So, Tim Tebow is changing his throwing motion in an effort to raise his draft stock this year. While Tebow looks to gain praise from his improvements, members of the media are calling out Urban Meyer for what they say has been a lack of proper coaching for Tebow in his time in Gainesville. I’m not the smartest person in the world, but being a major part of two national championships in four years, winning a Heisman — and being at three straight ceremonies — says a lot about one’s career. I think his coaching was pretty good. I’m also not so sure how much time Meyer really needed to put into developing Tebow’s mechanics. He didn’t need amazing technique to be one of the most decorated college football players of all time.
Now, I’m not saying Tebow is the best passer out there or that he should be the top quarterback drafted, but I’m just not sure that a coach would change something about a player if that player is constantly winning for you.
Regardless, the negative attention Tebow has gotten concerning the NFL Draft will always come back to Meyer. He’s the head coach and he’ll have to answer those questions. But will all this negativity have an impact on who UF recruits? Will high school athletes start to really take notice of
what scouts are saying about Tebow’s ability at the next level?
Of course they should, but will it have that much of an impact on the future? Rivals.com recruiting analyst Barton Simmons says no.
“More than anything, kids are still recognizing that system as being a system where a quarterback can be successful,” Simmons said.
“Kids still think they can come in and be productive and be a part of a pretty explosive offensive there.”
Let’s not forget what Meyer has done with other quarterbacks. Alex Smith was the No. 1 overall pick at Utah, and while his NFL career hasn’t been stellar, he’s coming off arguably his best season with the San Francisco 49ers in which he passed for more than 2,300 yards and had 18 touchdowns in only 11 games. Chris Leak led the Gators to a national championship in 2006 and is the all-time leader in passing yards (11,213) at Florida. Leak hasn’t made it in the NFL, and Simmons said the NFL might be the only area Meyer will have to prove himself to prospects.
He also thinks that Tebow is too unique a player for people to throw Meyer under the bus. He’s just totally different in all parts of the game and Simmons considers him an “exception to the rules.”
The real test for Meyer will be how junior John Brantley does this fall. He’s much more of a pure passer and is about as pro-style as you can get.
Simmons said recruits won’t shy away from Florida’s program no matter where Tebow is drafted, but watching Brantley next season could have an impact on how recruits view the quarterback coaching at Florida.
“If (Brantley) can step in and be really productive, that could be huge for (recruiting),” he said.
“A lot of prospects will have their eye on him, but in my opinion, Meyer’s proven a lot without waiting on a Brantley-type.”