Kurt Warner retired last winter, vacating his position as the reigning Captain of the God Squad in the NFL. But fear not, for the Denver Broncos selected Tim Tebow with the 25th pick over all, thereby filling the post. The Legend of Tebow is great, but so too is the Legend of Elway. Those are some big shoes to fill, and no one has been able to fill them since Elway retired.
Can Tim Tebow be the guy? Only time will tell. But if the kid cn practically walk on water, why wouldnt he be able to win games in the NFL?
This was the voicemail left on my machine by my good friend, and devout Broncos fan, Justin.
While I understand my boy’s concern, I have to say that I legitimately think the Tebow pick was a good one for Josh McDaniels and it has nothing to do with whether or not the former Gator will be a good NFL quarterback (I know that sounds strange, but hear me out).
This offseason, McDaniels made what could turn out to be the two best moves in the history of any NFL team, ever. If they work out he will be legendary. He got Brady Quinn – a former first-round pick who could (COULD!) be a great quarterback; he’s never really gotten a chance and in Denver he’ll have a solid O-line, a good defense and a great running game – in exchange for Peyton Hillis, a running back who was never going to play, ever, and two sixth round draft picks.
He followed that up by picking Demaryus Thomas with the Broncos number one draft pick and trading up to draft Tim Tebow with the 25th pick. This pick was amazing for a bunch of reasons, but mostly because he didn’t really give up much to get it.
I’ve heard Broncos fans screaming and crying because Denver relinquished a second, third and fourth rounder to get the pick, but really it was just a second. The third and fourth round choices were picks that the Broncos got from trading down out of the number 11 spot and again from the number 13 position. He was playing with house money.
The move is also amazing because McDaniels simultaneously took all the pressure off Brady Quinn, Kyle Orton and Demaryus Thomas (which was especially good in Thomas’s case because, let’s be honest, the chances of two great receivers coming out of Georgia Tech in five years of running the triple option were slim to none, and as Lee Corso says, ol’ Slim just left the building). There’s also no pressure on Tim Tebow because no one is expecting him to start right away.
All the “experts” are saying that McDaniels’ future is now hinged on Tebow, but nothing could be further from the truth. Tebow will have at least three years to become THE quarterback in Denver. During that time he’ll come in for short yardage and goal line situations, make a few appearances on SportsCenter and probably take a leadership role in Focus on the Family.
Remember, Tony Romo sat for three years, Phillip Rivers sat for three years, Aaron Rogers sat for three years, and all three of them turned out OK. Unlike all those scrubs, though, Tebow will contribute right away in some capacity outside of mop up duty in blowouts. Let’s also not forget that he’s the third biggest name in all of football (behind Manning and Brady), which means more prime time and national games, more jersey sales and increased national relevance – never bad for a team with the 18th ranked media market.
The word on Tebow, going into the draft, was that he was big risk/big reward. McDaniels mitigated the risk better than any coach in this draft could have. Plus, I’m about 75 percent convinced McDaniels pulled the trigger on trading Marshall so he could give Tebow number 15. Now, we’ll see if Tebow delivers the big reward.
Weatherspoon also reminds me of Patrick Willis in his Ole Miss days. Is it possible for a linebacker that calls to mind images of Ray Lewis and Patrick Willis to be bad?
I’ve been impressed by this kid since the 2008 Emerald Bowl, and you know he must have been amazing to impress me at the Emerald Bowl. I see a lot of Clinton Portis in him. I love CJ Spiller, but I think Best could be the best back to come out of this draft. It amazes me he’s not rated higher.
Great hands, great speed, great strength. Hernandez is a playmaker with big play potential. Whoever gets him is going to be one lucky team.
Toby “White Power” Gerhartt
I could see “White Power” being the next Jerome Bettis. He could be the best white, non-quarterback, non-lineman in the NFL since Jason Seyhorn. I mean that. I really, really mean that.
Great size and great speed. He never quite realized his potential at LSU, but I think the kid could play a big role for a lot of teams in the league. He’s like LenDale White minus the gut. OK, maybe not, but I still like him.
How Arrelius Benn is rated above him is one of those all-time mysteries that only Mel Kiper understands. He’s got great hands, has T.O.-like size and I haven’t seen too many receivers better when the ball is in the air. If he doesn’t get taken by the third round, some people should be fired.
With all the commotion about Joe Haden, nobody has been talking about Major Wright. Like Haden, he’s a little undersized, but Wright has big hit, big play potential. He’s got great ball hawking skills and can lay the wood better than any little guy out there.
