Mike Lombardi has more than 20 years experience as an accomplished NFL executive. He writes the popular "Diner Morning News" column for National Football Post. In his Tuesday column, he took a great look at Tim Tebow and how he could very well be similar to Steve Young.
It is well time to get an expert opinion in this hotly-debated issue of Tim Tebow and the NFL draft.
He's the talk of the town in Mobile, the talk of the nation, the talk of the NFL draft, and you know that's none other than former Florida quarterback Tim Tebow.
While everyone from NFL scouts to ordinary fans debate Tebow's potential as an NFL quarterback prospect, it was most refreshing to read a great take from Mike Lombardi in this past Tuesday's National Football Post website.
Here's what Lombardi wrote:
"I know and understand that everyone would love to reach a quick conclusion on quarterback Tim Tebow. My first rule of scouting, however, is: Never begin with an end in mind, which means we should allow Tebow some time to grow and develop before any rush to judgement.
"Tebow is no different than Hall of Famer Steve Young, who left BYU and went to the USFL. Young was known as a runner first; he couldn't read coverages, and it was felt he would struggle in a pro system. He went to the Bucs and failed to become integrated into their offense. He was literally given to the 49ers in a trade. The Bucs were convinced, as all of America and most of the 49ers organization were, that Young was never going to be a pro-style passer.
"When coach Bill Walsh asked his staff if they were in favor of making the trade for Young, there were no Yes votes. I kid you not. Today there will be revisionist history, but I was in the room and Walsh had little support for making the trade other than his own instincts and vision for Young. This is what made Walsh brilliant. He was hoping for Young to be a good player, he had a plan to MAKE Young a good player. He saw the path and couldn't have cared less if anyone else saw it. He was never afraid to stand alone in his opinions.
"Tebow might not be as fast as Young but he is more powerful and although they had different styles, both were effective runners. The style offense from BYU to Florida is vastly different, but both men were looking to run with the ball. Young was viewed as a runner, not a quarterback. He was a failure in Tampa because they tried to fit him into their offense, not develop an offense around him. Tebow will be a success if he goes to a team that has a head coach who has a vision for him and most important, a plan for his success."
Great observation, interesting comparison.
Yes, we remember Steve Young's days here in Tampa. They weren't pretty, but then neither were the Buccaneers.
That trade was one that has been permanent egg on the face of the Tampa Bay franchise.
Young will forever be "the one that got away."
As for Tebow, say what you will, but think about what Lombardi wrote.
Interesting, isn't it?
It's what I call great food for thought.