Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Tim Tebow worked with Chris Weinke
By James Walker
Former NFL quarterback Chris Weinke runs a popular quarterback school -- IMG Academy -- in Bradenton, Fla. During an interview with NFL Network on Wednesday, Weinke revealed New York Jets backup quarterback Tim Tebow recently stopped by to work on his shaky mechanics.
"I was just working with Tim Tebow a couple of weeks ago for the first time," Weinke said. "I was quite impressed with his ability to make adjustments. I know he's worked with a lot of different quarterback coaches. I had him for two days and I was impressed with his approach."
During his two days with Tebow, Weinke said the Jets quarterback learned to get the ball out quicker and how to adjust his ball speed. Tebow is often criticized for only throwing fastballs that can be inaccurate and/or difficult to catch from short distances.
Tebow's NFL future remains up in the air. He is under contract with New York, and the Jets are trying to trade the popular backup quarterback. However, the trade market for Tebow appears to be non-existent.
If Tebow is released, which is expected, teams must consider if they can work with his limitations.
"Again, he has to go to the right place," Weinke explained. "Coaches have to put him in position to be successful. I know he’s ultra-competitive. I know that guy wants to win and he knows how to win. The future is uncertain on what he’s going to do, but I believe he's a guy who can get it done."
Weinke also worked with several quarterbacks from this year's class at IMG. That list includes West Virginia's Geno Smith, Florida State's EJ Manuel, Arkansas' Tyler Wilson and USC's Matt Barkley, who has his much-anticipated pro day on Wednesday.
Weinke knows the 2013 quarterback class is often criticized, but he believes there are talented players in this year's group.
"Where are all these guys going to land? I don't know," Weinke said. "The 32 teams have to make that decision. But I know this: There are some guys who are very well-prepared, ready to step in on Sundays and are quarterbacks who I think will have great success."