We are in a unique situation in Denver. With a first round quarterback mixed with college success, sprinkle that with a fanatical fan base and for the topping add some crazier media attention and critical analysis. We have the Tebow experiment. For full disclosure, I'm a Tebow supporter; however, I recognize that Tebow needs a lot of development.
Developing a quarterback is an art. There is so much you can do with talent alone (Jamarcus Russell or Ryan Leaf), you need a combination of factors. Here are some of my thoughts on developing any quarterback.
1. You need a talented skilled player. This may be debatable of Tebow, but he has the raw ingredients. We do know he definitely can be a playmaker more than a quarterback at this time. He does have talent.
2. You need to have patience. It's crazy listening to analysts dissect every move. A dose of reality needs to balance the criticism. Young quarterbacks need time to develop. While Cam and Andy are ahead of the curve, they still need to have time. QB skills take two-three years to develop even if you have great potential.
3. You need front office and coaching support. I read somewhere that great quarterbacks have full officeand owner support. At this point, I don't think Tebow has either. There is too much silence on Tim when there is criticism. This is an experiment or audition more than development.
4. Skills have the be developed and practiced over and over again. Without a doubt, lack of OTA's hurt Tebow this year. Here is a write-up from a QB coach and 10 things he works on:
After we get our quarterback, there are certain things we teach that are of critical importance to the development of your championship quarterback. I will list them point-by-point:
1. We tell them to never take a sack.
2. Never say: “Don’t throw an interception.”
3. Scramble to throw.
4. Throw against the blitz every day.
5. Protect your quarterback inside out.
6. Know who to throw to on the blitz.
7. Teach the quarterback to deceive with his eyes and actions.
8. Demand that your quarterback coach the wide receivers.
9. Put him in adverse situations in practice.
10. Force him to make throws in practice.
5. Offense has to be built around the skills and talents of the QB. I think the coaching staff is doing their best. I don't fault the play calling or the coaching. I do think that working with Tebow is like fitting a square peg in a round hole.
My final thoughts: While Tebow can succeed, it will take lots of time, commitment and patience. The big question will be whether it will be in Denver.