Originally posted on Larry Brown Sports  |  Last updated 4/17/13
Quarterbacks coach Steve Clarkson, who has privately worked with many quarterbacks including Tim Tebow, believes Denver sabotaged the former first-round pick by sending him to New York last year. Clarkson wrote a post on his Tumblr last month title “The Sabotage Of The Quarterback” in which he implored the NFL to have the Jets trade Tebow to the Jackonsville Jaguars. He went even further on his sabotage theme during a conference call on Wednesday. “I think he was purposefully sent to New York,” Clarkson said of the trade from Denver, via The Star Ledger. “From the standpoint: you send him to a situation where you have instability with your coach – you don’t know if he’s coming or going. You have a fragile-minded Mark Sanchez at quarterback. You stick Tim Tebow in there and you kill two birds with one stone. So if you’re Denver you’ve got to be thinking ‘We send him to New York we basically kill an opponent and at the same time Tim Tebow doesn’t come back to bite us in the proverbial butt, if you will, because he’s not going to make it out of there.’ “You send him to Jacksonville, all of a sudden he’s got that fanbase behind him and all of a sudden he’s doing what he’s done all his life, that’s win games. That would put a lot of ill-will towards your organization. There is a lot of politics that go on with it. I think Timmy was just unfortunate to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.” Clarkson trains Tebow, so it’s no surprise he’s speaking highly of his client. He says that Tebow is working on losing weight to drop some of his bulk in order to gain more athleticism. He also says they have worked on Tebow’s throwing mechanics to lose some of the windmill motion that slows Tebow’s delivery. Clarkson firmly believes that Tebow’s NFL future is as a quarterback. Though it’s nice that Clarkson is standing up for Tebow, he should first do a little more research on the facts. Broncos executive John Elway said last year that Tebow preferred New York over Jacksonville, so the Broncos traded him there even though the offer from the Jaguars was more enticing. Tebow reportedly felt like he would have a better chance to play quarterback with the Jets and reportedly felt more welcomed by their coaches. Clarkson’s theory sounds great, but it’s mostly inaccurate. Helmet smack to Around the League
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