Tim Tebow: Future NFL Bust?

Posted: August 25, 2011 by Humza Ghori in Features

With the 25th pick in the 2010 NFL Draft the Broncos selected QB Tim Tebow. Shorty after, Tebow’s Bronco’s jersey became one of the best-selling jersey’s in the NFL. He was arguably one of the best college quarterbacks of all time, finishing his career with a 170.9 QB rating, 88 TDs, over 9,000 passing yards. He was gem for the Florida Gators leading them to 24-14 win over the Oklahoma Sooners in the 2009 BCS National Championship.

Tebow has played in a total of nine NFL games so far and has started only three of them. He currently has passed for 654 yards and has thrown for five touchdowns and ran for six. As of right now Tebow is in a battle for the number two spot against QB Brady Quinn. This was suppose to be his year to prove to the Denver Broncos that he could be their man, however when the lockout ended and the speculated trade that would send Kyle Orton to Miami fell through Tebow’s luck seemed to have run out. When training camp open up John Fox (head coach of the Broncos) believed that Tebow would be the starting QB but once practice started Orton clearly showed that he deserves the starting spot.

As of right now Tim Tebow is far from being a bust, but a lot of NFL analysts are seeing their predictions of him struggling in the NFL come true. His style of play isn’t very popular in the NFL and only a few NFL QBs that have that style of play have been successful. There’s no doubt that a mobile quarterback like Tebow can become a significant threat but the question is for how long? Its fun and exciting to see the quarterbacks take the ball and dash down the field but it can become extremely ineffective very fast. Once teams learn how to contain the mobile quarterback, (usually happens by pulling the MLB out and having him spy on the QB) their attack comes to a sudden holt. You saw this happen with Michael Vick in the last couple of games when he really struggled to make plays with his feet. If a quarterback can be quick enough to use his legs when he wants to but also be able to play the position mainly from the pocket they can easily become a real threat. That’s what you see happening with Michael Vick right now as coaches are teaching him how play the position by dealing with pressuring while staying in the pocket. That is what Tim Tebow has to learn. The real question is does he have the talent to learn how to become a pocket passer and be able to use his feet to make a play when needed?

Tim Tebow’s a very talented athlete but he needs to adjust his style of play fast if he wants to become a starting quarterback. There were questions about his accuracy as well as problems with his release being to slow for the NFL. Right now these questions haven’t been answered and that’s why he lost the starting spot to Orton in just a week. Tebow needs to learn from Orton and his quarterback coaches on how to improve his mechanics as a quarterback if he wants to thrive in this league. There is no doubt that people are willing to help him succeed he just has to take the opportunities given to him and really use them to learn to become a better QB in the NFL.

Image from Jeffrey Beall of Flickr

  1. Chris Ross says:

    Nice article and some good points for sure. This whole Tim Tebow saga has really made the preseason quite fascinating. Considering where Orton and Tebow were going into the preseason and where they are now it’s going to be interesting to see how this all plays out as the year(s) go along. Being outplayed by Orton, Quinn and possibly Weber doesn’t bode well for Tebow and all the scrutiny he faces but in the end he is going to have to deal with it because it is unavoidable for him. He’s a winner with great instincts but will that translate to the NFL game. A lot of people have varying opinions and I think I’m swaying towards the won’t category but really, who knows. Also, you think you could take a look at my blog cuz I’d love to hear what you have to say http://chrisross91.wordpress.com/2011/08/25/what-to-make-of-mr-tebow%E2%80%99s-wild-ride/

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