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Tim Tebow defends Urban Meyer, Florida coaching staff

INDIANAPOLIS — QB Tim Tebow defended Gators coach Urban Meyer from Internet and radio criticism that Meyer didn't do enough to adjust his star's throwing motion to make it NFL-ready, choosing instead to leave it alone in order to win.

"To defend Coach Meyer and to defend Florida, he has taught his players over the past six, eight years the best of any coach in the country," Tebow said Sunday on the set of the NFL Network at the scouting combine. "You look at his players once they actually get on a team, they know football. We teach football, we teach schemes, we teach concepts that relate for the next level. So to defend Coach Meyer, he does a great job of teaching guys to learn football, learn concepts and be able to translate when they get to the next level."

Many evaluators have criticized Tebow's throwing motion as elongated. He recently revealed he has been working on his delivery.

NFL Network analyst Charles Davis was quoted on NFL.com as saying he knows "for a fact" Meyer tried to make changes.

"They tried to work on that two years ago when Dan Mullen was the quarterbacks coach," Davis said. "They had Tim in there … and tried to work it, work it, and then everything reverted back when you got to game speed.

"Do we mess him up now or do we continue to go on?" Davis said. "That becomes the question. You continue to go on because for Urban Meyer and his staff, the bottom line is winning the football game."

Watch those hands: Former Florida State S Myron Rolle figured out the balance between football and academics long ago.

His priority: becoming a neurosurgeon after football.

So could his passion for football wind up ruining the precious hands of a future surgeon?

"That's not something I really worry about," Rolle said.

Rolle says this dual-career path can happen. He has not played football since 2008 because he spent the past year studying as a Rhodes Scholar in England.

But Rolle's outspoken desire for life after football is creating questions from scouts about his devotion to the sport.

"My answer to them … is that I think my pursuits academically have helped me in football," Rolle said. "You learn discipline, you learn time management, you learn structure, you learn organization, and as a football player those are obviously valuable assets and traits you can use to be great whether in film studies or on the field."

Spikes faces questions: Florida LB Brandon Spikes came to Indy knowing one question would come up repeatedly. How do you explain last fall's eye-gouging incident? "I just told (the scouts) it was the SEC, Florida and Georgia," Spikes said. "It's a big rivalry game, and there's a lot of emotions going on. I just felt like, if you go back and look at that film, both sides were taking shots at each other."

Bucs tender Stovall

The Bucs tendered WR Maurice Stovall at his original third-round draft pick level ($1.176 million) Sunday, meaning the team has the right to match any offer sheet he signs. It also means the Bucs will get a third-round pick as compensation if they don't match.

Lions: Detroit has spoken to the Chargers about the possibility of trading for CB Antonio Cromartie, the Detroit Free Press reported. The 25-year-old former Seminole had 10 interceptions in 2007 but has fallen out of favor because of a lack of physical play and off-the-field issues.

Tim Tebow defends Urban Meyer, Florida coaching staff 02/28/10 [Last modified: Sunday, February 28, 2010 10:10pm]
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