Posted: 8:17 pm Tuesday, July 29th, 2014
By Jeff Schultz
It was never my intention to write another blog about Tim Tebow or why he’s not cut out to be an NFL quarterback (still). But then Urban Meyer told the assembled media at Big Ten Media Days, “I still don’t get that part of it. He’s the second-most efficient passer ever to play college football.” And that sound was me slapping my forehead.
If you ever wondered whether Meyer could work in the personnel department — or coach — in the NFL, there’s your answer: no.
Tebow obviously was a great college quarterback at Florida and remains one of the greatest college players of all time. But there’s a reason he hasn’t had a football job since being released by the New York Jets following the 2012 season. His skills don’t translate to the NFL level.
Most observers not drunk on TimmyAde understand this. Meyer isn’t one of them. The fact he supports his case for Tebow with the player’s career passer efficiency rating at Florida says it all.
Here is a link to the list of the top 250 quarterbacks in career passing efficiency. You’ll look at many names and wonder, “Hey, whatever happened to him? And him? And him?”
To save you some time, there are only four quarterbacks in the top 25 all-time who are/were proven quarterbacks: Andrew Luck (Stanford) at ninth, Robert Griffin III at 17th, Chad Pennington at 20th and Jim McMahon at 25th. To be fair, some players on the list can’t be judged yet.
I won’t copy the entire top-250 list but here’s the top 50, via Sports-Reference.com:
|3.||Kellen Moore*||168.98||2008||2011||Boise State|
|4.||Ryan Dinwiddie*||168.89||2000||2003||Boise State|
|7.||Johnny Manziel*||164.05||2012||2013||Texas A&M|
|10.||Ty Detmer||162.74||1988||1991||Brigham Young|
|12.||Omar Jacobs*||162.53||2003||2005||Bowling Green State|
|13.||Steve Sarkisian||161.96||1995||1996||Brigham Young|
|14.||David Fales*||161.72||2012||2013||San Jose State|
|16.||Matt Leinart*||159.51||2003||2005||Southern California|
|17.||Robert Griffin III*||158.90||2008||2011||Baylor|
|21.||Brandon Weeden*||157.60||2008||2011||Oklahoma State|
|24.||Billy Blanton||157.06||1993||1996||San Diego State|
|25.||Jim McMahon||156.91||1977||1981||Brigham Young|
|26.||Connor Shaw*||155.94||2010||2013||South Carolina|
|31.||Graham Harrell*||154.34||2005||2008||Texas Tech|
|32.||Tim Rattay||154.33||1997||1999||Louisiana Tech|
|34.||Blake Bortles*||153.76||2011||2013||Central Florida|
|35.||Geno Smith*||153.52||2009||2012||West Virginia|
|36.||Daunte Culpepper||153.08||1996||1998||Central Florida|
|37.||Derek Carr*||152.80||2009||2013||Fresno State|
|40.||Chuckie Keeton*||151.42||2011||2013||Utah State|
|41.||Ben Roethlisberger*||151.29||2001||2003||Miami (OH)|
|42.||Bryn Renner*||151.22||2010||2013||North Carolina|
|43.||David Carr*||151.16||1997||2001||Fresno State|
|44.||Chris Weinke||151.15||1997||2000||Florida State|
|45.||Max Hall*||151.08||2007||2009||Brigham Young|
|46.||Joe Germaine*||151.00||1996||1998||Ohio State|
|49.||E.J. Manuel*||150.43||2009||2012||Florida State|
The point: while a college passing efficiency rating — which differs from the NFL formula — hardly precludes somebody from being an effective pro quarterback, it just doesn’t carry a lot of weight.
That’s something Meyer either doesn’t understand or doesn’t want to publicly acknowledge about his favorite pupil. Even if Tebow were to be considered a borderline player worthy of one of the 96 NFL quarterback roster jobs (three per team), the fact he brings a fan and media circus with him likely hurts his cause.
And so, instead of preparing for a season in an NFL camp, Tebow preps for the college football season in a climate controlled studio of the SEC Network. And for that, he’s eminently qualified.
•Some pre-vacation blogs and columns (free links)
– MyAJC: Braves’ best postseason hope is starting pitching – MyAJC: Steven Jackson: ‘I kind of believed my own hype’ – Blog: Poll: Falcons open camp, what’s your playoff pick? – MyAJC: Falcons open with more questions than buzz – MyAJC: Georgia still recruiting too many of wrong kids – Blog: Giants take a chance on Dan Uggla – Blog: June Jones whiffs on spring football idea – MyAJC: Back to reality: Payne a nice pick for Hawks – MyAJC: Hawks’ quest: LeBron, Carmelo or anybody elite – Blog: LeBron, Carmelo opt out: Are Hawks an option? – Blog: It’s ‘Mark Emmert Appreciation Night’! (sort of) – MyAJC: Soccer has our attention: Will we stay this time? – MyAJC: Times change, we change: ‘Redskins’ have to go – Blog: Braves out of first place — not that they deserved to be there – MyAJC: Nats, trip may force Braves to make a move – Blog: Possible Braves’ moves: Bethancourt up, B.J. to bench? – Blog: Is it time to drop Freeman in batting order? – MyAJC: Is La Stella that Prado-like spark Braves need?
About the Author
Sports blogger and columnist Jeff Schultz has been with the Atlanta-Journal-Constitution since 1989. He has been honored several times by the Associated Press Sports Editors (APSE), National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association (NSSA) and several other organizations.