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Urban Meyer to NFL: Give Tebow a chance (in the spread offense)

4. TEBOWMANIA Some wondered whether it was a

4. TEBOWMANIA
Some wondered whether it was a response to the Giants winning it all. Others, as Mark Sanchez once memorably put it, figured it was about “selling seats, man.”
Whatever the motivation, the Jets invited massive attention when they obtained Tim Tebow in a March 21 trade with the Broncos, whom he had led to a playoff victory in January.
Sure enough, the former Heisman Trophy winner was a media magnet grotesquely out of proportion with his role, even attracting live training camp coverage on ESPN.
But coaches never did figure out what to do with him, and when Rex Ryan benched Sanchez Dec. 18 he elevated third-stringer Greg McElroy, not Tebow.
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Tim Tebow maintained he was a starting NFL quarterback, even when he stood on the sideline for weeks at a time.

And his college coach, Urban Meyer, agrees.

Meyer -- who won two National Championships with Tebow as his quarterback during his days at Florida -- said all Tebow needs is an NFL team to give him a chance in a spread offense.

During an interview on ESPN’s radio show Mike and Mike in the Morning, the current Ohio State coach said Tebow could be just as successful as Robert Griffin III, Russell Wilson, Colin Kaepernick and Cam Newton if he played in the same system.

“They are actually running a spread offense in the NFL,” Meyer said. “So my hope is, and I’m sure Tim feels the same way, is to go play in one of those systems where they let him play.”

Tebow’s tenure with the Jets presumably is over after just 12 games. He finished with 6 completions for 39 yards and 32 carries for 102 yards. Rex Ryan has yet to address the media about the failed Tebow experiment. And it doesn’t appear the media will have a chance to ask offensive coordinator Tony Sparano what happened.

But despite his wasted season, Tebow still remains upbeat, according to Meyer.

“I talk to him every week, and he’s still the most positive guy I’ve ever been around,” the OSU coach said. “He was so excited to go to New York and play for coach Ryan and the whole situation there. It didn’t turn out, but you have to move on.”

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