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Tim Tebow: Get Off His Back and Let Him Play

NEW ORLEANS - JANUARY 01:  Quarterback Tim Tebow #15  hugs head coach Urban Meyer of the Florida Gators after scoring a touchdown against the Cincinnati Bearcats during the Allstate Sugar Bowl at the Louisana Superdome on January 1, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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Tom EdringtonSenior Writer IJanuary 26, 2010

Check out this breaking news in Tuesday's Tampa Tribune:

"Tebow's draft stock tanking."


Or how about the investigative genius that came up with this one:

"The former UF quarterback, arguably the best college football player ever, is projected to fall well out of the first round. Why? Bad form."

You've got to wonder how clever those Tribune wags had to be to come up with those earth-shaking revelations.

Sure, Tebow got de-pantsed by the pro scouts at the Senior Bowl practice on Monday when, of all things, they observed that everyone's All-American had problems taking snaps from under center.

Geez, like no one foresaw that coming.

Here's a guy who spent his Gator life in Urban Meyer's spread. What else would you expect?

Oh, and this just in: Tim Tebow has a bad throwing motion.

Like no one ever watched a Florida game?

"He's a dipper," former University of South Florida offensive coordinator Mike Canales told us last spring. "That's what we call a guy who brings the ball below his waist before he let's it go, it's like he's dipping the tip of the ball in a can of paint. Phillip Rivers was a dipper," observed Canales, who coached Rivers at N.C. State.

Yes, poor Tim is a dipper, and there's not a single verse from the New Testament that can give us a cure for that.


It's not as though anyone who has any scouting experience ever predicted that TT is the second coming of the perfect pocket-passer.

The fact is, today's college football offensive environment is taking all the future Dan Marinos away from us.

Sure, there are some big classic throwers, perhaps someone like Tony Pike from Cincinnati, but to say he's a bit fragile is an understatement. Pike flat out does not like contact, and that's understandable with his battered left forearm.

Sure, you have Jimmy Clausen, a sure first-rounder, and perhaps Sam Bradford from Oklahoma, who has physical vulnerability issues of his own.

But let's get back to Timmy, the guy folks like to pick on.

How can his stock be tanking when some have projected him to go in the fifth round?

Someone's gonna give Superman a shot, no doubt.

Here's a guy who's big, strong, loves contact, has good intelligence, is coachable, and has no character issues.

Perhaps, just perhaps, he falls into that category created by ESPN to describe certain high school players who are top-notch college prospects:


So yes, go ahead and move TT down the draft board. Sure, he's not a classic passer, but he can sure play the game of football.

He's done pretty well for himself the past four years.

First-round pick? Sure, that's a reach, but that's been talked about over the past two years.

Second or third? Who's to say?

You can bet that someone in the NFL would really, really like to have Tim Tebow on his final roster next season.

Falling stock?

Buy low and sell high. Right now they're saying Tebow is "low."

I'll take 10,000 shares of Tim Tebow, Inc., please.

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