Whatever happened to speaking your mind anyway? It seems in today's world it's all about being "politically correct," "respectful of other's opinions," etc., etc. Giving your own viewpoint often involves a hate crime, or offending others.
Todd McShay shows us that this isn't true in the sports nation, something I'm very happy about.
First off: I don't hate Tim Tebow. Through comments I've made and messages I've gotten, it's clear some have the impression I hate him. I don't. I hate the image he's become as the face of college football. I don't think he deserves it, personally.
The Tim Tebow bandwagon is nearly as big as the ones for fast food, Jesus, "end the war," and "Yes We Can."
There's no denying, however, the great quarterback he is. He has a national title and a Heisman trophy under his belt. He can run, pass, tackle, block...truly a versatile player.
But will he make it in the NFL? Honestly?
Todd McShay (ESPN commentator, director of college scouting) certainly doesn't think so—or at least not as a quarterback. "Tim Tebow can't play quarterback in the NFL, I'm convinced of it," he said. Ouch. Now there's a career breaker.
This is different than BleacherReport, blogs, or angry fans saying that. This is a huge ESPN writer and commentator we're talking about here. His reputation has to be on the line after those comments.
While fans of Tim Tebow have lashed out at McShay, declaring this an outrage, I admire him for it. I truly do.
One year from now there'll be a lot of apologies to make out to the Gator community, or a big "I told you so" banner outside his doorstep. But those are risks you have to take sometimes.
I also think it's excellent he didn't beat around the bush, but rather came out and said here's the deal so to speak.
You don't see a lot of that now. People keep opinions to themselves, and the "tell 'em like it is" attitude is fading away...McShay lets us know it isn't going anywhere.
And College Football Fanhouse brought out some good points. McShay didn't neglect Tebow's talent, character, or his faith. We're on the same page, Todd and I. I don't doubt he has those things—I've never met him in person so I can't say.
Neither did Todd. He came out and stated his opinion about Tebow's gameplay, while not judging his character. I applaud that. He didn't sugarcoat anything at all. In fact, he goes on to say:
"To me, Tebow has two choices. He needs to strip down and completely start over as a quarterback and passer or he needs to find another position to play in the NFL."
Bravo McShay. Constructive criticism, without beating around the bush. I admire that.