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Urban Meyer doesn’t get why the NFL doesn’t want a 47.9% passer

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Tim Tebow remains out of the NFL, as he has for 11 months since the Patriots cut him at the end of last preseason. And Tebow’s coach at Florida, Urban Meyer, remains baffled that no NFL team will sign Tebow.

Meyer, now the coach at Ohio State, said at Big Ten Media Day that he can’t figure out why Tebow isn’t in a training camp.

I still don’t get that part of it,” Meyer said. “He’s the second-most efficient passer ever to play college football. . . . He’ll be successful in whatever he does, but he’s such a good player. I just wish it would work out for him.”

Since Meyer can’t figure it out, let me explain it to him: Tebow can’t get an NFL job because the essence of playing quarterback in the NFL is throwing a football accurately, and Tebow is not an accurate passer. Tebow has a career completion rate of 47.9 percent. That is, frankly, awful. Name a terrible NFL quarterback, and you can just about guarantee that he has a better career completion percentage than Tebow. Brandon Weeden? 55.9 percent. Blaine Gabbert? 53.3 percent. JaMarcus Russell? 52.1 percent.

It’s easy to see why Meyer loves Tebow, given the success the two had together at Florida. And in a world where Weeden and Gabbert still have jobs, it’s not unfair to ask why Tebow can’t get one. Tebow did, after all, provide the Broncos with a spark in 2011, leading them to a playoff victory. But even in that 2011 season, Tebow’s inaccurate passing was a huge problem. Tebow completed just 126 of 271 passes that season, a completion rate of 46.5 percent. Tebow remains the only NFL quarterback this century to throw more than 270 passes in a season while completing less than 47 percent of them. The last time an NFL quarterback threw that many passes with a completion percentage that low, it was San Diego’s Craig Whelihan in 1998. Whelihan never played in the NFL again.

And Tebow will never play in the NFL again. He will be remembered for that crazy season in Denver in 2011, when it seemed like every week the most exciting game in the NFL was a game featuring the Broncos, a game that came down to Tebow doing something in the closing moments. But Tebow will also be remembered as a quarterback who simply did not pass the ball well enough to last in the NFL.

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  1. davikes says: Jul 29, 2014 7:09 PM

    Or perhaps he’s just unwilling to throw a guy who helped him win under the bus.

  2. rajbais says: Jul 29, 2014 7:10 PM

    Weird. I’ve never heard this crap out of Mack Brown’s mouth with respect to vince young.

  3. tmcb7 says: Jul 29, 2014 7:11 PM

    also, Tebow=distraction.

    Why doesn’t Urban Meyer hire him to help coach his team? maybe then he might understand.

  4. shackdelrio says: Jul 29, 2014 7:12 PM

    ESPN re-hires Urban Meyer

  5. nyyjetsknicks says: Jul 29, 2014 7:12 PM

    Why is no one talking about Leinart, Vince Young, Troy Smith, etc…? They were all successful in college but couldn’t make it in the league? I was really good in tee ball, I guess I should be hearing from the Yankees any day now.

  6. deanvernonwormer says: Jul 29, 2014 7:13 PM

    Tebow should have been given an opportunity to start for the Jets the final few games of the season when he was with them. The team stunk anyway. They just jerked him around. He needs to go to the CFL just like Flutie did, who ended up back in the NFL. But he’s too stubborn.

  7. 4thquartermagic says: Jul 29, 2014 7:13 PM

    Tebow-mania was awesome.

  8. thegreatgabbert says: Jul 29, 2014 7:13 PM

    That’s crap, Tebow had nothing to work with in Denver. DeMaryius Thomas was injured, Eric Decker was injured, and they traded the only legitimate WR they had at the time, Brandon Lloyd, on the same day Tebow took over as starter. He won his games by NOT DINKING AND DUNKING for a high completion percentage like many current NFL QBs. He didn’t have the luxury of talent around him to game manage. So he went for broke. Had the HIGHEST YPC AVERAGE IN THE LEAGUE that season. Tebow is about winning, not padding his stats and looking pretty, and you know what? HE WON. That is the point of the game.

  9. teal379 says: Jul 29, 2014 7:13 PM

    UM’s all about Tebow these days because he’s the only former player of his not arrested for murder or facing assault charges.

  10. seacolt213 says: Jul 29, 2014 7:14 PM

    He shall now go by Bourbon Meyer

  11. ibreathefootball says: Jul 29, 2014 7:14 PM

    Tebow 1 playoff win, 1 year starter
    Tony Romo 1 playoff win, 8 year starter

  12. 12444uggg says: Jul 29, 2014 7:15 PM

    From a pure economics perspective, I’m more than surprised he’s not on a squad. We all know he’s not a good at tossing the ball around, but he’s won a few games, and people like him. You’d almost think there was something else holding him back..

  13. brownsmakemecrazy says: Jul 29, 2014 7:15 PM

    Lol thanks Michael David Smith. I read this earlier and was cracking up.

    Yeah Ur everyone is clamoring for a horrible NFL QB. What the heck does being a good QB in college have anything to do with being a QB in the NFL Urb.

    The comments that come out of Urbs mouth lately make zero sense

  14. thegreatgabbert says: Jul 29, 2014 7:16 PM

    At one point, Tebow had the best POINTS PER TOUCH OF THE FOOTBALL ratio of all time. Don’t know if that is still the case, but he isn’t far off being the best of all time at managing that. Which is what a quarterback should be judged on. Not how he looks dropping back in the pocket. SCORE FREAKING POINTS when you have the football. THAT IS ALL. Goodbye.

  15. skinsfan91 says: Jul 29, 2014 7:18 PM

    I still think if you run tons of option plays then Tebow can be successful. He can actually take the hits which makes that kind offense viable.

  16. diehardpanther says: Jul 29, 2014 7:18 PM

    Vince young never won a playoff game. Or played in a playoff game for that matter! The guy just wins football games.

