Former Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow was once the NFL’s most exciting quarterback.
Now young quarterbacks want to avoid his career path.
Oakland Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor plans to work with quarterback coach Tom House during his team’s bye week. House, a baseball pitching coach at USC, has worked with numerous quarterbacks, such as Tom Brady and Drew Brees. He is the person NFL passers turn to for help outside of their organization.
Tebow worked with House, too, which is why the coach warned Pryor about the dangers of regression.
"He said [Tebow] was ready to go" Pryor told ESPN.com. "Tebow looked great, he was throwing the ball great, wasn't missing anything. Then they said he went to [training] camp, and when he went back, he reverted back to himself because [that's] when the bullets are flying at you."
One could argue that is the reason why Tebow hired House in the first place, but at least Pryor is doing his best to improve.
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Pryor has played well this season, completing 72.7 percent of his passes inside the pocket, fourth-best in the NFL, according to ESPN.com. He is ahead of Aaron Rodgers, Matt Ryan and Brees.
In addition to being a better passer than Tebow, Pryor has rushed for 229 yards this season. Pryor’s dual-threat abilities is one reason why Oakland has been more competitive, especially after a 27-17 victory against the San Diego Chargers. It appears Oakland may finally have a legitimate quarterback (no offense to the one remaining JaMarcus Russell fan).
Those factors should be enough to ensure “Pryor Time” never emulates “Tebow Time.”
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