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Fox regrets comments about Tebow

Posted on: November 18, 2011 11:00 pm
Edited on: November 19, 2011 1:12 pm
Turns out, Fox is Tebow's biggest fan. (US PRESSWIRE)

Posted by Ryan Wilson

In the post-Tebowalyptic light of day, Broncos coach John Fox looks sorta silly for some comments that, not long ago, sounded perfectly reasonable given that his starting quarterback struggled to throw anything other than screen passes.

Earlier this week,'s Jeff Darlington quoted Fox as saying, "If we were trying to run a regular offense (with Tebow), he'd be screwed."

The thing is, Fox is telling the truth. We all saw the Lions game. The Broncos -- and Tebow -- were abused for 60 minutes, and it prompted an anonymous Detroit player to tell's Michael Silver afterwards: “Can you believe No. 15 [Tebow]? Come on – that’s embarrassing. I mean, it’s a joke. We knew all week that if we brought any kind of defensive pressure, he couldn’t do anything. In the second half it got boring out there. We were like, ‘Come on – that’s your quarterback? Seriously?’”

You know how you make Tebow less boring? Quit passing the ball. Or, as Fox said, quit trying to run a regular offense.

On Friday, a day after the Broncos beat the Jets on some last-second Tebow heroics, Fox took the blame for his previous remarks.

"I screwed up," he said Monday, according to the Denver Post's Mike Klis. "What bothers me about that quote is I love the guy. All I was talking about was how this is a different way to run the ball. Everybody wants to put a name on it. All we're doing is tweaking the running game so we match up with what Tim does well. And I'm telling you, he's getting better as a passer. He is improving."

We mentioned it in the latest edition of the Tebow Tracker but style points don't matter. The Broncos, one of the league's worst teams a month ago, are suddenly is in the mix for the AFC West crown. Yeah, Denver is now running a high school offense, but they're also 5-5, and 4-1 with Tebow as their starter. If nothing else, give them credit for not trying to fit a square peg in a round hole.

Fox knows he has a monster truck. And instead of drag-racing he's headed to the mega monster truck rally where he can compete ("It's this SUNDAY! SUNDAY! SUNDAY!). The other side of that argument? What John Harbaugh and Cam Cameron are doing with the Ravens offense.

""But that was one time where I lost sleep over it," Fox said. "I don't ever lose sleep over things like this, but I felt terrible about (my comments). We were 1-4 and now we're 5-5. Believe me, I'm Tim Tebow's biggest fan."

On Tuesday, Jets head coach Rex Ryan admitted that Tebow's style was, shall we say, unconventional. “Are there prettier passers than him? Yeah, absolutely. But again, [we] just [have to] try to find a way to beat him.”

That clearly didn't happen. Luckily, Rex's twin brother Rob, the Cowboys' defensive coordinator, has some thoughts on Tebow and the read-option.

“I don’t like it because it’s college football,” Ryan said Friday at Valley Ranch, via the Star-Telegram. “We’re getting a lot of two tight ends blocking for empty sets. Who would have ever thought that? This is the NFL. Those teams don’t win.”

When someone pointed out that Denver did just that when Tebow scored on a 20-yard run, Ryan responded, “Thanks for pointing that out. The guy made a hell of a play, though, didn’t he?

“Just a second. I’ll take a knee myself.”

We eagerly await Rob Ryan's next smiting.

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Since: Jul 1, 2008
Posted on: December 1, 2011 12:24 pm

Fox regrets comments about Tebow

Ha, what's all the fuss about?  Do people get uncomfortable when they hear the name Jesus?  Do you believe in the gift He gave, don't know about the gift or is it that you believe in the gift but dont like talking about it?

