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Tebow says he'll try harder; Is he trying too hard already?

GAINESVILLE -- Florida quarterback Tim Tebow needs to lighten up. After losing to Ole Miss, Tebow said he's going to work harder than anyone else in the country. But maybe he's already working too hard.

Tebow was asked on Wednesday if anyone suggested this week that he play "looser" than he did against Ole Miss. It seemed like a valid question. After all, Tebow did over throw more targets last Saturday than Vladimir Lenin and Che Guevara combined. Upon processing the word "looser," Tebow looked at the reporter like he had five eyeballs.

"I don't know," Tebow said. "I don't know, really, technically, 'looser.'"

Yes, "looser," Timmy. I realize it's not a very technical term. It's one of those intangible ideas, like Kansas coach Mark Mangino's neck. To quote the great Sidney Deane, some people listen to Jimi and some people hear Jimi. In other words, some people play loose and some people don't. Brett Favre hears Jimi. Favre plays loose. Football is a dance and good quarterbacks play it with rhythm.

In competitive sports, playing "loose" is sometimes the difference between winning and losing. Earlier this week, Florida coach Urban Meyer came close to saying Tebow let his nerves get the best of him against Ole Miss. "I don't want to say he's pressing," Meyer said.

Well, actually coach, I think you do. Address the problem. Don't hide from it and hope it goes away. If no one has told Tebow to loosen up in the pocket, then UF's coaches are doing the player a great disservice. OK, I know it's not in my job description, but I'll do it.

Timmy, if you're reading this, lighten up a little bit. Have some fun. Your post-game speech last Saturday kind of freaked me out. It was almost like you had a mini nervous breakdown.

In case you missed it, Tebow apologized to Florida fans for Saturday's loss and vowed to work harder than anyone in the country and also lead his team like no other leader has ever led a team since Scott Howard. (OK, Tebow didn't reference Scott Howard. That, of course, is an example of lightening the mood.)

Tebow, don't get me started. You, of all people, should never apologize to anyone. Especially a bunch of football fans. Does anyone realize how much money the University of Florida makes off of Tebow? Does anyone realize how much enjoyment Tebow brings to Florida fans?

ANYWAY, Tebow needs to figure out what this confusing word "looser" means and then quit trying so hard. Take an off day. Go on a date. Go to the beach. Play a practical joke on Percy. Eat sugar. Go to the mall and buy some new Crocs. Do anything except waste your time worrying about working harder.

-jo-

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Yeah, you are basically right.

But I don't think there's a thing wrong with what Tim said after that game. He felt what we felt. Heck, he felt WORSE than we felt. You can always work harder, do more, go farther. I know there were pretty deep words (like where he said he wanted the hurt of the loss to stay in their hearts), but in the end they were strong words from a strong leader.

But yeah, having SAID that, he needs to take a deep breath, maybe go pray at the Chapel by Lake Alice, hit the Oaks Mall, just relax.

Then, a relaxed AND motivated Tebow can do darn-near UNBIBLICAL things to the Razorbacks on Saturday.

Is there some irony in the fact that the direct URL to this post ends in "tebow-says-hell?"

Anyhow, your italicized text should read "your" post-game speech. Apparently grammar isn't stressed in the Alabama education system.

Kegstand, Lay off the grammar worries, and read a book on chilling.

Go Gators!

How are you suppose to play looser when he is running for his life on nearly every play?
Do you have SEC defensive linemen the size of Mark Mangini who can also run like deer coming after you consistently? Tebow also wears the Heisman bullseye on his back every week. It is almost like being the #1 team in the country. Everyone wants a shot at you. How many #1 teams last the whole year as #1?

The problem with the Gators offense is timing and that stems from three things:
1) The piss poor blocking from the first 4 games
2) The coaches not doing a good job countering the blitz both with blocking schemes and playcalling
3) Forcing Tebow to stay in the pocket when his greatest ability is to improvise and even take off on a big run

People are blaming Tebow when they fail to watch the game. Tebow is fine. Give the dude some time to pass. Give him some space to run. Help him out some.
Sure Tebow overthrew a few passes and misfired but like I said when you are consistently getting hit and drilled play after play, when you do have time to throw, you press and are expecting to get hit. I dont blame him for that.

Here is the problem:

Why didn't we attempt the 49 yard FG against Ole Miss???

Somebody explain!!!

Please tell me that this didn't really happen!!!

Please tell me after 4 years of Meyer recruiting that we have an "AVERAGE" FG kicker who has a "REASONABLE" chance (70% or better) to hit a 49 yard FG. Even, GA has a "TRUE FRESHMAN" out of the State of ... FLORIDA (St Thomas Aquinas) who would have made that FG.

This is absolutely nuts!!!

And further nuts is NO-ONE is even making a BIG DEAL out of this!!!

What is wrong with everyone???

Is there some irony in the fact that the direct URL to this post ends in "tebow-says-hell?" Intresting catch kegstand!!!!!

Tebow is not the problem, it's the O philosophy. Snap, pause look left, look right and then run into whichever hole looks bigger even if there isn't a hole.

4th and 1: Ole Miss stacks the line to the power side to stop the blocker and Tebow. There was no hole but Tebow tried anyway.
That's what this O did and it was stopped, we should recruit a big back that can power through for a 1 yard gain and quite using the QB so much. This won't happen because we only recruit 5 "8" 165lb fast guys. This needs to change!

Until the coaches change the O to a pro style it will always be the same. There are not many QB's who are Tebows size and have the power he does, imagine the next QB in this O? We might lose more than 5 games!

Change this O now!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Actually, I didn't learn to read or even use indoor plumbing until I moved to Florida. And shoes took a minute to get used to, too. Thanks for the "your" catch. These things happen sometimes. Will change.

-jo-

Coke,

Good post. For what it's worth, I suspect we'll see the old Tebow against Arkansas. Tebow bristled at the question about playing "looser" probably because it hit a nerve.

-jo-

Upsidedown Margarita,

Cam Newton is bigger than Tebow. Jon Brantley, of course, is not. Speaking of Brantley, he would be starting right now if he was at Tennessee. Newton would probably be starting for Georgia Tech.

-jo-

Tennesee? I don't understand that allusion. THat's like saying he'd be starting if he was at Florida International.

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