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Ryan on Tebow: It's not pretty but he's a winner

Posted on: November 15, 2011 12:30 pm
Edited on: November 17, 2011 4:39 pm
Ryan's Tebow fandom extends back to Tebow's Heisman Trophy-winning college days. (Getty Images)

Posted by Ryan Wilson

The Patriots made easy work of the Jets on Sunday night, which must make an already short week seem even shorter for New York. The Jets are 5-4 and currently one game out of the wild-card race. New England's remaining seven games redefine "cake schedule," which means that the Jets have virtually no room for mistakes the rest of the way.

On Thursday, they'll face Tim Tebow and the Broncos in Denver. On paper, it's a mismatch; the Jets defense is known for blitzing quarterbacks silly, particularly ones short on experience. And cornerback Darrelle Revis has been up to the weekly task of shutting down the opponent's best receiver, though he may be hard-pressed to identify who that is in the Broncos new (old)-fangled read-option offense.

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Head coach Rex Ryan, who got the league's attention Monday after a video surfaced of his halftime suggestion to one Belichick-loving heckler, spoke about his admiration for Tebow's game going back to college.

“I thought he was a great competitor and he is a winner, and that’s what he’s showing right now,” Ryan said, in comments distributed by the Jets’ PR staff (via PFT). “Are there prettier passers than him? Yeah, absolutely. But again, [we] just [have to] try to find a way to beat him.”

In fact, the Broncos have given new meaning to "ground and pound."

“It was amazing, I mean, you talk about a team committed to running the football," Ryan said during an appearance on ESPN Radio New York. "They’re running all kind of different options — they’re running speed options, load options, read options. You know, Tebow had more rushing attempts than he had passing attempts, so it’s a total different challenge that’s for sure.”

Ryan won't have to look far for an answer.

Twelve years ago, Ryan wrote “Coaching Football’s 46 Defense," and it includes 20 pages on how to stop the option, now the centerpiece of the Broncos' offense. Ryan's dad, Buddy, created the 46 Defense. It came to prominence a quarter-century ago when the 1985 Bears' defense, one of the best in NFL history, featured the 46 all the way to a Super Bowl title.

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Tebow is one of the NFL's worst passers (it's a race to the bottom with Blaine Gabbert), but he's turned what should be a debilitating disadvantage into an asset. Against lesser teams the strategy -- run till the wheels fall off (and that's sorta what happened against the Chiefs) -- works. If Denver can have success in their one-dimensional offense against the Jets then we'll probably have to have the "The Broncos are a playoff team, right?" conversation at some point soon. Not so much because Tebow has magically transformed Denver into an offensive juggernaut, but because the AFC West is still up for grabs.

“With Tim Tebow at quarterback, it’s almost a throwback to the college game,” NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock said after Tebow didn’t complete his first pass against the Chiefs until late in the third quarter.

Mayock's NFL Network colleague Deion Sanders added: “You can’t measure Tim Tebow by statistics because he has that ‘it’ factor. The only thing I know is that they’re starting to believe and winning games.”

It sounds corny but it's true. The Broncos are 3-1 with Tebow under center. Maybe it's coincidence or maybe it's a higher power. Either way, Denver was losing with Kyle Orton and now they're not. For the time being, it doesn't really matter why.

By the way, you can buy Ryan's book here (we're guessing John Fox is furiously flipping through it as we write this). And if you're looking for a gag gift this holiday season, might we suggest the ironic comedy stylings of Brian Billick (The only thing missing is a foreward by Kyle Boller).

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Since: Mar 7, 2008
Posted on: December 11, 2011 3:07 pm

Ryan on Tebow: It's not pretty but he's a winner


You left out the "G", jenius.

Since: Mar 7, 2008
Posted on: December 11, 2011 2:17 pm

Ryan on Tebow: It's not pretty but he's a winner

Excellent post. Stats to back up the logic. Great job.

