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Urban Meyer says Tebow will succeed, unless Broncos don’t

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After months of speculation, the time has come to find out whether Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow can thrive at the NFL level.

But since the Broncos are on their bye, let’s consider more speculation before Tebow gets his first start in a meaningful game.

Former Florida coach Urban Meyer recently explained on WDAE in Tampa that Meyer believes Tebow will succeed.  Asked why Meyer feels that way, Meyer elaborated.  “Same reason he was in high school and won the state championship and the national championship in college,” Meyer said, via SportsRadioInterviews.com.  “Football is still football, whether it’s the spread offense, whether it’s the West Coast or I-formation.  Competitors usually find ways to win games.  Tim’s going to be successful, no doubt.  I just hope that the Denver Broncos have enough firepower and they just get better as a team.  I’m a Broncos fan now and I want to see those guys do well and one guy doesn’t change a team.  Tim Tebow had a lot of success at Florida because he had Aaron Hernandez and Percy Harvin and Louis Murphy and the Pounceys.  He had really good players that played well around him and an excellent defense.”

In other words, Tim will succeed and, if he doesn’t, it won’t be his fault.

Meyer also was asked to address whether Tebow will overcome perceived deficiencies with his mechanics.  You know, that long, loopy throwing motion that Meyer either didn’t try or wasn’t able to tighten up.

“It’s a question if the team will,” Meyer said.  “I think Tim will.  This whole thing that one guy in one phase of the game is all of the sudden is going to put the Denver Broncos in the playoffs, it’s always going to be this way that the quarterback gets far too much criticism and too much glory when they win.  He’ll manage whatever deficiency he has in throwing the ball, it’s just a matter of if the Broncos can improve their play enough to win.”

Again, in other words, Tim will succeed and, if he doesn’t, it won’t be his fault.

We hope Tebow succeeds.  But he needs to be fairly evaluated based on his performance, getting credit if he succeeds and blame if he doesn’t.  Meyer’s remarks could be the blueprint for those out there (and you know who you are) who will never find fault with Tebow, under any circumstances.  They’ll expect Tim to succeed and, if he doesn’t, they’ll find something to blame other than Tebow.

Even if Tebow deserves part or all of the blame.

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45 Responses to “Urban Meyer says Tebow will succeed, unless Broncos don’t”
  1. cosanostra71 says: Oct 13, 2011 10:30 PM

    Meyer and Tebow should just get hitched and get it over with. The unresolved romantic tension in the air is too much

  2. skins716 says: Oct 13, 2011 10:34 PM

    hope this guy does well. I’m no bronco fan, but a winner will always find a way. everyone thought newton was going to be a bust, but he has proven critics wrong so far. tebow and newton had similar styles of play in college, but the jury is still out on tebow. good luck man, make the most of it.

  3. meeky1985 says: Oct 13, 2011 10:34 PM

    i’m sick of this whole tebow fad.. only time will tell about it

  4. johnnyshore says: Oct 13, 2011 10:38 PM

    Urban said the same thing about another one of his former qb’s. He turned out to be right, but it took 6 years. Which is good news for the 2016 Broncos. (Alex Smith)

  5. toiletking says: Oct 13, 2011 10:39 PM

    If Tebow doesn’t succeed, it simply means God doesn’t exist.

  6. gbditka says: Oct 13, 2011 10:42 PM

    I’d like to know why “Coach” Urban Meyer couldn’t teach Timmy how to take a clean snap from under Center…the kid is a mess unless he’s in a shot gun formation.

  7. biglebronski says: Oct 13, 2011 10:44 PM

    It’s the other way around. The Broncos will succeed… unless Tebow doesn’t.

  8. bigblaw says: Oct 13, 2011 10:59 PM

    I will win the Lottery Unless the #’s don’t come out right. BUT I will win the lottery!

  9. tfbuckfutter says: Oct 13, 2011 11:03 PM

    Danny Wuerffel won a Nation Championship, thus, he was a competitor.

    So….what happened?

