Was Tim Tebow's Throwing Delivery Really As Long As Advertised?

LoudMouf Sports Correspondent IMay 4, 2010

NEW ORLEANS - JANUARY 01:  Tim Tebow #15 of the Florida Gators throws a pass against the Cincinnati Bearcats during the Allstate Sugar Bowl at the Louisana Superdome on January 1, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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Now take it from someone who appreciates great quarterback mechanics. I know Tim Tebow had some huge mechanical issues and we all heard about his elongated throwing motion. This lead to people picking apart Tebow inside and out, and from the time he took over the reigns as Florida's starting quarterback after the graduation of Chris Leak, he was scalded for his inability to read a defense coming from a spread offense, make all the NFL throws, and other things that would hurt his draft stock.

Then we heard nothing but talk about how long his delivery is and how it will make it easy for defenders knock the ball of out his hands and how much easier it will be for defenders to jump his routes. It was an ongoing tale of how this guy would never make it to the NFL and he is going to be the next Danny Weurffel (Weurffel too is also a very strong Christian, go figure) or Jason White.

But is his delivery really even that long? Take a look at some of the elite quarterbacks in the NFL: Drew Brees has a similar wind up, Matt Ryan definitely has a delivery that could challenge Byron Leftwich, and then there is Jay Cutler, Brett Favre, Jeff Garcia and Donovan McNabb. For those who remember McNabb's draft journey, he was picked apart in a very similar way as Tim Tebow. McNabb had a lack of accuracy, long delivery, was only considered a good runner and would not being able to read an NFL defense. I think he worked out pretty well for the Eagles.

Keep in mind I am not saying (as a Seminole fan) that Tebow will be the next McNabb or anything like that. I just want people to see the Tebow scrutiny was a little overplayed. When you think about it, a QB can take all day to throw the ball like Leftwich, Favre, Matty Ice, McNabb, and Cutler because in the end all that matters is if they can beam the ball to an intended receiver, which is how Brett Favre made himself a Hall of Fame career.

So how well have some of the notable players with quick releases fared in the NFL in recent years? I recall Vince Young, Chris Simms, and Trent Edwards given praise for their quick short and compact deliveries upon entering the draft. Yet now, only one of them is a starting quarterback in the NFL and Vince Young had to face a rough road to get back to that position.

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So it seems to me that all those technical things in a game don't matter. It's like they say in baseball, I can know the speed of a pitchers curve, the exact angle it breaks every time, and the percentage of times he will throw it on the outside corner, but baseball is still very basic it all goes back to "see the ball hit the ball." Same goes for football, and Tebow he may not know how to throw the "proper" way but I think if he ends up starting for the Broncos and making the Pro Bowl, it may just shut people up.

In review, there are both successful short, quick delivery QB's and many successful long delivery throwing QB's, though they look more like middle relievers, and all that matters is if they have that ability to win. Just for good measure their are plenty of good quick delivery quarterbacks too like Peyton Manning, Aaron Rodgers, Matt Schaub and Tony Romo.

I think that if people didn't feel as if they were all Bill Walsh and keep trying to give their analysis of Tim Tebow (like I am doing now) then Tebow would be getting praise instead of the feeling as if he is a ticking time bomb, waiting to blow up in Josh McDaniel's face. I want him to be successful just like I wanted Darren Sproles, Drew Brees, Wayne Chrebet, and John Randle to be successful in the NFL because some of the reasons players aren't given a chance are so dumb because of size or system or what conference they came from.


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