Marino: Changing will be difficult for Tebow

NEW YORK — As Radio City Music Hall fills up with fans and team representatives, we’re quickly running out of time to speculate.

Speaking of speculation, the leader in that category for this draft is Tim Tebow, and you’ve heard the varying opinions. If someone knew where Tebow is about to get drafted, he or she would stand to make some money (although such actions are not condoned in this blog).

I had the chance to chat about Tebow with Hall of Fame QB Dan Marino, who brought some insightful opinions.

“What it comes down to is, can he make the throws that need to be made in the NFL? I don’t know that,” Marino said. “I think that’s where the question comes in for people around the league. The window of opportunity is a lot less in the NFL than it is in college football. That’s a big part of it, as well as accuracy and arm strength.”

Given Tebow has the coveted intangibles, I asked Marino if he believes any perceived weaknesses (throwing motion, footwork) could be fixed with coaching on the pro level.

“No one is perfect,” Marino said. “I wasn’t always perfect. You get sloppy sometimes. It still comes down to making throws. Can he make those throws in tough situations? Yeah, you can be taught to a certain extent. The problem with that, I always tell people, as a quarterback your whole life you’ve been doing it a certain way. Now, you’re 22 or 23-years old, and it’s hard to change. It’s really hard to change. Sometimes, under duress, you go back to your old habits.”

Tebow is one of the most interesting topics of this draft, given his college success (which is why we’re even having the conversation) and the difficulty in projecting if his game will translate to the NFL. At the end of the day, Marino believes it will be difficult to change Tebow’s fundamentals, which doesn’t bode well. When the smoke clears, I’m looking forward to hearing from the team that choses Tebow.

Here’s one final thought on intangibles from Marino that ended our chat.

“Intangibles come with winning,” he said. “In the NFL, if a kid comes in and works hard and wins and performs, then he’s going to be a leader. It’s a natural thing, a natural process. When you look at intangibles, you look at guys who have won games in college and teams seem to follow them and they make plays in tough situations. That’s intangibles to me. You can’t fake that.”

– Frank Tadych

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