And here’s a Columbus Dispatch piece from a few weeks ago on Urban Meyer and how he coaches his quarterbacks differently than the rest of the players on his team. It seems Tebow is showing this fire in the NFL and doing what Meyer coached — making the entire team better. An excerpt:
Josh Harris was among those sitting in the room, but he was the only one who knew exactly what Meyer meant. When Meyer became a head coach for the first time in 2001 at Bowling Green, Harris – a Westerville native and former tailback – became his first quarterback. Since then, Meyer has come to be known as a starmaker of quarterbacks, including Alex Smith at Utah and Tim Tebow at Florida.
But Harris was the prototype, so to speak, and he knew almost immediately upon meeting Meyer his life as a quarterback was going to change. Or else.
“My situation was a little different from Braxton’s, because when coach Meyer got to Bowling Green, I wasn’t the starter already,” Harris said. “I think he already can see a lot of what he has in Braxton, but he had to figure out what he had in me.
“During winter conditioning that year coach Meyer rode me hard. He had to see what kind of competitor I was, what kind of fighter I was, what kind of leader I was, what kind of work ethic I had, and he did it all through that first winter conditioning.”
Toward that end, Meyer nitpicked every move Harris made or failed to make.
“He pushed and pushed and pushed,” Harris said. “Some days we’d have to do extra work as a team because of me, and I think it’s because he wanted to see how I would respond.”
In retrospect, Harris thinks he responded well, because as the season approached he was the No.1 quarterback. But the coaching was far from over.
“He brought me into his office one day during the season and he said, ‘Josh, you’re a great kid, a good student, you’re well rounded,’ “ Harris recalled. “But then he said ‘I just don’t understand how you cannot be a fanatic about this game.’ That was the day coach Meyer and I got a deep understanding each other.”
The coach wanted to know why his starting quarterback was never attending the coaches’ meetings, why he wasn’t watching extra film, why he wasn’t taking part in the coaches’ game-plan meetings.
“ ‘Someone with your ability, I just don’t understand why that’s not a bigger priority,’ “ Harris recalled him saying. “And I said, ‘First of all, I didn’t know players were allowed in coaches’ meetings. Second of all, I didn’t grow up loving football but I love competition and I hate to lose. So while I’m on the field you never have to worry whether I’m in it to win it. So even though our motives may be different, our objective is exactly the same.’
“But from that point on, I was in more meetings, spending more time with the coaches because I understood, one, I was allowed to; two, that I was expected to; and three, that I should have been doing it already.”
In short, Meyer wants his quarterback to embrace the team and vice versa. He wants the quarterback to set the tone and the rhythm for all others to follow. The methods by which he went about getting the message across might have changed slightly by the time he arrived Utah two years later, but Smith indicated the aim was the same. That Meyer gained much of his fame – along with two national championships at Florida in 2006 and ’08 – for spreading the field and using his quarterbacks as dual-threat weapons is only part of his brilliance, said Smith, who went on to become a first-round draft pick of San Francisco.
The whole piece here.