Tom Brady’s long time QB coach and now Tim Tebow’s new QB coach Tom Martinez stated that he could give Tebow what he calls correct mechanics in two weeks time.
Obviously Martinez doesn’t like for self confidence but he could be setting himself up for failure. Could he accomplish what he said? Sure, I guess he could. Anything is possible. But the mechanics he is working with from Tebow and what he was working with from Brady are as different as night and day.
Can he show him how he is “supposed” to throw the ball in two weeks? Sure he can. He can SHOW him in a few minutes how he is “supposed” to throw it. That doesn’t mean Tebow can reproduce that movement himself in 2 weeks time. Tebow has to unlearn all he has learned over the course of his entire lifetime. He didn’t just start throwing poorly this year when he started for the Broncos. He’s done it his entire career as a football player. It might take a little more than 2 weeks to undo all that.
Martinez did say that Tebow and Brady are alike in one way, they both are internal warriors. They both believe within themselves that they and their team can win on any given day. They are both extremely competitive. Martinez also believes that Tebow is willing to do anything people tell him to do in order to help him become a better player and give his team and opportunity to win. From that, I gather that Martinez thinks Tebow has the will to win and is willing to do whatever it takes to help make that possible. I do not disagree with that. I’ve always thought that Tebow is a great competitor.
But changing throwing mechanics takes time. It takes time and a lot of work. Martinez will be working to undo probably 15 years or more of bad mechanics between now and the time the NFL preseason starts in August. That’s about 6 months time. Martinez said he could do it in 2 weeks. In reality, he will have 6 months to get it done. There is one thing that makes me believe that it can be done. Martinez knows what has to be done in order to make Tebow an NFL QB. His throwing motion must be changed. There is nothing else. No changing the game so Tebow can play the way he is. Tebow’s motion must be changed.
In 6 months, we will all see if he is.