Former Houston Texans wide receiver David Anderson joined Jonas Knox on Fox Sports Radio and the subject of Tim Tebow came up. Anderson played with Tebow in Denver and while he had glowing reviews about Tebow as a person, he didn’t like him as a quarterback.
“His mechanics really throw you off as a receiver because you’re not really sure when the ball is coming,” Anderson said. “If you’re playing in the middle of the field, you need to know when the ball’s coming and you need to know quickly because there’s a lot of traffic in there,” Anderson said. “He’d look like he was staring you down, which can’t happen, and then he’d throw the ball late, which can’t happen.”
The mechanics for Tebow weren’t his only problem as a quarterback, according to Anderson, his hesitation, and affinity for scrambling hurt him as well.
“He could not quickly go from one to two to three [during his progressions],” Anderson said. “Say whatever you want, he could go scramble and make plays, that’s great, but that also throws you off as a receiver. Off-schedule plays can happen, but they can’t consistently happen and they’d consistently happen with Tebow and it was hard to know when you were going to get involved in the offense.”
Anderson, who was mainly a second team player with the Broncos and would play slot receiver and fourth receiver with Denver spent a lot of time with the backup Tebow. But when Tebow got on the field, third receivers weren’t used often with him.
“You couldn’t switch up the personnel with Tim Tebow,“ Anderson said. “It was a two-tight, two receiver football game with him and he wasn’t able to throw the football downfield and he wasn’t able to throw the football in the middle of the field, and he was really limited in creating plays with his feet, because you can’t do that as much as you can in college. You just can’t, you’re going to get sacked and you’re going to lose. You can’t overcome third-and-7’s and third-and-8’s as often as you can in college.”
The third and long caused Tebow to try and pump up his team in the huddle, to psyche them up for the big play coming and Anderson didn’t find that as a positive during the game.
“Say what you want about his rah-rah speeches … but you’re a professional football player,” Anderson said. “I’m here, I have mouths to feed. I don’t need a-come-to-Jesus meeting in the huddle. I need you to give me the play and let’s get out there and let’s see what the defense is doing. I don’t need all this rah-rah talk, and that got shut down early. Great guy. Really nice in the locker room, but you know what, give me the play and let’s go play football.”
Anderson actually said the best quarterback he played with, in the huddle, was Texans quarterback Sage Rosenfels.
“He would tell you, ‘3rd-and-7 they like a nickel-will blitz off the strong side here, we’re going to hit him with this’,” Anderson said of Rosenfels in the huddle. “You’d be like, ‘oh great, thanks’ and he’d call the play.”
Tebow was a bit different in those situations.
“It’s just nonsense [the things Tebow would say],” Anderson said, “I need a reminder or I need the play, I don’t really need to be told we should play hard here to get a first down.”
All of that information did not endear Tebow to Anderson.
“Was he the worst quarterback you played with in NFL,” Knox asked.
“Uh, yes,” Anderson replied.