  10. jjbadd says: Oct 13, 2011 11:07 PM

    Notice when respected members of the media and coaches say something negative about Tebow, people are quick to jump in & pile on the insults. However, a well respected coach, Urban Meyer says positive things about Tebow, and you can dam near hear a pin drop! But it doesn’t really matter, I have said it from day one, there is something about Tebow that i like, and should he bust, i won’t make excuses, I will just admit I was wrong. Unlike everyone who has been beating him down, before he ever took a snap!

  11. robcypher says: Oct 13, 2011 11:10 PM

    All Christian warriors must pray for Tebow’s success, as Coach Meyer says. Unbelievers will be damned to the firey pits of hell.

  12. tfbuckfutter says: Oct 13, 2011 11:25 PM

    jjbadd says: Oct 13, 2011 11:07 PM

    Notice when respected members of the media and coaches say something negative about Tebow, people are quick to jump in & pile on the insults. However, a well respected coach, Urban Meyer says positive things about Tebow, and you can dam near hear a pin drop

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    Umm….Urban Meyer is just a wee bit biased.

    Only a complete lunatic would say negative things about a player they coached during a successful period for both player and coach.

    And yes. I am referring to Pete Carroll. He’s a lunatic.

  13. lance19 says: Oct 13, 2011 11:29 PM

    Danny Wuerffel won a Nation Championship, thus, he was a competitor. So….what happened?

    ********************************************

    At the NFL level, Danny was auerffel.

    Passer rating: 56.4

  14. eaglesnoles05 says: Oct 13, 2011 11:34 PM

    Beyond being overwhelmingly relieved that he will never play for UF again, I give two shizzles about Tebow.

  15. stampnhawk says: Oct 13, 2011 11:40 PM

    How akward is it that the National Champion Gators will be honored (its been what, 3 years?) in Miami (of all places) next week, and Tebow will be in attendance, and starting for the Broncos.

  16. emperor83 says: Oct 13, 2011 11:43 PM

    Gotta love the way of thinking.

    If the Broncos succeed, it’s ALL because of Tebow. If they fail, “Hey, one guy doesn’t make a team”…

  17. jagwar73 says: Oct 13, 2011 11:56 PM

    Again all of you football aficionados out in cyberspace: THREE starts in the NFL. Jealousy is so ugly.

  18. shaggytoodle says: Oct 13, 2011 11:59 PM

    Thats kind of ironic, a few years ago I was thinking to myself, Aaron Rodgers will succeed, unless the Packers don’t.

    Kind of funny how all that is tied in there.

  19. philriverslovespenis says: Oct 14, 2011 12:19 AM

    As a Broncos fan, I’m glad they finally gave him the chance SO WE CAN ALL now find out if he’s gonna cut it or not. That being said, I don’t care if it’s Brady Quin, Tim Tebow, Joe Mays, or Champ throwin the ball. Just so long as it isn’t Orton. I’m sick of my disgust with him growing with every heartless, non athletic play.

  20. steelerchicken says: Oct 14, 2011 12:27 AM

    Tebow will be successful on the 4-letter network as a college football analyst or on Meyer’s staff at Ohio State/Penn state.

    As for a QB not going to happen vs. good defensive teams.

  21. culturalelitist says: Oct 14, 2011 12:31 AM

    If Tebow succeeds, it will be because he’s a christian, an extraordinary athlete, a tireless and selfless worker, and the greatest person currently walking the earth. If he fails, it will be the fault of the liberal media.

  22. ewill27 says: Oct 14, 2011 12:38 AM

    Ahhhh… just like the hatred are already making excuses for when he wins (and you know who you are). I’ve already heard if they beat the phins its because they suck. if he’s good for the rest of the year it will be because teams don’t have enough tape and couldn’t game plan.

  23. bengalsown says: Oct 14, 2011 12:51 AM

    I think they should spend a night at the nearest Hilton hotel together…

  24. keakuamai says: Oct 14, 2011 1:03 AM

    Excuse me Urban with all due respect, Elway didn’t have great players around him but he still managed to get them to the playoffs and the big game. Once he had the supporting cast and a great back he was able to lead them to glory.

  25. vomitingliberals says: Oct 14, 2011 3:02 AM

    All of you liberal atheist pervs will be eating a thousand pounds of crow when Tebow is successful! At the very least he will be as good as Kyle friggin’ Orton, and THAT shouldn’t be too darn hard to do considering his recent numbers.

