Saturday, October 31, 2009

Tebow NFL Watch: Dungy Supports

"As a coach, I always like winners. Tim Tebow doesn't have the classic throwing motion, he doesn't have the accuracy, maybe, right now that some people are looking for, but I think when he gets into a pro system that really stresses throwing the ball accurately, the big thing is he makes the people around him better. And he's won. ... I think he's going to be a great player in the NFL."

-- Tony Dungy, on Tim Tebow's NFL prospects. I will completely unpack this next week, but I like the analysis from my Sporting News colleague Mike Tunison.

Let's repeat the general point -- the one that Urban Meyer makes all the time: System, system, system. It's the same with Vince Young. It's the same with Alex Smith (see last week).

And it's why, to have a successful NFL career, Tebow has to be with an innovator like Bill Belichick, who has no interest in using Tim Tebow as a full-time starting QB -- but every intention on creatively unleashing him on the league.


  1. Dan.. I ma sorry.. but you really don't know what youa re talking about. Meyer has said Tebow can run whatever system you put him in. Alex Smith was a product of a weak conference. Just like Sam Bradford and colt McCoy and Vince Young. Tebow has proven himself against the best defenses.

    Tebow is actually underrated as a passer. Skip Bayless of ESPn has said Tebow has a much stronger arm than Bradford and Skip is an OU homer.

    Tebow could run a pro style offense if he had pro style runningbacks,.his is something he has never had at Florida. Urban Meyer has said repeatedly that if Tebow had personnel to run a pro style offense he could ecxcel at it.

    Coaches that understand football know Tebow has the passing ability to play at the next level..John Gruden, Tony Dungy and Bill Bellichick have said or implied this.

    People think that because Tebow chooses not to pass with frequency that he CAN'T pass. This is not reality. Tebow doesn't pass because i anyone had his running ability they would rely on their running. Look at Stafford.. he has an NFL passing game -- number one pick -- he had a great runner in Moreno.. a stellar defense and he still couldn't even make an SEC championship game. Tebow could pass as well as anyone and Lose with the best of them. But if he runs he ensures victory.

    But the people that know what they are tlaking about can see how welll he passes at times and extrapolate that. Look at the OU game.. the Alabama game. He was throwing the ball spectacularly and dominating. He had a better yard per pass even though he had far lass time to throw than Bradford adn with weaker runners...

    People also don't realize that running a spread offense HURTS Tebow's passing game in the SEC. When Tebow plays in the NFL with the runningbacks people are going to be SHOCKED how Tebow's passing and running explode.

  2. Another thing I think people are totally missing about this Tony Dungy endorsement is that Dungy has access to maybe the greatest evaluator of QB's you could possibly imagine -- Payton Manning.

    Payton Manning has talked to Tebow... I would bet anything that Manning has talked to Dungy about Tebow.. how could they not have discussed Tebow? You think Dungy would endorse Tebow if Manning vetoed him?