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Stop me if you've heard this: terrible Tebow wins

Posted on: November 18, 2011 12:07 am
Edited on: November 18, 2011 12:11 am
 
T. Tebow scores the game-winning touchdown against New York (US Presswire).

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

With less than 6 minutes to play, Tim Tebow had 95 yards to salvation. Down by three points and playing in the comforts of home, Tebow, leader of men, could have been the hero for his team. And it’s actually what we’ve come to expect.

Coming from behind to beat the Dolphins. Knocking off the Carson Palmer-led Raiders. Hurling just eight passes last week in upsetting the Chiefs in Kansas City.

Of course, Tebow was going to lead the Broncos to the game-winning score, but there was no way he was actually going to do it. Right? Until that’s exactly what he did, leading a 12-play drive that ended with Tebow keeping the ball for himself to score the 20-yard touchdown.

It was crazy and heart-pumping and … just screwy. But it was also completely predictable.

“I trust him,” Broncos linebacker Von Miller said on the NFL Network afterward. “I trust him with everything. No matter how many interceptions he throws or how many touchdowns, I’m going to ride with him until the end.”

T. Tebow is 4-1 this year as a starter (AP).For the most part, Tebow had been his regular self -- barely an NFL quarterback. Not two-completion terrible, but bad nonetheless. Yet, the Broncos were within striking distance -- mostly because the Jets offense had been just as bad and because Broncos cornerback Andre Goodman intercepted Mark Sanchez and returned it for a touchdown to give Denver some much-needed points.

But there’s something about Tebow. I can’t put my finger on it. Obviously, none of his opponents can either. Never have we seen a quarterback who’s so clearly not an NFL quarterback continue to be successful as an NFL quarterback.

And as bad as this game was to watch, Tebow made it worth it in the final six minutes.

On the first snap of the drive, Tebow hit Eddie Royal on the goal line, and somehow the Broncos receiver barely escaped Jets safety Jim Leonhard in the end zone and ran for eight yards and out of safety danger. On the second snap, running the option, Tebow kept the ball, running 15 yards for the first down. Later, on third down and with the Broncos in a five-receiver split, Tebow kept it again and ran for the first down.

On the next play, he ran at Darrelle Revis, and Revis kind of side-stepped him, allowing Tebow to gain more yards. Tebow, once again, was playing eerily well with the game on the line. Once again, he had improved his game dramatically. Yes, some of his throws on that drive were grossly inaccurate -- he short-hopped at least one receiver -- but he also hit Dante Rosario for another first down at the Jets 29 yard line.

And then, redemption.

On third and four from the 20-yard line, he made the stadium explode when he recognized a blitz coming up the middle, scrambled around the left end of the line to avoid it, beat Eric Smith to the edge and then broke Smith’s tackle to score the game-winning touchdown.

You know, much was made this week about how Broncos coach John Fox and offensive coordinator Mike McCoy had installed a read-option offense that would increase Tebow’s potential success. Fox already had all but said that Tebow wouldn’t survive in a typical professional offense, so he would bring college ball back to Tebow.

For most of Thursday’s game, it still didn’t work. Occassionally, the Broncos showed flashes of how the option could be successful. But for the most part, Denver was shooting three-and-out blanks (although punter Dustin Colquitt had a pretty good night!). You could look at the game, and say, “See, a high school offense doesn’t work in the NFL.” And you’d be right.

But for some reason, it works for Tebow. And for some reason, Tebow works for the NFL. He wins games, and at this point, you have to stop using the caveat, “Well, he sucks.” Because at some point, that issue becomes moot, and the only thing that matters is this: Tebow is 4-1 as a starter, and the playoffs are still in sight.
 
“He’s the most mind-blowing, polarizing figure I’ve ever seen in football,” NFL analyst Mike Mayock said.

That’s as good a description and explanation as any.  

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Comments

Since: Aug 22, 2007
Posted on: November 20, 2011 9:17 am
 

Stop me if you've heard this: terrible Tebow wins

It makes you sick?  Come on, man!  Tebow IS terrible.  Seven three and outs in a row?  That is as bad as it gets.  The Jets are not a good football team, they are hype.  Beating them isn't significant.  The Broncos defense is really good.  That's why they won the game.  They should get the attention and the praise.  The Broncos have a solid defensive coach and Von Miller is the real deal.  There is no game winning drive if Sanchez doesn't throw a pick 6.  Tebow didn't turn the team around--they have just played some God-awful teams.  Miami?  KC?  The Jets?  The Raiders in Palmer's 1st start?  The Broncos will be lucky to win one more game the rest of the year.  If you think a 4-1 streak is impressive, just remember this.  Kyle Orton once went 6-0 for this team.  Tebow is lousy and it will be obvious to even the most oblivious Bronco fan once the season is over.  A great qb doesn't have to win in the last minute, because his team is up by two or three touchdowns at the end of the game.  The Broncos could be a very good team if they get a real qb. 



Since: May 28, 2007
Posted on: November 20, 2011 5:58 am
 

Stop me if you've heard this: terrible Tebow wins

It really makes me sick reading all the comments on here. How can you trash a guy and call him terrible when he has taken a 1-4 disaster and turned it into a 5-5 team with a real shot at the playoffs? This is crazy. Kyle Orton may be able to throw the ball better but there is more to football, and running an offense, than just throwing the ball. QB'ing is about making decisions, making plays and most importantly winning. Other than Tebow now leading the offense, nothing has changed in Denver. It is still the same defense, the same coaches and the same personnel, minus of course their best WR who was traded out of town before Tebow got a chance to utilize him. 

