Robert Griffin III is taking to his ESPN analyst job by delivering the hottest of hot takes.
Griffin appeared on “The Paul Finebaum Show” Friday and offered his take on who should replace Dan Mullen as Florida’s head coach. Griffin thinks the Gators should take a look at none other than Tim Tebow to run the program.
“I think the Gators should hire Tim Tebow,” Griffin said. “I think they have to think outside the box for the next head coaching hire, and the word out there was that Dan Mullen wasn’t in love with recruiting, he wasn’t in love with the process of those things. But who’s really going to out-recruit Nick Saban, Kirby Smart, and Jimbo Fisher?
“So if you throw Tim Tebow in there, surround him with the structure, have about three or four previous head coaches on his staff to help him figure out the vision of his program, that’s going to bring excitement to the Florida Gators. It’s going to have players intrigued and excited about going into Gainesville and recreating that culture that they had oh so long ago.”
To be clear, there is no indication that this is even plausible, and for good reason. Griffin cites Deion Sanders’ success at Jackson State as evidence that his Tebow idea could work, but there’s a huge difference between that and handing the reins of one of the nation’s most recognizable programs over to someone as inexperienced as Tebow.
Unfortunately for Griffin, it sounds like the Gators have already zeroed in on a new head coach — and no, it is not Tebow.
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Tim Tebow took some time on Friday to discuss all the drama surrounding Urban Meyer, and the topic was clearly an emotional one for the former quarterback.
Tebow appeared on ESPN’s “First Take” to share some of his thoughts on the negative headlines Meyer has created over the past week. He said he has spoken with his former coach, who was “in the wrong place at the wrong time” and had too much to drink.
“He was in the wrong place and he was in the wrong state of mind. He had too much to drink, and that led to bad decisions,” Tebow said. “I think that’s something we can all learn from. We need people there to hold us accountable, to not let us get into tricky positions, to not be in places where temptation where temptation can creep in and we’re in the wrong state of mind.”
Tebow also called the viral video of Meyer “heartbreaking” and expressed sympathy for Meyer’s children and wife Shelley. As you can see near the end of the clip below, it appeared Tebow was fighting back tears at one point.
Tebow and Meyer have a close relationship and long history together. The 34-year-old was the quarterback at Florida when the Gators won two national titles under Meyer more than a decade ago. Meyer then brought Tebow into Jaguars camp and tried to make him a tight end, which ended up being a failed experiment.
Meyer has reportedly been put on notice by the Jaguars over the unflattering videos of him that went viral.
Urban Meyer gave his old quarterback and close friend Tim Tebow an opportunity to prove he could play tight end in the NFL, but it did not work out. The Jacksonville Jaguars released Tebow on Tuesday, and Meyer later spoke with reporters about the move.
Meyer said releasing Tebow was “the right thing” but insisted the former Florida star was well-liked in the locker room. He also gave an honest response when asked if this means Tebow’s NFL career is officially over.
Tebow is 34 and clearly was not cut out to play tight end in the NFL. He showed that in Jacksonville’s first preseason game last week, when he looked lost while trying to block defenders (video here).
Given the way Tebow played, it would be impossible for Meyer to justify using a roster spot on him. The coach would have risked alienating other players if he did that. Tebow made it clear with his statement on Twitter that there are no hard feelings, and we would not be shocked to see him join Meyer’s coaching staff in some capacity in the future.
Tim Tebow has been mocked by fans and analysts for a horrendous block attempt during Saturday’s preseason game between the Jacksonville Jaguars and Cleveland Browns. As it turns out, the clip that went viral may not have even shown his worst effort.
A new video angle shows another one of Tebow’s block attempts, and it was even worse than the one we saw previously. The former quarterback totally missed the first defender he was supposed to pick up before looking altogether lost.
If you compare that play to the first video we saw, it’s obvious that bad blocking was a theme for Tebow during the game.
Tebow did not record any catches or rushes against the Browns. Jaguars head coach Urban Meyer simply cannot justify having the 33-year-old on the roster if he’s primarily going to be a blocker. Unless something drastically changes, it doesn’t appear that Tebow’s tight end experiment is going to work out.
Shannon Sharpe played tight end at a Hall of Fame level, so it’s safe to say he knows a thing or two about playing the position well. It’s no wonder he was quick to offer his take on Tim Tebow’s shaky preseason debut at the position for the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Sharpe held most of his criticism against Tebow when responding to much of the mockery Tebow received for his block attempt during Saturday’s game. Sharpe said Tebow has the frame to block successfully at the position, but that he has to “get his mind right.”
While not a ringing endorsement, it’s also not Sharpe saying Tebow can’t play tight end. It essentially breaks down what most already knew: it’s going to take a lot of work for Tebow to become an NFL-worthy player at the position, and he’s not there yet.
Tebow has received praise from one of his coaches for his efforts to adapt to the position. The problem is the 34-year-old only has preseason to prove himself, and time is not on his side. He’s going to have to get better fast if he wants to make the roster.
Tim Tebow is trying to make an NFL comeback, this time as a tight end. To impress the Jacksonville Jaguars, he’s probably going to have to step up when it comes to his blocks.
Tebow was mocked by fans for a pathetic block attempt during Jacksonville’s preseason game against the Cleveland Browns on Saturday. Take a look.
C’mon, Tebow. What were you even doing there?
The 33-year-old did not record any catches or rushes in the game. If he’s relying on his blocking ability to make the team, he’s going to have to do much better than that.