He may, honestly, not be big enough to make it in the League. If he can manage to make his size work for him, which he hasn’t had to do in college, he could be a great receiver. I could see him playing an Az Hakim/Steve Breston playmaker role for a high-powered offense.
I know he’s rated in the top three by most draft “experts,” but having watched him multiple times this year, I don’t know how no one is talking about him being the number one or two pick. He’s so f*cking good. He changes games. His mere presence is enough to make offensive coordinators rethink their entire scheme. He’s like Deion Sanders, in that he can literally take away an entire side of the field. I hate Tennessee and I can’t stop gushing about how good he is.
I’m sorry. Call me a homer all you want, but let me just make this point. When Tebow was being recruited out of high school, no one thought he would ever be more than a gimmick, system quarterback. His freshman year, he was the difference maker that won the Gators the title. After his freshman year, everyone said all he could do was run over people and that he would never work as a starting quarterback. His sophomore year, he had the single greatest season in the history of college football. After the Ole Miss game, his junior season, everyone said he and the Gators were overrated and their season was done. He made “The Promise” at the post-game press conference and won another national championship. Now, everyone is saying he can’t be a starting quarterback in the NFL. I think you know where this is headed. What reason has Tim Tebow ever given us to doubt him? Everyone seems to forget that Tebow has been doubted by all the people who knew everything his whole career. He has constantly and consistently shown that he can do everything that everyone says he can’t. I see no reason he won’t redefine the quarterback position in the NFL. I mean that.
I really don’t care what you have to say about anyone else in this year’s draft, this guy is absolutely the best player available. He is unquestionably the best player in this draft. He’s the most athletic, has the most potential to be great and he can literally change a defense. He could play either the nose or the end in a 3-4 defense and could play nose, DT or end in a 4-3. Most impressively, he would be an impact player at all of those positions. Players like him don’t come around often. Anyone that does not draft him will regret it for years to come. And for anyone who has Gerald McCoy rated above him, slap yourself. Seriously. Slap yourself.
As much as I love the combine, I judge a player based on what he does on the field, not how well he does in the gym. This kid owned games this year. He single-handedly made the Florida and Alabama games – games. No player for any team has had a presence like he had against those two teams. He’s got the speed and the strength to translate to the next level too.
Not only is he the smartest man alive, but he’s still got everything going for him that he had going last year when he would have been the first overall pick. He’s still twice as good as Matt Stafford and he’s still twice as good as Jimmy Clausen. Remember I said that. By the way, it was a shoulder injury. Have you ever heard about a career-ending shoulder injury? No, no you haven’t.
If he goes where he’s projected to go (late first round-early second) it will be one of those all-time selections. He’s undersized, but he’s an amazing athlete and his football IQ is off the charts. He’s intense and he’s smart and that’s exactly what you need from a linebacker.
Unlike Sam Bradford, I think Gresham will get screwed over by his injury. He may even drop into the second round. I think he’ll use it as motivation the way Randy Moss did. I expect big things.
I watched him in the Senior Bowl. He was epic. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: great players turn it on when it matters. He played for a crappy team and never really got the national media attention he deserved. When the spotlight was on, he brought it and he brought it better than anyone else. I watched his 40 at the combine and I heard his pro day was fantastic. He’s hungry and as long as he stays hungry, he will be great.
He reminds me a lot of Ray Lewis. I mean, a lot of Ray Lewis. He reminds me so much of Ray Lewis that I think he could kill someone and only be convicted of obstruction of justice…I mean…I’m so glad no one will ever quote this article in public or show it to Ray Lewis.
Of course this prediction is based on the idea that being screwed by the NC-Double-Assholes made him angry as opposed to lazy.
Only player other than Suh and Berry that completely changes a team’s gameplan. I don’t know how draft “experts” have managed to overlook him, but he can be an impact player at the next level. He’s obscenely athletic for his size. Obscenely.
I know, I know. I couldn’t help myself. I love him. Please God, do not let the Oakland Raiders pick him. Please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please.
Note: I do not rate offensive lineman. Anyone who has not played or coached offensive lineman should not do so either.
Last week Urban Meyer had a PR nightmare on his hands when he publicly emasculated Jeremy Fowler of the Orlando Sentinel. The outburst was caught on tape, and soon, it spread across the internet. Talking heads everyone castigated the Florida coach for stepping over the line.
His way of repairing the situation was to have a private conversation with the reporter whereby he was able to explain himself. Fowler accepted his apology, but afterwards, Meyer refused to face the media. From my point of view, that was a big mistake. The right thing to do is to offer a public apology. After all, he embarrassed and threatened the man in public, so why not apologize in Public?
