Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Is "under center" Kryptonite?

Eric Horchy, of Sun Coast News, thinks it might be:

Superman's only weakness is Kryptonite. Tim Tebow laughs at Superman for having a weakness.

Why am I singling out this particular hyperbolic joke?

Because although Tebow has seemed virtually fault-free – both on the field and off – we will all soon bear witness to the biggest test of his young football life: Taking snaps from under center.

Like any Urban Meyer quarterback product, Tebow has been a shotgunning signal caller. Tebow worked in the same style while at Nease High School. His time spent crouching behind the general of the offensive line has consisted of very little three, five or seven-step drop packages, and when Tebow has taken snaps in such a fashion, a quarterback sneak is seemingly always in order.

So why does the staff at UF want to mess with what's not already broke? How could you alter a multitalented athlete that led his team to a national championship last season, a Heisman in 2007 and 110 combined touchdowns over three years?

To help Boy Wonder come NFL Draft day. Simple as that...

Apparently Meyer doesn't like his gravy train getting dissed, so he plans on answering the critics.

The way I see it, Coach Meyer may have more to lose than No. 15 if the project bogs down in the Swamp.

Solely in terms of quarterbacks, Meyer has two glaring QB busts on his coaching resume: Alex Smith from his days at Utah and Chris Leak at Florida. Both racked up a ton of wins, but neither translated into an NFL product.

All signs seem to point toward Tebow seamlessly transitioning into his new role, and it's tough to rationally doubt that he will.

But what if he doesn't? What if he falters and his draft stock plummets? What if he eventually looks lost playing with the big boys?

The fallout will be – or at least should be – felt in Gainesville.

This is an interesting question, because we have only had small glimpses of Tebow not succeeding. As a result of the Ole Miss loss, Tebow's work ethic and drive have been showcased and memorialized. But how will the man respond to even greater adversity?

We think that all the attention surrounding him, whether it be playing under center, his "legacy", and how he will do in the draft and NFL, are basically rooted in wanting to see what kind of man Tebow will become. To see how he will handle the challenges and adversities of life both on and off the field. We know that he is a fierce competitor who is generally humble in victory, but often the true test of a man's mettle is how he handles or overcomes the obstacles and injustices of life.