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Tracking Tebow: Preseason, Week 4 -- Cardinals

Posted on: September 4, 2011 4:50 pm

Posted by Ryan Wilson

That's right, we're tracking Tebow's performance throughout the preseason because, well, like a slow-motion train wreck we can't look away. And who knows, maybe this experiment doesn't derail and it has a happy ending. Wait, what's that? You don't care about Tebow? Then what are you doing here?

It took four preseason games, but Tim Tebow finally resembled the player Josh McDaniels thought he might be when he selected him in the first round of the 2010 draft. By now, Tebow's recent travails are familiar to everybody, even those with just a passing interest in football. And while he's been out of the running for the Broncos' No. 1 job for weeks now, the backup gigs have yet to be decided by head coach John Fox. 

If we're working from the "what have you done for me lately?" premise, Tebow wins in a landslide. He completed 7 of 11 passes for 116 yards and a touchdown against the Cardinals, while starter Brady Quinn managed to go 4 of 12 for 26 yards, including an interception. Denver lost to Arizona, 26-7.

Tracking Tebow: A Retrospective

But as the Denver Post's Mike Klis notes, Quinn outpaced Tebow by a wide margin in the first two preseason games (proof here and here).

Tebow was asked about his place on the depth chart after the Cards game. "I don't know," he said, via Klis. "I've never gone through something like this before, so I'm not really sure." And Fox, as he's said before, "more than likely not name a 2 or 3, because I believe it's a competitive issue."

Yes, because the obfuscation would be too much for opponents. No way they could prepare for both Quinn and Tebow. Either way, Klis makes a good point: "Long term, it would make sense to push Tebow along because both Orton and Quinn are free agents after this season. Tebow will make $6.7 million this year (he has already collected $6.28 million in salary advance), and will then have three more years left on his contract."

For now, all we can do is analyze Tebow's last start. That's right, it's the final edition of the Tebow Tracker, where we chart every one of his preseason snaps, the result, and what it all means for him and the Broncos in 2011. This installment is the most laudatory yet. That's right, people, the power of positive thinking at work. Alright, let's get to it...

