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‘Skills Don’t Translate to the NFL…’

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Tim Tebow’s skills clearly don’t translate well to the NFL.  He’s too slow, has an awkward throwing motion, and will get hammered by faster and stronger defenders.  I couldn’t resist.


Written by Michael Graham

December 19, 2010 at 11:32 pm

Posted in Culture, Sports, Video

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  1. Unlike Cam Newton who will far exceed Tebow in the NFL environment…

    Will Farris

    December 20, 2010 at 12:24 pm

    • @Josh – the pass was for sure pretty ugly and unwisely thrown into double coverage… I was being indulgent
      @Will – we’ll see what Cam does in the NFL. He could be a star or he could be Jamarcus Russell 2.0. My concern for Cam is if he can handle next level fame.

      Michael Graham

      December 20, 2010 at 7:42 pm

  2. I’m all for Tebow. I hope he has a long and successful NFL career. But that throw isn’t much to brag on, it should have been picked off. The run, however, was awesome.


    December 20, 2010 at 4:17 pm

  3. I wouldn’t worry about Cam at the next level. Unlike Russell, he loves winning too much to not dedicate himself to it.


    December 22, 2010 at 3:42 pm

  4. I know I’m way late to the party here, but if I were an NFL GM, there’s no way I would have drafted or would draft Young, Tebow, Newton, Pryor, Taylor, Robinson or any of the ‘running’ QBs as QBs. Their skills don’t translate well to the QB position in the NFL.

    Here’s a ranking of NFL offensive efficiency by team:

    Start at the top. Ask yourself two questions about the starting quarterback:

    1) Did he stay for his senior season in college?
    2) Did he play in a passing-oriented offense (either spread or pro-style)?

    That’s pretty much all you need to know as an NFL GM.

    Having said that, I realize there are exceptions. Steve Young. Randall Cunningham. Michael Vick. Et cetera… The skills *can* be translated to the NFL, but they just don’t translate *well* on average. More often than not, running college QBs end up just like Eric Crouch. It’s just not worth the risk. Even if a running QB is successful, it’s typically just for their rookie year. Once NFL Defensive coordinators get enough game film, their career is over. Look at Vince Young, the 2007 Rookie of the Year, but since then the team has arguably been better with a reliable (backup) QB as a starter. Contrast this with Antwaan Randel El’s career at WR…

    I’m glad you’re proud of Tebow. I am definitely proud of Drew Brees and Kyle Orton. I never imagined that they would be this successful when I was watching them at Purdue. I hope Tebow turns out to be a great NFL QB. I just wouldn’t have drafted him.

    Aaron Massey

    January 12, 2011 at 5:47 pm

  5. […] or bench press) are one of the things that NFL GMs should NOT be using to make draft decisions. I commented about this (and much of the rest of this post) on another blog, but the basic problem with skill is that at some point a marginal improvement in skill results in […]

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