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Brandon Lloyd Question How Effective Tim Tebow Can be Over Long Term

Brandon Lloyd was a Pro Bowl wide receiver for the Broncos last season. He put up most of his big stats with quarterback Kyle Orton throwing to him, but he also did well in the three games Tim Tebow started. Lloyd was traded to the Rams prior to the deadline, and he had six catches for 74 yards against the Cowboys Sunday. While being interviewed as a guest on ESPN 101′s The Fast Lane in St. Louis Wednesday, he was asked about Tim Tebow’s chances for success in the NFL. Lloyd didn’t give Tebow the most glowing review.

“I don’t know. I think only time will tell with that style of play,” Lloyd told the hosts. “I think it is effective last Sunday, but I just don’t know how effective that style can be over the course of long games and playing formidable opponents.”

Lloyd was asked about Tebow’s throwing mechanics — Tim has a long windup before throwing — and Lloyd indicated that the slow delivery is a problem.

“Timing is an issue. There’s just not that much separation that you get in the NFL,” Lloyd explained. “You get a yard on a guy, you’re wide open. You’re not that open for very long. Any delay in throwing the ball or not being in position to throw the ball when that separation happens, it just throws a monkey wrench in anything you’re trying to accomplish down the field.”

Lloyd played two training camps and three games with Tim Tebow, so his opinion is significant. What he’s saying doesn’t mean Tebow can’t become a successful quarterback, but like he said, only time well tell how he does. Of course, he’s not the first, and he won’t be the last person to question how successful Tim Tebow can be in the NFL.

Here’s audio of that portion of the interview:

via Sports Radio Interviews


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  • Anonymous

    Yes, let’s just keep evaluating Tebow as if he’s a veteran QB. ..right now.  Let’s keep groping for an answer RIGHT NOW which can’t be had…right now, by Brandon Lloyd nor anyone else at present.  Sure, Lloyd made mention that ‘only time will tell’ but then goes on to talk about Tebow’s bad timing and slow delivery, as if where that stands right now ultimately (in a read between the obvious lines sort of way) predisposes his future.  If Lloyd had been a receiver for Elway in his first full year of NFL football, I guess Lloyd’s opinon would have been significant then too and also no doubt would have been less than favorable with lots of ‘time will tell’ niceties’.

    The following is from a guy named Ted Bartlett…and it’s one of the few smart things regarding Tebow I’ve read:  I don’t think that anybody is sitting in a very good spot on Tebow, because the whole argument is ridiculous.  Because he’s so famous and beloved for what he did in college, Tebow got a ton of negative attention from the NFL’s media gatekeepers (in the women’s auxiliary sense that Michael Lewis talked about in the paperback edition of Moneyball), and because of that negative attention, completely unreasonable standards have been set for the guy.  Because some talking heads said that he can’t throw with accuracy, the expectation is that he must throw a perfect strike on every throw, or else the avalanche of negative commentary has been validated.  Because somebody else said that he isn’t a legitimate NFL QB, he has to instantly be one, or that’s been validated.  Where every other young first-round QB gets to grow into the job, for Tebow, there’s absolutely no benefit of the doubt, and no allowance for the fact that playing QB in the NFL is tremendously difficult, and has an enormous learning curve.  Everybody needs to declare the final answer RIGHT NOW.

  • Anonymous

    Yes, let’s just keep evaluating Tebow as if he’s a veteran QB. ..right now.  Let’s keep groping for an answer RIGHT NOW which can’t be had…right now, by Brandon Lloyd nor anyone else at present.  Sure, Lloyd made mention that ‘only time will tell’ but then goes on to talk about Tebow’s bad timing and slow delivery, as if where that stands right now ultimately (in a read between the obvious lines sort of way) predisposes his future.  If Lloyd had been a receiver for Elway in his first full year of NFL football, I guess Lloyd’s opinon would have been significant then too and also no doubt would have been less than favorable with lots of ‘time will tell’ niceties’.

    The following is from a guy named Ted Bartlett…and it’s one of the few smart things regarding Tebow I’ve read:  I don’t think that anybody is sitting in a very good spot on Tebow, because the whole argument is ridiculous.  Because he’s so famous and beloved for what he did in college, Tebow got a ton of negative attention from the NFL’s media gatekeepers (in the women’s auxiliary sense that Michael Lewis talked about in the paperback edition of Moneyball), and because of that negative attention, completely unreasonable standards have been set for the guy.  Because some talking heads said that he can’t throw with accuracy, the expectation is that he must throw a perfect strike on every throw, or else the avalanche of negative commentary has been validated.  Because somebody else said that he isn’t a legitimate NFL QB, he has to instantly be one, or that’s been validated.  Where every other young first-round QB gets to grow into the job, for Tebow, there’s absolutely no benefit of the doubt, and no allowance for the fact that playing QB in the NFL is tremendously difficult, and has an enormous learning curve.  Everybody needs to declare the final answer RIGHT NOW.

  • Anonymous

    At this point Brandon Lloyd wishes he was still in Denver.

  • Anonymous

    At this point Brandon Lloyd wishes he was still in Denver.