FOUR BITS: Tebow has “it,” Lewis, TPC, lacrosse

By Adam Silverstein
May 7, 2010

1 » Denver Broncos head coach Josh McDaniels continued his praise of former Florida Gators quarterback Tim Tebow to the Denver Post Thursday, citing that his first-round pick has the “it” factor. “There are people with a great deal of God-given ability who are fun to watch, and it’s really interesting to see what kind of seasons they’ll put together,” McDaniels said. “Then there are guys who will say they won’t fail, our team’s not going to fail, and they have a ‘I’m not going to let you down’ attitude. And that’s what you notice with Tim.”

The coach also said Tebow has a good chance to get on the field early – not years down the line like all the NFL Draft experts and other scouts project. “To me, (his football IQ) gives him an advantage, an opportunity to play earlier than other people have played,” he continued. “Everybody keeps talking about it will be two, three years before he can play, and I think they don’t know this guy. His mental capacity, and the way he works, and the fact that he’s on such a fast pace, will give him the chance to compete apples-to-apples. It’s all going to be about his production and performance. There are a lot of rookies who can’t run plays because they can’t figure it out yet. That’s not going to be the case with Tim. He’ll be able to do the things [veterans] do. […] You know what Tim doesn’t know about our playbook? Only what we haven’t told him yet.”

2 » Baltimore Ravens veteran linebacker Ray Lewis spoke out about Tebow’s progression into the NFL to ESPN’s Colin Cowherd on Thursday. Needless to say, the future Hall of Famer champion feels Tebow has received much more help than other players have coming into the league. “The thing I was more shocked by, is you see all the people who were willing to help him,” Lewis said. “I don’t know many people who were willing to help other athletes like that. Jon Gruden loved him to death. You see all these people who took out their personal time to really work with him and make this big issue, big issue, big issue. I don’t know why he was any different than anyone else. Every young child has that dream, that same dream that Tebow had. So I don’t know why he was bigger […] than any of the other guys. He went to a big program, and, yes, he might be a favorable person, but nobody else in the league, definitely not veteran players, see themselves differently than any other player.”

3 » Four former Gators golfers are currently competing in The PLAYERS Championship in Ponta Vedra Beach, FL, each hoping to take home a PGA Tour title. After a full day of action, Camilo Villegas and Brian Gay (-2) were tied for 47th with Mark Calcavecchia (+1) and Chris Couch (+2) bringing up the rear in the 100s. Each player will tee off for their second round from 1-2 p.m. on Friday.

4 » Florida lacrosse (10-7) stunned the crowd watching the quarterfinals of the American Lacrosse Conference Tournament in Columbus, OH, Thursday night by rocking the No. 20 Johns Hopkins Blue Jays (10-7) 14-3. Freshman goalie Cara Canington made a school-record 14 saves on 15 shots as classmates midfielder Kitty Cullen and attacker Ashley Bruns led the way with six and three goals, respectively. The ladies will advance to face No. 11 Vanderbilt at 5:30 p.m. on Friday in the semifinals. The Gators lost to the Commodores 12-7 in Gainesville, FL, earlier in the season.

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  1. Mr2Bits says:

    Lewis doesn’t strike me as the guy that “gets it”. What hes not seeing is that everyone says Tebow will fail. Most of these analysts are pinning their careers on Tebows failure and hoping he does ala McShay/Kiper. On the contrary, many other people believe in him and want to help him in anyway to achieve success so they say “I told you so”. People like Suh and Bradford have been donned future pro bowlers so why the hell would anyone want to work with them to make them better? Can’t make gold any golder right? Well Tebow is silver and looking to become gold.

  2. Jaime says:

    The Ray Lewis thing is just an example of a guy with a huge ego talking to a radio show host with a bigger one.

  3. JayV says:

    Josh McDaniels,

    Why don’t you just MARRY him then?

    ……funny when I was 9… still funny now.

  4. Laura says:

    Ditto to Mr2Bits’ & Jaime’s great comments.

    And, JayV, McDaniels is staking his job & reputation in the NFL on Tim’s future success. So, in a platonic way, Josh already has kind of married Tim.

  5. Mark says:

    Actually 99% of players should see themselves as being different from Ray Lewis because they didn’t stab someone.

    How is this guy not locked up for life???

  6. Drew 4 Orange & Blue says:

    Ray Lewis doesn’t get it….Tebow is so loved and hated because he is real as a player and a person…..for what he has given our youth as the right example then he deserves any attention or help he is getting…there will always be haters to any one successful or genuine…too many people want to see others fall on their face or mess up because it justifies their faults

  7. Matt Burris says:

    At first I thought that was some odd statements by Ray Lewis, but then I remember that he’s a Miami Hurricanes grad. Tim Tebow has dominated “Da U” in his years at Florida. I guess Ray wanted to vent about that.

  8. Zilla85 says:

    Haha, nice one Mark. Ray Lewis is just another hater, don’t know which way it would go but would love to see Tebow lower the pads and take on the aging Lewis.

  9. Gatorgrad79 says:

    Who cares what Cowherd or Ray Lewis think about Tebow or anything else? That is a true case of a ‘has been’ and a ‘never was’ spouting off about things they have no real knowledge of. Lewis would be in jail if he was not a NFL player, and the only thing Cowherd ever played in college was the radio! Cowherd came from Seattle where college football was an afterthought and learned to be a ‘Gator hater” in Tampa when he hung out with all the fsu grads in the WFLA sports department. He is a jerk and showed his colors in o6 and 08 when he spent hours every day crying about how UF had no right to be playing in the BCS championship game and poor ohio state got robbed. Boo hoo colin – get a life. Maybe if you quit spending so many hours a week maligning the Gators and SEC teams, you might actually have time to learn something about sports. Naaah , probably not!

  10. DC Gator says:

    Ray should spend less time ripping on rookies and more time not killing people.

  11. Daniel M. says:

    Cowherd is a blowhard. One week he’s dogging the NBA. A week later he’s pumping up the league. Dude has a different contradicting angle every day of the week. Makes absurd analogies at every turn.

    He’s dreck.

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