Spirals are bunk. Q scores are not.

I don’t know how I missed this quote from Corch Meyers about the GPOOE™, but I thank Dennis Dodd for sharing it with us now:

“Does he throw a tight spiral?” Meyer asked rhetorically back in June. “Spirals, according to the history of football, are not the most important thing.”

I keep wondering where in the hell Urban keeps this college football history book he constantly refers to… and whether it goes back beyond 1990.

I will say this – Tebow’s fan club could care less about how prettily he throws the ball.

ESPN was apt in entitling a documentary of his 2005 senior season of football at Nease High School in Ponte Vedra, Fla., Tim Tebow: The Chosen One.

Tebow’s presence has grown significantly since then. A Google search of his name delivers more than 600,000 entries. You can choose from nearly 2,500 Tebow-related links on YouTube. He has graced more Sports Illustrated covers — six in the last 16 months, sharing a seventh with two other players — than any other college athlete.

With advertisers showing increasing interest, the company that computes popularity-measuring Q scores took stock of Tebow last spring. He was recognized by 49% of sports fans ages 12-64, equaling their familiarity with the Boston CelticsPaul Pierce, the Tampa Bay RaysEvan Longoria and Olympic gymnast Shawn Johnson. Baseball’s Chase Utley and Johan Santana, among others, scored a tick lower.

Tebow’s Q score of 21, the percentage who identified him as one of their favorite athletes, ranked with that of NFL mastermind Bill Parcells and NBA stars Kevin Garnett, Chris Paul and Steve Nash. And it was well above the average score of 14 for sports personalities.

“It’s a pretty good likability score for someone being measured for the first time,” says Henry Schafer, executive vice president of New York-based The Q Scores Co., which has compiled the ratings since 1963.

Last Saturday, after Tebow took the field against FSU and continued his tradition of inscribing a Bible verse on the glare-reducing black patches beneath his eyes, his chosen “Hebrews 12:1-2” was Google’s third-most popular search term. When he cited “John 3:16” during the national championship game against Oklahoma last January, it was the day’s No. 1-searched-for term.

If you think there’s a question leading up to the NFL draft that’s going to dominate the media chatter more than “where will Tebow go?”, you’re kidding yourself.

By the way, as an aside, I don’t know if you caught it in Dodd’s puff piece, but here’s his description of the outcome of the Florida-Tennessee game:

“I would think in their locker room there was a little bit of frustration,” Kiffin said after “losing” 23-13 on Sept. 19, “because there were such high expectations.”

Yep, that’s “losing” in scare quotes. I guess that answers the question about which game provided the greatest moral victory in the SEC this season.


Filed under Media Punditry/Foibles, Tim Tebow: Rock Star, Urban Meyer Points and Stares

25 responses to “Spirals are bunk. Q scores are not.

  1. Joe B.

    Jacksonville would be insane not to take him in the first round. They are unlikely to stay in that market for much longer anyway, but Tebow will be a money maker for them immediately.

    It will be ironic to witness so many failures from him in our stadium of horrors.


  2. gatorhead1013

    Tebow holds the SEC passing efficiency record so shove that spiral up your…


  3. On the Bright Side

    Senator, where would spirals rank relative to accuracy, timing, leadership, and play-making among a host of other traits that one might look for in a qb? Because if spirals were the main key to quarterbacking, Chris Leak would be an NFL pro bowler right now.


  4. Guys, I understand that spirals aren’t the be-all and end-all of quarterbacking. Really, I do.

    It’s just that I continue to be amused by how frequently Meyer couches his observations about his program and his players in “historical” talk.

    And I’m equally amused by the way the arrival of Loeffler was trumpeted by Meyer as that of the QB guru who would help Tebow polish his mechanics in preparing for the NFL. How’s that worked out?


  5. Dog in Fla

    For this week’s Game of The Century, the glare-reducing black patches under Tim’s eyes are going to read, “Romans 12:19” in honor of Olive Gardens, a division of Darden Restaurants, everywhere and “Deuteronomy 32:35” in honor of Dudes and wet rugs everywhere. The Deuteronomy patch is expected to be under Tim’s larger eye.

    When asked what he is getting even for, Tim says two things, one for each eye:

    (a) not being able to throw a tight spiral like Loeffler was supposed to teach him how to do (note how Tim shows Loeffler how Tim grips the ball for a spiral during the Spring Game. Tim does that to distract Loeffler as soon as Tim doesn’t get a quick answer from Loeffler when Tim asks Loeffler whether Loeffler’s just excited to see Tim or what is that in Loeffler’s pants


    and (b) having the chance of being a three-time Heisman Trophy winner taken away from him last year.

    go gator and rtr…here’s to a 3-3 tie won by one of you in OT with a safety when the other team’s QB slips and falls in his own endzone.