Since: Aug 3, 2011
Posted on: November 16, 2011 11:30 pm
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Since: Jun 28, 2007
Posted on: November 16, 2011 9:16 pm

Ryan on Tebow: It's not pretty but he's a winner

he doesn't hurt his team??.... The Broncos Depth Chart space under RB will like to have a word with you

Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: November 16, 2011 6:32 pm

Ryan on Tebow: It's not pretty but he's a winner

To everyone calling Tebow the worst QB drafted.  Ryan Leaf, Akili Smith, JeMarcus Russell, Joey Harrington, David Carr, Brady Quinn, Danny Wuerffel, and Heath Shuler would have something to say about that. 

Actually every one of them is better than Tebow!!!! 

Since: Mar 26, 2010
Posted on: November 16, 2011 11:43 am

Ryan on Tebow: It's not pretty but he's a winner

Rex, You know , You know, You Know,  Your a large sizes whale.

Since: Dec 10, 2008
Posted on: November 16, 2011 11:39 am

Ryan on Tebow: It's not pretty but he's a winner

Completion% TDs/16 Int/16 Quarterback Rating<br /> 56.6 13 26 55.7 <br />53.7 9 15 65.5<br /> 44.8 16 2 81.7<br /> 64.5 16 10 87.8<br /> 64.1 19 14 85.3<br /><br />Which of these five quarterbacks would you want starting on your team.  This is the statistics for the first good year of a body of work for five quarterbacks prorated out for 16 games.  Three of them are hall of famers and one will be a first ballot hall of famer.  Want to guess the order?<br /><br />Troy Aikman<br />Steve Young<br />Tim Tebow<br />Joe Montana<br />Brett Favre<br /><br />Now I am not saying Tebow will be in that class, but as long as he is winning, let's drop the hate and see what he can do.

Since: Nov 16, 2011
Posted on: November 16, 2011 11:06 am

Ryan on Tebow: It's not pretty but he's a winner

Stokomo owned it right there, boys.  Great points.

Since: Nov 16, 2011
Posted on: November 16, 2011 11:06 am

Ryan on Tebow: It's not pretty but he's a winner


Since: Jun 3, 2007
Posted on: November 16, 2011 10:02 am

Ryan on Tebow: It's not pretty but he's a winner

I've read most of these posts on this thread, and I have never witnessed hypocrisy from all the religion bashers and Tebow haters (they are separate). I went and researched some of you who bash Tebow but still have the nerve to bash "thugs," greedy players, selfish players, etc.... You guys remind me of Oscar-the-Grouch or, better yet, Grumpy Smurf!!! People that talk from the side of their necks are never satisfied and show it when you actually see ALL of their posts and find out that they complain no matter what. A lot of you said Tebow would never play a down in the NFL and wouldn't be worth anything if he did. Well.... He is 3-1 this season as a starter, and has the same record as the Bucs, Chargers, & Chiefs. The Broncos also have a better record than the Jags, Browns, Dolphins, Panthers, Cards, Seahawks, Vikings, Colts, Eagles, and Redskins. As far as the QB position goes.... Tebow has 7 TDs to 1 Int. Better than: Palmer 5 to 7, Grossman 6 to 11, Gabbert 6 to 5, Bradford 4 to 4, Moore 4 to 5, Ponder 3 to 3, Painter 5 to 7, Kolb 8 to 8, Vick 11 to 11, RIVERS 13 to 15, & Newton 11 to 10. Slide on down to QB rating.... Tebow is close to Ryan 83.0, Newton 84.0 & Cutler 84.4..... Tebow is better than Sanchez 81.5, RIVERS 80.2, Vick 79.8, Moore 78.9, McCoy 78.2, Kolb 77.8, Orton 75.7, Flacco 75.6, T. Jackson 74.8, Freeman 72.6, Bradford 72.6, Beck 72.1, Painter 67.4, & Gabbert 63.6...... Bottom line is this.... Tebow may not be a glamorous QB that throws 40 times for 300 plus yards, but he doesn't hurt his team, and he's a winner, even if it doesn't look pretty. As for those who mock and make fun of ANY MAN's beliefs or faith..... Grow up and act like you have respect. You're only showing how immature you are, so I hope you're not an adult mocking a man's faith......

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