Sunday, February 14, 2010

Like the Super Bowl Ad, Let's wait and see

Michael Lombardi, of the National Football Post, gives some perspective on Tebow's transition to the NFL.

QUOTE: “If you don't have enemies, you don't have character.” -- Paul Newman

Can we let Tim Tebow practice before jumping to conclusions?

I know and understand that everyone would love to reach a quick conclusion on quarterback Tim Tebow. My first rule of scouting, however, is: “Never begin with the end in mind,” which means we should allow Tebow some time to grow and develop before any rush to judgment.

Tebow is no different than Hall of Famer Steve Young, who left BYU and went to the USFL. Young was known as a runner first; he couldn’t read coverages, and it was felt he would struggle in a pro system. He went to the Bucs and failed to become integrated into their offense. He was literally given to the 49ers in a trade. The Bucs were convinced, as all of America and most of the 49ers organization were, that Young was never going to be a pro-style passer.

When coach Bill Walsh asked his staff if they were in favor of making the trade for Young, there were no yes votes. I kid you not. Today, there will be revisionist history, but I was in the room, and Walsh had little support for making the trade other than his own instincts and vision for Young. This is what made Walsh brilliant. He was not hoping for Young to be a good player, he had a plan to make Young a good player. He saw the path and couldn’t have cared less if anyone else saw it. He was never afraid to stand alone in his opinions.

Tebow might not be as fast as Young, but he is more powerful, and although they had different styles, both were effective runners. The style of offense from BYU to Florida is vastly different, but both men were looking to run with the ball. Young was viewed as a runner, not a quarterback. He was a failure in Tampa because they tried to fit him into their offense, not develop an offense around him. Tebow will be a success if he goes to a team that has a head coach who has a vision for him and, most important, a plan for his success.