Tebow Time! Can't kaep him down.

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And then fumble. He fumbled a league-leading 14 times his "good" year. Not counting the one in the Divisional game.
 

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One of the conversations in the slack over the weekend was what is the hardest position to learn/adapt to going from college to the NFL (or a position switch). I am leaving QB aside because QB is its own beast. On offense: tight end. On defense: ILB. I didn’t really care that much about Tebow and his comeback but when I found out it was for tight end I thought to myself… of all the positions to go to you picked the hardest one. Blocking NFL edges and linebackers is no easy task.
 

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Woof this is bad. I don’t understand why he didn’t try and make himself into a running back.

The guy clearly has no clue what he’s doing or where he’s supposed to be going. At least if you hand him the ball, he knows how to hit a hole and run someone over.
This.

To call that a bad block is disrespectful to actual blocks, he completely whiffed and got tossed aside like a rag doll.

He can't block to save his life; last time I checked, that's one of the job requirements of the position he's pretending to try to play.

This sooner this nonsense ends the better before he literally gets someone killed or crippled for life.
 

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One of the conversations in the slack over the weekend was what is the hardest position to learn/adapt to going from college to the NFL (or a position switch). I am leaving QB aside because QB is its own beast. On offense: tight end. On defense: ILB. I didn’t really care that much about Tebow and his comeback but when I found out it was for tight end I thought to myself… of all the positions to go to you picked the hardest one. Blocking NFL edges and linebackers is no easy task.
It’s pride. The same pride that wouldn’t allow him to change positions until he dropped out of the league. Someone got in his ear and said, “you see Taysom Hill? That could be you!” And he agreed!

I’m with you 100% that outside of QB, TE is the hardest position to learn at the NFL level, and guys that have played it for years in high school and college struggle with it initially.

To be a professional athlete you need an absurd level of self belief and borderline irrational confidence. It’s a borderline insult to guys that play the position that a QB puts on like 20 lbs and catches some balls out of a jugs machine and thinks he can play at the NFL level. The dude is Pop Warner levels of lost out there.
 

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One of the conversations in the slack over the weekend was what is the hardest position to learn/adapt to going from college to the NFL (or a position switch). I am leaving QB aside because QB is its own beast. On offense: tight end. On defense: ILB. I didn’t really care that much about Tebow and his comeback but when I found out it was for tight end I thought to myself… of all the positions to go to you picked the hardest one. Blocking NFL edges and linebackers is no easy task.
It is super hard but it's also maybe the position where you have the most examples of guys making odd transitions. Logan Thomas was a QB, Jimmy Graham only played one year of football in college; Antonio Gates didn't play any. Darren Fells is another guy like that. The physical and mental skills are pretty unusual. Tebow might have been successful if he'd tried seven or eight years ago.
 

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It’s pride. The same pride that wouldn’t allow him to change positions until he dropped out of the league. Someone got in his ear and said, “you see Taysom Hill? That could be you!” And he agreed!
I agree with your POV and measured assessment, but “pride” is far too generous to Tebow.

This tool tried to convince us that he was a legit baseball prospect for years while simultaneously working as a commentator at ESPN. He’s an arrogant, entitled athlete with a level of unjustified confidence in his abilities that borders on delusion.

It should be noted that he was grifting hard while in the Mets’ organization, which leads to the not-unreasonable conclusion that he has no realistic expectation of success. Rather, he knows that his evangelical fans are the perfect mark and he’s going to soak them while he can.
 

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That is an impressively swift ending for the grift. For the first time in my life I will say “good job, Urban Meyer.”
Urban loves a good grift, but as former players were pointing out, when a guy is that obviously undeserving of a spot AND he's screwing up other guys' chance to show what they can do as they fight for a roster spot, he has to go or you'll lose the lockerroom
 

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FWIW - I've met Tebow and was truly impressed with him as an individual and ambassador for his faith.

Having said that - I was tepidly opposed to his attempt to play professional baseball and pessimistic toward his latest attempt to re-enter the NFL.

This guy has a nice story and has the opportunity to strengthen his brand via (once again) becoming the football analyst (college would be best) that has been his best professional work.

I hope he drops these gimmicky attempts and just advances his playfulness and personality on a national college football telecast (whether it's pre, post, or in-game). There's a place setting for him for the next 40 years if he choose that path. I hope he's back on that path next month.
 

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Urban loves a good grift, but as former players were pointing out, when a guy is that obviously undeserving of a spot AND he's screwing up other guys' chance to show what they can do as they fight for a roster spot, he has to go or you'll lose the lockerroom
Maybe Urban and Tim were playing 5-D chess. "I'll tryout and I'll suck. Then you can cut me and it'll prove to the other players that they can trust you to make an honest assessment."
 

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It is super hard but it's also maybe the position where you have the most examples of guys making odd transitions. Logan Thomas was a QB, Jimmy Graham only played one year of football in college; Antonio Gates didn't play any. Darren Fells is another guy like that. The physical and mental skills are pretty unusual. Tebow might have been successful if he'd tried seven or eight years ago.
Maybe? I dunno. It’s a hard transition and a total crap shoot. There are some notable exceptions but a whole lot of busts all around. I think QBs a lot of times understand the mental side of the passing game but notice none of the guys you listed are blockers. They are freaky athletes with big bodies and who are good receivers. After Graham there was a wave of basketball players who got looks at tight end and the majority of them didn’t work out. In other words I’m not sure it’s a bankabke strategy but like you said those guys did emerge and buck the trend. But hey it is worth noting there are a handful of delightful exceptions to the rule and who defied the odds and became between good players to stars.

Edit: like you said before… betting against guys succeeding and you will never go broke because most guys fail. Also 7-8 years ago or also 10-11 years ago . His age couldn’t help him in the process.
 

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It is super hard but it's also maybe the position where you have the most examples of guys making odd transitions. Logan Thomas was a QB, Jimmy Graham only played one year of football in college; Antonio Gates didn't play any. Darren Fells is another guy like that. The physical and mental skills are pretty unusual. Tebow might have been successful if he'd tried seven or eight years ago.
There was the center that the Pats drafted who caught 3 passes as TE for the NY Jets.

Trevor Matich

Pats traded away their first rounder to trade down and pick him. The 49'ers picked Jerry Rice.