George Whitfield, the quarterback guru whom several NFL starters have credited with helping them improve as passers, is hoping to take on another client this offseason: Tim Tebow.
Whitfield told USA Today that, despite this year’s debacle with the Jets, Tebow can still become an NFL starter — if he does the hard work necessary to change his throwing motion.
“It’s doable,” Whitfield said. “And I absolutely believe it can be done, and I would absolutely go in with him on it. He is going to have to make the decision to morph to the position — to re-engineer himself skill-set-wise to quarterback. Footwork-wise, hip-generated throws, throwing up over defenders, it can be engineered.”
Tebow’s throwing motion has been dissected — and almost universally panned by experts on quarterbacks’ mechanics — since he was at Florida. Tebow has had four different NFL head coaches and multiple coordinators and position coaches, but Whitfield apparently thinks he can improve Tebow in a way none of his other coaches have.
The Jets are likely to release Tebow after the season, and at this point, not only would no NFL team sign Tebow as its starter, but it’s entirely possible that the only team interested in him as a backup would be Jacksonville, which would want him more for what he can do at the box office than what he can do on the field. If Whitfield sees a quality NFL starter in Tebow, it seems that he sees something few others see.