Does Tim Tebow really have a chance to make the Jacksonville Jaguars’ roster as a tight end? It certainly sounds possible based on what one assistant coach is saying.
Jaguars passing game coordinator and quarterbacks coach Brian Schottenheimer praised Tebow’s effort and adaptability on Saturday, adding that Tebow’s previous experience as a quarterback has helped him transition to the new position.
“You see the football mind, you see how he sees the game from the quarterback’s point of view,” Schottenheimer said, via Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk. “There was a play a couple days ago in the red zone where I think it was C.J. [ Beathard] broke out and scrambled left and the first guy that saw it was Tim and we threw him a touchdown pass. Why is that? Well, he has played the position — he has stood back there and seen, ‘Oh well he is moving this direction, I have to go with him.’ It is going to be fun to watch him compete in the preseason as well.”
Schottenheimer added that Tebow has been like a “sponge” when it comes to taking in new information, and that the one-time quarterback asks “unbelievable questions.”
For what it’s worth, some past chatter has suggested that Tebow faces an uphill climb to make the final 53-man roster. Nobody doubts his intelligence or experience, and by all accounts he’s a great teammate. It will ultimately take more than that for him to stick, though. We won’t really know until preseason games start if any of this is actually translating in a meaningful way.
Tim Tebow has drawn mixed reviews in his first offseason as an NFL tight end, and Urban Meyer will soon have to decide if his former quarterback is worth keeping on the roster. With one month to go until training camp, Tebow has limited time remaining to impress the Jacksonville Jaguars’ coaching staff. Will he be able to do enough?
John Reid of the Florida Times-Union provided a breakdown of the current state of the Jaguars’ tight end position. The way he sees it, the odds are stacked against Tebow. Jacksonville has six tight ends vying for three or four roster spots, and veterans Chris Manhertz and James O’Shaughnessy seem like locks to make the 53-man roster. Fifth-round rookie Luke Farrell is also expected to make the team. That leaves Tebow, Tyler Davis and Ben Ellefson fighting for one spot, unless Meyer only carries three tight ends.
Meyer referred to O’Shaughnessy and Ellefson as “two of the most improved really on the team” this offseason. He recently said Tebow has done a “decent job” and spoke about how difficult it is to make an NFL roster.
That doesn’t exactly sound like a ringing endorsement, though Meyer is likely conscious of people thinking he is playing favorites with Tebow.
Reid speculates that the Jaguars could release Tebow at some point and re-sign him to their practice squad.
Tebow apparently has not looked as lost this offseason as many expected him to. That said, he’s still 33, has not played in the NFL in nearly a decade, and has never played tight end at this level.
Tebow is probably fueled by those who have taken shots at him over his comeback attempt, but we’d still be surprised if he makes Jacksonville’s Week 1 roster.
Tim Tebow is aiming to prove that he is capable of contributing in the NFL as a tight end, but he will not be joining his peers at “Tight End University” in Nashville this week. According to George Kittle, that is nothing personal.
Kittle and fellow “Tight End University” event organizer Greg Olsen were guests on the “Pardon My Take” podcast on Monday, and Kittle explained why Tebow was not invited.
“So, nothing against Tim Tebow, but I found it hard to invite — I wish nothing but the best for Tim Tebow, and I hope he has a fantastic season playing tight end — but it’s hard for me not to invite a backup tight end on, let’s say the New York Giants, as opposed to inviting a guy who just started playing the tight end position because we do have limited spots,” Kittle said, as transcribed by David Bonilla of 49ers WebZone. “I wish I could make it so every NFL tight end can come, (so) it’s accessible to everybody. But what we tried to do this year, we wanted to pay for everything for all the tight ends that come to kind of make it a special event for all tight ends.”
Kittle said event organizers booked an entire hotel and it is completely full. They initially thought around 20 players would attend but have since exceeded 50.
Olsen, who is now retired, said he and Kittle look forward to working with Tebow if he makes a roster as a tight end.
“If he’s on a roster this year, and he plays tight end, we would love to have him, we would love to work with him,” Olsen said. “Once he’s officially a tight end, we would love to work with him.”
We have heard mixed reviews about how Tebow has looked at Jaguars camp. The odds are obviously stacked against the 33-year-old, and you can certainly understand why he didn’t make the cut with Kittle and Olsen. The skepticism surrounding Tebow is warranted. Even he knows that.
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There are very few people who believe Tim Tebow has a legitimate chance to make the Jacksonville Jaguars’ final roster, but that does not mean the former quarterback is embarrassing himself this offseason.
ESPN’s Michael DiRocco said on “Get Up!” Monday that Tebow has not looked out of place while working with the tight ends at organized team activities. The reporter said Tebow “looked like he belonged” at practice on Monday.
“His fundamentals need work. His footwork’s a little slow,” DiRocco said. “He’s getting some coaching after every drill, but if people were expecting him to look like he didn’t know what he’s doing, that’s not the case.”
Urban Meyer has said it is unclear what role the team will use Tebow in when training camp begins next month. He could be used as a true tight end or more of a “gadget” player.
DiRocco also reported that Tebow is very well-liked by his teammates and no one has taken issue with him being in camp.
Plenty of people have taken shots at Tebow over his comeback attempt, and that is likely fueling the 33-year-old. He obviously has a close relationship with Meyer, which could be a factor when the final roster is set. At the very least, it doesn’t sound like Tebow is going to make Meyer’s decision easy.
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