Tim Tebow: 5 Reasons to Believe Denver Broncos QB Can Still Succeed in NFL

Eitan KatzAnalyst IIAugust 8, 2011

Tim Tebow: 5 Reasons to Believe Denver Broncos QB Can Still Succeed in NFL

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    Tim Tebow is involved in one of the bigger stories of this offseason because of his battle for the starting position with teammate Kyle Orton. While some believe that Tebow does not have the tools to succeed in the NFL, I think that there are five clear indications that he will succeed.

    Playing in the NFL is no small task, and the fact that he may not have the ability to succeed yet is understandable. After all, he is only 23 years old.

    Being as popular as Tebow is and having his college pedigree, it is easy for people to nitpick. They wonder why he hasn't been able to transition his game to the pros better. They wonder why he hasn't improved his throwing mechanics.

    Folks, I have something to tell you. It takes time.

    Tom Brady wasn't ready out of college. Aaron Rodgers wasn't read out of college. Hell, even Peyton Manning, a No. 1 overall pick, struggled coming out of college. Manning threw 28 interceptions in his first season, 28!

    So everyone take a deep breath, relax and read on to find out the five reasons why Tim Tebow can still succeed in the NFL.

5. Tim Tebow Was a Terrific College Quarterback for the Florida Gators

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    I know, I know, playing well in college doesn't automatically mean that you will be successful in the pros, but how many guys have there been that were as successful as Tim Tebow during his University of Florida years?

    The kid was a destructive force. He was able to take over the game in pretty much every conceivable way. His leadership was unquestioned, but it was his talent that shined brightest on game day.

    (Taken from Gatorzone.com)

    CAREER PASSING STATISTICS

    Year    Att    Cmp  Yds      Pct.   Int   TDs  

    2006    33     22     358      66.7     1      5      

    2007    317   234   3,132   68.5     6     32   

    2008    298   192   2,746   64.4     4     30    

    2009    314   213   2,895   67.8     5     21   

    Tot.:     995  661 9,285     66.4     16     88    

     

    CAREER RUSHING STATISTICS

    Year    No.       Yds    Avg.   TDs Long

    2006    89         469    5.3       8      29

    2007   210        895    4.3      23     25

    2008   176        673    3.8      12     26

    2009   217        910    4.2      14     55

    Tot.:   692      2,947  4.3      57     55

    I guess this is the part where I say, "Yes, those numbers are all real."

    Look at those beauties. In 2007, he had 55 total touchdowns! That number is ridiculous. Totally unheard of.

    So no, his magical numbers don't transfer to the NFL. But anyone who says that he doesn't have the talent to succeed is kidding themselves. Tebow may be one of the greatest college quarterbacks in football history, and he did it in one of the toughest conferences in college football today.

4. Tim Tebow Has Proven Himself on the Big Stage

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    In four years as a part of the University of Florida football program, Tim Tebow won two national championships.

    In 2007, his first year as a starter, Tebow became the first player in Division I NCAA Football history to record 20 passing touchdowns and 20 rushing touchdowns in the same season. He didn't stop there though. Tebow finished with 32 passing touchdowns and 23 rushing touchdowns. Incredible.

    Tebow was rewarded with the Heisman Trophy, an award given to the best player in college football that season.

    The year ended in disappointment, though, as the Gators were unable to duplicate their championship success from 2006.

    2008 was a different story though. Tebow started off the year with a promise, and he delivered on that promise, winning his second national championship in just three years and his first as a starter. The Gators defeated the Oklahoma Sooners and their star quarterback, Sam Bradford.

    In 2009, Tebow let his team down with a poor performance in the SEC championship game.

    The fact remains, though, that Tebow has proven what so many other quarterbacks have never proven: that he can win on the big stage.

    While that may not seem so important now, if one day the Denver Broncos do make the playoffs, Tim Tebow will be ready.

3. Tim Tebow Is Second to None When It Comes to Being a Team Leader

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    Tim Tebow is one of the best team leaders in sports today.

    He will never make excuses, and he always expects perfection. Not only from himself but from everyone around him. When Tebow speaks, his teammates will listen, because they know that when the time comes, he will always be there for them. He's got everyone's back.

    This speech was delivered at halftime of the 2008 BCS National Championship Game. The game was tied 7-7, and Tebow hadn't been playing all that well in the first half. It took two drives, but Tebow did what he said he would.

    He led them down the field for a touchdown to give them a seven-point lead in what was a surprisingly low-scoring game.

    The important thing is this. You hear all the time about how players "go to war" for this guy, or "hate playing" for this guy.

    Well, Tim Tebow is someone who teammates like to go to war with.

    And in the NFL, sometimes that is half the battle.

2. Tim Tebow Was Pretty Good Last Season in Only Three NFL Games

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    Tim Tebow gets a bad rap in NFL circles as a player who doesn't have the tools to be a legitimate starting quarterback.

    What is all of this information based on?

    The fact that he has a funky throwing motion? He's not the most accurate quarterback in the world, I will grant you that. But he did a very good job of masking his deficiencies when he played last season.

    In three games as the starter, Tebow had a 5-3 TD:INT, threw for more than 650 yards and ran for three scores. If you include the rushing touchdowns, that 8-3 TD:INT looks pretty damn good, doesn't it.

    Those numbers aren't including the two rushing touchdowns he accumulated earlier in the year as part of a special goal-line package.

    So he lost two out of three games. Big deal. He was playing for the Denver Broncos for goodness sake!

    There have been a lot worse professional debuts than the one that Time Tebow had last season. If you are going to tell me that he is a terrible quarterback, that's fine. But show me the proof.

1. Tim Tebow Is Only 23 Years Old, and He Has a Long Career Ahead of Him

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    Tim Tebow is still a kid. And 23 years old is way too soon to judge an NFL player, especially when they have only started three games.

    Like I wrote in the introductory slide, Tom Brady wasn't playing in his first season, Aaron Rodgers wasn't playing in his first season, and Peyton Manning, who did play in his first season, threw 28 interceptions.

    So it isn't all so clear that you can determine how good a quarterback is this early.

    Brady and Rodgers have done pretty well for themselves, wouldn't you say?

    If Tebow struggles if given the chance to start this season (he is currently No. 2 on the depth chart), and he fails to improve going into next year, then and only then should you start to worry that he can't play.

    Until then, let him develop like all quarterbacks do. Let him work on his chemistry with his receivers, and let him do it in peace.

    As they say, "Rome wasn't built in one day."

     

    Thanks for reading!

    Let me know what you think in the comments section below, and let's try not to make this a religious conversation. Tebow is a football player, so let's stick to football. Thanks!

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