Buddy Martin April 25, 2015
wouldn’t bet against Tebow this time. He’s been working so hard
at improving his throwing motions that his consultant/coach Tom House
says you’d think he was the No. 1 quarterback for an NFL club.
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be honest here: We know that Sandy Hook never happened and the
massacre was faked by the anti-gun movement.
O’Donnell recently made the decision to get the ISIS flag tattooed
on her lower back.
And that people are currently signing a
petition which would give Social Security benefits to illegal
OK, then, so none of above is true.
about this crazy rumor? Tim Tebow has signed a one-year deal with the
Eagles to play quarterback in the NFL!
I know, it sounds just
about as wild. But check out the authenticity on Snopes.com in case
you think it’s a hoax.
In nearly a half century of covering
sports, I’ve never covered a more polarizing figure than Tebow.
Maybe Muhammad Ali?
The story of Tim Tebow’s obsession to
play professional football is a compelling one and the obstacles that
keep knocking him down are befuddling to me. Every time I think he’s
turned the corner, Tebow gets bowled over by a Mack truck. And when I
think he’s history, along comes a new chapter.
I’ve pretty much been there for the writing of about 90 percent of
all those early Tebow chapters because I covered the Florida Gators
and witnessed every snap he took for four seasons. And when he went
to Denver, I hooked up an NFL package and watched almost every play
of his with the Broncos.
I’m not coming from a perspective
of a guy who watched a little film or a couple of games. I
interviewed him in a group or individually over 40 times. I’ve
written probably several hundred thousand words on Tebow. I know me
And finally – although it has no relevance to
the case of whether he can play in the NFL – I can make a case for
Tebow being one of the five best players in college football history
(but I won’t today).
He is massively strong, powerful in the
legs, and gets by on average speed. His touch and his arm are good
enough to make the NFL throws, but he still has to prove he can do it
consistently, as well as learning to read NFL defenses.
four seasons he played under Urban Meyer, Florida went 48-7 with two
national championships. Remember, he only took a handful of snaps
under center, so he is still learning.
Why can’t any of that
translate into the next level?
I’m not here to argue for or
against Tebow. Full disclosure: I’ve always felt if he ever got in
the right system under the right coach he could become a winner in
the NFL. And may I remind you that when Tebow was thrust into the
lineup for the Broncos, he took them to the playoffs and beat a
pretty good Steelers team in playoffs.
Regardless of all that,
there is no denying that:
1. Tebow stirs the pot
like Gordon Ramsay on Hell’s Kitchen.
blends a demographic into the profile of the NFL fan that’s
3. Nobody blows up the Internet or
move merchandise like jerseys and DirecTV NFL packages like
So will he make it this time?
If nothing else,
let’s raise our glasses to Chip Kelly for having the courage to
give Tebow another Mulligan – not out of sympathy, but because he
thinks the Heisman Trophy winner can play in his system.
are the odds?
Right now, you can place a bet on Bovada.lv on
whether Tebow will be on the Eagle roster opening day. The odds are
5-2, which means you get $2.50 for every dollar wagered. Another way
of looking at it: The odds are 4-1 against him on the money line,
which means you have to bet $4 to win $1. That means it’s an
80 percent chance against it.
Having said that, I wouldn’t
bet against Tebow this time. He’s been working so hard at improving
his throwing motions that his consultant/coach Tom House says you’d
think he was the No. 1 quarterback for an NFL club.
trains baseball pitchers and quarterbacks on mechanics, which is what
he did for Tebow, who started way behind the curve.
he showed up here, he was 10,000 reps behind any other NFL
quarterback," House told Fox Sports' Bruce Feldman. "He'd
never been given a tool kit on how to fix [his mechanics].”
resorted to the good old unscientific, random Facebook page poll,
asking readers to weigh in on the Tebow issue.
I was surprised
nobody mentioned his success in Denver and that it took Peyton
Manning to knock him out of the box, or that the NFL desperately
needs the Tebow story to help cleanse itself.”
Here some of
“I know if I'm coaching I find him a spot …
I get the ball in his hands … he wears my jersey.” --
“Chip Kelly's fast moving and complex offense is
conducive to situational multi-QB play.” – Joe
always been good enough. Just a victim of his own success and some
over analyzed throwing motions that got way over blown. I believe in
TT!” -- Mark
“I really hope he makes it but being out of
that high level of competition for 3 years is tough to break back
into. Not too many (if any I can remember) have come back after a 3
year layoff so the odds are against him.”—Woody
rules committee may vote to eliminate kicking the extra point at its
meeting next month. If so, teams would be forced to "go for two"
after every touchdown. Tebow = KA-CHING!!” –- Bob
and will power!”--Mary Alice
reminds me of Tiger Woods in a way. Golf is a bit more interesting
when he's in the mix.” – James