By Jeff Cutler: The New England Patriots could potentially have a Steve Young 2.0 quarterback in Tim Tebow if they’re able to develop him and fix his poor accuracy the way that the late great San Francisco 49ers head coach Bill Walsh was able to do with Young when they signed him in 1985.
Young struggled in his first three seasons with the 49ers in terms of accuracy, completing only 53 percent in those years. It wasn’t until Young was developed by teaching him to throw short passes to wide open receivers and running backs that Young’s accuracy improved to near the 70 percent level.
In his three years in the NFL, Tebow only had any real playing time in 2011 where he completed only 46 percent of his throws. His other two years in the National Football League, Tebow only had a very limited amount of snaps. So what we’re talking about here is a player that is still totally undeveloped and only needs a GOOD head coach that knows what he’s doing as far as quarterbacks go.
Last season, I think Tebow was in a bad situation with the New York Jets with their head coach Rex Ryan. Like his father Buddy Ryan, I think Rex Ryan’s specialty is defense, but I don’t think he’s a quarterback guru like Andy Reid or Jim Harbaugh.
It’s difficult to imagine Tebow playing with one of those coaches and not looking totally different than he is now. Those coaches would have shortened his delivery, taught him how to make sure he was setting his feet when he was throwing, and keeping him from stressing out and running the ball each time he felt pressure in the pocket.
The best thing that Patriots’ head coach Bill Belichick can do is work on Tebow’s short passing game to get him to become accurate with those kinds of passes. If he can do that with Tebow, he’ll have fixed a major portion of his problems with accuracy.