  17. norrinradd12 says: Jul 29, 2014 7:21 PM

    If you factor in his rush attempts/yards, then his yards per attempt (both pass and rush combined) is more then efficient enough, as was his TD/turnover ratio.

  18. jollyjoker2 says: Jul 29, 2014 7:22 PM

    I liked Tebow is because he is a winner and can run like no one else. Yes, his passing stinks but so does half the NFL. I think he would have done well in moving the offense but since he can’t make the combine throws, he isn’t going to go anywhere until some NFL team takes a flyer.

  19. chingustight says: Jul 29, 2014 7:22 PM

    well, all that’s left is for meyer to go to the nfl and sign him to his team. no way chad henne, ryan tannehill, ej manuel, and geno smith are better than him, he is a winner, and it’s a damn shame that the nfl has no place for him due to the fact that he is a christian!!!! a chance is all he’s asking for, unlike that devil worshipping owner of the jets, someone needs to give him a chance. so let’s go meyer, take your game to the nfl and prove everyone wrong.

  20. youpeopleareallthesame says: Jul 29, 2014 7:23 PM

    I’m going to get a million thumbs downs for this, but the headline is taken out of context and the author put their own spin on it just to make Urban seem dumb. I heard the entire interview and he was simply sticking up for the guy with whom he had so much success with.

    He was asked point blank about the Tebow in the NFL situation. What else is he supposed to say?

  21. drfeelyouup says: Jul 29, 2014 7:25 PM

    He beat the Steelers. Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha

  22. xsorethumbx says: Jul 29, 2014 7:26 PM

    if he was good enough, Belichick would have kept him around. can you think of any players he has cut that went on to big things?

  23. steeltroll says: Jul 29, 2014 7:26 PM

    Still shaking my head the LeBeau turned into LeBlow and my Steelers D got beat by Tebow. Tebow!
    *shakes fist at sky*

  24. themeccalambeaufield says: Jul 29, 2014 7:27 PM

    Well Urban we all wonder why you can’t run a clean program.

  25. ktcmoving says: Jul 29, 2014 7:27 PM

    Terry Bradshaw (4x Super Bowl Champion, 2x Super Bowl MVP) completion percentage for his first 5 years; 38.1%, 54.4%, 47.7%, 49.4%, 45.3%. Career percentage was 51.9%.

    You can throw 20 passes in a game, only complete 10, but have all ten be reasonably big hitters and thus put up some good yards +touchdowns.

    Is Tebow ever going to be like a Drew Brees, or a Brady or a Manning type passer? No, absolutely not. But considering some of the trash quarterbacks that have lasted in the NFL – ones without playoff wins or even playoff games to their name – I think Tebow deserves a decent shot somewhere.

    At the very least there’s no way all 32 teams can claim that their back up quarterback (and in some cases their starting quarterback) are better than Tebow.

  26. j0esixpack says: Jul 29, 2014 7:28 PM

    and before everyone starts suggesting he go to Canada to play for the CFL again, let’s do some math

    Only 3 downs plus pass emphasized league = Tebow as a sub 50% passser is a worse match for the CFL than the NFL

  27. abninf says: Jul 29, 2014 7:29 PM

    The dude didn’t even start a full season. NFL coaches are supposed to be the best on the planet. No one can coach a young QB who had already taken a team to the playoffs and improve his percentage another 15%?

  28. shyts7 says: Jul 29, 2014 7:30 PM

    Tebow doesn’t have a job because he is just straight up dumb. If he would switch positions, he would have a job in the NFL plain and simple. He has the size and athleticism to play a short yard RB or a TE or maybe even a LB but he is too prideful to switch positions. Funny maybe he should read his book he is always flaunting and read about pride.

  29. immafubared says: Jul 29, 2014 7:31 PM

    I figure out how I too could be a great coach. Inherit Alabama, OSU, a host of other top teams loaded. Ya Urban you de man.

  30. reeggss says: Jul 29, 2014 7:31 PM

    Tebow>Manziel

  31. The Pittsburgh Steelers are the reason you can enjoy football today. This is what we built. We are the NFL. We are football. We are God's team. says: Jul 29, 2014 7:34 PM

    Tebow is a joke.

  32. nawlinssaints1956 says: Jul 29, 2014 7:34 PM

    For some reason his favorite pass play at UF, the 2 yard jump pass, didn’t work in the NFL. Go figure…

  33. natedoggpd says: Jul 29, 2014 7:34 PM

    Didn’t they lose the last 3 games of the season with him?

    God he was awful.n I don’t think decker and Thomas were injured, by the way. Typical teblow revisionist history. He was and IS terrible.

  34. rextraordinaire says: Jul 29, 2014 7:36 PM

    I see we’re back to the old ‘judging QBs by playoff wins’ thing again, disregarding the rest of the team and coaching staff that make a playoff win (let alone berth) happen

    Back to the subject: Tebow could still be playing football. Maybe it would be in Canada (where Tebow’s playing style and skillset are actually a far better fit than in the NFL. He was practically made for CFL offenses). Maybe it would be in the NFL at a different position. Regardless, he would playing pro football instead of talking about college ball on ESPN.

    If he was as “relentless” in his pursuit to be an NFL QB as he says he is, he would swallow his pride and go to Canada. Its not a dead end. Just ask Doug Flutie, or Warren Moon, or Marc Trestman

  35. fredyet says: Jul 29, 2014 7:37 PM

    Vince Young & Tim Tebow were two of the best QBs in the history of college football. They also both have extremely good winning percentages as NFL QBs. The reason they don’t get a shot in the NFL is the cookie-cutter “pro-style” boring offenses that are run by NFL coordinators. Look what happened in Philly when the No Fun League hired an imaginative college coach. Imagine VY or TT running a system like that. Long live VY & long live Tebow Mania!!

  36. broncofanssuck says: Jul 29, 2014 7:37 PM

    Annnnnnnnnnnnnd thats why you coach college.

