Tim Tebow: Nothing More Than a System Quarterback

Bill DowSenior Analyst IJanuary 1, 2008

With a successful field goal, Michigan extended its lead to six points heading into the final two minutes of the Capitol One Bowl against Florida.

Florida then put the ball in the hands of Heisman-winning quarterback Tim Tebow, who didn't disappoint all those who had doubted him.

With the length of the football field to go, Tebow's options were limited—especially his ability to scramble and run.

Realizing this, the Gators put the ball in the air four straight times, and the sophomore quarterback couldn't complete any of his attempts.

Credit the Wolverine defense for the coverage, but this situation, like others earlier in the year, shows how one-dimensional Tim Tebow really is.

On the final drive of the LSU game in early October, Tebow went 1-5 with an intentional grounding call. His only highlight was a 21-yard scramble that put the ball near midfield.

Tebow won the Heisman because of the numbers he posted on the ground, as he became the only quarterback in NCAA history to throw for 20 touchdowns and run for 20 more.

His talent is in his legs, in other words—not his arm

And the reason Tebow has so much success running the football?

The spread offense, which opens up the field for the ground game.

Tim Tebow reminds me a lot of Michael Vick, minus the dogfighting—he's a mobile QB who's flourished in a spread system.

But is he a top-tier quarterback? Has he had success in the pocket?

No and no.

When Tebow has had to throw the football, he has been mediocre. When he can't just run for the first down, he struggles—badly.

Without Florida's scramble-friendly system, in fact, Superman would look a heck of a lot like a less-talented Jake Locker.