                                                   Play by Play

Preseason, Week 4: Arizona Cardinals
Situation Down/Distance Result
1st series, 9:55 left in 3rd qtr. 1st & 10, DEN 6 Tebow handoff to J.Johnson to DEN 8 for 2 yards. (Note: you can see the entire play-by-play log here.)
  2nd & 8, DEN 8 Tebow scrambles left end pushed ob at DEN 16 for 8 yards. Play-action, steps up into pocket, takes a hit but remains on his feet. Reminscent of his Florida days.
  1st & 10, DEN 16 Tebow handoff to J.Johnson up the middle to DEN 20 for 4 yards.  
  2nd & 6, DEN 20 Tebow handoff to J.Johnson up the middle to DEN 21 for 1 yard.  
  3rd & 5, DEN 21 (From the shotgun) Tebow sacked at DEN 19 for -2 yards.
Doesn't show patience in the pocket, steps up and is dropped. The lack of awareness is recurring theme throughout the preseason.
  4th & 7, DEN 19 PUNT  
 2nd series, 4:35 left in 3rd qtr. 1st & 10, DEN 20 Tebow handoff to B.Minor up the middle to DEN 28 for 8 yards.  
  2nd & 8, DEN 28 Tebow handoff to Minor left tackle to DEN 32 for 4 yards.  
  1st & 10, DEN 32 Tebow pass incomplete short middle to B.Minor. Play-action, stands tall in the pocket, gets the ball off just as blindside pressure arrives. May have affected the pass.
  2nd & 10, DEN 32 Tebow handoff to B.Minor up the middle to DEN 35 for 3 yards.  
  3rd & 7, DEN 35 (From the shotgun) Tebow pass short middle to D.Anderson to ARZ 48 for 17 yards. Three-step drop, flushed left, throws across his body to middle of the field, finds Anderson who gets absolutely annihilated by a Denver defender.
  1st & 10, ARZ 48 Tebow handoff to B.Minor up the middle to ARZ 47 for 1 yard.  
  2nd & 9, ARZ 47 Tebow pass incomplete deep left to G.Orton. Play-action, stands tall in the pocket, throws a rope (that came out of his hands looking like a kickoff instead of a spiral) to Orton that should've been caught.
  3rd & 9, ARZ 47 (From the shotgun) Tebow pass short right to D.Gronkowski to ARZ 42 for 5 yards. Three-step drop, he scrambles around the pocket before finding Gronkowski, who made a nice one-handed catch to save a possible pick-6. 
  4th & 4, ARZ 42  FIELD GOAL NO GOOD  
3rd series, 9:41 left in 4th qtr.  1st & 10, DEN 32 B.Minor up the middle to DEN 40 for 8 yards (B.Nnabuife). PENALTY on DEN-D.Rosario, Offensive Holding, 10 yards, enforced at DEN 33.
  1st & 19, DEN 23 Tebow sacked at DEN 16 for -7 yards. Play-action that never had a chance; LT was beat off the snap and Tebow eventually dropped.
  2nd & 26, DEN 16 (From the shotgun) Tebow pass incomplete short right to D.Goodwin. Tebow fumbles the snap and is lucky to avoid a turnover deep in his own end. 
  3rd & 26, DEN 16 (From the shotgun) B.Minor up the middle to DEN 31 for 15 yards  
  4th & 11, DEN 31 PUNT  
4th series, 4:33 left in 4th qtr. 1st & 10, DEN 6 Tebow pass short left to D.Goodwin to DEN 19 for 13 yards. Three-step drop, ball is out quickly, and 6-7 yards after the catch on a nice move by Goodwin.
  1st & 10, DEN 19 Tebow pass deep right to D.Goodwin pushed OB at DEN 45 for 26 yards. Great protection. Tebow stands in the pocket for at least five seconds before finding Goodwin.
  1st & 10, DEN 45 Tebow pass short middle to J.Johnson to DEN 45 for no gai Screen pass.
  2nd & 10, DEN 45 (From the shotgun) Tebow pass incomplete short middle to J.Johnson. Has plenty of time and good protection. Somehow misses a wide open Johnson running a crossing pattern 10 yards downfield.
  3rd & 10, DEN 45 (From the shotgun) Tebow pass short right to E.Riley pushed ob at ARZ 43 for 12 yards. Nice play -- stands tall in the pocket, steps into the throw and gets the first down.
  1st & 10, ARZ 43 (From the shotgun) Tebow pass deep right to E.Riley for 43 yards, TOUCHDOWN. Almost a replay of the previous play. Three-step drop, hangs in the pocket, and hits Riley in stride. 

                                     Quotes, Video Awesomeness

"What we all have to remember is that when Josh McDaniels traded up to get him in the first round, that was a minority opinion in a big way in NFL talent evaluation circles. Not to say there weren't other people who were high in Tim Tebow, but to go out and get him in the first round … Josh McDaniels was sort of out on an island there. However, it's not shocking to me that a new regime would not embrace him with nearly the same enthusiasm. So, I went to Denver expecting to write about Tebow, but I was just struck with how much things had changed." -'s Michael Silver 

"I just worry about what I can contro. I've gone out there every day with a great attitude, great effort and great work ethic. If I do that, I know I'll improve every day, and I'm not worried about what everybody else is saying." - Tim Tebow

"I just got done looking at the film (of the Cardinals game). And I've moved on." - Brady Quinn

GLENDALE, AZ - SEPTEMBER 01: Quarterback Tim Tebow #15 of the Denver Broncos warms up before the preseason NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals at the University of Phoenix Stadium on September 1, 2011 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

                                                   Action Shots

Hey, it's like he never left college! We admit to giving Tebow a hard time tha last six weeks or so, but let's be honest: the guy looked nothing like an NFL quarterback for most of that time. And while we're happy that he showed well in the preseason finale, Kyle Orton deserves to be the starter. After 2011, when Orton and Quinn are no longer under contract? That's a different story. But this much is certain: there's no need to rush Tebow on the field now.

