Count Alouettes head coach Marc Trestman among the Tim Tebow believers and defenders.
Trestman spent part of his CFL off-season working with both the Denver Broncos’ surprise first-round pick and Carolina second-round pick, QB Jimmy Clausen. Trestman’s reputation for success with young quarterbacks is such that he was asked to mentor them both heading into the NFL combines.
Clausen was rehabbing an injury at the time of Trestman’s visit so it was just classroom work with the California native, but with Tebow it was on-field work as well and Trestman came away impressed.
And as for all that talk about the mechanical overhaul Tebow’s throwing motion officially underwent, take it from Trestman who was there. It wasn’t really that much.
“Basically all he’s really doing is shortening his throwing motion and getting it out (quicker),” Trestman said during a conference call previewing the Alouettes season. “I thought it (the mechanical overhaul) was very much overplayed. The perception of what it was and the reality of what it was were a lot different. (The Alouettes) have a quarterback (Anthony Calvillo) with a long delivery and he is one of the greatest quarterbacks and will finish as one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time north or south of the border.
“He does it with a motion very similar to what Tim had in college. When you’re an accurate passer and you have the intangibles, you can figure it out and make it work. Whether Tim changed his motion or not, I believed Tim would figure it out and I don’t have any doubt that he will be very, very successful.”