Tim Tebow has been taking shots from columnists and football analysts while feeling the love of fans from around the country who find him charming (and, of course, a winner and a leader of men).
His teammates rallied around him last Sunday in beating the Dolphins in overtime, but what about a former teammate who was around Tebow and the Broncos earlier this month?
What does receiver Brandon Lloyd think about Tebow and his chances to lead Denver to … well, anywhere?
“I don’t know. I think only time will tell with that style of play,” Lloyd told ESPN 101 in St. Louis (via sportsradiointerviews.com). “I think it is effective last Sunday, but I just don’t know how effective that style can be over the course of long games and playing formidable opponents.”
“It’s just the timing,” Lloyd said. “The timing is an issue. There’s just not that much separation that you can get in the NFL. You got a yard on the guy? That is wide open. [Laughs] You got a yard or two yards on the guy you are wide open, but that window…you are not open very long. Any delay in delivering the ball or any delay and not being in the position to be ready to throw the ball when that separation happens … Not being able to deliver that ball before the separation happens? It just throws a monkey wrench into all the time and anything you are trying to accomplish down the field.”
While I don’t think the “Tebow is simply a winner” meme is a good indication of whether Tebow ultimately will be successful (there’s a difference, after all, between winning in college and winning at the pro level consistently), but if he keeps bringing Denver victories, the Tebow criticisms won’t matter.
But the chances of that happening, many still maintain, are slim.
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