Florida coach Urban Meyer blew a gasket recently when a reporter accurately quoted Gators receiver Deonte Thompson as suggesting that when he played with Tim Tebow, he wasn’t playing with a “real quarterback”
Next maybe Meyer will blow a gasket at Geoff Hobson of Bengals.com.
Hobson quoted Bengals wide receiver Andre Caldwell, who played with Tebow at Florida, as saying that he doesn’t think Tebow will be an elite passer in the NFL. There’s nothing too controversial about that — it’s an opinion held by many people — and Caldwell also had plenty of positive things to say about Tebow. But Meyer seems to think any writer who dares to quote any receiver as saying anything other than “Urban Meyer did a wonderful job of preparing Tim Tebow to be the best passer in the NFL” has committed a mortal sin.
Here’s what Hobson quoted Caldwell as saying about Tebow: “He needs time. He needs to sit behind one of those good quarterbacks for about three years because I know he’s going to put in the work and the effort to be a great quarterback. He’s going to learn. I don’t think he’s going to be an elite passer ever. But he’s a playmaker. He’ll get the ball there. He probably can’t make the prettiest looking passes. But he’s going to use what he has to his advantage. Running. Scrambling. Making passes. He’s got a strong arm and I think he can make the throws, but they may not be the prettiest.”
In Caldwell’s opinion, Tebow should be drafted late in the second round.