If allowed to perform in a spread offense, legendary college coach Urban Meyer expressed confidence that useless New York Jets employee Tim Tebow could thrive under center in the NFL like Robert Griffin III, Russell Wilson, Colin Kaepernick and Cam Newton have.
Inexplicably allowing Mark Sanchez to sabotage their campaign, Jets coaches staunchly refused to give Tebow an opportunity to play and the erratic southpaw is now expected to be banished from Gotham within the next three months.
“We watched RGIII at the Washington Redskins, Wilson at the Seahawks, the new quarterback at the 49ers, and Carolina, and they are actually running a spread offense in the NFL,” said Meyer, 48, who earned two BCS National Championship Game victories during the 2006 and 2008 seasons while teaming with Tebow in Gainesville. “So my hope is, and I’m sure Tim feels the same way, is to go play in one of those systems where they let him play.”
Before being sent to purgatory in the swamps of Jersey, Tebow guided Denver to a 7-4 record and propelled the team to a stunning 29-23 triumph in overtime against the Pittsburgh Steelers in the playoffs last winter.
Hence, despite completing a putrid 46.5 percent of his 271 pass attempts in 2011, Tebow proved he can win as a professional quarterback.
“I talk to him (Tebow) every week, and he’s still the most positive guy I’ve ever been around,” said Meyer, the current face of Ohio State who was named the Sports Illustrated Coach of the Decade in 2009. “He was so excited to go to New York and play for coach (Rex) Ryan and the whole situation there. It didn’t turn out, but you have to move on.”
Fortunately for the winner of the 2007 Heisman Trophy, Jacksonville owner Shad Khan is understandably desperate to put fans in the seats at EverBank Field and it’s a virtual certainty that Tebow will be the Jaguars signal-caller next autumn.
The 63-year-old Khan, a Pakistani-born American businessman who purchased the Jags from Wayne Weaver in November 2011, is more than just “excited” to have Tebow, a native of the Jacksonville area, in reach.
Despite throwing like a glorified version of Corky Thatcher, Tebow has the ability to succeed and the polarizing lefty will greatly improve Jacksonville’s success on the gridiron and attendance in the stands.
Tebow will ultimately quiet critics and mature into a “positive” as the Jaguars leader in the “The Bold New City of the South.”
Nevertheless, if Urban Meyer, who has compiled an incredible mark of 116–23 since debuting as a head coach at Bowling Green in 2001, genuinely believes that Tim Tebow can rival RG3, Wilson, Newton or even Kaepernick, he needs to be tested for angel dust.by