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Urban Meyer: 'I still don't get' why Tim Tebow is out of an NFL job

Tim Tebow has a job. It's just not in the NFL.

As Tebow prepares for his first season in front of a camera on the new SEC Network, his former college coach would rather see him reading defenses in the NFL than television prompters at ESPN.

"I still don't get that part of it," Ohio State coach Urban Meyer said of Tebow's inability to hold down an NFL job from Big Ten Media Days. "He's the second-most efficient passer ever to play college football."

Meyer and the former Heisman Trophy winner, of course, teamed up to win a pair of national titles at Florida. Indeed, Tebow concluded his four-year college career with the NCAA's No. 2 all-time passer efficiency rating (170.79) — trailing only current Rams quarterback Sam Bradford (175.62).

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As we all know, though, collegiate success doesn't necessarily translate to the NFL. Last we saw Tebow as a starter, he owned one of the worst QB ratings in the league in 2011 (72.9), his most successful pro season under center. Interestingly, Bradford was one of only six quarterbacks with a worse rating.

Tebow's career 47.9 completion percentage doesn't scream efficiency, either. After the Broncos traded him to the Jets following his breakout 2011 season, he threw just eight passes in New York. The Patriots gave him a shot in training camp last summer, when he completed only 36.7 percent of his passes, and he hasn't had a whiff of the NFL since the 2013 preseason. And so far, at least, Tebow has been unwilling to accept a job in another professional league. 

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By all accounts, Tebow remains in tremendous shape, telling reporters in both Tennessee and Arizona in recent weeks that he's prepared should an NFL team come calling. He even reportedly has a clause in his SEC Network contract that would allow him to accept a QB job should one arise.

Meanwhile, Meyer continues to make the same case many have made for Tebow — essentially that he's a football player first and a quarterback second — even if his NFL experience has yet to reflect that.

"He had really good personnel around him [at Florida] and we utilized his skill very well," Meyer added. "I think in a traditional setting, it is difficult, but there's a lot of non-traditional offenses now in the NFL."

Given that Bill Belichick — whose relationship with Meyer has resulted in a number of former Gators making their way onto New England's roster — gave up on Tebow most recently, perhaps that argument doesn't hold much water. Then again, plenty of backup quarterbacks with worse career winning percentages than Tebow have jobs holding water on NFL sidelines around the league.

 

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