Urban Meyer: Media attention on Tim Tebow “did wear” on NFL teams

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New Eagles quarterback Tim Tebow is no stranger to media attention.

But for NFL clubs, the focus on Tebow has been an unwanted byproduct of having the 2007 Heisman Trophy winner on the roster, his former college coach believes.

In an interview Tuesday with The Dan Patrick Show, Ohio State coach Urban Meyer said numerous NFL coaches had indicated the attention paid to Tebow was an annoyance.

“I talked to many of the coaches involved, and one thing every coach wants is lack of distraction so they can focus on their team,” said Meyer, who coached Tebow at Florida. “And when all of a sudden ESPN has live people watching practice, and every time you wake up there’s ‘Tim Tebow this, Tebow this, Tebow this’ and you’re talking about a backup quarterback. And that did wear on people.”

However, Meyer noted: “… I think that is over for the most part, because you just don’t hear as much, and now hopefully Tim can just learn to be an NFL quarterback.

Asked about why Tebow wasn’t able to sustain success earlier in his career, Meyer noted the quarterback’s role in Denver’s 2011 division championship and dismissed Tebow’s tough one-season stint with the Jets as “not good for all involved.”

Said Meyer: “The problem with Tim — and this is the only problem — he creates so much conversation and distraction that I think that spooks some teams.

“And I think we’re that far beyond it now, that that’s not that big of a distraction anymore. He’s just a quarterback trying to make a team now.”

Meyer said he recently talked to Tebow and was pleased about his former player’s new career opportunity in Philadelphia.

“He deserves it. Hope he makes it. He’s in a great place,” Meyer said.

37 responses to “Urban Meyer: Media attention on Tim Tebow “did wear” on NFL teams

  1. And this is why, to a degree, I think Tebow is a bit of a fraud.

    For someone who is ‘so humble’, he clearly enjoys the limelight.

    He could very simply refuse any and all media interviews/access outside of what the league requires, but he doesn’t.

  2. More so than his ability, the attention aspect is the #1 reason he hasn’t made a team the last two years. Even the greatest Tebow-hater can’t say the man is not good enough to be a 3rd string QB on just about any NFL team. We all saw a glimmer of what 3rd string QBs are in this league in the playoffs last year (Ryan Lindley).

  3. Same guy with the same stupid throwing motion, but it’s a different year, so we can now talk about how we used to talk about him? I’m tired of it again already.

    The bottom line is still the same. If he wants to play, then he’ll try TE or FB. Anything else means he’s media circus camp dummy.

  4. “And I think we’re that far beyond it now, that that’s not that big of a distraction anymore. He’s just a quarterback trying to make a team now.” – Urban
    ——————————————–
    “NOPE!” – Skip & ESPN.

  5. Meyer owes a lot of his success to Tebow (and vice versa) and I wouldn’t expect him to say anything else.

    But people need to bring a lot more to the table if they are going to defend Tebow than one playoff win in Denver. Tebow’s terrible play down the stretch nearly kept them out of the playoffs and his butt was pulled out of the fire by his defense in many of the wins.

    The Tebow led Broncos were 8-8 and backed into the playoffs after losing their last three regular season games by a combined score of 88-40.

    The next season, the same Broncos team, with a actual NFL quality QB, went 13-3.

    Look at Tebow’s passing stats in Denver. Then consider who Tebow was throwing to:

    Julius Thomas
    Eric Decker
    Demaryius Thomas
    Eddie Royal
    Knowshon Moreno
    Willis McGahee
    Lance Ball

    8-8. With THAT team. Please, stop already.

  6. Tebow .500 in the postseason as a starter
    Manning .458

    🙂

    #welltheyare
    #broncoskeptthewrongQB

  7. This is one time I can actually thank ESPN. Thanks for scaring teams away by bringing in your media circus. Never did quite understand why ESPN thought us fans cared about who was doing what and who was taking snaps at Jets training camp. Everyone knew the guy wasn’t a real NFL quarterback.

  8. He lead a mediocre team to the playoffs sure he isnt the best QB or best pocket passer but he got the job done thats all that matters

  9. If you can play, someone will sign you. Heck, even Ray Rice will be back.

    Tebow is too awful to even make 3rd string on an NFL roster, that’s the point that his fans can’t comprehend.

