Enough has been made of Tebow’s terrible delivery. I would like to explore three other reasons why he is overrated.
1. His intangibles are not that great.
Tim Tebow talks about how hard he works studying the x’s and o’s of football. He says he knows the West Coast and Run 'n' Shoot offenses as well as he knows Meyer’s. During the fall, he took one class and went to every single team position meeting and allegedly lived in the film room.
Yet, playing in a relatively simple offense surrounded by a ton of talent, he made terrible decisions. He would often stare at one receiver, and then if he was still covered when pressure came, he would take off or throw into coverage somewhere else.
This occurred when he had Riley Cooper, Aaron Hernandez, Rainey, Demps, and Moody at his disposal and was facing relatively simple college defenses. What happens when he faces Rex Ryan and his ilk?
Tebow may be a hard worker in some areas, but there is no defense for the fact that his throwing motion has not improved since he was 16. Either he didn’t do everything he could to fix it and he is lazy/ stupid, or he couldn’t fix it and in that case will never be able to.
Also, Tebow is likely not that smart. He got an 890 on his SAT putting him in the 29th percentile. He’s no JaMarcus, but there’s no reason to think he will quickly pick up complex NFL offenses. His Wonderlic may raise flags.
Florida was in the Red Zone 41 times in 2009 against SEC competition. They scored touch downs 29 percent of the time. Arkansas had TD’s 70 percent of the time. When the field’s smaller, reads are harder and the pressure is on, Tebow fails.
2. He will not be a running threat in the NFL.
Tim Tebow is not very agile and will not run faster than 4.70. NFL linebackers will be bigger and as fast or faster than him. If he tries running through Patrick Willis like it’s Rennie Curran, he will get hurt very quickly. Don’t call him McNabb or V. Young.
They are both considerably quicker than he is. Tebow has also failed to show he can throw accurately throw on the run. When the left side of Florida’s line was exposed, and teams started blitzing him more Tebow was unable to evade the pressure and hit open men.
3. He’s passing stats are not good.
These stats are both from 2009 SEC East Quarterbacks against SEC competition.
A. 8 TDs - 5 INTs, 172 ypg, 8.0 ypa
B. 14 TDs- 6 INTs, 211 ypg, 6.9 ypa
Tebow is A. and B. is Mr. Jonathan Crompton.
Tebow was surrounded by much more talent and had his mobility going for him. His numbers are not more impressive than those of Crompton, who is lucky to be playing in the Texas vs. the Nation All Star Game and is projected as a fifth rounder