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On Tebow To Tampa

March 20, 2012 at 10:38am by Scott   •  9 Comments »

Should have been a Rear Entry pic.
PFT lists the Buccaneers as one of ten “off the radar” destinations for Tim Tebow. And if “off the radar” means “no fucking way”, he’s exactly right.

The Bucs bought several big-name (and big-money) free agents in order to fill up a half-empty stadium.

For a lot less money, they could sell the place out every week by adding Tebow.

That’s just dumb. Josh Freeman is the starter and everyone knows it, so Tebow isn’t going to see the field as a backup QB. Tebow fans are going to show up to games to watch him sit on the bench? The only way he sees the field is if they switch his position to H-back or something like that and let him run with the ball, catch, and throw every now and then on a gadget play. And Tebow would hate that because he considers himself a starting quarterback in the NFL. And of course you’d have the Tebow lovers pushing for a quarterback controversy, the absolute last thing this regime wants to deal with.

The only way Tebow would even be a consideration for the Bucs is if he publicly said he was giving up the idea of being a starting quarterback and just wanted to contribute to a team in any way he could. Then he might be worth giving up a fifth or sixth-round pick for. He’s an excellent athlete that could contribute in a number of ways and, admittedly, would get people more interested in the team. But solely as a backup to Freeman? Not in a million billion years.

Why Tim Tebow Is Hated

August 17, 2011 at 01:25pm by Scott   •  8 Comments »

Nick Reveiz doesn't hold a grudge, either.
Gary Shelton wrote an article the other day asking why so many people want Tim Tebow to fail. This has nothing to do with the Bucs, but I wanted to address it briefly because I’ve written about Tebow before on several occasions and have been part of the crowd who has, in the past, not only wanted Tebow to fail, but to do so in a way that personally embarrassed him.

More and more, as Tebow shows less and less chance of becoming Denver’s starting quarterback, the comments surrounding him have become vicious. There are claws on the Internet, and there are teeth on the Twitter comments, and on Facebook, there is a bloodlust.

It no longer seems as if onlookers expect Tebow to fail; it’s that they seem to want it to happen. There is a frenzy here, a look-at-me, I-told-you-first, pile on.

College football is loaded with rivalries and the University of Florida, thanks to the attitudes of Steve Spurrier and Urban Meyer, has generated more than its share of them. Everyone in the SEC wants a piece of Florida because of those guys’ smug faces and any high-profile player for that team is going immediately have a target on his back, at least among those in the SEC East. If you’re a reader from outside the general SEC region, you may not have been exposed to the Tebow hype that dominated college football around here for four years. To be fair, it has probably gone on longer that that, starting when he signed his commitment to Florida as the state’s high school record-holder for career passing yards and career touchdown passes. Meyer was in his second season in Gainesville and Tebow was seen as the perfect fit for his spread offense. As a freshman, Tebow backed up Chris Leak and the Gainesville crowd would go absolutely nuts when Tebow would come in for an option play.

But hype fades quickly when you can’t back it up, and Tebow could. He was hugely successful. Two National Championships and a Heisman later and you have to think that this kid might be all right. And nothing pisses off an SEC fanbase more than a hated rival’s most popular player living up to the hype. It’s just so fucking infuriating. But Vanderbilt had Jay Cutler and Georgia had Matthew Stafford and neither of them generated the kind of vitriol that Tebow did. The added douchiness of being from Florida pushed it over the top. Even Gator fans know what I mean.

Tebow also happens to be a good guy. If I had just met him in the neighborhood and he wasn’t anyone famous, I’m pretty sure I would like him. He doesn’t get into trouble with the law, doesn’t swear, is a team player and a born leader, works tirelessly with various charities… you get the point. And when you hate someone like we hated Tebow and you have nothing negative to latch onto and say, “Well, at least we know this about him,” it just intensifies it. Hell, sometimes you’ll just make shit up. He’s too good an athlete? He must be juicing. He’s too nice a guy? He must be gay. He keeps beating us, will someone please tear this fucker down?!? And let’s not forget the natural tendency to rail against people who are doing well in general. Remember when everyone loved Tom Brady? Now they’re making fun of his hair and putting him on the Top Ten Divas list. Eventually, the public gets an assful of you and you have to go away.

