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Why the Success of Drew Brees and Philip Rivers Won’t Translate for Tim Tebow

July 6th, 2010

There's been plenty of articles that I've seen recently that are trying to make a point about unorthodox deliveries. The conventional wisdom is that if a few players are able to do it, then Tim Tebow should be able to as well. 

A couple of names I've seen that Tebow has been compared to is Philip Rivers of the San Diego Chargers and Drew Brees, who started out with the Chargers and then went to the New Orleans Saints. 

For every success story like Rivers and Brees, there are failures.

Michael Bishop, at Kansas State, possessed a cannon for an arm as well as the ability to run, but never found success at the NFL level. He only appeared in eight games in 2000 and was gone from the league. 

Tommie Frazier at Nebraska never drafted.

Scott Frost of the same school was drafted, but never saw time as a quarterback and was instead switched to a defensive back.

The same can be said for another quarterback out of Nebraska in Eric Crouch, who at first didn't want to give up the thought of playing quarterback. 

How about a quarterback from the SEC? Do I even have to go over what happened with JaMarcus Russell in Oakland? 

But, now you're getting the picture that just because there's success at the college level (like Frazier, Frost, and Couch) doesn't necessarily mean success at the next level.

With Tebow it's a little different because, unlike Couch and Frost, he has the height factor playing for him (he's 6'4"). The other issues are his footwork, his actual throwing mechanics, and the fact that he played his career in the spread. 

Alex Smith is another quarterback who was mobile, drafted as the number one pick out of Utah, and who ran the similar system that Tebow did under the same coach in Urban Meyer.

Smith has never found any kind of consistent success at the NFL level. Part of that is the fact that in the spread offense the quarterback is calling the plays out of the shotgun formation. 

In the NFL shotgun formations are used, but not 100 percent of the time. In fact, for Smith, it wasn't until more plays out of the shotgun formation that he actually began to look more comfortable. 

The spread also has very few reads as well. So, the quarterback isn't used to surveying the entire field—it's either look at option one or two and if those aren't available dump the ball off or make a run for it.

Another issue with comparing Tebow to Rivers and Brees is the fact that Tebow played in the spread at Florida while Rivers and Brees, at their respective schools, played in the pro-style offense. 

A pro-style offense basically means that there's not as many gimmicks in the offense. The quarterback will call the plays from under center and will, on occasion, drop back into shotgun formation. 

Also, in a pro-style offense, the quarterback learns how to survey the entire field and instead of looking at just two options, they'll look for the third or fourth option before either running with the football or dumping it off. 

Now for fun let's look at the college numbers for Tebow, Rivers, and Brees. 


Tim Tebow    

Sophomore : 234-of-350, 3286 yards, 32 touchdowns to six interceptions, and 210 carries for 895 yards and 23 touchdowns. 

Junior : 192-of-298, 2746 yards, 30 touchdowns to four interceptions, and 176 carries for 763 yards and 12 touchdowns. 

Senior : 213-of-314, 2895 yards, 21 touchdowns to five interceptions, and 217 carries for 910 yards and 14 touchdowns. 

Average Season : 213-of-320, 2976 yards, 28 touchdowns to five interceptions, and 201 carries for 856 yards and 16 touchdowns. 

Average Game : 16-of-23, 218 yards, two touchdowns, to .4 interceptions, and 15 carries for 63 yards and a touchdown. 


Philip Rivers 

Freshman : 237-of-441, 3054 yards, 25 touchdowns to 10 interceptions, and 73 carries for a negative 85 yards and two touchdowns. 

Sophomore : 240-of-369, 2586 yards, 16 touchdowns to seven interceptions, and 44 carries for a negative 26 yards and two touchdowns. 

Junior : 262-of-418, 3353 yards, 20 touchdowns to 10 interceptions, and 57 carries for 100 yards and 10 touchdowns. 

Senior : 348-of-483, 4491 yards, 34 touchdowns to seven interceptions, and 78 carries for 109 yards and three touchdowns. 