  26. childressrulz says: Oct 14, 2011 3:33 AM

    Meyer is an idiot.

  27. wishamafucwould says: Oct 14, 2011 6:41 AM

    tebow never, won a state title in high-school

  28. woodyg says: Oct 14, 2011 7:14 AM

    Starting Tebow is a good idea if not just to get this whole story started & ended as soon as possible …… By seasons end the Broncos will be looking at other positions that Tebow could possibly play on the field (TE?) ….. In 3 or 4 years Tebow will be an ex-NFL player ……. Talent & athletic ability are still key to a player’s success ……. Tebow has neither.

  29. qdog112 says: Oct 14, 2011 7:36 AM

    vomitingliberals says: Oct 14, 2011 3:02 AM

    All of you liberal atheist pervs will be eating a thousand pounds of crow when Tebow is successful! At the very least he will be as good as Kyle friggin’ Orton, and THAT shouldn’t be too darn hard to do considering his recent numbers.
    ———————————————
    No you didn’t just blame liberal atheist for Timmy’s impending failure. People like you are the reason many cannot tolerate another minute of this soap opera. He has jumped over Quinn and is now the guy, so don’t come around here blaming anyone else for, what I think will be failure of colossal proportions.

    Oh, yeah and don’t come back saying he needs more time. The stage is all his.

  30. btwicey says: Oct 14, 2011 7:40 AM

    All tebow has ever done is succeed and win – combine that with the fact he’s clearly an awesome guy with fantastic morals and work ethic, so I don’t understand all you children throwing salt for no reason whatsoever. What a sad country.

  31. sterilizecromartie says: Oct 14, 2011 8:07 AM

    “We hope Tebow succeeds. But he needs to be fairly evaluated based on his performance, getting credit if he succeeds and blame if he doesn’t. Meyer’s remarks could be the blueprint for those out there (and you know who you are) who will never find fault with Tebow, under any circumstances. They’ll expect Tim to succeed and, if he doesn’t, they’ll find something to blame other than Tebow.”
    ——————
    I can only speak for myself and I think you are wrong. I say he will be successful in the NFL. If Tebow doesn’t win I will eat crow. Put a bunch of trash around him (i.e. the Broncos) and I say he will still find a way to win. I won’t blame the other players and I won’t blame the organization or the system or whatever. It will be on Tebow, for better or worse.

    But, on the slip side of your argument, there are going to be people that bash him even if he does win. Heck, Ordinary Orton puts up a dud in the first half and Tebow brings them back to almost win the game and there are STILL people saying Orton should be starting. I have heard the excuses from “That TD pass was all Moreno” or “Brandon Lloyd bailed him out on that horrible throw”. The proof is in the pudding people. The offense was effective with Tebow. They were not effective with Orton. Argument over. Tebow > Orton. It’s been settled.

  32. ndallasruss says: Oct 14, 2011 8:08 AM

    Urban still has his face pressed firmly against Tebow’s loins.

  33. gmen1987 says: Oct 14, 2011 8:38 AM

    Tim Tebow has been cursed by being drafted by Coach McDumbass. He will fail like most of the other McDumbass picks did.

  34. georgiavol91 says: Oct 14, 2011 8:42 AM

    In all fairness, Tebow did nothing to warrant the scrutiny he faces. He didn’t pick himself in the first round, the Broncos did. He didn’t buy a billboard, some misguided fans did.

    Frankly, the majority of the criticism he receives is solely based on his outspoken faith, and this critism is a form of persecution this country specializes in. Many people either feel threatened or uncomfortable when someone publicly speaks of loving God.

  35. tubal22 says: Oct 14, 2011 8:48 AM

    wishamafucwould says:

    tebow never, won a state title in high-school

    ——————————

    Yes, he did.

  36. jimmymcnultysbottleofjameson says: Oct 14, 2011 9:00 AM

    Look, nobody can doubt the kids heart but I don’t think he has the passing ability to be successful in the NFL, simple as that. I’m pulling for him though, hopefully he proves all of his critics wrong.

  37. johnnyjagfan says: Oct 14, 2011 9:00 AM

    The rest of the Broncos pretty much do suck. They have a first-year coach and new management for a reason, people.

