When I was a teenager My Stepfather owned an “Appendix Quarterhorse” (3/4 Thoroughbred- ¼ Quarterhorse) we lovingly called Hazz, short for hazard. His actual papered name was “Son of No Regret”. His father “No Regret” has finished 3rd in the Kentucky Derby in the late 60's, and Hazz took
after his progeneter. He was fast as lightning and hyper as a caffeine addict on a triple shot double espresso!
Hazard, or “Hazz” got his nick name from his behavior when he was held back from doing what he did best; run. As a kid I ran him in a lot of arena events like barrel racing, pole bending etc, and anytime he saw the arena or a track he would start dancing sideways and jigging himself into a frenzy. He would unwittingly bump into stuff and knock it over including people if you held his head too long. Many times doing menial “horse” stuff he seemed unfocused and scatterbrained, not the sleek running machine that he was born to be.
So what has that got to do with anything football or Tebow?
Born a Winner:
Tim Tebow was born a winner, and a leader. Abilities like his are, excuse the term, God given. Like a thoroughbreds breeding they are in the blood, second nature, just what they are. Like my childhood steed, Tim Tebow’s makeup drives him to do one thing Perform. Whether it is running for a first down or making the deep throw for a score, Tim is disinterested in the mundane. Doing what it takes to succeed is what drives him.
Like “hazard” seeing the track Tebow raises his game when the snaps are in earnest. And like a thoroughbred he knows how to do it only one way, his way. Troy Aikmen recently commented on a broadcast: “… if it works why change it?”.
Give him his Head: (easy sickos lol)
While tweeking Tim’s delivery and ‘reining him in’ as a ‘pocket passer’ can help his overall development, at some point you will be forced to just give him his head and let him run, figuratively and in some cases literally. Tebow’s natural abilities and instincts have served him his whole life. There is not reason based argument against them working now. Holding back Tim Tebow’s basic nature has more risk than letting him have his head. So far he has shown flashes of brilliance; mostly at times he is being the Florida Tebow, not a media concocted shadow of him.
A Born Leader:
Another thing you can’t coach or learn is charisma and leadership on the level Tebow possesses. It’s just in you or not, a part of your ‘soul’ or it isn’t. Tim Tebow is one of those people who command attention, not from some ego centric need but from his mere presense. There is a reason that even hardened veterans and Hall Of Famers flock to him when he enters a room.
Another childhood flashback involved long pack trips into Utah and Montana wilderness areas. When “Hazz” was anywhere but the front of the line he never really did very well, and was not a very good ride. As leader of a pack string he lead out with amazing energy and determination, in direct contrast to how he did anywhere but the front. Not to beat a dead horse metaphor, but it was in his blood. He was a born leader.
Steve Young, Tebow’s most logical comparison, in style and talent, was the same way. His play when backing up Montana was radical and inconsistent at times as a second stringer but when given the start and allowed to be “Steve” he excelled to Hall of Fame status and still holds the completion and QB rating marks for a season.
In my opinion we will never see the full measure of Tebow as a NFL Quarterback until we let him loose and let him run. No matter how willing, some people just don’t do second very well. Their drive to succeed and ingrained mentality just are very conducive to riding the bench. Given the opportunity, I believe Tebow will blossom into a great starting quarterback with the tools to be an exciting playmaker, He just needs to be allowed to be himself.
All horse allegories aside, Tim Tebow may be better served to just give him his head and let him run!
Oops! I guess I had one more.