I'm writing this because I want to explain why I think Tim Tebow might become a good quarterback. Now before I begin, I would like you to know a couple of things. I have some knowledge of the Denver Broncos but I am actually a San Francisco 49ers fan and a Utah Utes fan. Being a college football person, I've seen Tebow play on several occasions at Florida. Now onto why I think he's struggling and how he might be able to improve.
To begin, I think people need to understand what kind of quarterback Tim Tebow is. This guy came from the spread offense of Florida, a system very different from what Denver uses. Like many spread quarterbacks, Tim Tebow is very mobile. He is well known for his running ability. Yet I thought it was interesting that after watching film of his turnovers against the Detroit Lions, he didn't seem to always use his mobility against the pressure brought by the defensive line. Rather, he seemed to ignore the pressure on several occasions. This seems to be something commonly seen with inexperienced quarterbacks who are using a typical pro style offense. I'm confident that the Broncos have made adjustments to their offensive scheme based on Tebow's strengths, but you can only go so far without completely changing the offense. So we have to ask, can Tebow run Denver's offense? Well, he's struggling right now but it's very possible for him to adjust and get better. But such a process can take time, depending on what Tebow knows already and how exactly he learns. To examine his situation, I would like to talk about the career of another one of Urban Meyer's quarterbacks.
In 2005, the San Francisco 49ers drafted Alex Smith out of Utah. But what does Alex Smith have anything to do with Tim Tebow? Well, when Alex joined the league, he was in the process of adjusting to his new offense. Just like Tebow, Alex Smith came from the spread offense of Urban Meyer. It was a very rough start for Alex, he struggled throughout his first year, he was injured in his second year, he learned several different offenses because his offensive coordinators kept getting fired. His team had numerous problems and was poorly coached. He has been booed by his own fans on multiple occasions. But as the years added up, he just became more experienced and he got sharper...the 49ers are now well coached...and Alex Smith...who understands his offense well...is playing the best football of his career, with a quarterback rating of 95.7...tying Ben Roethlisberger. Anyway, back to Tebow.
So from what I understand, Tebow doesn't seem to force a lot of passes, which is a good sign. His weakness seems to be how he reacts to pressure created by the defense. Now this might be because Tebow was spoiled by a good Florida team, and didn't have to worry about pressure all the time. But if he can learn how to react and when to do so, he may become very competitive. Keep in mind, he's been in the league for only two years. Peyton Manning didn't look good in his second year, I don't think Steve Young did either. So is he a bust? Possibly, but it's going to be a while before we can come up with that conclusion.