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Tebow took some center snaps, then some from the shotgun, preceding each by shouting, "OmahaGO!" He threw bullets, confidently. As instructed, the towel remained tucked under his right arm as he completed his motion, his body didn't swivel, and his front shoulder stayed lower than his back—"like the letters are falling off your [jersey]," Ben instructed.
Tebow treated every pass as if he were in a game. Cadence, snap, drop, step, fastball. After 40 or so throws Harrington held up his right receivers glove to show that it was split across the palm. "Take it easy, man," he called out kiddingly. Ben tutored Tebow on his footwork, making sure every drop was right—"I don't want you taking six different kinds of drops"—until, 35 minutes in, rivulets of sweat poured from Tebow's face.
Then they worked on touch throws, followed by back-of-the-end-zone passes. "Throw 'em high, remember," Ben McDaniels said.
"Pretend you're 6'4", Harry," Tebow called out to the 5'8" Harrington. One throw was good, the next high, the next couple good, the next couple high. And so it went.
After three quarters of an hour Tebow had thrown about 150 passes. He was spent. The other quarterbacks were long gone, but he had a few miles to go before he slept.
"What are you? Tired?" Ben said.
"Nosir," Tebow said, even though he clearly was.
Josh laughed about that exchange when it was related to him later. "That little conversation defines the two of them," he said. "Ben's not a b.s.'er. Part of his job is to challenge Tim because Tim's going to have it tough. And Tim plays a little better when he's pissed off."
For 53 minutes Tebow threw. About 175 passes—after a regular OTA practice. With all the work he has been doing since the end of his college season, it's a wonder Tebow's left arm is still attached to his shoulder, let alone has the zip it does. But he's in a race to remake his delivery and to master an offense, and he's not going to work bankers' hours. "I like when they push me," he said. "When they stop coaching me, that's when I'll be worried."
There are many ways to coach a quarterback, and many ways for a quarterback to learn. Tebow could have landed in organizations with men who tutored Super Bowl champs—Mike Holmgren in Cleveland, Mike Shanahan in Washington, both of whom liked Tebow—or with a three-time Super Bowl winner in Belichick, who developed Tom Brady. But here he is, with two young coaches who learned how to play and teach the position from their dad.