  37. whatjusthapped says: Jul 29, 2014 7:37 PM

    For as bad as Tebow is, he would still be the best QB on the Vikings. But Spielman is insisting that the Vikings finish in last place with his own draft busts so there is at least a logical rationale for one of the remaining teams that didn’t sign him.

  38. 6ball says: Jul 29, 2014 7:38 PM

    .
    Tebow may have had an opportunity to develop better technique, but his trade to the Jets was a career killing dead end.
    .

  39. thestrategyexpert says: Jul 29, 2014 7:41 PM

    Each team already has several dozen players that are getting a shot that aren’t going to in the end prove to be NFL regulars, so no doubt Tebow deserves a chance.

    And of the 53 man teams that are assembled there always ends up being a sizable sub-population of players that prove to be the least valuable and regrettable choices, so if one team out there can’t figure out how to help Tebow improve and to make use of his strengths in some way to make their team better, then that’s their problem and Tebow has other employment options anyhow, so let him worry about it and sort out what he wants to do.

    The sad truth to reality is that right now, today, there are a handful of players out there not on a team that will never get a shot that would have been able to develop and produce into something surprisingly special and far more valuable compared to the player that had their shot instead, but nobody will ever find out which particular players those were. They do however still exist.

  40. chargrz says: Jul 29, 2014 7:42 PM

    He is better than alot of the QB’s in the NFL right now. Teams just don’t want the circus he brings.

  41. ace8842 says: Jul 29, 2014 7:45 PM

    I never enjoyed an non Eagles game as much as Tebow beating the Steelers. That entire season was like one miracle after another. I just wish he had one more chance with a better cast. No one could have won with the Jets.

  42. tmerkens43 says: Jul 29, 2014 7:48 PM

    The fact is that Tebow tools team that started 0-4 to the playoffs and won. He had better stats than Elway the first year he started. Why wouldn’t a QB that has these accomplishments at least be a back up?I People that hate Tebow, hate him for the simple fact that he’s a man of faith and that is it. Rape a woman, fail a drug test, battery, whatever. You’ll get another shot in the NFL. Talk openly about Christ and your run off with no second chance. Simple and Sad!!!

  43. dmretrogames says: Jul 29, 2014 7:49 PM

    Stinks at QB, but would be a great H-Back. A few runs, a few catches, and a gadget pass or two per game. Kid has a nose for the end zone, would be great inside the 20.

    Too bad he’s too stubborn to switch positions.

  44. largent80100 says: Jul 29, 2014 7:50 PM

    “Terry Bradshaw completion percentage for his first 5 years…”

    I’m not a huge fan of Bradshaw but he played mostly on the dead ball era. Tebow played under rules that protect the QB more than any other player and have blossomed passing stats. Yet his numbers are lower than well-know busts.

    Tebow is awful and a distraction, if Tebow’s winning the division at 8-8 and a playoff game because of poor coverage by the Steelers is “being a winner”, why doesn’t anyone say that Rex Grossman is a winner? I mean, he went 13-3, #1 seed at his conference and went to a Super Bowl being a roller coaster disguised as a QB.

    Meanwhile, the so-called winner Tebow had chances on 3 teams and none wanted him and no team has ever thought about him again as a solution, the Rams called Brett Favre out of his retirement when Bradford tore his ACL, not Tebow.

  45. 1rockyracoon says: Jul 29, 2014 7:50 PM

    If he had any potential, then a team would have signed him. John Elway and Bill Belicheck, both really good talent evaluators, didn’t think he was even a 3rd string QB. Even incompetent teams passed on him. He had success in college because its an easier level to play.

  46. uschawk says: Jul 29, 2014 7:51 PM

    The second ESPN made a big deal of showing the guy run in the rain with no shirt on he was done.

    He should of started doing cologne commercials right then.

    Tebow by Calvin Klein

  47. dmretrogames says: Jul 29, 2014 7:51 PM

    “Terry Bradshaw (4x Super Bowl Champion, 2x Super Bowl MVP) completion percentage for his first 5 years; 38.1%, 54.4%, 47.7%, 49.4%, 45.3%. Career percentage was 51.9%.”

    Different era, different style of passing game, different rules.

    Apples and oranges.

    48% in today’s game is awful.

  48. thetruthcampaign says: Jul 29, 2014 7:52 PM

    And, none of those other QB’s took a team into the playoffs nor ran for as many yards as Tebow.

  49. roesty says: Jul 29, 2014 7:53 PM

    LMAO

  50. smashadams1 says: Jul 29, 2014 7:54 PM

    You can thank the media for railroading Tebow out of the NFL and making most football fans tired of hearing his name. I can’t blame a team for not wanting to deal with the circus he brings.

    Of course he was not the most accurate passer, but he did win a lot of games and made most games very exciting and interesting to watch.

    I feel he could have been pretty successful only if an entire offense was built around him and his strengths. No GM would take that risk obviously, and I don’t blame them. But it would have been fun to watch.

  51. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Jul 29, 2014 7:54 PM

    This focuses too much on completion percentage which doesn’t tell the whole story.

    On some plays an incomplete pass isn’t the worst thing that can happen and by trying to complete all of them a QB is likely to throw more interceptions which kill the team.

    Tebow has won a playoff game and there are a lot of current QBs in the NFL that haven’t.

    Tebow’s career QB rating is 75.3%. Last season only two NFL QBs finished with a rating higher than that. (McCown and P. Manning)

    He belongs in the NFL.

  52. bhlobos says: Jul 29, 2014 7:54 PM

    This also goes toward what Dungy was trying to say when he talked about Sam… who wants the distractions that Tebow will bring? If was the next Peyton Brady, then it’s worth it… but not for a potential 3rd string QB.

