Independent quarterback coach Steve Clarkson believes NFL teams will be “pleasantly surprised” by Tim Tebow’s throwing motion and footwork this season.
Clarkson told Newsday that he spent three days in Arizona working with Tebow in February.
“I would hope wherever he ends up, they give him an opportunity to play, because if they do, they’ll be pleasantly surprised,” Clarkson said on Tuesday. “I think the guy can still play.”
Clarkson, who has also worked with NFL quarterbacks Ben Roethlisberger and Matt Leinart, said changing the position Tebow’s feet were in when throwing a pass has led to Tebow correcting his one major flaw, his throwing motion.
“The footwork is essentially what caused a lot of his looping motion,” said Clarkson. “A lot of what was happening with his throwing motion and why it was elongated was because of the way he placed his feet at the end of his drop. Right before he’d make his throw, his hips would stop at mid-motion, and the ball would come off in funny places. So that was one thing that we really honed in on, was trying to tie his feet up.”
Clarkson said he worked with Tebow on transferring his weight properly.
“Most of what people have talked about in his throwing motion were really based on his footwork.
“He sees the field extremely well. He anticipates where things are going to happen, but his relationship with his feet going to his arm didn’t mesh. He would look like he was throwing into coverage. He was throwing into the right spot, but he was just late because he couldn’t transfer his weight properly.”
Clarkson used Tai Chi to teach Tebow how to make his body work as one unit.
“There was a lot of Tai Chi that we kind of put into his workouts where we really taught him to make his body work as one unit,” said Clarkson, who said he was contacted by Tebow’s agent, Jimmy Sexton, to work with the quarterback in the offseason. “Most people who watch him will say for the most part that he has his moments when he throws in rhythm, he throws quite well. It’s when he had to reset himself, that’s when he would tend to get off balance and the ball would come off in an unnatural manner.”
Tebow, drafted by the Denver Broncos in 2010, remains under contract with the New York Jets for the 2013 season and reported Monday for the team’s offseason conditioning.
H/T: SI Sporting Blog