The perfect storm sports month just keeps rolling on baby! Spring training underway, Big Ten tournament starts for Bucky, Marquette in the Big East tourney semi's tonight, selection Sunday this weekend, Bucks making a playoff push, 24 days till opening day, and 41 days until the NFL draft. Between all of that rolling right into Packer preseason I can expect to have an anxiety free day sometime next February. You like how I slipped the Bucks in there again? I'm going to bring them up in every blog for at least a mention until all 17 people who read this blog are subconsciously turning on Bucks games without knowing why or how it happened. I'm like David Blaine for Bucks propoganda.
Anyhow I noticed a story from Green Bay last week about the Packers potentially making a move to draft quarterback Tim Tebow out of Florida if he's around in the 2nd or 3rd round. Tebow has been the source of a lot of consternation at the NFL scouting combine because he seems like one of those players who dominated college, but projects poorly in the NFL (paging Danny Wuerffel). His throwing motion is awkward, and Florida used him as a scrambling QB 50% of the time, the problem being that his speed may or may not translate to the much faster NFL game. And on top of all that he is mostly hated outside of Florida football circles for being outspoken on religious values, being anti-abortion, blah blah blah.
Typically I don't get sucked into a sugary sweet storyline of a kid who not only wins, but basically walks on water when it comes to caring for his fellow man. The skeptic inside of me tends to think it's all a PR move. But I'll admit, like a Hooters waitress asking if I want to open a tab, this kid has me hook, line and sinker. Because the bottom line is Tebow not only has the passion of a kid just trying to make the team, he also wins football games. National championship in 2009, Heisman Trophy winner in 2007 as a sophomore and finished in the top 5 in 2008 and 2009. All while racking up 432 wins at Florida in 4 years. Ho-Hum. Nothing to see here.
So during the combine McCarthy has said he'd 'love to coach Tebow,' and Thompson has shown more than a passing interest in drafting him as well. Although with Thompson it's tough to tell. You could kick that guy in the groin and he would still have the emotion of a robot. But why would we draft a quarterback project when we already have Rodgers? Because Ted Thompson plays chess while everyone plays checkers that's why. Clearly Tebow is not going to be ready to play in the near future, which is fine because we already have a hall of fame (too soon?) quarterback in Rodgers. And Flynn looks more than serviceable as a back up. But who do we even have as a 3rd string qb? Honestly does anyone know? Bueller? Is Ty Detmer looking for work? The point is draft this kid and put him under the tutelage of a franchise that is a quarterback factory. Bonus word: tebow.
And again while I would normally roll my eyes at press conference posturing, for some reason I believe Tebow genuinely is hurt when he loses. This was after an upset loss Florida suffered against Ole Miss in 2008. Florida didn't lose a single game after these comments and won the national championship 5 months later.