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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: Oct 23, 2011
Posted on: October 23, 2011 5:49 pm

Tebow's success a mirage

Hey katsowitz - can we agree that all you commentators have to quit your job when Tebow turns out to be the stud the rest of us know he's going to be. You are all the "experts" who announced Jamarcus Russell the best prospect ever. Just like most people who never played a sport in your life all you writers get seduced by players' tools and forget that football is a game of split second decisions where a player's decisions and will to win actually matter. Ever heard the saying sports are 90 percent mental? You would know it's true if you ever played a sport. Tom Brady? Seventh rounder. Drew Brees? "too short" coming out of college. Kurt Warner? Undrafted. If you commentators got paid on the basis of how often you made successful predictions about players you would all be homeless. So unbelievably weak. Seriously...quit your jobs when Tebow is awesome so we can stop having to listen to all you overpaid know-nothings talk out your rear end

Since: Feb 8, 2008
Posted on: October 23, 2011 5:41 pm

Tebow's success a mirage

Wow, you writers must really hate Tebow. Leads his team back and wins and yet he still sucks? Shut up.

Since: Oct 23, 2011
Posted on: October 23, 2011 5:38 pm

Tebow's success a mirage

You seam to believe that this is about Tim Tebow. The team I'm sure, will be the first to tell you that this is a team sport. The Broncos failures in the first three quarters were as a team. Their victory in the come from behind win were as a team. If you ask Tim, it's all about the glory given to God, not himself!j

Since: Apr 13, 2009
Posted on: October 23, 2011 5:33 pm

Tebow's success a mirage

Ha ha, what a horse's rear end this writer is - how many minutes/seconds did it take for him to write this trash. All the Tebow haters are soooo bitter, jealous, and kicking themselves - this guy took less than two paragraphs before making a joke about Tebow's Christian faith - for Tebow getting a "W" today.  ooohhh they're soo mad!  The stupidest part about this article is how it regurgitates the same old "analysis" - that Tebow is a "pretty good NFL athlete" but he's not a QUARTERBACK.  Well, guess what "Mr. Ed"?   Tebow was drafted as a QB, is getting paid millions as a QB and he is WINNING AS A QB  - I GUESS THAT MAKES HIM A QB!!???  If it walks like a duck, quacks like a .... Just curious - would you say about Tony Gonzalez, for example, that he's really not a "tight end" he's actually a wide receiver?  Do you say that Cam Newton should be a runningback?  There was nothing fluky about Tebow today - he's a winner, has always been a winner, and will continue to be a winner.  

Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: October 23, 2011 5:10 pm

Tebow's success a mirage

You play to WIN the game....Who cares how Tebow played stats wise, he led his team to a victory. End of Story.

Since: Feb 11, 2009
Posted on: October 23, 2011 5:01 pm

Tebow's success a mirage

It is easy to say this or that, but the result was a win for the Broncos and that is all it is about.  I think that the stats lie and they do here, but it seems like the first 55 minutes were to make Tebow look bad by throwing dump patterns, running the ball, and the lack of anything that seems like an offense.  When the last 5 plus OT came in, Tebow performed. 

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