  10. Another excuse for Timmy by the enablers. So now we’re supposed to believe that the media attention isn’t his fault? When he’s never seen a microphone or camera he could resist? Or when he made that DVD about his high school career? Or the DVD about his college career? Or the DVD about his draft preparation? Or wrote his autobiography at the age of 24? Or went on a book tour during the last lockout? Or held press conferences as an irrelevant backup for the NY Jets? If there’s such a thing as a media HO Timmy’s it.

  11. Was a cowboy fan my first 15 years. The last 33 years a diehard football Giants fan. Now……Go Eagles!!!!! Let Tebow Play!!!!!

  12. You can’t bash the guy for taking interviews if people want to talk to him. Don’t we want our athletes to be accessible? Or do we want a league full of Marshawn Lynch’s?

  13. No one would care if it weren’t for his religious nature. To some, it’s like having Jesus himself out there on the field.

  14. For all those who claim Tebow craves the limelight try and find one recent video of Tim not connected with charity or his TV job. The man is disappearing act. If he shows up on TV it’s him saying bland PC stuff. It’s you talking about him not him talking about himself.

  15. LISTEN UP TEBOWMANIACS: He is saying the reason Tebow can’t develop is because YOU put to much pressure on him, the team and the coach. If you really love Tebow LEAVE HIM AND THE EAGLES ALONE and let him develop as a 3rd stringer.

    -A tebowmaniac who has learned his lesson

  16. @lukedunphysscienceproject says:
    Apr 28, 2015 12:41 PM

    Meyer owes a lot of his success to Tebow (and vice versa) and I wouldn’t expect him to say anything else.

    But people need to bring a lot more to the table if they are going to defend Tebow than one playoff win in Denver. Tebow’s terrible play down the stretch nearly kept them out of the playoffs and his butt was pulled out of the fire by his defense in many of the wins.

    The Tebow led Broncos were 8-8 and backed into the playoffs after losing their last three regular season games by a combined score of 88-40.

    The next season, the same Broncos team, with a actual NFL quality QB, went 13-3.

    Look at Tebow’s passing stats in Denver. Then consider who Tebow was throwing to:

    Julius Thomas
    Eric Decker
    Demaryius Thomas
    Eddie Royal
    Knowshon Moreno
    Willis McGahee
    Lance Ball

    8-8. With THAT team. Please, stop already

    ***********

    As noted elsewhere, Tebow was 7-4 with that team, not 8-8 as Denver was 1-4 when he took over.

    Additionally, Julius Thomas wasn’t with Denver at the time. Knowshown Moreno was injured for most of the year and only played in 4 games that Tebow started.

    Eric Decker was in his 2nd NFL season after having only caught 6, yes SIX passes his rookie season.

    Demaryius Thomas was also just starting his 2nd year after having caught a whopping 22 passes during his rookie campaign. He was also recovering from an Achilles heel injury which had him out of shape his first couple of games back.

    Btw, this “same team” that you mentioned started that season at 1-4 under Kyle Orton after finishing 4-12 under a “real QB” in 2010.

  17. Detractors don’t know half as much as they think they do while they parrot other people who don’t know half of what they think they think they know. Tebow defenders can and have brought “a lot more,” even if others are ignorant of it. Here are some highlights.

    He wasn’t “8-8 with that,” Orton started the year as starter 1-4. Tebow was 7-4, 8-5 if you count playoffs. And if you’re counting playoffs, two of those five losses were to the 13-3 Patriots.

    Julius Thomas was not his TE, that was scrub Daniel Fells, who was always kept in to help block for his poorly ranked O-line until the fourth quarter, where surprise, Tebow-Time.

    Decker and Thomas were among the worst for dropped balls in 2011 (77th and 84th), and that stat only grades catchable passes.

    Eddie Royal?…please.

    Moreno was hurt and ended up playing a total of seven gimpy games.

    Old man McGahee played like Barry Sanders with Tebow, then disappeared from football after Tebow left.

    Lance Ball, hahaha

    There is nothing more pathetic than listening to Tebow detractors saying the same old debunked cliches, namely, “low comp%” (as if that means anything to a guy who runs instead of dinks and dunks his way to 60%)), “he didn’t beat out Sanchez” (under a coach with a tattoo of his wife wearing a Sanchez jersey), “he got cut by the Pats” (ignoring that the team has Brady, and Mallet had 3 years in the system Tebow saw 3 weeks of), and “he isn’t signed” (while two of the better coaches in the league have/are taking looks while the basement teams comically turn their noses up).

