Thursday, January 8, 2009

Florida wins the National Championship

With their 24-14 victory over the Oklahoma Sooners, Tim Tebow and the Florida Gators won their second BCS title in the last 3 years and makes you wonder 3 things.

1. Where would Notre Dame be if they have ponied up the money for Urban Meyer instead of Charlie Weiss?

2. Did the game hurt Sam Bradford's draft stock?

3. How does a team not draft Tim Tebow and give him a shot at QB in the NFL?

I'm not Mel Kiper or Todd McShay, but I still look at Tebow and wonder why would some team draft him with the thought of moving him to a H-Back type or Safety and not just give him an opportunity to play QB? I know that he's undersized and doesn't have the strongest arm of the possible QBs that would be eligible in the draft. But when you look at players like JaMarcus Russell, who has been a bust so far, Ryan Leaf, who was one of the biggest, of not the biggest QB bust of all time, those guys were the prototype, strong arms, football smarts. But you have to wonder sometimes if those players have the ability to drive their team or will their team to victory, like Tebow has done in the past 3 years. I'm don't know if he'll be a great QB, but I can't imagine not spending a 4th rounder to just give him a shot.

Bradford is one of those prototype QB's, size, arm strength and ability to read defenses. But the offense he runs isn't exactly a pro-style offense and doesn't indicate in any possible way whether he's even close to being ready to run a team. Their offense calls a formation, and then once they lineup, he looks over to the sidelines for adjustments and audibles. He's not going to have that opportunity in the pros to look over. He's going to need to make those decisions himself. Is it because he's not able to decipher anything himself, or do the coaches feel they need to control all that? Something we won't know until a team gives him a shot on Sundays.

Lastly, I'm not a Charlie Weiss hater like a lot of Notre Dame fans and I feel that he's done an ok job so far for the fighting Irish. But with 2 BCS titles in 3 years at Florida, one has to wonder what kind of success he might have at a place like Notre Dame, which is more of a football destination than the Gators were. Would he win a national title? No one could know, but I have a feeling that if Notre Dame could redo everything, Urban Meyer might not be leading the Gators out of any tunnels.

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