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Testaverde disappointed Tebow didn’t get a chance

Jimmy Lennon Jr, Robert Rastly, Jimmy Junior, Vinny Testaverde

IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR WILD TURKEY - Sports announcer Jimmy Lennon Jr, Turkey handler Robert Rastly and Football legend Vinny Testaverde gives a few last minute pointers to football picking turkey Jimmy Junior at the Wild Turkey Triple Barrel Challenge, on Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012 in New York. (Photo by Mark Von Holden/Invision for Wild Turkey/AP Images)

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While just-released quarterback Tim Tebow hasn’t had much support today, at least one former Jet is disappointed he didn’t get a chance to stay.

Former quarterback Vinny Testaverde had worked with Tebow recently in Florida, and he said he saw significant mechanical improvement.

“I was kind of disappointed because I was hoping he’d get a chance to show the coaches what we worked on,” Testaverde told Rich Cimini of “I think they would’ve been impressed if they had compared this year to last year.”

Testaverde spent a week with Tebow, concentrating on his footwork. In layman’s terms, Testaverde said Tebow “was stepping in the wrong direction when he was throwing the football.”

Testaverde also consulted with IMG instructor Chris Weinke, saying they “speak the same quarterback language” because they both played under Dan Henning.

“Chris and I looked at Tim careful and we were both amazed,” Testaverde said. “Everybody has been focusing on his throwing motion, trying to fix that, but nobody had picked up his footwork. His footwork was all screwed up. Chris and I looked at each other after about four or five throws, and we saw the same thing. We got his footwork fixed. His throwing motion is now a non-issue.

“He throws with what we call ‘effortless power.’ He doesn’t have that elongated motion anymore and his head isn’t moving 2 1/2 feet when he throws it.”

We’ll find out in the coming days how much stock anyone puts into a new-improved Tebow, and whether he’s given another chance to prove he can be an NFL passer.