Given the none-too-surprising turn of events at the quarterback position on a certain NFL team Thursday, you’ll have to pardon Lane Kiffin if you run across him in the next couple of days and he’s sporting a satisfied smirk across his face.
When it comes to another hyped quarterback who’s yet to play a game in the NFL, though, Kiffin has a slightly different outlook than he reportedly had for the former LSU Tiger who was cast overboard — most certainly with some type of hydraulic lift, an intricate series of winches and a team of at least six hearty members of the male persuasion involved in the process — earlier this afternoon.
The quarterback Kiffin spoke about before today’s events, of course, was Tim Tebow. During his first stint at USC as a member of Pete Carroll‘s staff, Kiffin was involved heavily in the recruiting of Tebow. Tebow ended up landing in Gainesville, but Kiffin seemed to gain an insight into the player during the process that he’d stuck in his back pocket for just an occasion.
Then, during his “well-received” one-and-done in Knoxville last year, Kiffin got an up-close-and-personal look at a player who would ultimately become a first-round pick of the Denver Broncos in the 2010 NFL draft.
With that as a baseline, I guess, Kiffin was asked, as relayed by the Orange County Register, what he thought about Tebow’s chances of making it in the NFL. Never one to hold back what’s going through his head, Kiffin left no doubt as to how he feels about Tebow becoming a success in the big-boy football league.
Tebow has been proving people wrong throughout his playing career. And he’ll do it again.
“Well, I would say this about Tim: Every step of the way, he’s been questioned,” Kiffin said, before really going… well… Kiffin on the Tebow doubters/haters.
“He had gone to some quarterback camps, and they said, ‘Well, he doesn’t throw a perfect spiral, and he’s not very accurate.’ And the guy just went on to be maybe the most successful quarterback ever to play college football. Now they are going to do it again. They are going to say he can’t do this and he can’t do that.
“I just think his personality is so unique and his competitiveness is so unlike anyone else; I just think no matter what it is, he’s going to find a way to succeed. I don’t know how fast it will happen; there’s too many variable[s] to know, who is the cast around you, how fast do they play you up there.
“So a lot of those things he’ll have to deal with. But eventually I think that he’ll be a special player like he always has been ever since he was little.”
Kiffin was reportedly correct on JaBust. Will he go two-for-two?
Nobody knows in any way, shape or form right now, obviously, but one thing is certain. Urban Meyer has never wanted Kiffin to be more right than he is in his analysis of Future Tebow, given the criticism Meyer & Company received during the run-up to the draft for how “poorly” he was prepared for the NFL game.