And on top of all that, Tebow is an overt Christian. Not just overt, but aggressive. The scriptures on the eyeblack, the way of speaking that infuses religion into every interview. He has a message and he wants you to hear it. I respect his beliefs and I’m not going to go into a big religious thing here. But nothing is as polarizing as religion and politics. And if you make your position known in either one and evangelize it, you’re going to get some haters. And if those haters already hated you because of your football team, watch out. Combine everything and, well, you have the answer to Shelton’s question.

Shelton gives the impression that this Tebow hate is a widespread phenomenon, but I don’t think it is so much. It runs deeper than wide. I spoke with someone in PAC-10 country recently who never heard the debate as to whether Tebow was the greatest college player of all time. Right now, Denver is ground zero for Tebow fallout. Everywhere else seems relatively ambivalent on him, and that’s healthy. Personally, I stopped truly rooting against Tebow when he graduated. My hate only runs as deep as my allegiance to my college and the disdain I have for their rivals. If the Falcons or Eagles had drafted Tebow, I would have a little extra hate in reserve for him. If the Bucs had picked him, he would have been the most awesomest quarterback to ever strap on a chinstrap. I will root for Volunteers after they graduate (see Jonathan Crompton), but I won’t root against their rivals. That seems too petty, even for me. This isn’t to say that I’m not going to use him as the butt of jokes when the opportunity presents itself. I’m not made of steel and I’ll probably never be totally objective about him. But some real SEC headcases will hate everything Tebow does for the rest of their lives, and Tebow, by virtue of his hype and success and everything else covered here, created his share of headcases all on his own. So the Facebook pages and Twitter comments will continue. Get used to them, Gary.

Oh This Is Just Too Much

May 13, 2010 at 11:27am by Scott   •  6 Comments »

80s 2

I’ve done my fair share of ripping on Tim Tebow on this site, and I’ve enjoyed every second of it. Maybe he’ll go on to prove everyone (except the Broncos) wrong and turn into a top-tier quarterback who wins eight Super Bowls. Or maybe he’ll sit on the bench for most of his contract and quietly fade away when no one picks him up in five years. Either way, I don’t care about Tebow nearly as much as I did a few months ago, so whether he succeeds or fails is no skin off my nuts.

Some people do still care, and that’s fine. He’s a fan favorite and people are going to be interested in what he’s doing regardless of how mundane it is. But holy shit, this article is just over the top. It’s like someone probed Gary Danielson‘s innermost thoughts, multiplied them by a thousand and then turned that into an article. All poor Tebow wanted to do was workout in peace.

“He couldn’t do it in Florida,” Sexton said. “I went out with him in Gainesville in January, and we had to drive 20 minutes outside of town to a little hole-in-the-wall place so he could eat.”

Tebow couldn’t do it in Denver, where on the first day of the Broncos’ mini-camp on April 30, five days after the draft, there were 32 rookies and 47 media members, the latter to eyeball Tebow.

So his agent Jimmy Sexton takes Tebow to his home in Memphis to live with him for a couple weeks. And wouldn’t you know it…

“It was the craziest thing I’ve ever seen,” Sexton said as word of mouth spread about the Tebow sightings. “I’ve never had a family knock on my door at 2 in the afternoon, asking me if Tim Tebow was staying in my house. I never had phone calls from so many parents with available 21-year-old daughters wanting to meet Tim. They all know he’s that good a guy and that good a player, and he has a hard time saying ‘No.’ “

Have you heard of flash mobs? Well, Tebow has flash vigils. Wherever he goes, thousands of devotees are available at a moment’s notice to pay tribute and try to touch his hair. And the parent/daughter thing is pretty creepy. I wonder how many of them show up with dowries, because that’s really the only way to get noticed these days.

“Within the next five years, Tim clearly has a chance to be one of the most endorsable athletes on the planet,” Sexton said. “I had one CEO of a major Fortune 500 company tell me, ‘You know what, Jimmy? For a corporation to put a face on their brand, this guy (Tebow) is the real deal. He’s the one guy who’s not going to be a scandal two or three years from now.’ “

Right, because people you put up on pedestals never disappoint.

