Tebow Injury Turns Media Insane

Two weeks ago Lane Kiffin wondered aloud if Tim Tebow ever got tired. Now people are wondering when the Gators QB will be healthy enough to return to the football field. The concussion that felled Florida's seemingly indestructible super star has also turned many in the media into mad men.

We (collectively) have sized on this golden opportunity to opine about what happened, what should have happened and what needs to happen.

We're not basing a lot of this on factual information, mind you. We're just filling space and questioning people cuz it's what we do. And your favorite local media person is probably in one of three categories.

Amateur Coaches ----

This is probably my category where we try to determine who is responsible for the hit that led to the freakish collision with Marcus Gilbert's knee. Florida Offensive Coordinator Steve Addazio admirably took the blame, and while that's ultimately true the fact of the matter is a mistake was made on the field. There are three possibilities.

Matt Patchan made a mistake in blocking down, Maurkice Pouncey made the wrong line call or Tebow failed to change the call when the protection scheme did not match the defensive alignment. Since all five blockers blocked down to the right, chances are Patchan was not at fault. Pouncey may or may not have made the right call at first, but that call is always subject to the QB making a change when the defense adjusts. Either the protection should have been changed or Tebow should have been rolling right to get away from the rush. If neither was the case, then he has to go rid of the ball quickly if they decide to let a DE come free.

We also have taken aim on empty backfield formations that guarantee your QB is going to get hit. Five wide formations are very effective when you have five excellent receivers, but Florida doesn't have that, so the reward is not as great and that makes the risk excessive.

Revisionist Historians ----

A large group of media types from all over have brilliantly decided, retroactively of course that Tebow should have already been out of the game. After all, they point out it was 31-7 late in the third quarter and Kentucky wasn't going to rally to win so why have him in there when he was already ill. What these historians don't tell us is exactly when Tebow should have left the playing field. Should it have been after it was 31-0 at the end of the first quarter? Maybe at halftime with a 31-7 lead? Two plays earlier? Tebow had thrown all of ten passes and the Florida passing game needed work, but these geniuses KNEW that it was time for Tebow to be out of the game.

It's pure nonsense, plain and simple; 31-7 is not 49-0 and even in those types of games you see most starters play three full quarters. I've seen Florida blow a pair of 28-point leads in my years covering the team so I understand the trepidation coaches have about feeling a game is "secured".

There have been times when I have been critical of Meyer and before that Steve Spurrier for leaving the starting QB in the game far too late in blowouts. But those criticisms have been based on the need to get more meaningful playing time for the back up, not the fear of injury. It was too early to take Tebow out of the game.

I'm Not a Doctor but I did say ----

The third group of media lunatics is the group that is offering medical advice and taking a stand on when Tebow should be cleared. A national writer for CBSSportsline.com actually made this an issue of Urban Meyer's integrity. The writer challenged Meyer to do the right thing and ignore the medical advice as to when Tebow can play again. No kidding, he really wrote that! This newly appointed medical specialist did not say exactly when Tebow could play again, but did cite an article that suggests four weeks as a minimum recovery time.

First of all, a concussion is as individual and unique as a fingerprint and I could cite any number of articles that differ greatly from the four week minimum. The one thing they have in common is a recommended step by step increase of physical activity accompanied by neurological testing after each step. At some point the science of recovery will be completed and the art of medicine will take over.

Neurosurgeons openly disagree on whether or not a minimum time line is needed here, but that doesn't keep the sports media from establishing one.

We are an interesting group, aren't we?


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