Will Tebow Be An NFL Bust?

Steve WatersContributor IIJanuary 8, 2010


Time magazine recently dubbed the last ten years as “The decade from hell."  It has also been named as “The Reckoning”, “The Decade of Broken Dreams", and even “The Lost Decade”.


For many, the years between and including 2000 and 2009 will be infamously remembered for terrorism, wars, some of the planets' worst-ever natural disasters, the death of the most famous man in the world, and many other tragic events.


However, there were also some great events which happened in “The Noughties” such as the incredible growth and development in technology, America’s first ever black president, and the witnessing of the worlds fastest man, Asafa Powell. These are all things which we will remember, but unfortunately, the bad always seems to outshine the good.


Tim Tebow will surely go down as one of the greatest college football players of all time, but how will his professional career be remembered? Sports writers and armchair experts seem to be equally divided about how they feel Tebows' pro career will go. Many,  including NFL analyst Mel Kiper Jr. and former NFL Coach Brian Billick, think that due to his “flawed mechanics” he will join guys like Archie Griffin, Jason White, and Andre Ware on that long list of great College players who where NFL busts.


Then there are many others who believe he will succeed, including former NFL head coaches Tony Dungy and Jon Gruden, who has even gone as fair as saying that Tim could even “revolutionize” the pro game.


As 2007 Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow’s career started off in controversy. He was home schooled by his mother and that meant that, due to Florida law, he could participate for any high school in his district. He played for a few schools before finding success with Nease Panthers. People would complain that it was unfair. 


When he became a Florida Gator in 2006 he already had a reputation as one of the best high school players in the Nation and he would then go on to be known as one of the best college players. In his three seasons as a starter with The Gators his record was a highly impressive 35-6.


Many have raised the question of Tebow's ability to be a full-time quarterback in the NFL. The adjustments will be very difficult, but he does have the natural size and speed. He has also shown what a great leader he is and his character has never been in question, but what about those “mechanics”?


Critics have been quick to point out that he isn’t overly accurate, has a wind up delivery style, and that he carries the ball low and behind him. Surely that means work, but if his mechanics were so bad, he wouldn’t have been the success he was in college, would he? It may take some development, but I think he could go on to be one of the best quarterbacks in the game. 


The time it could take to develop Tim into an NFL Quarterback may keep him from going in the first round. We do not know at this stage whose roster he will be on, but many say he will be staying in “The Sunshine State” and join the Jacksonville Jaguars, due to the belief that he would help put an end to their low attendances.This would suggest that they would be keen to make him a starter as quickly as possible.


Other suggestions have included the rebuilding Buffalo Bills, New England Patriots, Washington Redskins, or Seattle Seahawks. It certainly will be an interesting draft.