    Finally, the “circus” only demanded Tebow play AFTER Orton started 1-4, and it ended up being the right call as the second worst team from the previous year got a playoff win, and the “circus” called for Tebow to play after turnover-machine Sanchez sucked all season long. The calls were ignored and the season was a failure…once again, the “circus” was right. The “circus” never called for Tebow to start over Brady or any decent QB.

    ps-you commenters who are so “bored/tired of this story” that you read and comment on every one are the real “circus.”

    Google “cold hard football facts real QB analysis Tebow could have saved 5 GMs” if you’re intellectually curious at all.

    pps-Tebow is absolutely no fraud. Nobody who has met him would say that…only people desperate to not feel impotent/insignificant when compared against him claim to believe this. I’ve met him, he’s the real deal.

  18. As much of a shock as it seems to be to people, I don’t think chip kelly intends to develop Tebow into “an NFL QB” in the way that Tebow won’t ever be. I do think he intends to make a defense scared with sproles tebow murray mathews mathews ertz combos in short yardage/goaline situations. Tebow can have multiple rushing TDs and be a distractor allowing others to shine in kelly’s offense. All day. Not a bad football move.

  19. Hmm… now Meyer has become “The Voice of God” just because he bested Mariota/Oregon without their best receivers on the field in the National Championship Game? Chile, pleeze. Timmy Tebow is an NFL QB. Big Bro Manning can throw passes, but that’s no guarantee you gon’ win, is it? (rolling eyes)

  20. The Tebow led Broncos were 8-8 and backed into the playoffs after losing their last three regular season games by a combined score of 88-40.

    The next season, the same Broncos team, with a actual NFL quality QB, went 13-3.

    Look at Tebow’s passing stats in Denver. Then consider who Tebow was throwing to:

    Julius Thomas
    Eric Decker
    Demaryius Thomas
    Eddie Royal
    Knowshon Moreno
    Willis McGahee
    Lance Ball

    8-8. With THAT team. Please, stop already.

    – – – – – – – –

    Kyle Orton started that season 1-4 so you’re saying Tebow is better than him?

  21. Meyer, you’re being a distraction by even answering questions about TT.

    So those calling TT a fraud what’s that say about you judging someone you don’t personally know and will likely never have the opportunity to even meet? Crickets, yeah I know.

  22. You Tebow apologists can nit pick my facts all you want, but you’d probably be better polishing up your excuses and rationalizations for when he gets bounce off his third team in four years.

  23. The Tebow led Broncos were 8-8 and backed into the playoffs after losing their last three regular season games by a combined score of 88-40.

    The next season, the same Broncos team, with a actual NFL quality QB, went 13-3.

    7-4 not 8-8. Also, that next season Manning was one and done.

    Manning lost last 2 playoff games by a combined score of 72-21.

  24. Why do people whine over what he did or did not do. Everything for and against him in denver, new york and new england.
    Coaches and GMs don’t look at any stats loved by tebow’s cult or tebow haters. It’s always been about his horrible fundamentals not being the right foundation for anyone to be willing to develop him since just having him on the team taking reps isn’t improving his fundamentals. He got bounced from teams because of how awful his fundamentals were because he couldn’t execute with any consistency the offense any team wanted to use and had trouble learning them.
    He fixed his fundamentals finally and that’s why he is getting another chance. No, no team should have kept him or just let him played based on what coaches and GMs actually look at. That’s been going around and said all throughout the NFL since he got bounced from his first team.
    Tebow didn’t fix the issues he was told to fix over and over till he finally saw that he wasn’t gonna get another chance till he did. It gets old with the “he won” since that’s not how anyone evaluates QBs they wanna keep or bring in. His performances in denver were very poor even though they did win games.
    Look at how evaluation of QBs is done and it’s easy to see why no one wanted tebow. You wouldn’t take tom brady to run the triple option though he wins games. Stats for and against is never how QBs are evaluated by teams, its just what fans love to talk about since talking about the real nuts and bolts of QB play is boring to most fans and has no flashy number that fans like so much.
    Tebow lost out on every chance he was given because he did not have the right foundation in his fundamentals to be worth investing time on to reach the goal of executing an offense that any team wanted. He’s fixed that now so good luck to him but there’s just no argument based on how coaches and GMs evaluate that says he should have been kept.

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