  53. dolphinsfan95 says: Jul 29, 2014 7:54 PM

    It’s the unfortunate media circus that has Tebow out of the NFL, not so much his statistics. Yes, they’re not good by any means but not every player has good stats. Yet, players just trying to make a damn team, hell, even a practice squad, are given the opportunity to latch on to teams and try to improve their games and ultimately their stats. Tebow deserves that chance, to get on a team and try to improve, but no, the Media won’t allow for that and here we have this article. Sad.

  54. wcman says: Jul 29, 2014 7:58 PM

    He was a lousy NFL QB. Nothing else to say. He can’t throw a football consistently, and this nonsense about him winning games is ignoring reality. He won some games that were close at the end because the defense kept the team in it while the Tebow led offense sucked for 3 quarters of the game. The Tebow apologists are why nobody will touch him. If you sign him you immediately have all the Christians buying billboards demanding for him to start. No team wants to deal with that. He was a great College player as many others have been. He was a poor fit for the pro game as many others have been. It’s over Tebow fans: deal with it.

  55. dmarado says: Jul 29, 2014 7:59 PM

    The fact is that Tebow tools team that started 0-4 to the playoffs and won. He had better stats than Elway the first year he started. Why wouldn’t a QB that has these accomplishments at least be a back up?

    —–
    Maybe he’s a jerk and difficult to work with?

  56. largent80100 says: Jul 29, 2014 8:00 PM

    “The reason they don’t get a shot in the NFL is the cookie-cutter “pro-style” boring offenses that are run by NFL coordinators.”

    Michael Vick is a very unorthodox QB, relies on his legs more than anyone, regardeless of our personal opinions about him, no one can deny he could have a career in the league, entering now his 12th season.

    Also, regardeless of his flaws as a player (fumble and injury-prone and innacurate), Vick’s worst completion percentage as a starter was 52.6 in 06, way better than Tebow, not to mention his other tools (speed, athleticism, i.e.) are way better than Tim’s.

  57. eaglesnoles05 says: Jul 29, 2014 8:01 PM

    Haha quote of the day-

    “Name a terrible NFL quarterback, and you can just about guarantee that he has a better career completion percentage than Tebow.”

    Great stuff, MDS. Go Noles.

  58. beaumustang says: Jul 29, 2014 8:05 PM

    Yes, lets not judge the qb by points per game, completion percentage, nor ability to read defenses I would if Tom Brady completed 47% but as long as he gets the points per touch, I will be excited.

    Tebow sucked, his defense kept that team in games

    GO PATS

  59. bonnovi says: Jul 29, 2014 8:05 PM

    TEBOWMANIA!

  60. largent80100 says: Jul 29, 2014 8:09 PM

    “Name a terrible NFL quarterback, and you can just about guarantee that he has a better career completion percentage than Tebow.”

    That’s surely the best line of the article.
    By the way:
    Ryan Leaf – 48.4%
    Tebow – 47.9%

    NFL-caliber QB lol

  61. 1bigtex says: Jul 29, 2014 8:13 PM

    9 of 26 for 136 yards with 0 TDs. Plus 5 rushes for 13 total yards and a lost fumble. Throw in sacked 5 times.

    That was St. Timmy’s line versus the Pats a week after he needed home field advantage and overtime to defeat a Pittsburgh team that was playing with a crippled QB and no starting defensive linemen.

    Tebow can’t throw. It’s that simple. An NFL QB must be able to threaten the defense with their arm. Tim Tebow’s arm only scares his QB coach.

    Nice kid. Lousy NFL QB. Not everyone who is great on Saturday can succeed on Sunday. Let Tim enjoy his analyst gig. He’s had his chance at Sunday. He came up short.

  62. joseffar says: Jul 29, 2014 8:15 PM

    What is all of this “Tebow deserves a chance” business? He got chances with the Broncos, the Jets and the Patriots. They all looked at him, worked with him and determined that he wasn’t good enough. Sounds like chances to me. If he was good, he would have started. He can go play arena or CFL if he want’s more chances but he won’t do that. I think it’s due to the fact that if he bombs in the lower leagues he’ll know he’ll never get back into the NFL.

  63. raiderapologist says: Jul 29, 2014 8:18 PM

    Urb should put his money right where his mouth is. Take a league job, and bring Tebow in as his starter. It’s too late this year, but the kid will still be available next spring.

  64. tindeaux says: Jul 29, 2014 8:21 PM

    best of luck Tim. I’d rather pull for Tim than any of those woman beaters!!!

  65. sportsfan18 says: Jul 29, 2014 8:25 PM

    davikes says:
    Jul 29, 2014 7:09 PM
    Or perhaps he’s just unwilling to throw a guy who helped him win under the bus.

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    so you’re saying there is NO way for Urban to be truthful and NOT throw him under the bus?

    I don’t buy that.

    Why can’t we speak and say the truth anymore in this country?

  66. falstaffsmind says: Jul 29, 2014 8:27 PM

    Accuracy isn’t just important for an NFL quarterback, next to decision making, it’s the most important asset for the position. Knowing where to throw the football is #1. Being able to consistently place the ball on target is #2. We hear a lot about arm strength and pocket movement, etc. But isn’t Payton Manning living proof that you can take away arm strength, your scrambling ability can be practically non-existent, but if you can quickly make the right decision and throw the ball accurately, you can lead the league in passing?

  67. pfu2 says: Jul 29, 2014 8:27 PM

    Tebow>Steelers & proved it!

  68. rockstart42 says: Jul 29, 2014 8:27 PM

    If he tries out for TE I think someone would give him a look.

  69. timpiker says: Jul 29, 2014 8:29 PM

    Tebow>Squealers>PFT cheap tricks

  70. drudema says: Jul 29, 2014 8:31 PM

    What do you guys mean I can’t develop quarterbacks? I’m really tired of other schools trying to sell quarterback recruits on that. Look at all the success I had with Tebow. Did you know that his playoff record is at .500. Do you know what America’s team’s record has been over the last 17?