  6. Turd Ferguson

    Speaking of Tebow’s preparedness for the NFL … do we know how many snaps he took this year in the I-formation? There was some preseason talk from Meyer about implementing more of that, right?


  7. Alternate universe Lions/Browns game

    DETROIT (AP) – Quarterback Tim Tebow took a sack as time expired as the Cleveland Browns beat the Detroit Lions 37-31 on Sunday. Tebow’s shoulder was hurt on the play, and Lions coach Jim Schwartz said the #1 pick would be out indefinitely.

    To add insult to injury, Tebow was mic’d for NFL Films, and Films president Steve Sabol has called “the most depressing, weak-kneed thing I’ve ever heard,” adding that the former Florida star “needs to grow a pair.”


  8. Mayor of Dawgtown

    I hate to be the bearer of bad tidings but Tebow is all hype. The type of offense Meyer runs guarantees that the QB will get lots of TDs and stats. When in the red zone the QB under Meyer’s system either runs the ball in or fakes the run and passes into the endzone. The team was loaded when he got there–they won the NC with his predecessor as the starter. They gave this clown the Heisman when , as a starter, he lost 4 games and his predecessor led the previuos year’s team to an undefeated season and the NC and didn’t even get a mention. I thought that was the most unfair thing I ever saw in football. (“Lose one for the Gipper.”) All the QBs at the schools where Meyer coached in the past had stats that were just about like Tebow’s and they haven’t amounted to anything as pros. He’s a system QB with limited ability who will likely be a FB in the pros–if he plays at all. Can you spell Danny Wuerffel?


  9. UFTimmy

    >> The type of offense Meyer runs guarantees that the QB will get lots of TDs and stats.

    I couldn’t agree more. That explains why Leak blew up with 3 rushing touchdowns in 2006.


    • 69Dawg

      Ah I believe that even Coach Meyer would tell you that he was unable to run his O package with Chris Leak at QB so like all really good coaches he modified it to accommodate his talent. When Tebow came into the game he ran the Utah package.


      • UFTimmy

        Which kind of debunks that whole “any quarterback can put up huge rushing numbers” argument, doesn’t it?

        Obviously the system favors Tebow. But Tebow also favors the system. For any player in any scheme to be successful they have to be a good match.


        • Totally agree. He’s been the perfect QB for Meyer’s system.

          Which means that while I respect Brantley’s passing abilities, next year ain’t gonna be the same for the UF offense.


          • Mayor of Dawgtown

            They will tweak the system. Much as I hate to admit it, Brantley is a damn good QB. I do not expect a dropoff from Florida offensively next year. The offense just will be different, more passing and handing off, than now.


        • Mayor of Dawgtown

          I never said the goon couldn’t run.


  10. gatorhead1013

    Despite what you “heard”, Loeffler wasn’t brought in to work with Tebow. It was too late in Tebow’s career to mess with his funky wind-up.

    Loeffler was brought in to start working with Johnny Brantley, a more traditional NFL QB. You Dogs will find out about him next year.


  11. Left to Right

    My 7 seven year old has a better throwing motion and gets the ball out quicker.

    Tebow is going to be the idiot test for NFL GMs, much like Sheldon Williams was for NBA GMs several years ago.


  12. Dan A.

    Tebow is the most over-rated player in history, and that’s not an exaggeration. Every ridiculous thing said about him is based on his 2007 year, when his team went 9-4 with a loss to a bad Michigan team in the Capital One bowl. Yeah he won the Heisman, but it should have gone to Darren McFadden. His 2008 national title team was the most talented in the country, yet he alone gets credit for “willing” his team to victory. It’s a crock of crap. Tebow’s “promise” had zero to do with Florida’s winning the title. Zero.

    What’s really ridiculous is how some already call him the greatest EVER, when he’s not even the greatest THIS YEAR.


    • Mayor of Dawgtown

      The media has gotten complete control of the Heisman process. Without a single ballot cast, for months the media has been acting like the thing is a horse race with different people “leading” then “dropping back.” To make things worse, in the last 20 years or so the right player NEVER wins. The Heisman process has become a metaphor for what is wrong in contemporary America. Add to that the BS BCS selection process for NC. The best team NEVER wins that trophy, either. It all stinks.


      • Mayor of Dawgtown

        P.S. While I agree with Dan A. in almost everything he said above, I do not agree that Florida’s 2008 team was the best in the country. Texas and Utah were both better and both got screwed.


  13. Dog in Fla

    You know, I think I’m in love…not with this


    but with this, the lovely mature bird-faced lady sitting behind the show-off girl…