A tale of Tebow and the Walsh brothers 

March, 11, 2010

The biggest story surrounding this year's NFL draft is the status of Tim Tebow.

Is the former Heisman Trophy-winning Florida Gator a first-round talent? Does he have the tools to play quarterback in the NFL? Will he be able to transition from the shotgun spread system to an NFL-style offense? How much can he enhance his pro stock by overhauling his throwing motion? And should some of this refinement have been addressed sooner by his college coaches at UF?

So many questions -- and really, so much time for debate, as Tebow has proved to be a hot-button topic since long before he played his last game in Gainesville. Still, from the moment the Sugar Bowl ended, a game in which Tebow completed 31 of 35 passes for 482 yards and three TDs, such talk has only gotten more heated because he represents so much to so many different folks. That last question, about whether it was Florida's responsibility to have done more to get him ready for the NFL, is a particular hefty deal.

I've been surprised by how many people have thrust the burden of Tebow's NFL development on Urban Meyer's staff. After all, Tebow did help lead UF to two national titles. He also completed two-thirds of the passes he attempted in his career and had a gaudy 88-16 TD-INT ratio.

But what if the UF staff had tinkered with Tebow's mechanics right when he arrived in Gainesville in 2006, and the adjustments had backfired?

The truth is, it's no sure thing that you could undo this kind of muscle memory. There's a lesser-known story about all this.