Alex Smith," Meyer has been quoted saying by ESPN.com. Even Meyer himself is making the correlation easier with every word coming out of his mouth.
We have seen that Alex Smith has not been able to translate his success in college up to the NFL ranks. We have seen that pupils of these passer-friendly college offenses tend to become busts.
Will Tebow follow in Smith’s footsteps? This author says yes. Just remember, I didn’t want to say I told you so. So I’ll just say you heard it here first.
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