Tim Tebow has strong debut as college football analyst

  • By Chase Goodbread
  • College Football 24/7 writer
  • Published: Jan. 7, 2014 at 12:23 a.m.
  • Updated: Jan. 7, 2014 at 12:50 a.m.
  • 81 Likes  |  33 Comments

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Tim Tebow made his first appearance tonight as a college football analyst for ESPN.

So how did Tim Tebow perform in his debut as an ESPN college football analyst? Here’s a look at Tebow’s pre-game commentary, and whether those comments proved true in the game:

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On Auburn’s motivation

Tebow: “To be an underdog in the national championship, for six weeks in a row, to have all the analysts, all the commentators, all the know-it-alls, say you’re not good enough, you haven’t put enough in … that will fire you up for six weeks in a row. And I remember in 2006, we had to hear that. … To hear that for six weeks, it fires you up, it puts a chip on your shoulder, it gets you ready to play.”

Result: No doubt, Tebow was on the mark here. Auburn indeed played like a team with a chip on its shoulder and took command relatively early in the first half. In particular, an Auburn defense that was not given much of a chance to slow down the FSU offense did exactly that, confusing FSU quarterback Jameis Winston with consistent pressure and tight man-to-man coverage in the secondary.

On Auburn’s running game

Tebow: “They only run a few plays, but they run them from a lot of different formations, and they disguise them very well. They run counter, they run power, they run jet sweep and they run inside zone. They’ve done those plays thousands and thousands of times. So when you’re coming into a game with a lot of pressure, a lot of hype, a lot of nerves, it’s easy to do something you’ve done (a lot), rather than going into a game with a lot of adjustments and a lot of new plays. That’s why I think they’ll come out playing fast.”

Result: Give it to Tebow again here. Tre Mason moved the chains nicely in the first half and Nick Marshall was effective when necessary. The AU offense looked comfortable and undaunted by the Seminoles’ superior athleticism early. In the second half, however, FSU did a better job handling the power plays inside, as Auburn managed just 10 points after halftime.

On Jameis Winston’s weakness

Tebow: “You don’t go into this game trying to stop him, you go in trying to control him. The two teams that have done that the best this year are Duke and Boston College. What they (did) was have multiple fronts, multiple blitzes and multiple coverages. One thing that’s interesting in breaking down all his games — this isn’t really a weakness, but it’s just a few plays he hasn’t been good at — is when he’s been throwing interior routes. Benders, in cuts, digs, shallow crosses, when he’s been throwing it inside, is when I feel he’s struggled the most, and when a team has played multiple fronts, blitzes and coverage.”

Result: Winston made a couple of decent crossing routes, but for the most part tried to make his passing yardage outside the hashes in the first half. In the second half, Winston warmed up a bit throwing over the middle. He found Rashad Greene over the middle for two key first downs on FSU’s second possession of the second half, a series which resulted in a field goal and a bit of much-needed confidence for FSU.

Tebow’s prediction

Tebow: “Auburn might be a team of destiny, but tonight, Florida State is deeper from top to bottom. When Jameis Winston and Telvin Smith’s leadership in the fourth quarter, I think they win 35-31.

Result: FSU 34, Auburn 31. Are you kidding? Stick to TV, Tim. And playing the lottery.

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16 Responses to “Tim Tebow has strong debut as college football analyst”

  1. Sage says:

    Although I want to watch Tebow as a QB rather than as a talking head, it’s nice to hear he did well. Maybe possibly his cogent analysis will help bury the myth that he doesn’t understand the game. McD said Tim was sharp on analysis from the very first interview.

    By the way, the talking heads try to portray the NFL as rocket science, but this seems implausible given that half the participants would have a hard time getting a GED without assistance.

    • ck says:

      Sage: You are right about that GED business b/c that is why they have remedial classes so they can graduate college. At UF, all of those classes were filled b/c of football players etc. Makes you wonder what that GED is really worth too, ha, ha!

  2. Sage says:

    Does anyone have thoughts on McD to Cleveland? My first hunch is that if the Patriots go deep into the playoffs or win the SB, it will facilitate the hire.

    Yet the SB is in February, so some organizations might think that’s too late for starting the new position.

    I haven’t read much on this topic. It’s interesting that McD is a native Ohioan. Imagine Tebow lighting a fire in Cleveland. It would be nice to see them with something to celebrate.

    • ck says:

      If that happens, then we will see some fireworks!!! And, yes, agree w/you that he is dismantling all who said he did not know FOOTBALL!!! WE KNOW BETTER AND HIS FANS ARE NOT GONNA GIVE UP EITHER!!!

    • David Oliver says:

      COULD IT BE?

