Monday, January 25, 2010

More on Tebow's Senior Bowl Presser


This time ESPN's take on the press conference. And don't bother and watch the video of McShay. Can he actually say "Tebow" without wincing?


The questions came at Tim Tebow like a blitzing linebacker -- about his mechanics, ball placement, footwork, release. All that technical stuff that the Florida quarterback will continue hearing about as he tries to transition to the NFL.

And that was just from the media.

For all the talk about what he needs to change, Tebow is more focused on the latest piece of advice from Gators coach Urban Meyer ahead of his weeklong attempt to impress far more important observers: NFL executives and coaches at the Senior Bowl.

"Coach Meyer called me last night and he said, 'Promise me one thing: Just be you and you'll be fine,'" Tebow said Sunday, a day before the players go through weigh-ins and their first practices in front of a few hundred NFL personnel.

"I'm just going to be me. I'm going to be excited, I'm going to be passionate, I'm going to have fun," Tebow said. "I'm going to love playing the game out there, just like I always have. Hopefully the coaching staffs and the owners and general managers will just like me."

As usual, Tebow will be the most talked about and scrutinized player on either team leading up to Saturday's game. The Senior Bowl is his first real shot at answering the oft-voiced questions about whether he can successfully run an NFL offense, or whether he will have to switch to tight end or H-back.

He's not in Mobile, Ala., to show he can play either one of those fallback positions. "I'm here to be an NFL quarterback," Tebow said.

Tebow said it was an easy decision to come to the Senior Bowl and let NFL types pick apart his game -- including a long windup and the fact that he's got to go from the shotgun to taking snaps under center -- and pick his brain in face-to-face interviews.

"I'm going to be playing with a lot of the best players around the country," Tebow said. "Also it's an opportunity for me to compete, and that's never been anything I shied away from."

NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock called it "a brilliant move" because it lets Tebow put his intangibles like leadership on display.

"The fact that Tim Tebow is coming here and willing to expose himself to this kind of scrutiny, I think, speaks volumes to the type of kid that he is," Mayock said.


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