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Tebow's success a mirage

Posted on: October 23, 2011 4:44 pm
Edited on: October 23, 2011 8:49 pm
T. Tebow had a great final five minutes of the game Sunday (US Presswire).Posted by Josh Katzowitz

The Broncos made a ridiculous comeback on the Dolphins, and Tim Tebow was front and center, throwing touchdown passes and running in a two-point conversion. After the Broncos 18-15 overtime win against the Dolphins, he kneeled on the sideline. He could have been saying thanks for the final result. Or he could have been praying for the future.

Because while the first was impressive, the second is cloudy. 

For the first 55 minutes of this game, Tebow was terrible. Then, for five minutes at the end of regulation, he was the All-American from the University of Florida, leading his team to victory.

Tebow was terrible before he was awesome on Sunday. The Miami crowd went from jeering the Florida native to cheering him and chanting his name.

But don’t you believe the hype. Tebow was horrendous for much of the day, and Denver’s win had more to do with how bad the Dolphins are* than the future of Tebow’s NFL career.

*Urban Meyer was in the house and spotted talking to Dolphins owner Stephen Ross. Do you think Ross offered him the job right there and then?

His first pass of the day should have been intercepted by Karlos Dansby. There were times when it appeared that he had no idea what he was doing. And it was clear John Fox didn’t trust him enough to run a fourth and 1 play (instead, Matt Prater missed his second field goal of the day).

Broncos fans applauded when the Broncos first announced that Kyle Orton would be replaced by Tebow as the starting quarterback, and today, their judgment has been vindicated. But it’s only temporary. At least Orton is a quarterback that looks like a professional athlete most of the time he plays. Tebow looks like a pro athlete as well. But not as a quarterback. Maybe as a tight end. Maybe as an H-back. Hell, maybe as a linebacker.

But not as a quarterback.

He overthrew a wide-open Eric Decker on a long pass that would have yielded a touchdown. He threw too high. For most of the day, he made Dolphins quarterback Matt Moore look like the best signal-caller on the field. By far.

Midway through the fourth quarter, Tebow had been sacked five times while completing four passes (he finished 13 of 27 for 161 yards and two touchdowns while rushing eight times for 65 yards). He led a nice drive late in the fourth quarter to get his team on the scoreboard, and he kept it up after Denver recovered an onside kick. But he was mostly making do with screen passes, short-yardage throws and scrambles.

The stats don’t look as bad as Tebow performed Sunday. But it was an anomaly, a fluke.

What does it mean for this Broncos season that is still a lost cause? Fox can’t go back to Orton now, but would he if Tebow continues to struggle? What about Brady Quinn -- who, like Orton, is in the final year of his contract?

Or maybe, just maybe, this is some elaborate conspiracy plan to secure the services of Andrew Luck. Sure, that’s a ridiculous notion and it backfired Sunday. But is it that much more ridiculous than implying that Tebow is a legitimate NFL starting quarterback? Even with today’s result, I’d say no.

After all, you shouldn’t see the mirage for the trees.

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Since: Feb 25, 2009
Posted on: October 23, 2011 8:13 pm

Tebow's success a mirage

Katzowitz is right for the wrong reasons.

The Dolphins are terrible, which says a lot. But Tebow isn't known by the NFL, not really. So he was able to blindside the Dolphins when he got it together for that 4th quarter. The good news is that since Tebow was thrust into the starting role before he was ready, his performance in the 4th was on him; he hasn't been developed long enough for coaches to take much credit.

The bad news is, so were the first 3 quarters. And it's only going to get worse. When teams get enough relevant film on Tebow to actually analyze and gameplan for him, he's going to hit a wall, and the Broncos will pay the price for pushing him out there too soon. Until then, Denver will have a nice, short ride wherein it will appear to all that Tebow is going to beat the odds.

And then it will end. I hope at least that Tebow doesn't get shellshocked into Tim Couch-hood.

Since: Feb 18, 2011
Posted on: October 23, 2011 7:59 pm

Tebow's success a mirage

Eighteen points against a terrible Miami team wouldn't have gotten it done in just about any other game. It's interesting how DEEPLY INSULTED people feel when someone challenges Tebow's skills. Ty Detmer was great in college, terrible in the pros, Andre Ware, Josh Heupel ... The list goes on and on. This whole thing is fascinating.

Since: Aug 31, 2010
Posted on: October 23, 2011 7:28 pm

Tebow's success a mirage

Hey Josh, you go to Florida State and a bit jealous? Tebow won and no matter how bad he looked, he won so shut up.

Since: Sep 29, 2010
Posted on: October 23, 2011 6:41 pm

Tebow's success a mirage

uh, i wouldn't bet much more than a sandwich on that. if the bronco's finish above 5-11, it will be a miracle. all you tebow lovers crack me up. just because he is obviously a great kid doesn't mean he's a great QB. i'd love for him to marry my niece; i'd be miserable if he were my starting QB. being a sycophant is no better than being a hater. (look it up.)

Since: Jul 3, 2010
Posted on: October 23, 2011 6:40 pm

Tebow's success a mirage

Never have heared of the sports writer....never will.  Keep to writing the stories in your under-roos and let the playters play the game.

Since: Oct 29, 2006
Posted on: October 23, 2011 6:23 pm

Tebow's success a mirage

Katzowitz, you are an idiot as well as a terrible writer/reporter. You would certainly have been eager to bash Tebow had the Broncos been shut out yet you chalk up the comeback win as a result of "more about the Dolphins being bad". You'd probably agree that Green Bay is the best team in the NFL right now, but you are a fool if you think that they would have been guaranteed to comeback from 15 points down with 3 minutes left and no timeouts. Tebow certainly has to work on his passing but it makes me sick to see people like you deny that he came through when it mattered.  One word for you: scoreboard!

By the way, 2 TDs and 0 ints. And had Tebow hit Decker on his fly pattern we'd be looking at 3 TD passes instead of 2.  And considering Tebow has thrown 3 TDs with 0 ints so far this season I think you need to look at your delusional perception of who constitutes an NFL QB.

Since: Oct 23, 2011
Posted on: October 23, 2011 6:18 pm

Tebow's success a mirage

Damn iPhone. Anyway I got one more thing to say... Kyle Orton would not have won that game Kevin kolb would not gave won that game Sam Bradford would not win that game Colt McCoy would not win that game Matt Moore would definitely not win that game Chad Hennepin would not win that game Taverns jackson would not win that game Jason Campbell would not win that game Blane Gabbert would not win that game So why don't you get something better to and lay off the guy who scored 15 frigid points in 5 minutes when his coaches FINALLY let him play instead of running every down and putting him in 3rd and 10s the first three and a half quarters!

Since: Sep 17, 2007
Posted on: October 23, 2011 6:17 pm

Tebow's success a mirage

Some of you may think Josh Katzowitz is really a writer, however, don't you believe the hype. He is actually as incompetent as this present article indicates. Some benefit could be had from studying colleagues such as Doyel and Freeman, who are more adept at pissing people off in compensation for their lack of journalistic ability.

Since: Nov 26, 2006
Posted on: October 23, 2011 6:12 pm

Tebow's success a mirage

I find Joshy's presumption on what Tebow was praying about to be deeply offensive. Maybe he was praying in thanks that nobody was taken off the field in a stretcher during the game.  Or prayingin thanks for the opportunity to be in teh NFL. Or praying for something neither you nore I would even think of. 

Since: Oct 23, 2011
Posted on: October 23, 2011 6:11 pm



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