  71. kcflake says: Jul 29, 2014 8:34 PM

    Sometimes PFT is so Immature

  72. kcflake says: Jul 29, 2014 8:35 PM

    There are qbs on nfl rosters worse than tebow.

  73. rutledge3197 says: Jul 29, 2014 8:37 PM

    Tebow should go to the CFL just like Flutie…. And come back as a sub-par QB and lead his teams to ZERO PLAYOFF WINS…… Another college QB WHO SHOULD HAVE FOUND SOMETHING ELSE TO DO AFTER SCHOOL

  74. joejgibbs says: Jul 29, 2014 8:39 PM

    Tebow does deserve a chance. That chance is so he can fail, and end this non-sense about him playing QB in the NFL. Tebowmania was fun, and funny because there was no rhyme or reason for the team to win but the stars were aligned. The mediocre defense held their own when they needed to and Tebow made some 1st downs here and there, and Matt Prater kicked a 60 something yard field goal. Of course, it all evens out in the end. Tebow is definitely a football player, just not a QB.

  75. kerzondax says: Jul 29, 2014 8:46 PM

    Tebow is a bad NFL player. That’s it. that’s all. Period. End of discussion.

  76. bryantrulen says: Jul 29, 2014 8:50 PM

    The arm is less than ideal the more worrisome issue was his inability to process info his intelligence was hidden by the mania

  77. bradwins says: Jul 29, 2014 8:51 PM

    Urban Meyer is the worst human being around.

  78. crappygovernment says: Jul 29, 2014 8:52 PM

    Tebow = wtc7 = USS Liberty

  79. jmblosser82 says: Jul 29, 2014 8:53 PM

    Tebow only made and won a playoff game due to having a monster defense. His team won the division at 8-8. He played horrible other than the last 4-5 minutes of a game. In the playoffs he was playing a team that had a bunch of backups playing due to injuries and he still had trouble getting the job done.

  80. motsuret06 says: Jul 29, 2014 8:57 PM

    I love Tim Tebow but I must admit he had the worst mechanics of any NFL QB that I have ever seen and that goes back to the 50′s If Bill Belichick gives you a chance and you fail, then there is not much likely hood of anyone else will give you a snot. Kudos to the Pats organization for giving him probably his final opportunity to play in the NFL>

  81. jrob23 says: Jul 29, 2014 9:02 PM

    The essence of being a QB is NOT necessarily being an accurate passer. It is to lead your team to victory. Something he is more capable of doing than 80% of the QB starting right now. This is more about his faith, the attention he gets, and GM/coaches failing to adapt..than it is his talent. They are all cowards who’d rather a guy be 6’4″ and throw a pretty spiral and go 2-14 than Tebow who isn’t a great passer but also uses his legs and intangibles to win games.

    Poor kid really

  82. pilot2011 says: Jul 29, 2014 9:07 PM

    Tebow>Kluwe

  83. bullcharger says: Jul 29, 2014 9:12 PM

    And the reason teams have to pass in NFL and you can’t run the Florida system is because the athletes on defense are just too good. Look what happened to Reggie Bush. Probably the most dominant runner in NCAA history, but he couldn’t get loose that way in the NFL. The LBs are way to elite to let it happen.

    Tebow had some success, but if he could throw it with accuracy too he would 100% still be playing.

  84. bullcharger says: Jul 29, 2014 9:13 PM

    joejgibbs says: Jul 29, 2014 8:39 PM

    Tebow does deserve a chance. That chance is so he can fail, and end this non-sense about him playing QB in the NFL. Tebowmania was fun, and funny because there was no rhyme or reason for the team to win but the stars were aligned. The mediocre defense held their own when they needed to and Tebow made some 1st downs here and there, and Matt Prater kicked a 60 something yard field goal. Of course, it all evens out in the end. Tebow is definitely a football player, just not a QB.

    —————

    He only wants to be a QB though. That is the problem.

  85. roddoliver says: Jul 29, 2014 9:17 PM

    In Tebow’s defense, his low completion % is not completely his fault. Other QBs are allowed to throw a lot of screen passes and other short throws to improve the completion % significantly.

    Tebow was in a run-heavy offense that used both the RB and QB as runners and, when a pass play was called, it was mainly a deep route and sometimes with only two receivers on the field.

    Tebow was rarely asked to throw a screen pass and had no easy throws early in the game to find a rhythm. It was run, run, run, run, run and then a deep shot.

    Also, there were very few bootlegs to cut the field in half, which is something that helped young QBs like RG III.

    All I know is he won a playoff game with a legit performance against the Steelers. Ironically, Mike Mayock said “redshirt him once, redshirt him twice if necessary” and everyone knew he needed time to develop but no one gave him time to learn a system and develop his game.

  86. steelbreeze676 says: Jul 29, 2014 9:25 PM

    He’s not good.

  87. bullcharger says: Jul 29, 2014 9:25 PM

    jollyjoker2 says: Jul 29, 2014 7:22 PM

    I liked Tebow is because he is a winner and can run like no one else. Yes, his passing stinks but so does half the NFL. I think he would have done well in moving the offense but since he can’t make the combine throws, he isn’t going to go anywhere until some NFL team takes a flyer.

    ——————–

    He wouldn’t have done well in moving the offense. He already proved that in Denver. 2389 yards on the season including rushing. Cam Newton had 4757 yards as a quick comparison. Pretty much double. Tebow barely moves the ball. He was good at keeping the defense off the field by running the ball and Denver won with great complimentary football (and some luck).

  88. mrfrostyj says: Jul 29, 2014 9:29 PM

    Tebow defenders need to realize if Payton Manning told his coaches the only position he’d be willing to play is Running back, he wouldn’t be in the league either.

