Tim Tebow Discusses Training, QB Mechanics and More in ESPN Exclusive

Jesse ReedCorrespondent IJanuary 6, 2014

FOXBORO, MA - JULY 26: Tim Tebow #5 throws during the first day of New England Patriots Training Camp at Gillette Stadium on July 26, 2013 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
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As Tim Tebow embarks on an exciting new journey as an ESPN college football analyst, his focus remains on becoming an NFL quarterback. 

"Every day I push myself to the limit," Tebow said, in an exclusive interview with ESPN's Trent Dilfer, "I'm going to work. I'm going to strive." 

Working with performance analysts Tom House and Adam Dedeaux, Tebow continues to put in plenty of hard work to get his mechanics (which have long been a key source of his struggles as a passer) in order.

"The [Tom] Bradys and the [Drew] Breeses are showing up to get one percent better," House said, "I conservatively was looking at 20 to 25 percent better with Tim."

"I remember looking at Tom and saying, 'We got some work to do,'" Dedeaux said, recalling when he started working with Tebow, "because I'm seeing a lot of mechanical issues, a lot of timing issues."

Those mechanical and timing issues are not new to those who have studied the quarterback since his college days. The lefty has always displayed an extremely elongated delivery, and he often got the ball out to his receivers just a bit too late, resulting in easy breakups for defenders—or worse.

He's been working hard to correct these issues since coming out of Florida back in 2010, yet they have persisted—nay, they appear to have gotten worse—over time. 

For this reason, many NFL analysts in the media have concluded Tebow will never be able to fix them, including Bleacher Report's Mike Freeman, who adds: "Someone will use Tebow as a prop, a ticket-seller, then they will see what Elway and Ryan and McDaniels and Belichick did. They will see, unfortunately, that it's over for Tim Tebow."

It's been well over four months since the New England Patriots cut the embattled quarterback on Aug. 31, before the start of the 2013 regular season.

Tebow finished the 2013 preseason having completed just 36.7 percent of his passes (11-of-30) for 145 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions. He was also sacked seven times in limited work, and even the most loyal fans had to admit he looked out of his element. 

PHILADELPHIA, PA - AUGUST 09:   Tim Tebow #5 of the New England Patriots drops back to throw as Emmanuel Acho #53 of the Philadelphia Eagles defends on August 9, 2013 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennslyvania.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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Therefore, it hasn't been a shock that Tebow remained unsigned throughout the 2013 NFL season, even though there were plenty of opportunities for teams to sign him, thanks to injuries. 

Equally unsurprising is the fact that he still pursues his dream of playing quarterback in the NFL.

But it hasn't been easy.

"There are a lot of times—when you're just being honest about it—when it can get tiring, it can get a little frustrating, and you have to find that place inside of you that wants it," Tebow told Dilfer.

Tebow clearly wants it, and he's confident about his progress.

"I feel like I'm the best that I've ever been as a quarterback right now. I hope I get the opportunity to show that," he said when accepting the job with ESPN, per the Associated Press via ESPN.com. "But I'm also looking forward to being part of 'SEC Nation' and part of ESPN."

The question remains: Will any NFL team want Tebow?

With the 2014 NFL draft coming up in May, most teams that need quarterback help are likely more interested in developing a young, moldable player than taking on a veteran project like Tebow.

FOXBORO, MA - JUNE 11: Tim Tebow #5 of the New England Patriots talks with offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Josh McDaniels during minicamp at Gillette Stadium on June 11, 2013 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
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Perhaps if Josh McDaniels lands one of the vacant head-coaching positions he'll bring his disciple along for the ride. He's the one who drafted Tebow No. 25 overall in 2010, and he convinced New England's Bill Belichick to give the beleaguered quarterback another chance this past summer.

Barring that unlikely scenario, it's hard to imagine we'll see Tebow playing in the NFL any time soon. 


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