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Robert Griffin III has ridiculous pick for new Florida coach

Robert Griffin grinning

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.

Photo: Dec 22, 2019; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Baltimore Ravens quarterback Robert Griffin III (3) looks up to the scoreboard during the fourth quarter against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Galvin-USA TODAY Sports

Video: Tim Tebow gets emotional while discussing Urban Meyer drama

Tim Tebow Urban Meyer

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 shares thoughts on releasing Tim Tebow

Urban Meyer

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 sends emotional message after being cut by Jaguars

Tim Tebow

The Tim Tebow experiment in Jacksonville has officially come to an end.

Tebow shared an emotional message on Twitter on Tuesday morning thanking the Jaguars for giving him an opportunity. He wrote that he is “grateful for the chance to have pursued a dream.” While he did not specifically say the Jaguars have released him, multiple reporters confirmed that they have.

There were very few people who believed Tebow, who is 33, would be capable of playing tight end in the NFL. He probably would not have gotten a chance if not for his close relationship with Urban Meyer, but there’s no way the Jaguars coach could have kept him on the roster.

Tebow saw his first live NFL game action as a tight end in Jacksonville’s preseason game last week, and it did not go well. There were multiple plays where he looked totally lost trying to block defenders (video here).

With his football and baseball careers seemingly over, Tebow will likely move back to a television analyst role.

Video: New angle shows Tim Tebow had multiple pathetic block attempts

Tim Tebow block

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.

5 most intriguing NFL training camp battles

Drew Lock

NFL training camps are in full swing, and the preseason is officially upon us. Players are fighting for jobs and involved in intriguing position battles.

So which are some of the most intriguing training camp battles? Let’s take a look.

5. Ravens’ clown car of receivers

Baltimore will feature one of the most hotly-contested camp battles in the NFL this season. 11 wide receivers will be vying for a spot on the 53-man roster, and few of them should be considered locks. Marquise Brown and first-round rookie Rashod Bateman were the only sure things. But now Bateman could open the season on IR. Sammy Watkins and Devin Duvernay should be able to hang on to their jobs, but fourth-round rookie Tylan Wallace, James Proche, Miles Boykin, Deon Cain and others are most certainly looming. From WR3 on down, it’s anyone’s guess how things shake out. That’s what makes the battle both exciting and intriguing. The Ravens know they need to support quarterback Lamar Jackson with a quality cast of playmakers, so this is almost like an open audition.

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Shannon Sharpe reacts to Tim Tebow’s shaky TE debut

Shannon Sharpe

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.

Video: This Tim Tebow block attempt had fans laughing

Tim Tebow block

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.

Jaguars assistant praises Tim Tebow’s transition to tight end

Tim Tebow

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.

Are Tim Tebow’s chances of making Jaguars’ roster dwindling?

Tim Tebow

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.