While Tebow is selling more jerseys than any other player in the NFL, Bronco fans and others have been acting like he is a failure if he doesn't start and lead the Denver Broncos to the playoffs in 2010.
Fact of the matter is Tebow will do neither in 2010, but that doesn't make him a failure.
NFL fans today are too impatient and expect instant progress and results.
Unfortunately, over 90% of the time the world doesn't work that way.
One of the biggest obstacles Tebow needs to overcome is his unorthodox throwing motion. So far, Tebow has taken two big steps towards becoming a great NFL QB.
1. Acknowledging that there is a problem in the way he throws the ball.
2. Working hard to improve his delivery and the way he throws the ball.
If Tebow truly believed there was nothing wrong with the way he threw the ball, he would have never even had a reason to show-case his new and improved throwing style.
Tebow's throwing motion has prompted many Tebow homers and Broncomaniacs to compare him to other QBs with awkward throwing motions: namely Brett Favre, Steve Young, and Phillip Rivers.
Sure these three QBs had unorthodox throwing motions coming into the league, but all three eventually improved, or even out-right changed the way they threw the ball.
Anyone who compares Tebow to Favre, Young, or Rivers needs to ask themselves one question.
What were these other QBs doing their rookie year?
Steve Young played in five games for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers his first year in the NFL. He would throw three TDs and eight interceptions, posting a 56.9 QB rating. The Bucs would release him after only two seasons. He would later be picked up by the 49ers, where he would sit on the bench for four years behind Joe Montana before starting his first game.
Brett Favre was drafted early in the second round (33rd overall). His rookie year he had five attempts, zero completions, and two interceptions, including one which was returned for a TD. Falcons coach Jerry Glanville proclaimed Favre was "uncoachable" and he was released after only one year in the NFL. He would later be picked up by the Green Bay Packers and go on to have an outstanding career.
Phillip Rivers, after being drafted early in the 1st round in 2004, sat on the bench for two years before seeing the field. Then, he would be eased into the starting QB role behind one of the best running games in the league, before becoming the QB he was the last few years.
There is a pattern here.
None of these QBs did anything significant their first two years in the NFL. And only one, the one who wasn't rushed into playing, stayed with his original team.
The three models many Tim Tebow homers try to compare him to show exactly why he will not have success as a rookie. Hell, if I were a Bronco fan I wouldn't even want him to see the field as a rookie.
I'm not suggesting Tebow's faith will help him in the NFL, but the bible preaches patience, and that is what Tebow will need.
With patience, given his college record and achievements, Tim Tebow is completely capable of being a successful NFL QB one day.
It takes time to learn an NFL playbook and new terminology, to adjust to the speed of the NFL, and to build comradery with teammates. This cannot be done in a single off-season, and often takes years.
Without patience from Bronco coaches and fans, Tebow is likely the next first round bust QB. Either that or he will be cut prematurely with a chance at success with his second team like Steve Young and Brett Favre.
The only way that Tim Tebow lives up to the hype is if he sits on the bench and learns from Kyle Orton for a few years. That is why Tim Tebow will not see success in 2010.
But who knows, maybe we will see him in the Pro-Bowl in 2013.
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