Champ Bailey knows a thing or two about NFL longevity. (Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Bailey Says Tebow Will Need To Stay In Pocket More


Champ Bailey is a 13 year veteran, so there’s no guy that knows about the physicality of the NFL better than the Pro Bowl cornerback.

Bailey didn’t miss a game until his 7th year in the league. In the following seven years, he missed 13 games. That’s nothing by league standards, particularly for a cornerback who is in on nearly every play.

That’s why what Bailey said about Tim Tebow on Jim Rome is Burning needs to resonate. Bailey was asked if Tebow will ever be a QB that stays in the pocket and reads defenses.

“I think at some point he’ll have to be if he wants to play a long time,” Bailey said. “That’s one area he’s going to have to improve to be elite in this league. But the things he does running the ball — he can make some throws, it’s just being comfortable doing it. He’s got to get better at it, and when he does, the sky’s the limit for him.”

Perhaps Bailey’s words ‘he’ll have to be if he wants to play a long time’ will hit closer to home since Tebow tore cartilage on his first rib, bruised his lung, and had fluid buildup in his chest thanks to a hard shot given by the New England Patriots. He played through it, but it’s those kind of shots that will shorten the NFL life of any player.

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  • Akworriar

    I guess we’ll see if he gets to trust his O-line more after this offseason. At Florida he made a lot of plays from the pocket, and towards the end of this season he started to actually step into it to make throws instead of scrambling(especially that last game). Our O line keeps getting beat, when they keep the pocket from being destroyed he stays in and makes good throws. I for one don’t doubt that he’s going to become our starter for at least two more seasons. He’s shown so much improvement in a short time to doubt his success. What Champ REALLY needs to worry about is the defense. He needs to take that secondary into his charge. Q Carter can’t take over just yet, but he just might have to if we don’t see Dawkins back (I hope he does!).

    Believe! Orangenation we will have another great year with Tebow at the helm. It was a fun heart wrenching season, hope the next one goes smother hahahaha.

  • loganberry

    Staying healthy is critical! One reason we won so many games mid season is that our opponents QBs were so beat up and ours was fresh. That’s only one reason, but it’s an important one. When Tim developes a quicker release, that will help.

  • Akworriar

    I guess we’ll see if he gets to trust his O-line more after this offseason. At Florida he made a lot of plays from the pocket, and towards the end of this season he started to actually step into it to make throws instead of scrambling(especially that last game). Our O line keeps getting beat, when they keep the pocket from being destroyed he stays in and makes good throws. I for one don’t doubt that he’s going to become our starter for at least two more seasons. He’s shown so much improvement in a short time to doubt his success. What Champ REALLY needs to worry about is the defense. He needs to take that secondary into his charge. Q Carter can’t take over just yet, but he just might have to if we don’t see Dawkins back (I hope he does!).

    Believe! Orangenation we will have another great year with Tebow at the helm. It was a fun heart wrenching season, hope the next one goes smother hahahaha.

  • loganberry

    Staying healthy is critical! One reason we won so many games mid season is that our opponents QBs were so beat up and ours was fresh. That’s only one reason, but it’s an important one. When Tim developes a quicker release, that will help.