Did Playing for Urban Meyer Hurt Tim Tebow?

Stacey MicklesCorrespondent IIFebruary 24, 2010

NEW ORLEANS - JANUARY 01:  Quarterback Tim Tebow #15 of the Florida Gators throws a pass against the Cincinnati Bearcats during the Allstate Sugar Bowl at the Louisana Superdome on January 1, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
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Shocking question isn’t it? We are talking about the former Heisman Trophy winner being hurt by the coach who loves him dearly, but that’s what some NFL experts and critics are saying.


A few days ago, we found out that Tim Tebow was about to change his throwing stance in order to make himself an NFL quarterback. You got to give the kid credit for even trying this.


But you have to ask yourself, would he have been better off at another school; say Alabama? For all his lack of skill as a head coach, two of Mike Shula’s recruits, John Parker Wilson and Brodie Croyle, are both in the NFL. Croyle even started at one point for the Kansas City Chiefs.


Shula almost got Tebow to wear a crimson uniform. Shula knew how to coach quarterbacks; that’s why he has a job in the NFL now with the Jacksonville Jaguars as their quarterback coach.


 But most NFL experts think that Tim Tebow won’t even play quarterback in the NFL. Not because Tebow isn’t capable, but the style and system he played in, did not prepare him well for the NFL.


Shula and Nick Saban for that matter, both ran pro offenses. Although he hasn’t been successful yet as an NFL quarterback, Nick Saban helped Jamarcus Russell become a No. 1 quarterback in the NFL; not because he had the greatest throwing arm, but because he ran a pro style offense.


Another thing that hurts Tebow is Alex Smith. Smith, who played quarterback under Meyer while at Utah, has been unsuccessful as an NFL quarterback. Although the 49ers took him first a few years ago, he probably won’t have a starting job this year.


Maybe it’s not Tebow or Meyer, maybe it’s just Florida. The NFL seems to be a grave yard for Florida qb’s; Rex Grossman, Danny Wuerffel, Jesse Palmer, and now maybe Tebow.


Florida has always been a system school when it came to their offenses. Most quarterbacks coming out of high school thought, if you want to play high power offense, you go to Florida. But now some experts are starting to whisper, if you are a quarterback should you go to Florida?


Would it be more beneficial to be the starting quarterback at USC, Alabama, or Texas ? If Tim Tebow doesn’t make it as an NFL quarterback, those whispers about Urban Meyer and Florida, are only going to get louder.