The thing that gets me the most is the people trying to compare him to experienced QB's like Roethlisberger or Rodgers. The guy has had less than a seasons worth of starts, there is no way you can compare him to those guys yet. QB's take time to learn the speed of the NFL game and not everything comes together right away. Look at Cam Newton this season. Great numbers but the wins aren't there. Andy Dalton is winning but doesn't have the numbers of Newton or the top QB's. Nobody is calling out Newton for losing and it seems everywhere they are praising Dalton for what he has done in Cincinnati. 

There is a saying that probably applies perfectly to what Tebow is doing: they don't ask how, they just ask how many. The more he wins the better this fits. 




Since: Feb 25, 2009
Posted on: November 19, 2011 10:41 am
 

Stop me if you've heard this: terrible Tebow wins

Far too much hate has been vomited at this kid because of his faith in Christ Jesus.
How's the delusion coming along? Go back and read over this entire thread, and all the criticism you'll see are people talking about his passing skills. Nobody cares about his religious beliefs except thin-skinned people like you, looking to make a mountain out of fairy dust and wishes. I'm sorry you don't feel like your religion is being given enough attention, but that will never make this tired, worn-out, untrue complaint a reality.



Since: Jan 19, 2007
Posted on: November 18, 2011 8:27 pm
 

Stop me if you've heard this: terrible Tebow wins

You could really argue that except for Jacksonville, no franchise is in worse shape right now than the Denver Broncos.
I disagree. The Broncos have some terrific young players and a D most teams would love to have. They are a few core players away from being very dangerous. I believe QB is one of those players. Tebow may be a fun bridge until they get their Super Bowl caliber QB.

If I were the Broncos, I would shop Tebow in the offseason and see if any team is crazy enough to offer something good for him. Draft or trade for a QB who has decent skill in all phases of QB play and who can win a title with this emerging team.





Since: Nov 18, 2011
Posted on: November 18, 2011 8:16 pm
 

Stop me if you've heard this: terrible Tebow wins

OK...member of the Raider Nation here, so hear where I'm coming from.  What counts in the NFL?  Scoreboard, right?  Ever think that Tebow might just be carving his own niche rather than being "terrible?"  Of course, I want Tebow to fail, but only because of the jersey he wears.  Far too much hate has been vomited at this kid because of his faith in Christ Jesus.  From my view, the kid's faith is mucho humble, so why throw fire and acid at him.  I admire his never-quit grit.  And he wins, right?  I'm sold out to the Raider philosophy -- Just win, baby!  And Tebow wins.  This TEAM is awful and he has them breathing down my neck...I don't take his "terrible" for granted.  Neither shouldn anyone else until the L's start stacking.  



Since: Oct 16, 2007
Posted on: November 18, 2011 3:36 pm
 

Stop me if you've heard this:Tebow wins

When does excellent play matter? When the game is on the line of course. That said, has anyone been better than Tebow in the last 5 games at winning the game at clutch time? Lost in all of the 300lb coach potatoes and geeky stats nerds going on and on about Tebow's stats and throwing motion is the fact that when the game was on the line he won it 4 out of 5 times and in at least two of those wins with late 4th quarter heroics. The QB's on the losing teams had those chances too and failed. Sanchez had a chance last night and couldn't do it. There are so many QBs in the NFL that can't close out a game or throw the choke pick six INTs (Sanchez or Rivers anyone?). Tebow doesn't make the big mistake. Tebow is the tortoise in the tortoise and the hare story. Yes other QBs look better and seem better, but Tebow gets the W 80% of the time. If all of your Tebow haters put your money on Denver in the last 5 games you'd be rich and you could buy yourself a new Tebow jersey with "Jesus" on the back! Nice!




Since: Nov 3, 2007
Posted on: November 18, 2011 3:12 pm
 

Stop me if you've heard this: terrible Tebow wins

Does anyone recall Joe Kapp leading the Vikings to the Super Bowl in 1969 or Billy Kilmer doing the same for the Redskins in 1972? Those two guys were far less talented than Tebow. I'm not saying Tebow will lead the Broncos to the title but it would not be unprecedented for a QB with limited skills to do it.



Since: Nov 14, 2006
Posted on: November 18, 2011 3:04 pm
 

Polarizing?

 agree Johny, the word polarizing being used in this article reveals more about the writer than it does about the articles subject. Polarizing is about how a person reacts to something, and indicates some react positively and some negatively. Usually you react negatively because you don't like something. In this case, I guess its the style of play? I would certainly hope its not because of anything else. Can a style of play be polarizing? I guess my word for that idea would be "hyperbole" - but then, these are CBS analysts and that word is beyond thier vocabulary.




Since: Jun 11, 2010
Posted on: November 18, 2011 2:27 pm
 

Stop me if you've heard this: terrible Tebow wins

you may not like McDaniels, but you are dead wrong about him setting Denver back, he recieved two #1's and 3 for Jay Cutler and turned that into a Robert Ayers, Moreno, Tebow, Demaryais and set them up to get Von Miller. I would rather have McDaniels than a Recycled John Fox! Cutler may have some good years with the Bears, but will be hard pressed to overtake Green Bay!     




Since: Aug 17, 2006
Posted on: November 18, 2011 1:58 pm
 

Tebow gets all the credit. Really?

I was literally at the game last night. I was actually in the lower level right by the endzone where Tebow ran in the game winning TD. It was a great drive no doubt and Mile High was electric. The Broncomaniacs sure know how to party!

My problem is that Tebow did not win the game. Tebow played terrible. He won the game with his feet. The defense won this game and that is being completely overlooked. The Jets were held to 13 points and couldn't move the ball on the ground or in the air. The interception for a TD was huge. Please quit praising Tebow and realize the defense has kept them in the game (and really won it) in all of their victories with him under center. Again, not discrediting the fact that he had a crucial drive to win the game, but the defense won the game because Denver couldn't move the ball at all for 55 minutes. 


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