Tim Tebow was one of the most successful quarterbacks in the history of college football.
In his four years at Florida, Tebow won two national championships and a Heisman Trophy. He scored 145 total touchdowns and threw just 16 interceptions as a Gator.
The success in college, though, hasn’t translated to the NFL. Tebow led the Denver Broncos to the payoffs in 2011, but has been unable to secure a starting job in the pros. Last season, he was the No.2 quarterback with the New York Jets and wasn’t given the start when Mark Sanchez was benched for a game.
New York mostly used Tebow in wildcat packages, and the quarterback threw just eight passes in 2012. Tebow’s unorthodox throwing motion has made him the subject of much criticism and forced many teams to be skeptical about how successful he could be as a full-time starter.
However, Tebow’s mechanics are now fixed, according to Steve Clarkson. The quarterbacks coach says he’s worked with the Jets backup and his throwing motion may no longer be a problem.
“The footwork is essentially what caused a lot of his looping motion,” Clarkson said. “A lot of what was happening with his throwing motion and why it was elongated was because of the way he placed his feet at the end of his drop. Right before he’d make his throw, his hips would stop at mid-motion, and the ball would come off in funny places. So that was one thing that we really honed in on, was trying to tie his feet up.”
Clarkson thinks the bulk of Tebow’s issues have come from his poor mechanics, and if he has them fixed, he can be very successful.
“He sees the field extremely well. He anticipates where things are going to happen, but his relationship with his feet going to his arm didn’t mesh. He would look like he was throwing into coverage. He was throwing into the right spot, but he was just late because he couldn’t transfer his weight properly.”
The quarterbacks coach is known for helping NFL signal callers. Ben Roethlisberger and Matt Barkley have both been under his tutelage.
If Tebow wants to use his newfound mechanics to get a starting job, it will likely be with a team other than New York. The Jets have reportedly looking to trade him. With no potential suitors, Tebow is expected to be released after the 2013 NFL Draft.