SIX BITS: Parsons’s buzzer-beater, Tebow’s fixed footwork, Powell’s excitement to return

By Adam Silverstein
April 18, 2013

1 » Houston Rockets forward Chandler Parsons concluded the 2012-13 NBA regular season in style, draining an improbable three-pointer at the buzzer to extend his team’s season finale into overtime. Though Houston fell to the Los Angeles Lakers 99-95, Parsons finished with 23 points on 10-for-18 shooting, adding four rebounds and three assists. The Rockets will be the No. 8 seed in the Western Conference.

2 » During a pre-draft press conference on Wednesday, New York Jets general manager John Idzik remained non-committal but nevertheless seemed to foreshadow quarterback Tim Tebow’s future with the team. “I’m not saying he is, I’m not saying he isn’t,” said Idzik after being asked if Tebow would be involved in the Jets’ offseason quarterback competition. “I’m just saying let things play out.” He continued: “I guess I don’t want to put the cart before the horse. … He’s a Jet, and we’ve gone through some change here and that’s what I mean by letting things play out. We have a new coordinator, we have a new quarterback coach, we have a new offensive system, I’m new. We have several new people within football administration. I think you just got to let these things develop and evolve.”

3 » Workouts at this point in the offseason do not include on-field drills, so Tebow has not yet had an opportunity to show these new coaches his ability. If one is to believe veteran quarterback coach Steve Clarkson, who told Newsday on Wednesday that he fixed Tebow’s flawed mechanics in just three days, the player may be able to impress if given a chance. “I would hope wherever he ends up, they give him an opportunity to play, because if they do, they’ll be pleasantly surprised,” he told the paper. “I think he can still play.” Clarkson spent three days working with Tebow in Arizona during the month of February and explained that he fixed the flaw in Tebow’s throwing motion.

“The footwork is essentially what caused a lot of his looping motion,” Clarkson said. “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 went on to say that though Tebow has a high football IQ, his footwork was slowing him down. He even used Tai Chi to help Tebow “make his body work as one unit.” He added: “The things that he needs to work on are very coachable and actually very minor. … He just needs to have someone not be afraid of the phenomenon.”

Check out three more BITS of Florida Gators football news…after the break!

4 » Clarkson also spoke with the Newark Star-Ledger about Tebow and put forth a conspiracy theory about the entire situation. “I think he was purposefully sent to New York,” he said regarding the trade that landed Tebow with the Jets. “From the standpoint: you send him to a situation where you have instability with your coach – you don’t know if he’s coming or going. You have a fragile-minded Mark Sanchez at quarterback. You stick Tim Tebow in there and you kill two birds with one stone. So if you’re Denver you’ve got to be thinking ‘We send him to New York we basically kill an opponent and at the same time Tim Tebow doesn’t come back to bite us in the proverbial butt, if you will, because he’s not going to make it out of there.’ You send him to Jacksonville, all of a sudden he’s got that fanbase behind him and all of a sudden he’s doing what he’s done all his life, that’s win games. That would put a lot of ill-will towards your organization. There is a lot of politics that go on with it. I think Timmy was just unfortunate to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.”

5 » Florida Gators redshirt junior Buck linebacker Ronald Powell sat down for a question-and-answer session with the school’s website and discussed both how he felt during the 2012 season while missing the entire campaign with a torn ACL and when he expects to return to the team. Below are a few select questions and answers.

GZ: What has the medical staff basically told you about your timetable? Or even your expectations?
RP: “Well, at first, it was going to be the LSU game [last October], but I had a setback. Now, it’s just getting ready for camp, full fledged. That’s the goal. To get off the bus [at the first practice] and be ready for the season.”

GZ: What have you seen from the young guys like [Dante] Fowler and [Jonathan] Bullard?
RP: “Oh man, I can think back when I was that age. I wasn’t where they are. I could have been — woulda, coulda, shoulda — but to see those guys actually come in and take coaching and develop as players and people and men … I mean, Fowler is like a little brother to me. It’s good to see a dude who can take coaching and will ask advice. And it’s good to be able to help and be there for a dude. I did not have a guy like that. Looking back, I could have used that.”

GZ: You sound like you’re at the point where you just want the green light to get on the field.
RP: “I’m literally burning inside to play again. I think about it all the time. It’s a different feeling than before. I appreciate it so much more than I did before. I thought I appreciated it, but now it’s two or three times more. I never thought football — this team — would be taken from me. I never thought I’d be in this situation. It’s just life, you know? Now, I can’t wait until I have that part of my life back.”

6 » A trio of former Gators appear to have been victims of investments that have been red-flagged by government agencies including the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Department of Justice and U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Former Florida defensive end Jevon Kearse and running back Fred Taylor both invested in a “failed casino project” spearheaded by former financial adviser Jeff Rubin, who lost “approximately $40 million in an illegal Alabama Casino operation.” Kearse and Taylor were hooked up with Rubin through their one-time agent, Drew Rosenhaus, according to Yahoo! Sports.

Current Cleveland Browns cornerback Joe Haden is one of a number of professional athletes that appear to have been duped in a “potential $18 million scam.” Investigators discovered that Haden, along with other NFL and NBA players, had investments tied to Jade Management, which “previously managed finances for dozens of professional athletes, and had investment ties to Success Trade – a firm that came under fire from [FINRA] last week,” according to Yahoo! Sports. “Success Trade was ordered to halt fundraising last week after allegedly selling $18 million in fraudulent and unregistered promissory notes to 58 persons, many of whom were NFL and NBA players.”

2 Comments

  1. VO2max says:

    -Parsons is Mr. Clutch. That was the flattest three-bomb I’ve ever seen. Looks like he was hurrying the shot yet he still drained it. Awesome!

    -I’ll believe Tebow’s motion is cured when I see it. I’ve lost track of how many mechanics specialists he’s worked with. It’s absurd. When the bullets start to fly, Tim seems to instantly revert to his bad mechanics. Clarkson’s quote that he has fixed Tim needs to be taken with a grain of salt. I certainly don’t believe it. Please prove me wrong Tim.

    -When Powell joined the Gators, he definitely looked like he would be a three year guy. Considering the injury setback, might we see him play through his senior year? The Gators appear to be headed towards an elite talent log jam at the buck position.

  2. Michael Jones says:

    The whole “mechanics” thing has taken on a life of its own. It’s a joke. I don’t care whether it was a spread offense or not, Tebow hit his receiveres in college and he’ll hit’em in the NFL if they’ll give him a chance to play. Give Tebow an offseason, a pre-season, and season as the starter and see what happens.

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