Josh McDaniels made headlines everywhere when he traded up to take Tim Tebow. Tebow and McDaniels both are familiar with being in the headlines, so nothing new there. There is a new era in Denver though. The beginning of the process will begin behind closed doors. Tons of questions need to be answered.
Can Tebow make the transition to the NFL?
Has he completely fixed his throwing motion?
Can he read the defenses?
Tebow has already brought of ton of excitement to the Mile High City. With excitement always comes criticism. Criticism is something Tebow has become accustom to. Proving nay-sayers wrong, another thing Tebow has become accustom to.
McDaniels in his first year faced tons of criticism as well. We could go on and on about everything bad said about McDaniels. McDaniels has a chance to prove everyone wrong and make himself look like his mentor. Simply put if Tebow works out McDaniels will look like a genius.
Will it work?
Do I know this for sure?
Of course not.
I know this Tim Tebow wanted to be a Denver Bronco and McDaniels wanted him to be one.
McDaniels is a quarterback guy and helped groom Brady and Cassel. Now he gets a chance to groom Tebow. According to draft gurus Kiper and McShay he will never cut it in the NFL. It will take four years or longer for Tebow to be ready if you ask them. McDaniels doesn't have four years to wait for Tebow to see the field. He knows this. The pair of Tebow and McD will work together and work together well.
Everyone remembers the famous John Elway helicopter dive for a first down in the Super Bowl. Ladies and Gentleman Tim Tebow is that type of player. He will put his body on the line for the Denver Broncos every time he steps on to the field.
I look at Tebow and I have to look at the positives. This guy is a winner and that says a lot more than a bad throwing motion. He has everything that you can't coach. The drive to be the best. When Tebow offered to pay out of pocket to stay in Denver to get to work immediately, one name came to mind. Jay Cutler, I bet the thought of something like this never crossed his mind. Tebow while working on his throwing motion was going out and taking 900 snaps a day to make it muscle memory. This is the work ethic he will bring to the Broncos.
Vince Young isn't the most outstanding or fundamentally sound quarterback, but he wins. I don't see any reason why Tebow can't be a great quarterback in the NFL. No one was raving about Young's ability to read coverages when he came out.
McDaniels runs a shotgun style system Tebow should adapt to quickly. Sixty-eight percent of our passing plays were from shotgun. We have a dominant left and right tackle to help protect Tebow. We just added two big targets throughout the draft and depth to our interior line. Tebow wasn't drafted to be groomed for three years. I don't see him playing his first year, though he will be given an opportunity to win the job. Kyle Orton's contract runs out this year and Tebow will have a year of study and game film to learn from.
Jamarcus Russel, Jay Cutler, Josh Freeman, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Brady Quinn, Mark Sanchez, Chad Henne, Matt Cassel, Matt Hasselback, Marc Bulger, Matt Stafford, and Jake Delhomme all have QB ratings under 80 for the 2009 season. I remember Kiper bashing Cutler and bashing the Dolphins for passing on Quinn.
It doesn't matter what Kiper and McShay have to say. It all comes down to how hard the player wants to work once he joins an NFL organization. We just drafted the hardest working young man to come out in years. Hard work will beat talent when talent doesn't work hard.(Tebow has talent though) Jamarcus Russel and Jay Cutler have all the talent in the world, but they just don't apply it.
I'm looking forward to when the new No. 15 steps onto the field.
I will leave you this. Tim Tebow will not let himself fail.