Tebow Tracker: Scouting Combine, Day 3

QB Tim Tebow (AP: Rob Carr)

I have already written two columns about Florida QB Tim Tebow at the Scouting Combine. Today, let's try something a bit different. Here is what several of the coaches and GMs are saying in Indianapolis.

"I'm no quarterback expert and certainly in the mechanisms of the thing. I will say this about young Tim Tebow: There's been a lot of discussion and commenting about him and his release or his ability to play in the National Football League. Based on his history, I think that would be a little bit premature to start criticizing him and doubting his ability to play. He's been playing at a pretty high level for quite some time. Has to go down as one of the great college football players of all time, so let's don't sell him short just yet." – Packers GM Ted Thompson

"To be honest with you, I'm not sure yet because as he's going through all this process, and when he has his workout, I don't think there is any question about heart, leadership, character, football player, all that stuff. This is all kind of unchartered territory, too. Whatever hiccups people have that you guys have read and the draft experts – as you know, I try to read all that stuff – and you read about his mechanical flaws, if you want to put it that way, you're going to go see if they are correctable and if he's a good fit for potentially a team at quarterback." – Lions coach Jim Schwartz

"I would be remiss if I told you that I've pulled him apart and done him yet as a quarterback in this draft. You couldn't help but notice him, obviously, when he was playing with Percy [Harvin]. I just think he's been – probably, take everything else aside – as good a competitor as I've seen. I've heard about his leadership skills and abilities, but he's as good a competitor as I've seen on the field and competes in a different way and plays a physically-natured game." – Vikings coach Brad Childress


QB Tim Tebow
AP Images: Dave Martin

Again, a good football player is a good football player. It's the reason why he's been successful. You can't lose sight of the intangibles he brings with him. There's no reason why he can't be successful in the NFL. You look at Philip Rivers and his release, and everybody will make fun of that and say things about that, but it doesn't matter. All that counts is what he does on the field and does he win games. That's what you get measured by, and that's all he's done." – 49ers GM Scot McCloughan

"I don't know enough about Tim Tebow, but what I do know about him, I would definitely love to coach him. I think the guy's a winner, just he way he plays the game. I know a lot's being said about his mechanics. Just the way he approaches the game of football, I think he'll do everything he needs to do to improve. But you look for football players, and his record in college, I think, speaks for itself. But I'd love the opportunity to work with a Tim Tebow." – Packers coach Mike McCarthy

"First of all, I think he's a wonderful young man and a great football player. The first thing you have to answer is: Does his greatness in college translate into greatness in our game? It's something we are looking at right now. He's played in a system offense that was somewhat unique, a little bit different than what we ask the quarterbacks to do in our league. The second thing is his motion has been talked about a little bit. It's always been my opinion that that's the most difficult thing to change in any quarterback. I've read he's got a number of guys coaching him up on that and he's trying to change it, but it's really hard to do, I think – particularly in pressure situations. Do you want a Tim Tebow on your football team? I think, absolutely. You need guys like that, players like that. That's an ongoing study that will go right up to the draft for us. I wish him well. I love him as a young man and as a player." – Browns president of football operations Mike Holmgren

To read Day 4 of the Tebow Tracker, which takes a closer look at his workout in Indy, Click Here. To go back and read Day 2, Click Here.


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John Crist is the Publisher of Bear Report and a member of the Professional Football Writers of America. To read him every day, visit BearReport.com and become a Chicago Bears insider.

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