The Denver Broncos traded Tim Tebow to the New York Jets back in March, and John Elway and John Fox have gone out of their way to praise Tebow as a person and a teammate since the trade, but the praise emanating from New York goes the extra mile. Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reports that less than two weeks after Jets offensive coordinator Tony Sporano claimed Tebow made "eye-opening" progess, quarterbacks coach Matt Cavanaugh doubled down and claimed Tebow "has good mechanics." Here's some of what Cavanaugh told Mehta regarding Tebow:
"I think he can be very good. I was pleasantly surprised when I saw him over an extended period of time . . . not just watching him play on film. I think he's certainly got the arm strength. He has good mechanics. They're getting better every day."
"I think with Tim, he's more focused right now in the offseason on just working on the fundamentals of trying to be rhythmic in the pocket," Cavanaugh said. "So (he) can be using the mechanics that (he) wants to be using. We started to toy a little bit with some of the other things that will happen to you . . . And he's shown great progress. I'm real pleased with him."
The hitch in Tebow's delivery has been a issue ever since he joined the NFL, and he has been putting in work with QB guru and UCLA offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone over multiple offseasons, so it's unclear where the line between lip service and reality lies when it comes to improvements in Tebow's mechanics. The Jets' staff has every reason to pump up their offseason acquisition and put faith in Tebow as a quarterback, but maybe he really has turned the corner and altered his throwing mechanics. Everyone will find out soon enough.