March 24, 2010
Fox high on Tebow
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Count Carolina Panthers coach John Fox among the NFL's talent evaluators who believe Florida's Tim Tebow can be a successful NFL quarterback.
Fox spoke highly of Tebow at a media breakfast with NFC coaches this morning at the league's annual meetings. Asked about Tebow's much-debated throwing delivery, Fox said:
"Did you ever watch (former Cleveland quarterback) Bernie Kosar play? Bernie might not appreciate it, but I call it as I see it. He won a lot of games. So it's not all just how pretty they are, (or) how big. That's part of it, no doubt. It'll be a factor. It'll be well-debated."
Fox attended Tebow's pro day workout at Florida last week and has met with Tebow in pre-draft interviews.
The Panthers could consider Tebow with their opening pick in the middle of the second round. However, they also must weigh their pressing need for help at positions such as defensive end and wide receiver.
Fox acknowledged that there are extreme viewpoints on whether or not Tebow can become an effective pro quarterback.
"I think you'll get 32 different opinions, and it'll be interesting," said Fox. "But I think he's proven he's had great success at the college level. That probably counts for something. That's how we evaluate these guys.
"Where that fits and trying to predict where he goes (in the draft), I can't honestly tell you and I'm not going to give you my exact evaluation."
Fox has said many times, including today, that he strongly considers intangible qualities when evaluating quarterbacks, and that Tebow scores high in that area.
"I'd say he's up there pretty good," Fox said with a smile.
"I think he's different in a good way. He has a lot of respect among his peers. They won a lot of games at Florida. He kind of had a similar background in high school, where he took a team to a state championship. In Florida, that's a pretty big deal.
"You look at those things and he's shown the ability to lead men, albeit young men, but they're still men. In fact, that might be harder."
Fox also made it clear he likes Tebow's toughness. One of the more memorable images of Tebow from his Florida career was when he was bleeding from cuts sustained in a game, but continued to play.
"That's part of being a leader," said Fox. "When things are tough, (it's) how you respond (and) how you react to motivate other people. I think he's done that over time. That's my own personal opinion. That's very important at that position."
-- Charles Chandler
Posted by Observer Sports on March 24, 2010 at 09:38 AM | Permalink
i hope they keep fox out of the war room.tebow is a career backup at best.
Posted by: raydaz | Mar 24, 2010 10:04:46 AM
A functional #2 wide receiver would be nice please.
Posted by: James Reed | Mar 24, 2010 10:23:17 AM
i hope they keep fox in the war room, tebow is a career starter at worst
Posted by: dar456 | Mar 24, 2010 10:31:39 AM
Tebow can take the Panthers to the Super Bowl.
Posted by: JRUD | Mar 24, 2010 10:40:55 AM
I don't think he is going to be a starting QB in this league but I do believe you could run some wildcat with him, williams, and stewart. He would also be a good choice to play FB and TE as long as he can block.
Posted by: LucasGotBurnt | Mar 24, 2010 10:42:33 AM
Tebow can drive the bus to the superbowl.
Posted by: Jeah | Mar 24, 2010 10:45:03 AM
I don't really have a problem with them drafting Tebow because he has a lot of drive and he is willing to change his throwing style to be successful. I just think they have a far more pressing need at WR. And I don't think Tebow is going to be available past the 2nd round.
Posted by: ColToo | Mar 24, 2010 10:59:36 AM
Tebow is a 2-3 yr project at best and Fox doesn't have time for projects. Sign Josh McCown to a one year deal instead.
Our Biggest need is a legitimate #2 receiver. Sign Moose for one year to be number #3, or #4 if Jarret or Moore step up. Sign a DE that can compete with Brayton, Brown and Johnson. Do these things and we could be a very good team.
Posted by: Jimcat | Mar 24, 2010 11:01:09 AM
no Tebow please...how about Snead, and maybe use a later pick on Armanti Edwards?
Posted by: Matt | Mar 24, 2010 11:30:47 AM
go cry on someone elses uniform tebow. PANTHER FANS WANT MOORE!
Posted by: ftbs11 | Mar 24, 2010 11:33:41 AM
We need a NFL roster player NOT a "project" unless he wants to be a H Back...would be good at that IMO.
Posted by: hellfish | Mar 24, 2010 11:41:03 AM
I think Tebow can eventually be a starter in the right system. I think that if you put him with a running game like the Panthers have he could be pretty good in a couple of years. Just look at how much better his delivery has gotten since the Senior Bowl. If a team gives him time to develop he can definitely be pretty good.
Posted by: Smiley | Mar 24, 2010 11:48:47 AM
I hope Fox and Hurney dont act stupidly again in the draft and go DE 2nd or 3rd - we need one but we are dangerously thin at WR and QB, and there are better finds available at both positions in the 2nd and 3rd rd. Plus Brayton and Johnson should shore up the DE position, we have nothing in the bullpen for WR right now behind Smith.
Posted by: manu4t | Mar 24, 2010 11:54:38 AM
let Steve Smith do the QB prospecting, we need chemistry between the QB and receivers. Jake lost the chemistry throwing ground balls, high balls, interceptions, etc. Matt Moore brought the best out of Jarrett, its going to get better, with all receivers this year.
Posted by: Stephen | Mar 24, 2010 12:11:23 PM
If fox drafts anything! on this team before WR he's stupid.
Posted by: Cheven | Mar 24, 2010 12:17:36 PM
Smiley....I agree 100%. The upside of Tebow is his mental and physical toughness, as well as intangibles and leadership track record. With our running game, Moore, McCown and Tebow can each excel. Let them compete!
We still have FA and the rest of the draft for WR, DE and DT needs.
Posted by: dangburnit | Mar 24, 2010 12:20:38 PM
go cry on someone elses uniform tebow. PANTHER FANS WANT MOORE!
we already have moore! do you want to play 16 games with 1 QB or should we try and sign a few back ups?
Posted by: dar456 | Mar 24, 2010 12:41:28 PM
as far as reading defenses and throwing the ball with accuracy, Koasar was light years ahead of Tebow coming out of college
Posted by: chris_h | Mar 24, 2010 12:57:44 PM
are you guys really gonna knock the draft choices our office has made.......what about williams stewart otah.....if they have faith i can follow. I mean do you guys remember 1-15 we're not exactly the Lions anymore
Posted by: Rudy | Mar 24, 2010 1:30:37 PM
Well put Rudy.
Posted by: swizzlesticks | Mar 24, 2010 1:48:42 PM
bring Tebow here we need him bad we can use him in so many ways it be dumb not to take him
Posted by: landon | Mar 24, 2010 2:05:51 PM
Time for your meds JRUD !
Posted by: nasty704 | Mar 24, 2010 2:10:14 PM
Whichever team drafts Tebow it would be wise to have him spend some time with Steve Young,another left handed QB who had some sucsess after learning on the bench.
No doubt about it Timmy boy wont come in of the bench his rookie year and be the man,but with 2 years of riding pine and learning from someone like Steve Young,He could very well be a good asset.As well as sale a hell of alot of jersey's for whatever franchise.
Posted by: GhostOfSparta | Mar 24, 2010 2:12:03 PM
if we take a qb i say cinny tim pike or ole miss javen snead but who i really want is the clemson wr ford.
Posted by: steve | Mar 24, 2010 2:45:03 PM
It's a smokescreen. Fox and Hurney never really give any indication on who they're going to draft. Why would they start now?
Posted by: bob | Mar 24, 2010 3:30:41 PM
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