Saturday, February 27, 2010
Tebow benefits from Romo's old coach
By Dan Graziano
INDIANAPOLIS -- In the months leading up to Cowboys training camp in '03, a quality control coach named David Lee helped quarterback Tony Romo overhaul his throwing motion. Bill Parcells had taken one look at the undrafted player out of Eastern Illinois during a May minicamp and declared that he'd have too many passes batted down because of his three-quarter delivery.
Lee, who played quarterback for Vanderbilt in the 1970s when Parcells was the defensive coordinator at the school, told Romo that he should wait until after training camp to make any major changes. Romo was so desperate to make the team that he practically begged Lee to teach him a more orthodox delivery. He would call Lee at 9 in the evening and ask him to meet him at Valley Ranch to work on the new delivery. And we all know the rest of that story.
But as luck would have it, Lee, now the Dolphins' quarterbacks coach, ended up working with Tim Tebow at the Senior Bowl. On Friday, Tebow stood in front of about 150 reporters and credited Lee for helping lay the foundation for his new delivery. He knows what Lee did for Romo and is now doing for Chad Henne.
"David is one of the best fundamental quarterback coaches anywhere," Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland told me Thursday. "Tim will take all of what David taught him and know exactly what he needs to work on. I don't think anyone can truly appreciate how fortunate he was to work with David in Mobile."
Many of you will recall that it was Lee's idea to install the Wildcat formation in Miami, which contributed to an amazing turnaround for the Dolphins in '08. But his expertise is with quarterbacks. Just ask Romo.