Tim Tebow: Urban Meyer Correct in Saying QB Could Succeed in Right System

Austin GreenCorrespondent IJanuary 2, 2013

NEW ORLEANS - JANUARY 01:  Tim Tebow #15 of the Florida Gators hugs his head coach Urban Meyer after scoring a touchdown against the Cincinnati Bearcats during the Allstate Sugar Bowl at the Louisana Superdome on January 1, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Everyone's favorite third-string quarterback is in the news again, this time because of some comments made by his former college coach, Urban Meyer.

Meyer, Tebow's coach at Florida and current head coach at Ohio State, said on ESPN's Mike and Mike in the Morning that Tebow could succeed in a spread-style offense (quotes at 4:15 mark).

“We watched RGIII at the Washington Redskins, Wilson at the Seahawks, the new quarterback at the 49ers, and Carolina, and they are actually running a spread offense in the NFL,” Meyer said. “So my hope is, and I’m sure Tim feels the same way, is to go play in one of those systems where they let him play.”

Although it's fun (and really, really easy) to rip on Tebow, Meyer is absolutely correct in his thinking.

The NFL is changing before our eyes, as young, mobile quarterbacks are taking over the league. The teams Meyer mentioned all run offenses inspired by the college game, and defenses are going crazy trying to stop them.

As polarizing as Tebow is, there's no denying that he has been effective (enough) as a starter in that style of offense. While basically running a variation of the spread in Denver, Tebow led the Broncos to an 8-5 record as a starter in 2011-12. 

It was often ugly, and his defense didn't get enough credit, but Tebow did enough to get Ws. At the end of the day, that's all that matters.

Of course, Tebow isn't as fast as the guys Meyer mentioned, and he damn sure isn't as good of a natural passer. But there are some teams with terrible quarterback situations (Chiefs, Bills, Jaguars, Cardinals, etc.) that would kill to go 8-5 over a 13-game stretch of the season.

If one of those coaching staffs gives Tebow a chance and tailors its style to meet his skill set (you know, like good coaches should do), then it would find a way to win more than a few games. 

And if not, it would at least be a more interesting way to lose.