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Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Tebow makeover has AFC East undertones


Tim Tebow won't throw at the NFL scouting combine this week, but the coaching quartet trying to salvage the University of Florida star's quarterbacking future claims he's making significant progress as a pro-style passer.

In case you haven't noticed, all four of the contractors brought in for "Home Makeover: Tebow Edition" have AFC East ties.

Tim Tebow
Tim Tebow has a team of coaches preparing him for the NFL.
The men trying to renovate Tebow's throwing mechanics are former offensive coordinator Zeke Bratkowski, Arizona State offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone, retired coach Sam Wyche and Montreal Alouettes head coach Marc Trestman.

Bratkowski served on the New York Jets' staff from 1985 through 1989 and again in 1995 and '96 as offensive coordinator. Mazzone was the Jets' receivers coach from 2006 through 2008. Wyche coached the Buffalo Bills quarterbacks in 2004 and '05. Trestman was the Miami Dolphins' offensive coordinator in 2004.

ESPN's Adam Schefter wrote a feature on the reclamation project. He noted Bratkowski is focusing on an improved, over-the-top delivery.

Tebow's footwork also is a concern because the Gators were a shotgun-exclusive team. He must learn how to master the center-quarterback exchange and the type of dropbacks he must be comfortable with as a pro.

The coaches sound like they're happy with how their project is coming along.
Wyche told Bengals.com reporter Geoff Hobson that Tebow's mechanical flaws are minor and could be corrected within a week once he gets into an NFL program.
Trestman cited Tebow's mind as his greatest asset to helping him make the transition.