That’s why with everyone wanting a piece of the Tebow magic, it was a relief for him to work out in Memphis, throwing to mostly high school receivers and putting in four- to five-hour workouts.

He also got a chance to take batting practice with the MUS baseball team and hit 12 of 15 pitches out of the park.

“The kids were just awed by how far he hit the ball,” Sexton said. “The best thing about Tim is he thinks he’s just another guy and acts that way. He’s oblivious to everything going on around him. He doesn’t think he’s a big deal. I asked him the other day how he stayed so humble, how come he didn’t get the big head compared to a lot of other athletes.”

“How do you balance being so good looking with the tireless work you do being the world’s most fascinating human being? Is it difficult to walk with the entire population of Gainesville swinging from your hog?”

As I go back and read a little more about Tebow, it seems that most articles written from 2006-2009 follow this format. Tebow is great, blah blah blah. Then from January up through the draft, they’re mostly about his throwing motion and where he’ll be selected. Now we’re back to the free-flowing praise and how he keeps his feet from getting all wrinkly when he walks on water. In a few years, either millions of skeptics are going to have to choke on some crow or this will be the biggest display of schadenfreude ever witnessed. I don’t think there can be an in-between at this point.

Don’t Ever Change, Jon

March 05, 2010 at 09:41am by Scott   •  1 Comment »

Gruden and Tebow rehearse for a Supremes drag show.
Rick Stroud posted this piece on Jon Gruden helping out Tim Tebow with his throwing motion and giving him some pointers and just generally boosting Tebow’s ego because no one ever says anything nice about the guy. And instead of commenting on the article or writing something snipey about Tebow, I’ll just cut and paste Gruden’s quotes. They’re so much more entertaining. Keep in mind they all appear in a single article.

“You might not ever meet a guy him.”

“He’s the kind of guy who can do just about anything in life.”

“He’s a great person and he’s a heck of a quarterback. And he’s a courageous competitor, play-making, undeniable force and I think he’s going to be a great success.”

“This guy is going to lead all of us at working at it.”

“People are doubting him right now and I think that will even make him better, give him motivation.”

“He protects the ball, he moves his football team and he’s one of the more inspiring guys that I’ve ever met.”

“How can you not root for Tim Tebow?”

THIS GUY LEADS THE LEAGUE IN SUPERLATIVES! I CALL HIM THE ASS-KISSINATOR! I WANT 84 GUYS LIKE HIM ON MY TEAM!

The One Where I Take It Easy On Tebow

February 23, 2010 at 10:37am by Scott   •  4 Comments »

No pic of Tebow getting sacked or crying or licking other dudes -- see how far I've come!
Regardless of what Tim Tebow does later in his life, he will always represent the Florida Gators and the Jorts Nation to me and I will always hate him and never be able to look at him truly objectively. But now that he is no longer an active Gator, I would probably go ahead and swerve if he were crossing the street in front of my speeding car, if only to avoid all the messy vehicular manslaughter paperwork. With that new level of tolerance in mind, I would like to congratulate Tebow on his work to improve his throwing motion.

You can question a lot of things about the guy (his sexuality, for example), but one thing you can’t deny is that he is a hard worker. Tebow has heard all the questions about his throwing motion and his footwork and he’s working to improve them.

“But there are things that I can get a lot better at — my fundamentals. I’ve never been asked to shorten or quicken my release and not have a loop in it. The changes I’m making have gone very well and it’s becoming more and more natural to me.”

I guess Urban Meyer didn’t want to mess with Tebow’s stroke and risk derailing the gravy train, but Tebow has to feel kind of used here. Meyer knew Tebow wanted to pursue a career in the NFL when he graduated, but did nothing to prepare him for it. He just soaked him for two National Championships and left him to be drafted as a fourth-round tight end.

Well, Tebow is taking matters into his own hands now and working with… well, working with some really old and unknown dudes.

Tebow has been tutored in a pro-style way by working with a coaching team that includes former NFL offensive coordinator Zeke Bratkowski, Montreal Alouettes head coach Marc Trestman, Arizona State’s new offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone and former NFL head coach Sam Wyche.

