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    PASSING FLAWS MAY NEGATE TEBOW'S PHYSICAL GIFTS

    PASSING FLAWS MAY NEGATE TEBOW'S PHYSICAL GIFTS

    "Denver’s playoff victory against Pittsburgh in January
    showcased the best, and the worst, of <a class="meta-per" title="More articles about Tim Tebow." href="http://topics.nytimes.com/top/reference/timestopics/people/t/tim_tebow/index.html?inline=nyt-per">Tim
    Tebow</a>.
    <p itemprop="articleBody">He completed passes of 80, 58, 51, 40 and 31 yards in
    upsetting the Steelers in overtime, 29-23. It was his greatest professional
    performance, proof that he could beat a good opponent by throwing the ball, not
    just by running with it. </p>
    <p itemprop="articleBody"><a title="N.F.L. Gamebook .pdf." href="http://www.nfl.com/liveupdate/gamecenter/55493/DEN_Gamebook.pdf">It was
    also a game</a> in which Tebow completed just five other passes, completed less
    than 50 percent of his attempts, converted just three third downs and
    demonstrated that unconventional plays are typically the only plays he makes.
    </p>
    <p itemprop="articleBody">In evaluating Tebow, he has obvious assets like size
    and athleticism, and a superabundance of intangibles: work ethic, leadership and
    some elusive or illusory traits that make him “a winner.” He also has one
    obvious, glaring, potentially career-derailing tangible: Tebow does not throw
    the ball well. </p>
    <p itemprop="articleBody">“His mechanics are very poor,” said Greg Cosell, the
    executive producer of ESPN’s scouting-based “N.F.L. Matchup” show, “and that may
    never change.” </p>
    <p itemprop="articleBody">Cosell, who scrutinizes hundreds of hours of game film
    every year, can pinpoint flaws in Tebow’s motion that lead to off-target passes.
    </p>
    <p itemprop="articleBody">“His arm speed is very slow,” Cosell said. “People
    think he has a strong arm, but because his delivery is slow, it negates a lot of
    that arm strength.” </p>
    <p itemprop="articleBody">Arm-speed issues were evident during the Steelers
    game. Tebow’s long passes came when he had time to **** his shoulders, wind up
    and heave the ball downfield. When trying to throw quickly, his passes wobbled
    or sailed away from receivers. Unlike Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers, who can
    effortlessly fling short passes, Tebow cannot deliver quick throws. During the
    Steelers game, the CBS analyst Phil Simms pointed out several occasions when
    Tebow scrambled instead of picking up easy yardage with a toss to an open
    receiver. </p>
    <p itemprop="articleBody">Tebow has other mechanical flaws. He does not
    consistently point his plant foot at his target, and the ball typically follows
    the foot. He has quickened his release somewhat and corrected some major flaws
    since leaving college. But his motion is still discouragingly similar to what
    Nolan Nawrocki, the Pro Football Weekly draft analyst, <a title="Nawrocki’s analysis." href="http://www.profootballweekly.com/2010/03/15/top-10-qb-prospects">observed
    in 2010</a> when Tebow came out of University of Florida: “Has a tendency to
    overstride with a very long release and a baseball-like, windup throwing
    motion.” </p>
    <p itemprop="articleBody">Quarterbacks with unorthodox throwing mechanics have
    thrived in the N.F.L., but only if they achieved an acceptable level of
    accuracy. Tebow’s 46.5 percent completion rate last season was the lowest of any
    starting quarterback since Cincinnati’s Akili Smith completed 44.2 percent of
    his passes in 2000. Smith soon vanished from the league. </p>
    <p itemprop="articleBody"><a title="Tebow’s career statistics." href="http://www.pro-football-reference.com/players/T/TeboTi00.htm">Tebow’s
    completion percentage</a> was actually inflated by the scheme the Broncos
    had designed for him. He threw a high percentage of wide receiver screens, which
    require little more skill than handoffs. Tebow completed 30 of 40 passes thrown
    to receivers at or behind the line of scrimmage. Those passes accounted for
    nearly a quarter of his completions; his completion rate for passes that
    actually traveled downfield was 41.6 percent. </p>
    <p itemprop="articleBody">Take away the screens, and Tebow is left with the
    schoolyard plays, three or four conventional completions per game, and the same
    number of incomplete passes Rodgers or Drew Brees typically throws while
    generating more than twice the number of passing yards and points that Tebow
    does. </p>
    <p itemprop="articleBody">If he throws highlight-reel passes, as he did against
    Pittsburgh, Tebow can lead a successful offense without developing as a passer.
    Unfortunately, that is unlikely to happen. </p>
    <p itemprop="articleBody">“Give him all the credit in the world for the Steelers
    game, but that is not going to happen very often,” Cosell said. “People
    conveniently forget that he was awful in four of his last five games.” </p>
    <p itemprop="articleBody">In those other four games, Tebow completed 39 percent
    of his passes, averaged just 4.8 yards per attempt, and led the Broncos to an
    average of 12.5 points per game. He also ran for just 39 yards per game. These
    games, which came in the heat of a playoff race and in the postseason, against
    top opponents like New England and woeful ones like Buffalo and Kansas City,
    demonstrate the downside of counting on scramble-and-heave heroics to provide
    nearly 100 percent of a team’s offense. </p>
    <p itemprop="articleBody">Tebow could still develop as a pure passer, but two
    years of effort have yielded limited results, and as Cosell said, <a class="meta-org" title="Recent news and scores about the New York Jets." href="http://topics.nytimes.com/top/news/sports/profootball/nationalfootballleague/newyorkjets/index.html?inline=nyt-org">the
    Jets</a> might not be interested in fostering that development if they are
    looking for a playmaker to provide an occasional spark while their defense does
    the heavy lifting. </p>
    <p itemprop="articleBody">“It comes down to this: Is someone going to teach him
    how to play N.F.L. quarterback?” Cosell said. </p>
    <p itemprop="articleBody">Tebow zealots may think such an education is
    unnecessary: intermittent long passes, option plays and willpower are enough to
    ensure that he is always on the winning end of 16-13 games. If that is true,
    Tebow will be an anomaly in modern N.F.L. history: a quality quarterback who
    cannot consistently complete passes. </p>
    <p itemprop="articleBody">“No one has ever played quarterback in the N.F.L. at a
    high level unconventionally.” Cosell said. “You have to stand in the pocket and
    throw the football at some point.” </p>

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    Re: PASSING FLAWS MAY NEGATE TEBOW'S PHYSICAL GIFTS

    Did someone really need to write this long of an article to get the point across?

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    But seriously, good luck Tebow. I still don't honestly see him becoming a starter in jet land
    "...two minute drill at the end of each quarter, Ya'know with the wind like this blowing mooch and marshall into the ocean...If that's behind me I think were getting 3 from 70 so holla at your boy. IF YOU DON"T PICK ME THAT'S A JOKE RIGHT?" - Justin Tucker, Ravens kicker

    Complain?, ain't Nobody got time for dat!

    GO GIANTS!

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