    The reason Tebow isn’t in the NFL is because he’s selfish and wants teams to cater to him. He doesn’t want to be in the NFL he wants to be a quarterback in the NFL and refuses to settle for less which quite honestly doesn’t really make him much of a team player. Teams thought they could make him the next Antwaan Randle El or Josh Cribbs but he refused. So with that the Tebow show is over but the state of Florida got a consolation prize when Jacksonville drafted Denard Robinson who actually wants to be in the NFL.

    Also Tebow loyalists, you all need to remember Denver got better without him and him beating the Steelers means nothing considering so has Brady Quinn AND Brandon Weeden and they were both awful too.

  89. richc111 says: Jul 29, 2014 9:31 PM

    I will tell you why, it was the media that followed him everywhere he went. He became a distraction, sure if you are openly gay but you can’t talk about the distraction without being told you are wrong, or insensitive but you can run a religious guy into the ground. Tebow would still be in the league today if he was gay

  90. mykpfsu says: Jul 29, 2014 9:31 PM

    But they’ll cry foul when a 7th round draft pick with no sacks gets cut.

  91. joe.attaboy says: Jul 29, 2014 9:36 PM

    Incredible. A story and 80+ comments about Tebow, and not one mention of him signing with Jacksonville. Even Tebow would call that a miracle from scripture.

  92. natedoggpd says: Jul 29, 2014 9:38 PM

    If only he had the integrity of urban Meyer.

  93. sophandros says: Jul 29, 2014 9:41 PM

    Meyer cites that Tebow is the second most efficient passer in college football history.

    That’s a cool fact and all, but let’s look at some other guys:

    Peyton Manning: #71 (147.11)
    Drew Brees: Not in the top 250 (132.5)
    Tom Brady: Not in the top 250 due to lack of attempts (134.9)

    Among his contemporaries:

    Sam Bradford: #1 (175.63)
    Andrew Luck: #9 (162.76)
    RG3: #13 (158.9)
    Colin Kaepernack: #107 (142.47)
    Andy Dalton: #132 (140.67)

    So a mixed bag. College passer rating isn’t the best indicator of pro success, especially in this era with so many spread offenses, short passing games, and the re-emergence of the screen game. You have to look at the type of throws a QB is making against quality defenses in addition to his number of starts and a progression in his completion percentage.

    Tebow’s biggest problem is that Denver forced him into playing too soon. His second biggest problem was his refusal to go to Canada. Yes, Canada is a passing league, but the way to become a better passer is to throw a lot of passes.

    His ego is getting in the way here, and I would not be surprised if part of the reasoning behind other teams’ decisions not to sign him is directly related to his ego.

  94. firerogergoodellnow says: Jul 29, 2014 9:46 PM

    “Urban Meyer remains baffled that no NFL team will sign Tebow”

    How about Tiki? Is he flabbergasted?

  95. buttersdr says: Jul 29, 2014 9:47 PM

    For anybody defending Tebow. If he was a viable option at QB he would be in the league. He isn’t and therefore is no longer in the league, simple.

  96. gadgetdawg says: Jul 29, 2014 9:53 PM

    I still remember that season as some of the most exciting football I’d seen in a long while. You could look at his stats and see that he wasn’t very good but it did not matter. The drama built through 3 quarters and then in the 4th you wondered how he’d pull it off.

    I understand why he doesn’t have a QB job in the NFL now but I still enjoyed the ride.

  97. fwippel says: Jul 29, 2014 10:04 PM

    On the one hand, Tebow isn’t an accurate passer, and that’s why he’s not in the NFL right now.

    However, when he was in the league and given a chance to play QB, he was able to produce for the Bronco offense, and did have his moments. The trade to the Jets ended his career because they had no intention of using him as a serious QB.

    If Tebow wants another chance in the NFL, he needs to be playing football somewhere. The most obvious choice is the CFL. If he’s not willing to do that, he will never get another shot in the NFL.

  98. bryantrulen says: Jul 29, 2014 10:08 PM

    John Elway, Bellicheck, Rex Ryan and Tony Sparano realized Tebow was not smart enough to be an NFL QB

  99. mikebrownistheworstownerinprosports says: Jul 29, 2014 10:10 PM

    Craig Whelihan:
    47.9% completion rate
    2-12 record as starter
    5.7 yards per pass attempt
    14 TDs to 29 INTs
    52.4 passer rating
    31 carries for 67 yards and 0 TDs (rushing)

    Tebow:
    47.9% completion rate
    8-6 record as starter
    6.7 yards per pass attempt
    17 TDs to 9 INTs
    75.3 passer rating
    197 carries, 989 yards, 12 TDs rushing
    Beat the Steelers in the playoffs by accounting for over 350 total yards, 3 TDs and no turnovers.

    Yeah…real similar.

  100. myhawks1976 says: Jul 29, 2014 10:11 PM

    1st off….

    Great post MDS…. Couldn’t agree more.

    Now… lets address some comments here.

    A. “Tebow doesn’t get a shot because of his religion” Really? Cause Kurt Warner, Russell Wilson, Reggie White, and many more beloved NFL players weren’t constantly Praising the Lord? Stop with the religion angle peeps. It makes you look foolish.

    B. “Tebow is better than some current backups.” He might be. But the difference, is that the backups you speak of, some team sees “potential” in. Tebow had 3 years in the league to develop and work on his passing skills. He never developed. He didn’t improve. While you might believe he could have been great, that’s why you’re commenting on PFT and not getting paid 6 or 7 figures by one of 32 teams.

    C. “If he would switch positions”…. Really? You think it’s that easy? Just wake up one day, and decide you’re going to play a position you’ve NEVER played in your life, and you’re gonna beat out peeps that have played that position their entire life? You really believe that’s how it works?

    D. “The media circus ran Tebow off” Cause the media circus is running Manziel off? You know what the NFL will put up with? They will put up with an equal amount of exterior bullsh*t that equates to your on field talent. Tebow did not possess enough talent.

    For the last time… We don’t hate Tim. I’m sure he’s a great guy. But he’s not an NFL qb. Accept it. You’ll be happier when you do.