The more I read, I see people interchanging the words "religion" and "Christian".  They are completly different.  Just because you are a Christian doesn't mean you are religious.  A Christian simply believes that God had a son named Jesus and that He died on a cross for the forgivness of sin.  And whoever believes will have eternal life.  A Christian believes and accepts the free gift God offers to us all.  No, we dont have to be perfect to believe and accept the gift.  Our maker gives us free will to live and believe whatever we want, so why are we beatting Tebow up for living and speaking freely?  You are sure quick to respond with an opinion, why can't he?

No one is perfect.  We are all sinners.  If you were perfect, why would you need Christ or anything else for that matter?  I am sure Rick Perry is a "wolf" on some days.  Aren't we all?  That is why he has accepted Christ as his personal savior, it is his only hope!  At least he has a solid foundation...and he stands for something.  If you are looking for the perfect canidate, good luck with that! :)

Tebow is simply sharing what Jesus has done for him in his life.   When things in your life are meaningful and gives you joy, don't you share them with the people around you?  It's a natural thing to do.  Tebow's goal isn't to convince you and make you believe what he believes.  He is just shareing what gives him joy, peace and meaning of life.  He cares enough that he wants to share what is working for him.  The message is for those in search of peace, joy and a better life. If you are perfectly happy and content with your life, then share what is working for you.  Quit worring about everyone else.  Let free will reign.  At least you have heard about Jesus. Does it make you want to know more about Jesus?  What you do with that knowledge is your business.

One day we will all stand before our maker and will be held accountable for our life.  How will we justify our imperfections?  The more you know about Jesus the better! (...and for some, they will have Tebow to thank)

Fox is human, just like Perry and Bush!  Comment didn't affect Tebow one bit...

Everything happens for a reason, look at all the opinions and knowledge we now have because of one statement. :)

Tebow's life isn't all about football.  Football is just one small chapter.  His life is much more meaningful, fullfilling and thanks to Jesus will last forever!

Since: Jan 18, 2007
Posted on: November 28, 2011 2:08 pm

Fox regrets comments about Tebow

RamblinWreck, the continuing and persistant belief that our Founding Fathers were all Christian is one of the biggest lies in American history.  Go read some quotes by Jefferson or Ben Franklin!  They had very few nice things to say about religion, and many were worried of the power Christianity could gain over politics.  And I don't know hard you could argue guys like Rick Perry and Bachmann aren't exactly what they were afraid of.

But let's be frank, most people aren't anti-Christian.  What you do in your own home is your own business.  What people are today is afraid that candidates just pander to religious conservatives for votes.  And after 8 years of George W's empty promises to the religious right, what more proof do you need?  People don't have a problem with religion in America today, we have a problem with "fake" evangelists like W and Perry using religion to get voted into office.  Rick Perry is a wolf in sheep's clothing.  Just you watch.

Since: Nov 23, 2011
Posted on: November 23, 2011 1:01 pm

Fox regrets comments about Tebow

I'm glad Tebow is a "bible thumpin fool".  I don't know when it became cool and pseudo-intellectual in our country to become anti-Christian but I would guess it was around the same time our country quit being great.  It doesn't say "In God We Trust" on our money because our founders were the bunch of Hollywood moralist losers we have running the place now.   

Go Tebow!  

Since: Jan 18, 2007
Posted on: November 22, 2011 11:51 am

Fox regrets comments about Tebow

For 30 years, so called football "experts" have said that the option and college-oriented running game would never succeed in the pros.  Well, I am so pumped that the Tebow experiment is making guys like Rob Ryan shut his big, fat mouth!  It's about time we injected some college ball into the pros!  It's the most exciting thing to happen to NFL offenses in a long time.  I, for one, am tired of running the same West Coast pro-set offense.  It's boring, and the number one reason why college is more fun:  Diverse offenses.  I can't stand that Tebow is a Bible thumper just like everyone else, and it's certainly why I hated him at Florida, but holy crap....if the Tebow experiment is a success and power running comes back full circle in the NFL, he will have accomplished something real for the game of the football.  He will have changed how a running QB not named Vick will be viewed in the NFL.  It's still early, and he's got lots of work to do in the passing game, but this will be a fun experiment for everyone to watch.

