Urban Meyer: ‘I still don’t get’ why Tim Tebow is out of an NFL job

Ben Rohrbach

By 26 minutes ago Ball Don’t Lie
Since getting cut from the Patriots last preseason, Tim Tebow still can't find an NFL job. (Getty)

Since getting cut from the Patriots last preseason, Tim Tebow still can’t find an NFL job. (Getty)


Tim Tebow has a job. It’s just not in the NFL.

As Tebow prepares for his first season in front of a camera on the new SEC Network, his former college coach would rather see him reading defenses in the NFL than television prompters at ESPN.

“I still don’t get that part of it,” Ohio State coach Urban Meyer said of Tebow’s inability to hold down an NFL job from Big Ten Media Days. “He’s the second-most efficient passer ever to play college football.”

Meyer and the former Heisman Trophy winner, of course, teamed up to win a pair of national titles at Florida. Indeeed, Tebow concluded his four-year college career with the NCAA’s No. 2 all-time passer efficiency rating (170.79) — trailing only current Rams quarterback Sam Bradford (175.62).

As we all know, though, collegiate success doesn’t necessarily transtlate to the NFL. Last we saw Tebow as a starter, he owned one of the worst QB ratings in the league in 2011 (72.9), his most successful pro season under center. Interestingly, Bradford was one of only six quarterbacks with a worse QB rating.

Tebow’s career 47.9 completion percentage doesn’t exactly scream efficiency, either. After the Broncos traded him to the Jets following his breakout 2011 season, he threw just eight passes in New York. The Patriots gave him a shot in training camp last summer, when he completed only 36.7 percent of his passes, and he hasn’t had a whiff of the NFL since New England cut him late in the 2013 preseason. And so far, at least, Tebow has been unwilling to accept a job a job in another professional league.

By all accounts, Tebow remains in tremendous shape, telling reporters in both Tennessee and Arizona in recent weeks that he’s prepared should an NFL team come calling. He even reportedly has a clause in his SEC Network contract that would allow him to accept a QB job should one arise.

Meanwhile, Meyer continues to make the same case many have made for Tebow — essentially that he’s a football player first and a quarterback second — even if his NFL experience has yet to reflect that.

“He had really good personnel around him (at Florida) and we utilized his skill very well,” Meyer added. “I think in a traditional setting, it is difficult, but there’s a lot of non-traditional offenses now in the NFL.”

Given that Bill Belichick — whose relationship with Meyer has resulted in a number of former Gators making their way onto New England’s roster — gave up on Tebow most recently, perhaps that argument doesn’t hold much water. Then again, plenty of backup quarterbacks with worse career winning percentages than Tebow have jobs holding water on NFL sidelines around the league.

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5 Responses to “Urban Meyer: ‘I still don’t get’ why Tim Tebow is out of an NFL job”

  1. tawk2 says:

    Thanks for posting Buzzy. Only goes further to prove Tim is truly being black balled by the NFL!

    • Sage says:

      My impression is that Belichick gave lip service to the idea of hiring Tebow, but that’s all it was. Finally U. Meyer has the nerve to question it.

      Why in the world did the texans hire the dude from penn state instead of Urban Meyer??

      Gotta admit, I didn’t follow Penn State. But it seems like O’Brien gets plaudits just because his players put on uniforms and went out and competed. Texans didn’t win before Kubiak, and I don’t expect them to win now that they’ve so rudely dismissed him.

      The nfl is the conformity league. Worst fear of nflers is to take risks and fail.

  2. ck says:

    You know, they are like lemmings. If anyone EVER deserved a chance, it is TEBOW b/c he has continued to stay the course overcoming ALL the obstacles which are only temporary anyway as evidenced by all his SUCCESS!!! ONLY A MATTER OF TIME AT THIS POINT!!!

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