      Has the “Effective” NFL $$ / NFL Media Ban on Tim Tebow as NFL QB – Been Lifted – Trent Dilfer, a “Certified NFL QB Expert”.. AND.. One of his Biggest Critics and attackers -> IS Now recommending Tim as and NFL worthy “Passing QB” to NFL TEAM GM’s And Scouts to CHECK HIM OUT NOW!

      > Please watch this amazing 5 min video!

      Buzzy Says Thanks David But I posted that two days before the BCS game

      Almost a Twilight Zone turn around from one of his biggest ATTACKERS !

      • ck says:

        David O.: Agreed!

      • David Oliver says:

        Sorry Buzzy – I only saw the one partial video from
        Deadspin – which left out the part of Dilfer – Promoting
        Tebow to the NFL GM’s so I searched and found the more
        impartial complete presentation – and shared it …

        I was away and must have missed your sharing of this
        previously …

        Sorry – Keep up the Good work !

        Go Tebow!

  3. ck says:

    Also, he was mentioned on Hannity for doing a GREAT JOB ON HIS DEBUT!!!

  4. bubbaelvis says:

    I thought he did a great job. He is very natural talking football with the other experts. It kind of gives us a view of why he is popular with teammates on every team he’s played for.

    On another subject, I saw some NFL shows this week talking about the teams in the playoffs. It was said more then once that the mobile quarterback was becoming the proto-type in the NFL. It makes me wonder why Tebow didn’t get picked up this year. He is the guy that really showed that an unconventional QB could win. After seeing the Dilfer evaluation I am thinking that he won those games while supposedly not knowing how to throw a football and now he knows how. It would be insane not to at least take a look at him. I have high hope that he plays and wins in 2014.

    • ck says:

      Ditto to that and did you see Kaepernick win that game against GB running the football?! Kinda left Rogers in a fog! T2 can do that even better as he probably invented it!!!

      • tawk2 says:

        Amen ck! But when Tim did it all he did was get attacked and demeaned. Such double standards when it comes to Tim. Too me Kapernick has had some trouble passing the ball himself this season, but oh wait he’s not TEBOW so it does not matter! My hubby is a big 49’ers fan even through the loosing years, I have to tread lightly when talking about Kapernick, lol. He likes Tebow but loves his 49’ers.

        I too believe Tebow would have lit up the Packers defense with his feet as well as his arm, he throws some pretty mean deep passes. All we can do is hope and pray that a team has the courage to step and give Tim a true real chance at playing quarterback. GO TEBOW!

        • David Oliver says:

          AMEN !

        • Brandi says:

          If he has been a 9ers Fans for awhile or knows its History, then he knows that Joe Montana went through many of the same things Tim Tebow has gone through. He “isn’t an NFL QB”. The 49ers have to go to a “gimmick college Offense to hide his flaws as a QB”.

          Bill Walsh spent years being told go back to College where he belongs…Oh, and take that Montana kid with you. This the the Big Boys League.

          The Cincinnati Bengals were scorched and its Offensive Line was pounded for their “trick” of Playing the Frozen Bowl against the Chargers refusing to wear sleeves or gloves and how that Game took the steam out of them for the Super Bowl. Because the Cincinnati Bengals failed in their duty to put an end to that ridiculous experiment they were trying in San Francisco. This is the NFL. There’s no room for that kind of College nonsense.

          The differences today…Instant Global Media, Social Media and that Tim Tebow’s Popularity is so much larger than even the NFL’s itself it makes who he’s Bowling with Global “news”.

          BUT, as for ANYTHING Football-wise, this is the same kind of stupid stuff the NFL goes through EVERY time there’s a sea change coming.

          The Offenses Walsh and Montana swept into the League are now being swept away by the very Option-Style Offenses Tim Tebow has mastered above anyone else in Football.

          “Mobile QBs” are now chasing Pocket-Poise into the Books of Football History…for a generation or so anyway. Till the pendulum swings back AGAIN. As it always does. And when it does. the first QB will be called NOT NFL Worthy. If he’s fortunate enough to be tethered at the hip to a Head Coach and an Owner who is determined to stay the course, he’ll sweep in the wave that replaces this coming one Playing for one Team.

          If he’s not that lucky, like Tebow, he’ll bounce around until he settles in somewhere and Wins a Championship.

          THIS is how the NFL has ALWAYS been. It’s not changing, at least in those mannerisms, anytime soon.

  5. andrea says:

    Was traveling the day Tebow did his ESPN gig.My three brothers who watched gave Tim positive reviews but I only needed to look how the mainstream sports media attacked Tebow to know he did a great job..

    • ck says:

      Andrea: You are right b/c the more exceptional he is the more they attack! And, yes, it is really obvious…GLAD GOD BLESSES HIM IN SPITE OF JEALOUS ATTACKERS WHO PLACE OBSTACLES IN HIS PATH AND HE JUST OVERCOMES THEM ALL!! GBPT2!!

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