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Merril Hoge thinks Orton deserves job over Tebow

Posted on: August 3, 2011 11:17 am
Edited on: August 3, 2011 11:21 pm
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Posted by Ryan Wilson

UPDATED (11:20 p.m. ET): Tebow has issued his reponse to Hoge's criticisms. Wrote Tebow on his Twitter account: "Hey Merril ...... 'ppreciate that."

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After an offseason that included new Broncos head coach John Fox announcing that the starting quarterback gig was a three-man race, and constant rumors that Kyle Orton would be traded as soon as the lockout was over, it should be something of a surprise that just a few days into training camp, Orton appears to be running away with the job.

Then again, this is the NFL, where obfuscation is as much apart of strategizing as watching film and formulating game plans. Maybe the Broncos coaching staff had designs on starting Tebow this season, and perhaps that could still happen. But based on a handful of practices, and a Wednesday morning Twitter diatribe by ESPN analyst and former NFL running back Merril Hoge, who spends much of his time watching game tape, Tebow isn't quite ready for the responsibility. Not yet, anyway.



This isn't the first time Hoge has been outspoken about a young quarterback. During a 2008 radio interview, he spoke frankly about then-Titans QB Vince Young.

"He's a baby," Hoge told Pittsburgh's WDVE at the time. "He's a soft baby. He's been a baby since they .... I stumbled across people who recruited him in college. They really tried to get him to go to Oklahoma. One of reasons they stopped their recruiting process was because he was such a baby . . . He was the most immature crybaby they ever met. He was soft; he wasn't tough."

A year later, he softened his stance, lauding Young for his improved play.

And while Hoge doesn't have the vitriol for Tebow that he previously expressed for Young, the two players have similar playing styles. As PFT's Michael David Smith points out, "When Tebow was a star at Florida, he was a great fit for the Gators’ spread offense, but he wasn’t asked to do the things an NFL quarterback does, and his throwing motion looked awkward. Hoge says that Tebow’s throwing motion hasn’t improved and his accuracy is a mess."

We've seen this movie before. And it explains a Wednesday report from ESPN's Adam Schefter that not only will the Broncos keep Orton this year, they plan to start him, too.

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Since: Aug 20, 2011
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Merril Hoge thinks Orton deserves job over Tebow

It freakin' cracks me up when people say that Tebow is no Peyton Manning.
They actually have that correct, but for exactly the inverse reasons.

Peyton Manning 1994-97 at Tennessee Passing - 851 of 1,354, 62.85%, 11,201 yds, 8.3 yds/att, 89 TD's to 33 Ints.
Rushing - 12 TD's. Total Offense = 11,020 yds (some serious sack lost yardage there, for neg rushing yds) with 101 TD's.
Peyton never beat the Gators in his 4 years at UT, and he never won a Heisman Trophy nor a NC.
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Tim Tebow 2006-09 at Florida (When the SEC was at it's All Time Best)
Passing - 661 of 995 for 9,285 yds, 66.4%, 9.33 yds/att, for 88 TD's to 16 Ints
* A 170.79 SEC Record Career PER
Rushing - 692 - 4.3 ypc, long 55 yds, 57 TD's
Total Offense 12,232 yards with 145 TD's. Tebow had 1,212 more total yards with 44 more TD's.
And Tebow never lost to the Tn Vols. won 2 SEC-C's and 2 BCS-NC's, Soph Heisman, etc.

On throws from the pocket in 2009, Tebow completed 72.2% for 19 TD's to only 4 Ints.
That gave Tebow a 179.1 PER on his from the pocket throws btw.
Also, on throws of 15+ yds, Tebow completed 52% of his passe with 12 TD's and only 2 Ints. (6.0 to 1).
Tim set 5 NCAA Records, 14 SEC Records, and 28 UF Records.

So nope Peyton was certainly NO TEBOW in college, but then neither was anyone else!

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We can't compare their NFL Careers yet, because Peyton has a rather large lead in years.

However, ole 'Happy Feet' did set a rookie season NFL record for throwing Interceptions.
Plus he went 3-13 for a .187 winning %, (TT .333%).
I make no claims on how Tim's NFL career will turn out, but he got off to a pretty good start imo.
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I'm also a bit tired of hearing about how great Stanford's Luck is supposed to be, or how good he might be in the NFL. Feel free to compare Tebow's stats to Luck's, but keep in mind that Tim got his stats against SEC D's and FSU, while ole Lucky plays around in the LAC 10.

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boomer12 "
i dont even wanna see god boy succeed."

To Late, you already have,,,, twice!
Okeey boomer12-sooner? UF 24 -14 Choker-croakers

2010 Rookie NFL Season
1. Tebow ---- 82.1 - 5 TD's to 3 Int's, -- Ratio 1.64 to 1. (15.4 yds/comp)
2. Bradford - 76.5 - 18 TD's to 15 Int's, Ratio 1.20 to 1. (mostly dink & dunk)
Still LMAO Laughing


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