By Harry Allison
Lots of people have come up with lots of reasons for newbie Eagle Tim Tebow’s failure as an NFL quarterback:
His inability to read defenses.
His body, which is shaped more like a fullback’s than a QB.
Now hear this.
His college coach blames ESPN.
Tebow became a national superstar under then-Florida Gators head coach Urban Meyer, and Meyer believes the overwhelming attention Tebow receives has limited his chances with NFL franchises. Tebow signed with the Eagles earlier this month, but his contract includes no guaranteed money.
During an appearance on the “Dan Patrick Show,” Meyer said that Tebow’s “only problem” is that he creates so much conversation.
“He’s a winner. He took a team that was a mess and put them in the playoffs and almost made the Super Bowl, and then the whole New York Jets thing was not good for all involved…. The problem with Tim, and this is the only problem, he creates so much conversation and distraction that I think that spooks some teams…. I know I’ve talked to many of the coaches involved and one thing every coach wants is lack of distraction so they can focus on their team. All of a sudden when ESPN has live people watching practice and every time you wake up there’s “Tim Tebow this, Tebow this, Tebow this,” and you’re talking about a backup quarterback, that did wear on people.”