It’s that time of year again… the 2010 NFL Scouting Combine is going on in Indianapolis. The yearly event features pro prospects at every position running a gauntlet of drills and sprints. From the 40 yard dash to the vertical leap, every hour of this week-long event is televised live (and repeated) on the NFL Network.
This year, though, things are a little different. No, the drills are still all the same, as is the meat-market atmosphere. What’s different is the presence of a certain prospect that goes by the name of Tim Tebow. As you can imagine, the hype surrounding this combine is off the charts. Everywhere you look, it’s Tim Tebow. Sure, he may be saving his new and improved throwing mechanics for his pro day later in the month, but he’s doing just about everything else you could want…
Including the Three Cone Drill. What’s that, you may ask? Well, the Three Cone Drill is a simple event where the participant runs a quick slalom back and forth between and around three different cones, about five yards apart. And Tebow ran one with a very good time… though I doubt he would say it was good. That’s because his time for the Three Cone Drill was… get ready for it… 6.66 second!
Get it? The NFL’s future Captain of the God Squad ran a 666!
It just doesn’t get better that that!
What a great Saturday of College Football! The Red River Shootout (sorry, I hate calling the Red River Rivalry) was close and could have gone either way… possibly Oklahoma’s way if Bradford hadn’t re-injured his right shoulder. Poor kid needs to learn how to get tackled. Florida had a close call against Arkansas… probably closer than anyone in Florida thought it would be. And once again, the nation’s 4th ranked team gets beat.
Unfortunately I had a brain freeze and forgot to link Week 7′s video up last week, so here it is now. Better late than never, I guess. But worry not for Week 8 will be posted in a few days!
That is if I don’t forget!
The Chair of the Florida State Board of Trustees has publicly called for this to be Bobby’s last year as head coach. With the program underperforming for a number of years now, plus the presence of “coach in waiting” Jimbo Fisher, the sentiment seems to be growing. But how do you show a legend, and the one who built your program from the ground up, the door?
As Tim Tebow lay motionless on the field in the third quarter of Saturday’s game against Kentucky, the crowd at Commonwealth Stadium in Lexington, KY, and everyone watching on TV, held their collective breath. The scene – Tebow laying motionless on the field as his teammates attempted to pick his limp body up from the turf – is eerily reminiscent of the iconic “The Death of Superman” comic where Superman is killed by villain Doomsday (if you’re a nerd, you’re no doubt familiar with this comic, if you have a life, however, you’ll want to ask one of your nerd friends about it).
After Tebow was taken off the field, carted to an ambulance, held at the hospital overnight and diagnosed with a concussion, Florida Head Coach Urban Meyer attempted to reassure everyone at the press conference that Tebow was just fine. “He asked me ‘Did I hold onto the ball?’ I told him he did and he winked at me and said ‘It’s great to be a Gator.’”
For starters, Meyer’s story is obviously a boldfaced lie. At that moment, Tim Tebow had no idea he was a Gator, let alone it was a great day to be a Gator. But Meyer didn’t tell this whopper of a lie to reassure voters or boosters or pollsters… he told it to reassure all of us that the mighty Superman was alright and that nothing – not a concussion or a tracheal lobotomy – was going to stop him.
Tim Tebow has become more than a person, he has become a myth. He’s bigger than UF football – hell, he’s bigger than football. This season is about more than winning a National Championship, it’s about anointing the Great One.
In addition to his Heisman trophy and the enormous picture that hangs in front of the athletics complex at the University of Florida, Tebow has already been elected to the school’s hall of fame. His pledge to Gator Nation after the loss to Ole Miss last year is literally etched in stone outside the stadium. He’s spawned no less than three nationally renowned sportswriters from large, legitimate news organizations to devote blogs entirely to him. And he’s inspired national television announcers to literally say, on air, “Superman wears Tim Tebow pajamas.” Clearly this is no ordinary man… he has become otherworldly.
It’s as if this were all ordained to further his legend: the hit, the concussion, the ‘great day to be a Gator’ quote, the all-too-convenient bye week for him to recover. For an ordinary man, a mild traumatic brain injury would keep him off the field at least two weeks. But Tim Tebow will play on Saturday, October 10th, against LSU. Because Tim Tebow is not a man, he is Superman, and Superman would never miss a game.
I may have missed the big upset of USC a couple weeks ago, but I sure didn’t miss this week’s upsets! Ole Miss, Penn State and Cal… not to mention Miami! Wow, what a weekend of college football!