  101. ktcmoving says: Jul 29, 2014 10:14 PM

    “Tebow only made and won a playoff game due to having a monster defense. His team won the division at 8-8″

    That’s a team that started the season 1-4. So he led them (with the same offense and the same defense that started 1-4) to a 7-4 run, finishing the regular season with 18 combined touchdowns and just 6 interceptions. And then put up 300+ on the Steelers.

    He’s never going to be a top quarterback in the conventional sense, but the reality is he’s a better quarterback than a number of those that will start this season, and certainly most of those that will be warming the benches.

    As for people saying the Bradshaw comparison is invalid because he was from a different era, the rules changes were more about how easy it was for receivers to get off the line and for O-linemen to block pass rushers. Neither of those things consistently effects the accuracy of the quarterback, not to the extent that it would make Bradshaw a 65% completer if he were playing in this day and age.

  102. dubblelznhell says: Jul 29, 2014 10:14 PM

    The last time an NFL quarterback threw that many passes with a completion percentage that low, it was San Diego’s Craig Whelihan in 1998. Whelihan never played in the NFL again.

  103. twmp420 says: Jul 29, 2014 10:15 PM

    Tebow never had a chance.

    They should have just let him play, not screw with his mechanics not do this or that.Clip board him behind somebody for a year and let him learn.

    And let him compete.

    When he had a chance he won.

    He had bad situation after bad situation.

    BTW

    I could care less about Tebow. Just my opinion.

  104. nomoreseasontix says: Jul 29, 2014 10:19 PM

    Anyone who was paying attention to more than the media hype knows he wasn’t a good NFL quarterback.
    There’s really no mystery.
    The whole “he just wins” mantra is a bunch of BS.
    Not a single team wants a crummy quarterback who mysteriously wins periodically.

  105. melikefootball says: Jul 29, 2014 10:25 PM

    Meyer needs to spend more time with his family and watch his health. Oh that’s right another lie. Get over it Tebow is no NFL QB.

  106. chaney13 says: Jul 29, 2014 10:38 PM

    Maybe Meyer should hire Tebow as his QB coach?

  107. jpat2424 says: Jul 29, 2014 10:42 PM

    If you think Tebow is a good NFL QB. Stop watching football you know nothing about the game.

  108. chris6523 says: Jul 29, 2014 10:43 PM

    What do you expect him to say about Tebow?

  109. gayforbrady says: Jul 29, 2014 10:43 PM

    If Josh freeman had a job last year and was looked at by the Giants this year. Tebow should be in the NFL

  110. 121jiggajjwatt says: Jul 29, 2014 10:46 PM

    Its obvious

  111. thehawg says: Jul 29, 2014 10:54 PM

    Jacksonville should have signed him.

  112. icebowler says: Jul 29, 2014 10:54 PM

    Paul Hornung, the Heisman Trophy winning QB from ND realized he was a better runner than a passer and became a NFL hall of fame running back. Tebow was a great athlete who should have tried another position. His biggest rating deficiency was his ego. Urban is probably greatly to blame for that overblown ego.

  113. truenorth84 says: Jul 29, 2014 11:06 PM

    I know this is a big stretch, but just thought I’d throw it out there… If Kluwe can suggest the Vikings fired him for his outspoken political ideas and the attention it brought him, couldn’t Tebow suggest he doesn’t have a job because of his religious beliefs and the attention that followed him? Both were/are outspoken and both have/do receive immense amounts of attention for it (good or bad mind you). Granted Tebow never had a position coach make the comments Priefer did (although they appear to have been made in jest *still unacceptable), but teams have 1 punter but 3 qb’s. I think Tebow could make the same argument (albeit a bad one).

  114. genericcommenter says: Jul 29, 2014 11:12 PM

    Troy Smith is struggling in Montreal, but Tebow is too much of an ego-maniac to go that route. Both he and Vince Young had invitations. I don’t think either have what it takes. It’s easier to get a TV job and make a living of his notoriety.

  115. sopadegato says: Jul 29, 2014 11:15 PM

    Tebow’s still better than any QB Houston has. Maybe better than all three of them combined.

  116. troy43mvp says: Jul 29, 2014 11:31 PM

    Look at how many posts we have when Tebow is brought up. He is still talked about like crazy. The kid is a winner. He was never trusted because of his completion percentage but he is a hell of a motivator and a warrior mentality that I can’t help be in awe of.

  117. gavriloprincip33 says: Jul 29, 2014 11:54 PM

    What do we know that you don’t?

    - 32 NFL GM’s and head coaches?

  118. boyshole25 says: Jul 29, 2014 11:57 PM

    Forget percentages and stats and religious beliefs(because that’s 90% of it) the kids a winner. If he was a Muslim he’d be applauded but since he is the unhip religion he has been ostracized.

  119. stainlessstill says: Jul 30, 2014 12:12 AM

    Tim Tebow beat a Steelers team barely holding onto the last piece of skin hanging off their bodies with a defensive gameplan that was so vanilla that it made pre-season look All-Pro. Tebow was great that game, but above all else, the Steelers made it easy for them. They were done-for about the 15th week of the regular season.

  120. rangenius says: Jul 30, 2014 12:20 AM

    He wins games!

  121. thegreatjimbrown says: Jul 30, 2014 12:29 AM

    “I still think if you run tons of option plays then Tebow can be successful. He can actually take the hits which makes that kind offense viable.”

    Not true. For the option to work, there has to be some threat of actually throwing the ball. It became clear that he is absolutely no threat throwing the ball, so defending the option would be easy.

  122. jayblack073 says: Jul 30, 2014 12:32 AM

    If a team wanted to risk everything and build their whole team around a guy that isn’t guaranteed to succeed, then maybe he could have a shot. It just isn’t really worth all of the adjustments you’d have to make, that’s just how I see it.

