Brian Billick Takes Subtle Shot at Kyle Boller When Discussing Tebow in the NFL

Count me as someone highly surprised to see Brian Billick as the color commentator for the Sugar Bowl on FOX alongside Thom Brennaman. I was equally surprised to hear Jon Gruden serving as the radio analyst alongside Mike Tirico for the Rose Bowl on ESPN Radio probably because we frequently separate college football from pro football. One of the positive aspects to having an NFL guy like Billick doing the commentary was we got to hear his opinion of how Tim Tebow would do as a pro. While Billick praised Tebow and his abilities, he cautioned against fans getting too carried away with Tim’s success at college.

I don’t have the exact quote so I’m paraphrasing, but Billick reminded fans that there’s a difference between thinking a guy’s a great player who’s a winner that everyone wants on his team, and having enough confidence in the player to draft him in the first round and build around him. Billick reminded fans that if you want Tebow, you’ll have to draft him in the first round, and if he doesn’t work out, then you wind up calling bowl games on TV the next year. Billick was clearly speaking about his experience with the Ravens, implying that he got fired because Kyle Boller was a bust with the Ravens.

The Ravens took Boller in the first round, gave him the starting job, and he proceeded to play four mediocre seasons for Baltimore under Billick, throwing 36 touchdowns and 34 interceptions, never averaging more than 200 yards passing a game in a season. The Ravens were 30-34 under Billick with Boller as the team’s leading passer and 13-3 in their one season with McNair as the starter. The point? Bad quarterbacks get you fired in the NFL. Like Billick cautioned, you better understand that if you draft Tim Tebow to play quarterback and he doesn’t work out, you’ll likely end up fired. All those fans who wanted you to draft Tebow will forget what they said once Tebow starts playing poorly — that’s how it always works. I’m not condemning Tebow at the next level, just passing on some interesting commentary from the Sugar Bowl.

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  • del

    Brian Billick is a clown and his envy of this young man’s talent was evident by his poor judgment of what the future holds for this player – who the hell made him an expert the coach that failed at every turn judging someone who has done what no other quarterback has done and then gets dissed by an idiot – good on you Jimmy Johnson for putting Billick in his place.

  • Voltron

    I don’t think Kyle Boller won at the same rate that Tebow has in college and in high school. Handing your starting QB job to Boller should get you calling bowl games. When I see Tebow, I think McNabb and Steve Young. If he is able to go to a stable team, with a coach that has the support of the front office, and is able to sit and learn for a year, he will be a very good QB (Big Ben, McNabb, Young, Brady, etc.) If he goes to a garbage team with a coach on the hot seat, he will be like the other unsuccessful QBs taken early. Jamarcus Russell is garbage because he is allowed to be. Don’t forget that Darren McFadden is garbage on the same team. Does he suck? No, but the whole organization does. It’s not rocket science. They want to pick on Tebow’s release, but watch other college QBs, they all do the same thing…

  • http://Aol.Com Randolley

    You never know with QBs. Very few 1st round picks make it big in the NFL. The defenses are faster and the quality of the players is better in the NFL than college.

    Those Florida QBs don’t make it big in the NFL because the backs and receivers make them look better than they are. Where is that QB that helped to beat Ohio State a couple seasons ago? That Ohio State QB is not starting in the NFL either. Brady and Henne were not that good in college. And the bad call against the Raiders gave Brady a championship he and the team should not have. I think Clements is better than Sanchez. Sanchez should have sat a year or stayed at USC for another season. He and the Lions rookie QB threw a lot of interceptions. So did Peyton as a rookie. Joe Namath was a decent college QB but a terrible Pro QB. Had it not been for calling a win in a championship game and a mssed field goal by the Colts, Joe Willie would not be in the Hall of Fame. He too threw a bunch of interceptons. So you never know about a QB. Tebow won’t be running over under-sized DBs in the NFL. He needs a professonal throwing coach. He threw some ducks in a game I watched on TV. Then, he did throw a beautiful ball to a receiver in his last Bowl game. He has skills but the NFL is what it is. Sometimes college players leave their game on the college field. Every player can’t play in the NFL. Tebow did his college thing and it’s time to move on. It wil be years before any player breaks Tebows college records. And don’t forget, he played in the SEC. That is a pretty tough conference. He and his teams beat some of the best players in the land. Tebow might not want to play NFL football.

    The ex-coach is making his point. He is right. Not all first round QBs make it in the NFL. Just go back to the 90s and look at all the #1 QBs and running backs that did not make it big in the NFL. They were all college super stars but NFL bust. Go back and check and you will see what I am talking about. A number one pick is not a sure shot NFL player. That sixth round pick could be better suited for the NFL. That is just how it goes. And don’t forget about the politcs of sports. The likes and dislikes. Steve Young could throw rings around Montana. He stayed on the bench for years before he got a chance to show his skills. He did better than Montana. So politics plays a big role in the NFL and all sports. Tebow will not escape the politics.