As a Nebraska fan growing up on the option, I couldn't be more behind this guy injecting some college ball into the No Fun League.  He has the potential to prove football analysts for the last few couples wrong, wrong, wrong.  And that would mean something!

Since: Nov 21, 2011
Posted on: November 22, 2011 9:27 am

Fox regrets comments about Tebow

Yes he does cause a lot of people to talk, but it isn't like he is destroying the team from the inside like a T.O.

Since: Jan 2, 2007
Posted on: November 20, 2011 1:03 pm

Fox regrets comments about Tebow

As a person, I can't stand nor will I ever root for Tebow because he's a bible thumpin' fool.

However as a football player, I admire his passion for winning and his toughness on the field. Rex was right...

Since: Nov 20, 2011
Posted on: November 20, 2011 12:20 pm

Fox regrets comments about Tebow

I think it is safe to say, that Tebow ....  is.....  God.

Since: Nov 6, 2006
Posted on: November 20, 2011 12:18 pm

Fox regrets comments about Tebow

Lest we forget... Through Tebow's 4 year college career, Whether it was "pretty" or not:
Totals   Games Played-55, QB Rating-176.0, Passing Attempts-985, Completions-661, Percentage-67.1, Total Passing Yards-9286, Touchdowns-88, Interceptions-15, Sacked-53, Rushing Attempts-692, Yards-2947, Touchdowns-57.

Tebow was/is no slouch. One might call his college record "Prolific".

He has played a total of 7 games in the NFL. NO-one has, or is giving him a chance to mature.

I've heard many pro QBs talk about whne the game "slows down"... When a quarterback is able to quickly read the defense, when he is able to "check-down" his receivers quickly, where reaction time decreases. Young Mr. Tebow is getting there... 

How about giving this young man a chance. One has to learn to crawl before they can walk. One has to learn to walk before they can run. One has to learn how to run before they can jump hurdles.

Hate him if you want... That's one's personal choice. I believe all the smack talking comes from those who are afraid... afraid to be proven wrong, or afraid of what this young man may bring to the plate against "their team".

For a Bronco fan, no explaination is needed. 

For those Tebow haters out there, no explaination is good enough.

For young Mr. Tebow... Keep doing what you're doing and soon you'll be jumping hurdles.

You, Mr. Tebow, Walk the walk. You, Mr. Tebow, are truely blessed. :-)      
;     &nbs


Since: Nov 20, 2011
Posted on: November 20, 2011 10:50 am

Fox regrets comments about Tebow

@ Matt Lee - Since most of your post is junk, I wanted to respond to it all.

Tebow has no lack of talent, simply lack of a decent passing game.  His talent at what he does on the field exceeds those of most.
He also does not force his beliefs on anyone.  If anything, he is better than most, simply stating what he believes, and not straying from it like some seem to so when involved in any faith.
For the record, Tebow is not religious, he's a Christian.  He remains 100% committed to his relationship with his Saviour despite all you out there knocking him for what he believes in day-in and day-out. 
He's 4-1 as a starter this year which is pretty good in my book.

Since: Feb 28, 2011
Posted on: November 20, 2011 10:27 am

Fox regrets comments about Tebow

When has Tebow ever tried to force his religion on anyone? Just speaking what you believe is not forcing. If you don't want to hear the guy speak, then turn down your speakers. He has a constitutional right to speak and support his religion just as all those thugs and criminal speak their BS. Last I checked, the NFL was not a government institution, where there is this supposed "Separation of Church and State". Last time I read the US Constitution, it gave me, you and Tebow the right to our religious freedom and Congress cannot pass laws impeding those rights, not vice versa. Tebow has every right to express his religious freedoms, just as you have the right not to support him for that same thing, but you trying to say he should shut up, just because you do not believe what he is saying is directly against the constitution. He should shut up because you don't like it, but you have the right to say what you want. Hypocrite!!

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