Tim Tebow's unique throwing motion as seen through his three stops in the NFL
Bill Belichick made it clear Wednesday that he has no interest in giving “minute-to-minute” updates on Tim Tebow's progress, or lack thereof, but that didn’t stop supporters of the Jet castoff from singing his praises.
Tebow may no longer be a lame-duck quarterback without a contract, but according to a handful of quarterback tutors, including Trent Dilfer and Chris Weinke, among others who have recently praised Tebow’s changed throwing motion, he won’t be throwing his signature lame-duck passes for much longer, either.
“Like I told Tim when I found out (Monday) that he signed, ‘You’re locked and loaded, ready to go,’” Weinke told USA Today on Tuesday.
The most recent praise came from former IFL (Intense Football League) All-Star Dennis Gile, who worked extensively with Tebow on his throwing mechanics for more than three months in Scottsdale, Ariz., after last season. Gile, who was himself once signed by the Patriots as a undrafted free agent in 2003 but was subsequently released during training camp, told the Los Angeles Times on Tuesday that Tebow’s throwing motion has become “100 times better.”
“In shorts, out there on the football field, he changed his motion and he’s very smooth,” said Gile, who trains passers in Arizona alongside partner Mike Giovando. “I’ve got it on film, and film doesn’t lie.”
Tim Tebow talks with Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels
Tebow worked with the Patriots again on Wednesday, watching as Tom Brady and backup Ryan Mallett took turns on 7-on-7 drills. Tebow got into a few 11-on-11 drills, hitting Chaz Schilens — his roommate with the Jets last year — with a low pass, but also throwing a pass at a defender’s feet.
Still, owner Robert Kraft was impressed, saying, “I was just out there for a short period, but to me, he looked pretty good. It’s fun having him here. I think that Tom Brady throws pretty well and I also think Ryan Mallett does the same. So it’s nice to have three quarterbacks who can throw very well.”
Later, Kraft told USA Today that Tebow is “a winner,” and “I don’t know anyone who hasn’t said anything but positive things about him. I’m happy he is part of our franchise. You can’t get enough people like him. Life is about collecting good people around you. You can’t have enough good people.”
Tebow was lousy at best in his 76 snaps under center for the Jets this past season, averaging 4.8 yards per completion and compiling a cut-worthy 17.9 QBR.
Weinke, a former Heisman Trophy winner with Florida State who worked with Tebow at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., for the past month, told USA Today on Monday there’s “no question” that Tebow can still play the QB position in the NFL.
Patriots quarterbacks Tom Brady and Tebow shoot the breeze at minicamp.
If Tebow shows any sort of improvement with the Pats in 2013, however, scorned Jets fans can point the finger at Gile, who met Tebow in February with a recommendation from UCLA offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone. As the Daily News reported in January, Tebow worked out at various Scottsdale locations for three to four days a week, up to three hours a day.
Gile believes Tebow has a good chance of making the team.
“He has all the intangibles, not just throwing the football,” Gile told the L.A. Times.
“Not to mention, he’ll sell a million jerseys and make the team a lot of money.”