Couldn’t afford Dan Marino, eh? Trestman actually used to be the quarterbacks coach for the Bucs in 1987, so he laid the groundwork for Vinny Testaverde‘s tenure in Tampa Bay. I vaguely remember Mazzone was the offensive coordinator for Ole Miss a few years back. Bratkowski was Bart Starr‘s backup in Green Bay. He was drafted in the second round in 1953. I’m not even kidding when I say I think footballs were shaped differently when he was playing. And we all know who Wyche is. Not exactly the A-Team of football, but there you go.

Tebow still will attend this week’s combine, go through his medical tests, meet with coaches, and do everything but throw.

If all he was going to do is confirm what everyone saw at the Senior Bowl, then it’s probably a good decision to not throw at the combine, but it’s too bad. Sam Bradford (Oklahoma) isn’t throwing. Neither is Jimmy Clausen (Notre Dame) or Dan Lefavour (Central Michigan), and Colt McCoy (Texas) may be too injured to throw, though he’s going to try. Tebow would have a real opportunity to stand out as the top quarterback throwing at the combine if he were to give it a shot. Add that to what will surely be stellar interviews and teams could come away with him rated pretty damn high. Quarterbacks don’t throw that many passes at the combine. He can’t hold his new stroke together that long?

Then he will return to Gainesville to further work on upgrading his fundamentals with Bratkowski and others so that Tebow will not revert back to his old ways during his upcoming workouts.

Well, that’s scary. He’s going to need four coaches just to keep his shit together for private workouts and his pro day? And that’s what I’d be most concerned about if I was a GM. Byron Leftwich worked on his throwing motion when he was younger as well, and he reverted back to his pitching wind-up pretty quickly. But to his credit, Tebow is a much, much more dedicated worker than Leftwich. The rumor is that Tebow is relentless in his workouts and his training, so I’d have much more faith in him constantly working on his motion to get it right and keep it right. Still, the article makes it sound like they’re using duck tape and spit to keep Tebow from falling apart.

“I’ve done this several thousand times,” Tebow said. “With continued work, I will have this down pat by minicamp. It will be like second nature. It’s not like it feels awkward to me now. I’m excited about the changes I’ve made.”

Well, good for him. I no longer wish for him to publicly fail and be caught on camera shivering in the trunk of an abandoned car with a pound of meth and a dead hooker. That’s definitely a step up for me. But I can’t say I want him to fully succeed at this, either. I mean, can you imagine if he gets drafted wherever, changes his motion, lands a starting job and does really well? Oh sweet baby Jesus in a turtleneck, the media would lose their freaking minds. You thought you were sick of him when he was in Gainesville; that’s nothing compared to what the national football press coverage would be if he does well in the pros. Gary Danielson would leave his body and turn into pure energy. I wish him success in whatever else he decides to do besides football. Mission work, circumcising orphans, whatever. But if he wants to stick with football for a while, he really needs to linger around as a backup who coaches are scared to put into a game. It’s the only way we’ll be able to tolerate the coverage. Trust me, if he becomes successful, you’ll be begging for that lockout in 2011.

Why Fennelly Isn’t A GM

January 26, 2010 at 11:23am by Scott   •  6 Comments »

He's like the worst parts of Byron Leftwich and Chris Simms all rolled into one.
Martin Fennelly lists many of the problems with drafting Tim Tebow, but then of course says he would anyway. Well, we all know he hates the Bucs, so I guess his drafting Tebow for no good reason makes sense.

This is about mechanics, this is about transitioning to the pro-style offense, this is about Tebow’s shortcomings, about cold, hard facts.

I’d still take the kid.

Maybe not in the first round, maybe not in the second or third rounds, either, but I wouldn’t blame anyone for taking him.

Oh, what, like if he’s still hanging around in the sixth round? Sure, why not. That’s about the time you look into picking kids whose official position is listed as “athlete”. That’s Tebow — an athlete. An athlete who cries.

I say that even though I know Tebow brings his throwing hand down to his ankle before his release. He throws sidearm sometimes, holds on to the ball too long and has taken most of his college snaps in the shotgun offense.