Feel free to relive all the preseason magic that was "Tracking Tebow." You know you want to.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
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Since: Jan 2, 2007
Posted on: September 5, 2011 9:05 am

Tracking Tebow: Preseason, Week 4 -- Cardinals

Well Dizzy Dean, as a 33 year long Broncos fan, I'm also tired of all the drama and politics surrounding Tim Tebow's role on the Denver tam.  Not a day goes by without an incredible amount of whining by a bunch of Tebowners whose only interest in the team is Tim Tebow and Tim Tebow alone.  McDaniels made a huge amount of mistakes in his disasterous 21 month stint as Broncos head coach, and Tim Tebow is one of the worst of his many stupid personnel moves.  Count me among the MANY Broncos fans who rue the day Jay Cutler (as well as Peyton Hillis, Brandon Marshall, and Tony Scheffler) was traded.  Mark my words - Tebow will never fit in with the Broncos and the team does not need a long term project QB that still needs to learn some of the basic skills needed at the position he plays.  This player will have a cloud of controversy around him for the entirety of his (most likely short) NFL career.

Since: Mar 16, 2009
Posted on: September 4, 2011 10:42 pm

Tracking Tebow: Preseason, Week 4 -- Cardinals

As a life-long Bronco fan and Colorado native, I am sick of the politics and dumb decisions from the powers that be for the Broncos.  First, I think they are actually scared to death that another QB be liked as much, if not more than Holy Elway.  Second, after thay finally woke up and got rid of Cutler, I was really hopeful of being a die-hard fan again.  Then, I have to look forward to another season of mediocrity, while our #1 pick and natural leader sits on the bench, even though the whole stadium will be wearing his jersey.

6 years agao, Jake Plummer (Who I really loved at QB), had taken us to the AFC Championship, to lose to eventual Champ Pittsburgh, and the next year had us at 7-4, playoff bound.  Then the hits the fan as they sit Plummer, introduce the whine-bag, no heart Cutler and since then, they have not even muttered playoff.  I have never figured those moves out, but it was the writing on the wall.

If they were dumb enough to play a loser like Cutler then, why in the world is Tebow sitting at 3rd team behind pretty boy Quinn and okay dokey Orton?

Only time will tell.  Tebow will be a starter and very good QB somewhere...I just hope Denver is not stupid enough to let him go.  I trust the fans will never let that happen without heads rolling.

Since: Aug 10, 2008
Posted on: September 4, 2011 9:59 pm

Tracking Tebow: Preseason, Week 4 -- Cardinals

Newton and Tebow seem to be pretty much the same and played together at UF.  The big difference seems to be that Tebow cheated in high school while Newton cheated in college.  Stafford, Bradford and Sanchez can throw and know how to run a pro-style offense.  Other than those minor things, they all appear to be the same. 

Since: Sep 4, 2011
Posted on: September 4, 2011 9:30 pm

Tracking Tebow: Preseason, Week 4 -- Cardinals

Just wondering if your concluding remark passes the Community Moderation Agreement for this site.

Since: Sep 4, 2011
Posted on: September 4, 2011 9:26 pm

Tracking Tebow: Preseason, Week 4 -- Cardinals

Good site, albeit a little over the top.  NFL QBs need to be in the right situation and, if not in Denver, Tebow will be in one soon where he can be the top QB.  For the time being, his versatility as a football player will help the Broncos get into the end zone this season, just as he did last season. 

Frankly, the discussion about the best QB to lead the Broncos is somewhat like discussing which jockey should ride the prize mule in the Kentucky Derby. No one's plunking any $ down on this baby, anyway.

BTW, still want to know what Bradford, Stafford, Sanchez, Newton, etc. have that Tebow doesn't, besides a red carpet laid down by a desparate team.  Shows what the right situation can do for an NFL QB. 

Since: Aug 31, 2011
Posted on: September 4, 2011 7:51 pm

Tracking Tebow: Preseason, Week 4 -- Cardinals

The only reason that anybody should track Tim Tebow as a football player is to see if he is going to be a fullback or a tight end.  The quarterbacks from Nebraska have a better shot being a qb in the NFL than Tim Tebow.

Since: Jul 17, 2008
Posted on: September 4, 2011 7:51 pm

Tracking Tebow: Preseason, Week 4 -- Cardinals

And people wonder why this kid can not get a fair shake...because loser like you keep writing stories on him.  How about you shut it down and let what happens happen.  Maybe you can do a year end story but other than that S.T.F.U.

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