Average Season : 272-of-428, 3371 yards, 24 touchdowns to nine interceptions, and 63 caries for 108 yards and four touchdowns. 

Average Game : 22-of-35, 275 yards, two touchdowns to .7 interceptions, and 5 carries for two yards and .35 touchdowns.


Drew Brees  

Sophomore : 369-of-561, 3983 yards, 39 touchdowns to 20 interceptions, and 69 carries for 193 yards and three touchdowns. 

Junior : 337-of-554, 3909, 25 touchdowns to 12 interceptions, and 79 carries for 177 yards and four touchdowns. 

Senior : 309-of-512, 3668, 26 touchdowns to 12 interceptions, and 95 carries for 521 yards and five touchdowns. 

Average Season : 338-of-542, 30 touchdowns, 15 interceptions, and 81 carries for 297 yards and four touchdowns. 

Average Game : 27-of-44, two touchdowns to one interception, seven carries for 24 yards and .3 touchdowns. 


As you can see, Tebow did more running than Rivers and Brees which subsequently also means that Tebow threw the least amount of passes, yards, and touchdowns. 

Another big thing is that when both Rivers and Brees were coming out of their respective schools, they did not have to change their throwing motion (even if they both were unorthodox) while Tebow has been advised that he needs to change his. 

Other reasons why Tebow will struggle is the fact that NFL teams do not want their quarterbacks carrying the ball numerous times because it leaves them more open to taking big hits and risking injury. 

Since, Tebow ran the offense out of the shotgun at Florida, he's going to have to get used to playing underneath center, which means that he will have to make decisions quicker and, with his slow delivery, that could cause major problems. 

So, is success around the corner for Tim Tebow because he shares various similarities with Philip Rivers and Drew Brees?

The answer is no. 


Airing it Out: Which Signal Caller Will Pass for the Most Yards in 2010?

July 6th, 2010

The most important player on the field in an NFL game is the quarterback. The quarterback leads his team into battle, calls the plays, and is pivotal in winning or losing the game. One of the most telling statistics that defines a quarterback is passing yards.

Bet Online released odds on what quarterback will pass for the most yards in 2010. They have included 19 quarterbacks on the list that have the potential to put up huge passing yards this year.

This is a list of the quarterbacks that have the best chance of passing for the most yards in 2010.


Matt Schaub, Houston Texans: Odds to have the most passing yardage 35-1

In his first three years with Houston, his passing yardage numbers have increased every year. Last year, he led the league with 4,770 yards. The Texans have a talented and deep offense led by wide receiver Andre Johnson. The tough schedule the Texans face this year may make it tougher on Schaub to put up big numbers, but at 35-1 odds, he is worth a shot.


Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboys: Odds to have the most passing yardage 12-1

Romo is off of a fantastic year at the helm, as he threw for 4,483 passing yards, finishing third in the NFL in that category. The Cowboys added another weapon in the draft by selecting standout Dez Bryant, and that could lead to bigger numbers for Romo. At 12-1 odds, he is my pick to have the most passing yards this year.


Peyton Manning, Indianapolis Colts: Odds to have the most passing yardage 4.5-1

It seems like Peyton Manning has the potential to put up MVP numbers every season. The Colts have gone through turnover in different offensive positions over the years, but it has not stopped Manning from shining at quarterback. Last year, he finished second with 4,500 yards and he has thrown for over 4,000 yards in 10 out of the last eleven years.


Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints: Odds to have the most passing yardage 5-1

With the explosive offense of the Saints, Drew Brees always has a chance to put up record-breaking numbers. It seems like every year there is discussion about Brees breaking the record for the most passing yards in a game. It is interesting to note that he finished just sixth last year in passing yardage, although he led his team to the Super Bowl.


Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers: Odds to have the most passing yardage 6-1

Rodgers has fully emerged from the shadow of Brett Favre and is the leader of the Pack. He finished fourth in the league in passing yardage and led his team to the playoffs. He has posted over 4,000 yards every year since claiming the starting spot and there is every reason to think he will be just as good, if not better, this year.


Tom Brady, New England Patriots: Odds to have the most passing yardage 6-1

Tom Brady started last year getting accustomed to playing after a year off due to injury. He still finished the season fifth in passing yardage and looked to be like the Brady of old. Randy Moss has said he is committed to playing hard this year, and with Wes Welker back after an injury, look for Brady to put up some big numbers again.

The NFL season will have plenty of great quarterbacks that may surprise, but when the season is over and the dust has settled, I believe it will be Tony Romo with the most passing yards.


NFL Week 1: Part IV, Predicting Doom for Denver While Bill Belichick Plots

July 6th, 2010

The Jacksonville Jaguars plan on starting the season by stuffing the football down the Broncos' throats all game long, with a great ground attack, speed and quickness at quarterback, and defense.

In short, I can't buy into Josh McDaniel any longer and feel that the Broncos will be only about an 8-9 win team this season.

This will be pick number seven in Week One of the 2010 NFL Season. Jags by 8-10 points at home will happen.

In previous picks, we have selected New Orleans to cover at home by seven, with a higher spread taking the Vikings if points are involved, in Week 1.

Miami has been chosen to decimate the Bills in Buffalo.

Green Bay has been picked to win on the road against Philadelphia up to around six to eight points.

Cleveland had been selected to win against Tampa Bay to start the season.

Chicago is favored and will win at home against Detroit to open up a new season for Cutler and the Bears.

The New York Giants should handle Carolina in New York by a good margin, as changes develop slowly on both teams. More for Carolina at key positions.

This leaves us with our second pick of this series of articles.

If you would like to comment on any or all selections, please do so on the article with the teams you are interested in commenting on.

This is part four of eight NFL pairs of picks for WEEK 1.

New England, who missed the boat last season, hosts newly crowned Division-winning Cincinnati Bengals for the first game of the season.

Bill Belichick must be busy tweaking the defense, because the offense is a bit predictable, throwing the ball to Welker and Moss a bunch, and the occasional run.

The Bengals played very well last season, only to come up short in the playoffs, where it's a bit more important.

This game is a toss-up as far I am concerned, and difficult to handicap for the first week, but I have a feeling last season was not a fluke and Cincinnati will remain one of the stronger teams in the AFC.

The Patriots, however, survive this round to live to fight another day.

New England 30, Cincinnati 27.

That's half the first week done. Look for Week 1 NFL winning picks, Part V, as soon as I get around to it.

I have a month or two still.

Thomas [NFL Mikee] Moreland


NBA Offseason: Top 10 Things To Watch in the NBA Summer League

July 5th, 2010
As NBA Free Agency marches on, another stage of the offseason kicks off today. And while it's overshadowed by one of the biggest frenzies in league history, the NBA Summer League always poises an interesting set of story lines. This year the events will take place in Orlando and Las Vegas, and for those who aren't familiar, the league is open to draft picks and undrafted free agents as well as players already under contract and NBA D-League personnel that could use some extra work before the start of the season. In Orlando the Philadelphia 76ers, New Jersey Nets, Utah Jazz, Indiana Pacers, Oklahoma City Thunder, Boston Celtics, Charlotte Bobcats, and Orlando Magic will participate in a 20-game event over five days. In Las Vegas, the Atlanta Hawks, Chicago Bulls, Cleveland Cavaliers, Dallas Mavericks, Denver Nuggets, Detroit Pistons, Golden State Warriors, Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Lakers, Memphis Grizzlies, Miami Heat, Milwaukee Bucks, Minnesota Timberwolves, New Orleans Hornets, New York Knicks, Phoenix Suns, Portland Trail Blazers, Sacramento Kings, San Antonio Spurs, Toronto Raptors, Washington Wizards, and a NBA D-league select team will play a 59-game schedule that begins July 9. While Orlando features the lighter schedule, it makes up for it with a heavier dose of talent—five of the top 11 draft picks will be participating in the Orlando Summer League. So what should you expect to see in Summer League Play? Who will the big stories be? Who will the big worries be? Check out the top ten things to watch for in the summer session.

