Posted Tue Jan 17th by Jon Heath
Nobody is about to deny that Broncos second year quarterback Tim Tebow has accuracy and consistency issues. With that said, his inaccuracy problems may be a bit overblown.
We all know that every few passes, Tebow will send a pass off course of his target, much to the dismay of Broncos fans. Whether it’s overthrowing a running back out of the backfield or throwing a ball at a receiver’s feet, Tebow seems to have 5-10 extremely inaccurate passes every 20-30 attempts.
Starting in eleven games last season, Tebow only completed 46.5% of his passes, a stat which is unheard-of for professional quarterbacks. Why the low completion percentage? Several reasons are listed after the jump:
- When Tebow does not properly set his feet before throwing, his passes are not accurate. I think this is his biggest passing fault. That is Quarterbacking 101. However, footwork can be corrected over time, and Tebow has shown progress. With a full off-season to work on his footwork, that issue could start to disappear for Tebow.
- Tebow’s long wind-up throwing motion has been criticized and blamed for his inaccuracy problems by many observers. This issue would be much harder to fix than his footwork, but it appears to have gotten a little better over the course of time.
- Tebow’s fear of failure leads him to have a fear of interceptions; and for a young quarterback, he does not throw many. However, that fear also results in many passes being overthrown or sometimes into the ground. This is not a theory. It is revealed by film and Coach John Fox confirmed it in an interview last November. When Tebow begins to throw and then sees a defensive back closing in, he’ll redirect his throw mid-release, which results in an in-completion.
- When his receivers drop passes, it doesn’t help. According to Pro Football Focus, Broncos receivers Demaryius Thomas (13.51%) and Eric Decker (16.98%) owned the 77th and 84th-best drop rates of catch-able passes last season. Many of Tebow’s attempts weren’t pretty, but there were various times last season when one of his receivers dropped a very catch-able pass.