    It was like when the Packers couldn’t score enough to keep up with the competition in the playoffs two years ago. They’ve got nothing that stops anyone.

  38. FinFan68 says: Oct 14, 2011 9:15 AM

    stampnhawk says:
    Oct 13, 2011 11:40 PM
    How akward is it that the National Champion Gators will be honored (its been what, 3 years?) in Miami (of all places) next week, and Tebow will be in attendance, and starting for the Broncos.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Just the latest instance in a quickly growing list of things that are embarrassing for Dolphins fans. I really wish Ross would realize that good football is more entertaining than the gimmicks, half-time “talent” and stadium dance club.

  39. 6ball says: Oct 14, 2011 9:30 AM

    .

    Urban Meyer will be the next coach of the NE Patriots.

    .

  40. hatesycophants says: Oct 14, 2011 9:55 AM

    Any unbiased eye watching Tebow play can only conclude that he is absolutely horrible as an NFL QB. You cannot win as a QB if you cannot throw the ball. Bottom line.

    As for Meyer, he is terrible in the booth. Putting him and Spielman in the same booth results in an assault on the ears.

    Go Lions! Go Badgers! Go Tigers!

  41. isphet71 says: Oct 14, 2011 10:16 AM

    What’s intriguing about Tebow is that other players seem to play harder for him.

    If you don’t think this is true, cue up tape of Knowshon Moreno’s TD screen from Tebow and then try to find ANY other tape of him making a play like that. He looked like he belonged in the NFL on that play for the first time since being drafted.

    The whole team seemed to be more interested when Orton was replaced.

  42. cuda1234 says: Oct 14, 2011 10:33 AM

    Wow, where to begin.

    Tebow broke the rules in high school when he pulled a Lebron and took his talents elsewhere when he decided the school in his district wasn’t worthy of Tim Tebow’s talents.

    Urban Meyer is in love with Tim Tebow to a degree that is a little unsettling, much like UF President Bernie Machen is in love with Urban Meyer and moved him across the country so they could be together.

    Tim Tebow’s class at UF was the first class ever recruited by Urban Meyer that he actually stuck with for four years. He quit on and or lied to every other kid he recruited his entire career.

    Who knew that Louis Murphy and Aaron Hernandez were any good at UF? They were low draft picks BECAUSE they played in Urban’s horrible offense with Tim Tebow who clearly DOESN”T make the players around him better.

    Finally, Urban’s assertion that Tebow will succeed unless the team doesn’t rally around him sums, it all up. Nothing bad is ever Timmy’s fault.

    What a joke. I feel sorry for the kid.

  43. mwcarolina says: Oct 14, 2011 10:40 PM

    So, if Tim Tebow for the rest of the year has 2 TDs in games and runs for 2 and has an average of 285 yards passing and 40 rushing, yet the defense gives games away, how is that going to be Tim’s fault??? it all will depend (in my book) on how the team and Tebow play. i am the one Tebow fan who will judge fairly.

  44. psychotim says: Oct 15, 2011 7:34 PM

    “Who knew that Louis Murphy and Aaron Hernandez were any good at UF?”

    Lots of people did:

    “As a junior in 2009, Hernandez won the John Mackey Award, given annually to the nation’s best tight end, after leading the Gators in receptions with 68 for 850 yards and five touchdowns. He was also a first-team All-Southeastern Conference selection and was recognized as a first-team All-American by the Associated Press, College Football News and the The Sporting News.”

    “Hernandez was drafted by the New England Patriots in the fourth round (113th overall) of the 2010 NFL Draft. Shortly after he was drafted, The Boston Globe reported Hernandez had admitted to marijuana use and had failed multiple drug tests while in college, causing his draft stock to drop. Later that day, the Patriots released a statement from Hernandez, who said he had failed only one drug test while in college and was candid about it to interested teams at the NFL Scouting Combine.”

    (per http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aaron_Hernandez)

    Weed, not Tebow or Meyer, dropped Hernandez in the draft.

  45. cmack21 says: Oct 15, 2011 9:21 PM

    Urban Myer is one of the biggest douche bags in college football. You quit when your QB leaves, to come back 3 days later only to quit again when Auburn is domination the SEC, with your former QB. Then you taddle on them for “cheating” and then quit again.

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