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Originally written on NESN.com  |  Last updated 4/18/13

Faulty mechanics are no longer an issue for Tim Tebow, at least according to his quarterback’s coach Steve Clarkson. Tebow has long been criticized for having a long, loopy throwing motion and atypical mechanics for an NFL quarterback. But all that has changed this offseason, Clarskon said in an interview with the New York Daily News. Clarkson has a long history of success with NFL quarterbacks, including Ben Roethlisberger, Matt Leinart and potential first-round prospect Matt Barkley. Now, he’s seeing some positive results with Tebow, too, which he says all starts with his footwork. “The footwork is essentially what caused a lot of his looping motion,” Clarkson said. “A lot of what was happening with his throwing motion and why it was elongated was because of the way he placed his feet at the end of his drop. Right before he’d make his throw, his hips would stop at mid-motion, and the ball would come off in funny places. So that was one thing that we really honed in on, was trying to tie his feet up. “We worked a lot on slowing the game down for him in terms of on the field, but also speeding up the game for him in terms of mechanics,” he added. “Most of what people have talked about in his throwing motion were really based on his footwork.” Clarkson did focus on some of the positives about Tebow’s game as well, and believes that the improved mechanics will only serve to improve his ability. “He sees the field extremely well. He anticipates where things are going to happen, but his relationship with his feet going to his arm didn’t mesh. He would look like he was throwing into coverage. He was throwing into the right spot, but he was just late because he couldn’t transfer his weight properly.” Tebow, 25, struggled to find the field last season with the Jets, throwing just eight passes in 12 games. He led the Denver Broncos to the divisional playoffs just one season before, but teams — even the Jets —  are still hesitant to give Tebow a shot at their starting job. Clarkson hopes that the adjustments he has made this offseaon will change that reality. “I would hope wherever he ends up, they give him an opportunity to play, because if they do, they’ll be pleasantly surprised,” Clarkson said. “I think the guy can still play.” There doesn’t seem to be much of a market for Tebow right now, and even the Jets don’t appear interested in keeping him around. But, if what Clarkson says is true, then most teams would be smart to at least give him a chance. Have a question for Luke Hughes? Send it to him via Twitter at @LukeFHughes or send it here.

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4 Comments:
  • Did the coach fix Tebow's "issue"? I think it's funny that anyone would assume he only has one.
  • LOL to CORavensFan! I thought the same thing.

    Anyway, I thought Tebow was working with this guy last off-season? Guess not. One has to wonder though, first of all, can Tebow really be fixed? When the pressure starts to get to him, will he revert to his old natural (but wrong) mechanics and wind up hurting his team with bad throws? Second, after three years and nothing but a streak of luck to show for it, will any team really give him a chance?
    I know, many will say his streak at Denver wasn't luck. I happen to think it was, but I understand some won't agree. Defenses simply weren't set up to deal with a QB that can run as well as Tebow does. At any rate, having been punished by QB's that can do the run-option AND can really throw, you can bet defenses are going to be better prepared for it this year. Not that they'll stop it, but it will start to lose some effectiveness, and that puts Tebow in a bind unless he really has fixed his throwing issues.
  • Tim also worked with a couple of other guys including Steve Young. The report from the guys who caught balls for Tim and Steve was excellent. Tim has said this was his best off-season yet and I wonder if possibly that means he feels good about what he learned. The thing about muscle memory is just time and we know he practices faithfully and it can be reprogrammed so he does not revert to his hold way under pressure. I am anxious to see him play again.
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