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Sean Payton’s Firecracker Approach Tipping Point in 2006

July 4th, 2010

It's well before sunrise, October of 2006, and you're driving your black Mercedes S550  down the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway with Sports Illustrated' s Michael Silver in the passenger seat and Kenny Chesney blasting from the stereo.

It is the most relaxing moment you will have all day as you turn your attention to transforming the star-crossed New Orleans Saints into a Super Bowl contender.

You tell Silver that instead of focusing on the team's forgettable past or on post-Katrina woes, you prefer to focus on chemistry and discipline in this rebuilding job of yours.

Afterall, that's the way your mentor Parcells always did it. 

You were quietly doing the best coaching job of 2006 until you rocked the Philadelphia Eagles world, 27-24, in the Superdome; now you're 5-1 and the whole damned world is watching and this guy from Sports Illustrated wants to know who you are and what makes you tick.

Your outside linebacker Scott Fujita tells SI after the Eagles win, "Everybody was talking about this as a 'respect game,' a 'statement' game for us. Being able to win it, especially the way we did, is a real confidence booster, and that comes back to Coach Payton."

Four year later, the non-descript Fujita would be one of the cornerstones in winning you a Super Bowl.

The entire country picked Philly to kick your ass that day in 2006, but as a former NFC East assistant coach, you had beaten them nine times and you told your team on the Wednesday before the game, "Follow my formula, and we'll win the game."

You've always been a master at developing a plan. It's been a trademark of yours for four years. You probably told Tom Benson and Mickey Loomis in your interview for the job, "I know what needs to be done and I know how to do it."

You ran a hard ass training camp that first year in 2006. You pressed all the right buttons. One of the veterans told SI that you were just pissing on your turf, establishing yourself as the leader from the beginning.

You stressed teamwork over individual accomplishment. You showed the players tape of the 2004 U.S. Olympic basketball team. You said, "Look at these coaches. Look at these players. This is one of the greatest collections of talent ever assembled. But they didn't win. They weren't the best team."

You made some bold and fiery statements back in those days. 

You told SI 's Silver, "You have to look at why they've only won one playoff game in 40 years. There's a reason. We're in a place where, within 10 minutes, you can get a daiquiri, sit at a blackjack table, and go to a strip club–and you can do it at four in the morning. If you've got the kind of people who are susceptible to that, they'll find trouble. So yeah, character's important. New England showed us the model the past years."

That was some hot talk. Just like the Gospel of Luke or something.

"Jesus said, 'I came to cast fire upon the earth, and how I wish it were already ignited.'" I think that's how it goes, but never trust a Catholic quoting scripture.

So much like the way Bill Walsh did in San Francisco , you set about flipping the culture back in those days. No Michael Vicks. No T.O.'s.

You built with average Joes who possessed high character, a strong work ethic, and a knack for making major contributions on the field. You built an offensive line that surrendered zero sacks to the Eagles that day in 2006, and you built it around a talented fourth-round right guard named Jahri Evans.

You picked a wide receiver from Hofstra late in the seventh round named Marcus Colston, and he was so damned good that you parted company with former first-rounder Donte Stallworth.

In that 2006 game against Philly, Colston caught a TD pass from Drew Brees to give you a 17-3 lead over those Eagles. McNabb rallied Philadelphia with three straight touchdowns but Brees clapped his hands and told the guys, "We're all right. We'll be fine."

Ah Brees. A freakin' Nostradamus.

It's four years later. All those experts in the national media are saying you may have done the best coaching job in Super Bowl history.

You are Sean Payton, King of a Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans .

And life just doesn't get any better than this.



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