Quarterbacks don’t run up the middle in the NFL – period.

And the talk about him being a Wildcat guy? Well, not enough speed, so I don’t think so.

I’d grab him anyway.

He does this for a long time before he finally tells us why he’d draft Tebow. And of course it’s all the intangible stuff — the heart and the work ethic and the sportsmanship. Well, maybe not the sportsmanship.

When he had the opportunity to pull the ball down and run, he flicked the ball into the face of Alabama CB Javier Arenas.

As long as nothing catastrophic happens to him before the draft, Tebow won’t last past the second round despite whatever final grade he gets. His star is too big and there are coaches out there that will convince their GMs that they just have to have him. So Fennelly would have to burn a second rounder on him on “the off chance that he might re-create what he did in Gainesville.” But he won’t. He can’t. In order to do that, you’d have to have a head coach who is so convinced that Tebow can lead them to multiple Super Bowls that he’s willing to stifle his own ego and offensive schemes and recreate EVERYTHING to fit him. All the linemen, backs and receivers would have to fit the scheme, and Buccaneer fans know what happens when you try to take players from one scheme and force them into another. Oh, and all this is assuming that this new offense would work at the pro level with pro-caliber defenses coming after it regardless of the talent on the offensive side of the ball.

All for Tebow. A nice guy with poor throwing mechanics and slow feet and a marginal arm. For a team that has a history of pissing away second round picks, that may be the worst. Well, okay, not worse than Dexter Jackson. Man, that guy was fucking awful.

Stop, You’re Making This Too Easy

December 30, 2009 at 12:57pm by Scott   •  2 Comments »

Relax, don't do it.

Yes, Urban, relax.

Be Afraid

July 12, 2009 at 11:50am by Scott   •  1 Comment »

Xavier Mitchell returns the favor Tebow did for all those kids in the Philippines.

During the current downtime when college coaches can’t so much as glance at a player, Monte Kiffin is spending his time in Tampa with only one thing on his mind: Gator stompin’.

In particular, Kiffin continues to explore ways to counter some of the unique offenses Tennessee’s Vols will face this season. Foremost among them is Florida’s lethal spread, with Tim Tebow pulling the trigger.

Those who know Kiffin say he has spent considerable time analyzing ways to deal with the divide-and-conquer formation as well as the Gators’ across-the-board speed. At UT, it’s Job 1.

So the defensive coaching legend whose name is synonymous with the preeminate scheme used in the NFL has devoted his undivided attention to stopping the 21-year old serial circumciser? And they’re predicting a four-touchdown spread? Vol fans, place your bets and prepare to retire early.

*NOW* He Does It

May 20, 2009 at 08:35am by Scott   •  No Comments »

I know it doesn't seem funny now, but wait until I redo my offense in a few years.  This will all be fucking hilarious.
One last note about Gruden (sorry, Fiz)

According to Warren Sapp, who shared a set with Gruden on NFLN, he’s been working on taking much of the verbiage out of his offensive scheme — a complaint by many of those who coached and played for him. He’s also been busy adapting his offense to a left-handed passer (Tim Tebow anyone?).

Now? He actually had a left-handed passer who was having trouble with the verbiage. So the best time to make those changes is after that guy is gone and Gruden doesn’t have a team? Dick. If Gruden and Chris Simms ever cross paths again, I hope Simms punches Gruden right in the gut. With his left hand, of course. Gruden’s stubbornness with his system was likely the single biggest reason that Simms is in career purgatory now.

If Gruden does decide to bow out of MNF after one year for an NFL coaching opportunity, he may demand that part of the deal is that the team, whoever it is, do everything possible to draft Tebow. Gruden has a huge stiffy for Tebow and any team that is changing head coaches probably has trouble at quarterback. Okay, I think I’m done with Gruden for a while.

Teebows Are All Up In That

April 30, 2009 at 10:14am by Scott   •  2 Comments »

As we all know, nothing says “pussy” like Tim Tebow. And now there’s a company that has taken that idea to the next level and designed the one garment that could adequately represent Tim to the world: women’s underwear! Yes, ladies, Teebows are a line of thongs inspired by the man himself.

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