  123. liquidmuse says: Jul 30, 2014 1:06 AM

    PASSER RATING. Completion % GOES INTO factoring passer rating, as does the most important stat, TD-INT (production vs. turnovers) ratio. Tebow put up an 80.1 (including playoffs), which is one point below Andrew Luck, & better than about half the league, including those pathetic passers you mentioned, Smith. I love how you don’t cite that, nor winning % (9-7), nor the fact that the Broncos were the 2nd worst team before he took them to the playoffs, nor beating the #1 passing defense IN the playoffs, nor the fact he only started 16 games, & with NO training camp reps with the 1st team.
    And if you guys think Rex Ryan’s analysis of QBs means anything, I have Mark Sanchez & Geno Smith to sell you (BOTH with worse ratings than Tebow). I won’t even mention the 1000 yards rushing, nor the Denver defense being 24th the year he dragged them to the playoffs.
    He’s too unorthodox & too popular to be a backup, but “classic” passers like Cutler, Stafford, Palmer, & Dalton win one playoff game ever between them, & they’re all unemployed & enriched.

  124. deezenucks says: Jul 30, 2014 1:11 AM

    Wow people, This has nothing to do with his faith at all, stop making excuses for the guy. When no one, ie. professional football talent evaluators pass on a guy who can be had for nothing, that says it all.
    Get over it already

  125. pongonfl says: Jul 30, 2014 1:16 AM

    the most surprising moment in NFL history was when he connected for that one pass against the steelers.

    it was like a Disney movie.
    Kudos to Elway for cleaning up the mess made by McDaniels.
    “And the Broncos paid a strong price to get Tebow, giving up a second, third and fourth round draft pick to move up.”

    Amazing, that the current administration of the Broncos has done to correct the crater that McDaniels made of that franchise.

  126. earlcampbellrules says: Jul 30, 2014 1:37 AM

    Tebow was the worst NFL QB I’ve ever watched throw a pass. It was very painful to behold. It looked like he was throwing wrong handed.

  127. orivar says: Jul 30, 2014 2:31 AM

    The Media CREATED Tebowmania. They hyped it up, they hyped his Christian lifestyle, they created the so called ‘circus’. Tebow didn’t do anything other than continue to live his life the way he always had. The media created the circus because it brought in money then they acted like they had no part in it when they created his downfall.

  128. kosar19xx says: Jul 30, 2014 4:32 AM

    Stop with the “they wont give him a chance because hes a christian” crap. Plenty of NFL players wore their religion on their sleave. Jon Kitna comes to mind. Wasnt Reggie White a minister? Kurt Warner? Tebow: Great guy. If i had a daughter, id want her to marry a guy like him. If i had an NFL offense, no thanks.

  129. uglydingo says: Jul 30, 2014 5:38 AM

    Good article. When you see that Tebow is 8% worse than Brandon Weeden, it helps to explain his NFL failure (and the traveling circus didn’t help). Maybe if he had put more effort into his throwing mechanics as a young player, and less time lifting weights, becoming muscle bound and pumping scripture – he might have made it.

  130. campcouch says: Jul 30, 2014 5:40 AM

    If he was scum of the Earth, and committing crimes like a few of his peers who continue to play or grab headlines, I’d be on board with dumping on him, but he looked like a nice guy who wanted to do something specific in life and it didn’t work out. As much as I hate the SEC, I wish the guy success.

  131. NFLJunkie says: Jul 30, 2014 7:56 AM

    Vince young never won a playoff game. Or played in a playoff game for that matter!
    =============

    Vince Young fell just shy of the playoffs his rookie season (eliminated final week), WENT to the playoffs as the full-time starter his second season (lost 17-6 in San Diego) — he was already teetering on the emotional edge at that point, showing his immature sulky side– and then got himself benched his third season when he fell over the edge. Kerry Collins took the team back to the playoffs.

    From an all-around/passing QB standpoint, I’d take Young over Tebow without a doubt — and Young had his own mechanical issues in the pocket at times. But his big issues were all emotional, and he just couldn’t decide if he really wanted to be a pro. Combine the two guys and you might just have a truly viable NFL QB, if still not the most technically sound passer.

  132. buccan33rz1976 says: Jul 30, 2014 9:25 AM

    Uhhhhhh….

  133. geefan1 says: Jul 30, 2014 3:48 PM

    Michael David Smith explaining football to Urban Meyer. That’s so cute…

  134. lgwelsh1 says: Jul 31, 2014 12:33 AM

    When Tebow had the ball in the 4th quarter it was must see television. 2011 in Denver will never be forgotten, it was a crazy season…then the playoff win.

    It was like some Hollywood script writer planned it.

  135. ruvelligwebuike says: Aug 5, 2014 11:10 AM

    I definitely wouldn’t be too keen on the media hype machine that comes with Tebow.

    But I have a hard time believing that the guy couldn’t help an NFL team. All he did was win games and his leadership is obviously not lacking. How can I guy win a bunch of games, then win a playoff game, and be out of the league the next year?

  136. politicallyincorrect says: Aug 5, 2014 3:38 PM

    If there is a bigger fraud and/or scumbag than Urban Meyer, please tell me….

    all Meyer players should be required to pass some sort of psychological and character screening prior to being draft eligible

  137. politicallyincorrect says: Aug 5, 2014 5:05 PM

    but in fairness, Urban Meyer barely gets 2 +2

  138. speicher145 says: Aug 6, 2014 11:42 AM

    He does win games…Pittsburgh was the number one defense in the league that year they beat them in the Wild Card game, then went on to lose to New England who made it the the Super Bowl that year. Not to mention, that Denver team was 1-4 before he was given an opportunity to start. AND it was only his second season. I don’t like college football, don’t watch it until the bowl games. However, Tebow got sabotaged. He didn’t ask for all that fame. He also won 3 Heisman Trophys from what I understand. If Mark Sanchez and Blaine Gabbert got to start for three years Tebow definitely deserves a chance to play again.

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