College Football

Why Urban Meyer Is Right to Call Braxton Miller More Talented Than Tim Tebow

September 8, 2012; Columbus, OH, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback Braxton Miller (5) throws a pass  before the game against the UCF Knights at Ohio Stadium.  Mandatory Credit: Greg Bartram-US PRESSWIRE
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Randy ChambersAnalyst ISeptember 20, 2012

Tim Tebow and Urban Meyer will forever be linked, as they won two SEC championships together, two BCS national championships and many other awards along the way, including a Heisman Trophy.

The success Meyer had with Tebow really put the head coach in a different class, as many began to view him as one of the greatest college coaches of this generation.

Well, Meyer seems to have moved on from the quarterback that everybody either loves or hates (via Lori Schmidt of 97.1 The Fan):

OSU's Urban Meyer tells 97.1 The Fan that QB Braxton Miller has more talent than Tim Tebow, but Tebow was more "of a grinder."

— Lori Schmidt (@LoriSchmidt) September 20, 2012

While this may seem like a slap in the face to many Florida Gator fans (those who already feel ill will toward Meyer), the head coach is absolutely right.

Tebow was never a true quarterback; he was more of a running back that had a strong arm. His footwork was horrendous, and his mechanics were all out of whack. He also had such a long release and was painfully inaccurate with the football.

It was because of his leadership and determination that he succeeded at the collegiate level. 

The Florida quarterback also had more weapons at his disposal than Braxton Miller currently has at Ohio State. Players such as Percy Harvin, Louis Murphy and speedster running backs Chris Rainey and Jeff Demps helped Tebow along the way.

Miller, on the other hand, has the same exact running ability as Tebow, but he has much better speed and is able to make defenders miss in the open field.

As far as throwing the football goes, Miller has more upside as well. He throws the ball with more velocity, steps into his throws and has a much better throwing motion that Meyer will be able to work with. 

In the little amount of time that Meyer has worked with Miller, the quarterback has increased his completion percentage by nearly seven percent, is making better decisions with the football and has thrown more than half the amount of touchdowns he did last season.

The scary part is that Meyer has the rest of this season—and possibly two more years—to turn this guy into a monster for NFL scouts to drool over.

There are certain players and coaches who just seem to go together. When you think of Phil Jackson, Michael Jordan is somebody who comes to mind. When you remember the days of Bill Walsh, you automatically think of Joe Montana.

Well, when we think of Urban Meyer, Tim Tebow should be the guy that pops into your head. Only time will tell if that will change to Braxton Miller. 

Tebow has had to work for everything he has earned, as he still has to prove to the New York Jets that he is a real starting quarterback. He wasn't born with the natural gifts that Miller has.

Now the only trick left for the Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback is to develop the type of work ethic that Tebow has.

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