Ndamukong Suh and Tim Tebow are getting a lot of publicity this week, as they both represent their respective teams right now.
Ndamukong Suh is strong, powerful and young, and is starting to get a reputation about him that is both good and bad.
Tim Tebow is a young QB that has a lot of obstacles to overcome if he wants to be successful, but does great in clutch situations.
When comparing them both, though, it's not even close who is going to have the better career. Suh has everything around him that helps him, while Tebow has more obstacles than help around him.
Here are a couple reasons why Suh has got Tebow beat.
This isn't to say Tim Tebow isn't talented, but Suh is just light years away. He can blow away a guard or a center with his strength and is one of the strongest players at his position. He also has enough speed to get to a QB after blowing past his guy.
On top of that, Suh is only in his second year at a position that usually takes three to four years to adjust to in the NFL. His production may have dropped off this year, but that has a lot more to do with offenses adjusting for him than something that is his fault.
Tim Tebow, on the other hand, is in his second year at a position that can take years to learn. It's the hardest position to adjust to and requires him to be nearly perfect. Tebow's talent is more of a tight end/running back with some throwing skills.
If he can make the transition successfully, he will be a success. However, it's going to take a lot of work, something Suh doesn't have to worry about.
Currently, Suh has a lot of players on defense with a lot of talent, and young. The Lions defensive line is very dangerous, which helps Suh be able to get more pressure and more numbers. The Lions secondary is still in need of some more talent, but they are a couple of steps away from a good defense.
The Broncos, on the other hand, have little talent on Offense. Moreno is proving to be a first round bust. Their receivers are mediocre to poor. Their offensive line has some talent, but not much consistency. Meaning this is another struggle that Tebow will have to overcome to performing better. While Suh will get the help of his defense, instead of having to overcome for their deficiencies.
The biggest complaint lodged against Tim Tebow is his throwing motion. There's also his ability to read a defense and the knowledge of when to stay in the pocket, as well as his internal snap clock (like on his hail mary pass against the Chargers).
In order to be a good QB, Tebow has to overcome all of these things, learn how to do them and execute properly.
Suh doesn't have to do that. Suh was praised coming out of college for already having great and solid fundamentals at the DT position. His ability to get his hands low and push guards and centers back first is key in being able to over match opponents.
This isn't a strike against either coach; just to point out each head coach's strengths.
Jim Schwartz is a defensive coach; specifically a defensive line specialty. He was behind the strong defensive lines of Tennessee and is one of the main reasons the line in Detroit is as talented and good as it is.
He in Detroit is a blessing for Suh, who can learn from one of the best in the business.
John Fox is also a defensive coach. Though he is a good one, that doesn't play to Tebow's hand. Fox won't be able to assist Tebow through his learning process, as their focus is on two opposite parts of the team.
That isn't a strike or fault of either person, but it hurts Tebow's ability to overcome the already mounting obstacles against his ability to become a good QB.
Whereas Suh already has everything at his disposal to be great and continue to be great, Tebow has to work for everything he wants, and if he does overcome his obstacles, he may not have the pieces around him to stay great.