Before we dive into this, I’ll like to bring up a few facts about Tim Tebow.
Over the past three seasons, he was one of the most efficient passers in all of college football. For his career, he threw for more than 9,200 yards, completed almost 66 percent of his passes and produced 89 touchdown passes. Oh yeah, and he won the Heisman as a sophomore after throwing for 3,132 yards and 32 touchdowns.
I bring all this up because it seems all those Urban Meyer critics (and they’ve really come out of the woodwork this week) seem to have forgotten (or maybe never even knew) that Tebow was one hell of a passer at Florida.
His release and his throwing motion never seemed to be a problem at Florida. Of course, now that the coaches and scouts (and talking heads) have pointed out how flawed Tebow’s motion is, and now that Tebow has changed it, the Meyer critics are almost out of their minds wondering why Meyer didn’t do anything with Tebow’s passing mechanics in his four years at UF.
My response is: why would he? Why would he mess with something that is working so well and winning so many games? And besides, it’s not like the coaching staff ignored Tebow’s throwing motion or mechanics.
The critics have bashed Meyer this week, saying he did nothing to improve Tebow’s passing mechanics while he was at Florida. They don’t know what they’re talking about.
Before Tebow’s sophomore season, offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Dan Mullen used a computer to break down Tebow’s throwing motion in an attempt to improve it . Dating back to last spring, new quarterbacks coach Scot Loeffler worked extensively with Tebow on his mechanics and throwing motion.
There was never any sense of urgency at UF to rebuild Tebow’s throwing motion because he was so effective passing the ball. The real crime would have been if Meyer had tried to remake Tebow and the project backfired and made Tebow a less effective passer than before. I’m mean, we’re talking about one of the all-time great players in the history of college football. You don’t mess with that.
Granted, Tebow’s throwing motion was a little awkward, but effective. I’ll bet when Jim Furyk was young, some golf pro somewhere told him if he didn’t rebuild his unconventional swing he’d never make it as a professional golfer. He didn’t change the loop in his swing, but Furyk is one of the best golfers in the world today.
It’s commendable that Tebow is putting in the work to give the NFL coaches and scouts what they want — a more prototypical throwing motion like all the other robot quarterbacks in the NFL.
But don’t bash Meyer for letting Tim Tebow be Tim Tebow while he was here. Tebow’s passing numbers say that was a great decision.