Thursday, June 14, 2012
Jaws: Gabbert better than Tebow
By James Walker
ESPN NFL analyst and quarterback guru Ron Jaworski is ranking his top NFL quarterbacks. At No. 30 was Tim Tebow of the New York Jets, and No. 29 was Blaine Gabbert of the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Jaworski is one of the most respected quarterback evaluators around. He played the position himself with the Philadelphia Eagles. So his opinion that Gabbert is better than Tebow carries weight.
However, can you rank a quarterback who did not look NFL ready in 2011 over a player who led his team to the playoffs and even won a postseason game?
There are things Tebow lacks as a conventional quarterback. But he does have proven NFL tools, such as toughness, athleticism, work ethic and natural leadership. That was enough to earn Tebow a 7-4 record as a starter last year, in addition to an impressive wild-card victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Conversely Gabbert, who is more conventional, showed little last year. He looked gunshy in the pocket and was 4-10 as a starter. Some are already calling him a bust in Jacksonville.
Many will say Gabbert was more highly-touted coming out of the draft. But some forget Tebow also was a first-rounder in 2010 with the Denver Broncos. Jaworski is counting on Gabbert's potential with this ranking. Is Jaworski correct?
Using our SportsNation poll, vote on who is the better quarterback between Gabbert and Tebow. You can also share your thoughts in the comment section below.