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Tracking Tebow, Week 13: The Tebolution continues

Posted on: December 6, 2011 9:58 am
We're Tracking Tebow … because it's impossible not to watch. 

By Ryan Wilson

When it comes to Tim Tebow, there's really not much left to say. As head coach John Fox pointed after the latest Broncos come-from-behind win, this time against the Vikings, "The guy knows how to win."

Two months ago, such remarks wouldn't have been much different from all the other post-victory-glow cliches we're usually beaten about the head with. But now, with Tebow 6-1 as Denver's starter, and the Broncos atop the AFC West, Fox speaks the truth. There is no logical explanation for the team's sudden turnaround let alone Tebow's success but after witnessing miracle after miracle most of us now take it on faith that some way, some how, the Broncos are going to win and Tebow will do his part. Ironic, we know.

Unlike previous weeks, Tebow matriculated the ball down the field with his arm, not his legs. He had just four rushes for 13 yards, something you might expect from a prototypical NFL quarterback, not a guy whose legend was built on his ability to tuck and run. Not against the Vikings, who seemed intent on keeping Tebow in the pocket and forcing him to put the ball in the air.

He did just that 15 times, completing 10 throws for 202 yards. Adjusted for conventional NFL QBs, that works out to about a 500-yard passing day. Tebow also threw two touchdowns and it was his fifth straight game without an interception.

We can chuckle all we want about Tim Tebow, glorified H-back, but the Chiefs and Bears would love to have him right now. Nothing he does on the football field is pretty but there's no denying that he's efficient. No one -- not even Tom Brady, former 199th pick who cries when he's reminded of his draft-day free fall -- gets more out of their abilities. Because, realistically, Tebow should be a blocking back. He should be playing on the coverage and return units. He should be on the roster bubble every preseason. And yet here he is, doing what he's done since high school: winning.

He's converted an entire country of doubters, and more importantly, he's convinced John Fox and John Elway. Now, with a month left in the regular season there's no reason to think that the Broncos won't win their division. That, folks, is the Power of Tebow (and the benefits of having an easy schedule relative to the Raiders).

                                                   Play by Play

(Note: Below are the plays -- both running and passing -- involving Tebow. You can view the entire play-by-play breakdown here)


"I know that everyone wants to know, but our future is right now. When you look at where we are, the future is the Chicago Bears. We've got three out of four at home, and we're coming off five out of six wins, so we're excited to come home. - Broncos president John Elway, on his weekly radio show, answering a question about whether Tebow's performance means he's the team's long-term quarterback.

“Walking out of the tunnel yesterday (in Minnesota), somebody had farted. We’re walking down, this is right before the game starts, and [head coach John Fox] is like, ‘Man, somebody’s nervous.” - Broncos punter Dustin Colquitt offering an example of why Fox is a players' coach and always knows exactly what to say.

"There were a lot of questions on the outside (about Tebow). Sometimes it gets built up like they were on the inside, but the one thing I will say is the guy wins. He does it with his feet, he does it with his arm. He's young, he's just going to get better." - Head coach John Fox

"I've definitely seen that a couple times from No. 15. When I hear all those ESPN commentators say, 'He can't do this,' I laugh. After the game, I whispered in his ear, 'Let 'em keep hating. Keep 'em hating on you.'" - Vikings wide receiver and Tebow's former teammate at Florida, Percy Harvin


Tebow used to struggle with deep throws, even the wide open ones. That was a non-issue against the Vikings.

At this point, nothing surprises us with Tebow. He does it so often everybody expects it. Put differently: we're believers now!

Yes, Tebow is a beneficiary of a good defense, but he also plays better as the game progresses. 

                                                   Eye on Tebow

Tim Tebow at terminal velocity rips the helmets off unsuspecting opponents. 

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Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: December 8, 2011 12:34 pm

Tracking Tebow, Week 13: The Tebolution continues

He's not a good QB or a long term solution. I think that, by next year, the strategists will figure a way to neutralize the read-option version of the spread offense.But I'm starting him in every game of the fantasy team on which I was lucky enough to win the waivers claim for him.

That  would be fine, except they didn't run the read- option once.  He threw the ball for 67% completions, two TDs and no INTs.  I get the impression it would Kill some people to admit that the guy's progressing and is in fact a good NFL QB.  He exercises ball security- job #1.  He manages the game- supposedly a good trait for anybody but Tebow.  He wins.  He inspires his teammates.  He has excellent leadership- intangibles.  He continues to work harder than any player on the team- all the things people say they want in a QB, but for some people, he isn't the long- term solution.  Careful, the bigotry is beginning to show through all the flatulence. 

Since: Nov 21, 2011
Posted on: December 7, 2011 9:10 pm

Tracking Tebow, Week 13: The Tebolution continues

The thing is that we are looking at the FOOTBALL point of view on this not the whos the better person point of view. My question is to you is was Big Ben charged of RAPE? I dont think so so when u go throwing around crap comments that shows how ignorant you are about football! Tebow is garbage as a NFL QB and thats it! He is on a roll of luck and yes maybe GOD has been on his side but dont trash a good NFL QB and stick up for a good guy and garbage NFL QB!!!!!!

Since: Nov 2, 2007
Posted on: December 7, 2011 6:02 pm

Tracking Tebow, Week 13: The Tebolution continues

I'm surprised that none of the "experts" hasn't broken this down yet but let me do it for you.  Tim Tebow is a young quarterback.  Teams proetect young QB's if they can with conservative play calling.  I didn't see anyone trashing Rothlesberger, Sanchez or Flacco when their teams were making the playoffs inspite of them.  Those QB's got credit for winning games although their running games and defenses were carrying the load.  Tebow has had a low completion percentage but Denver has not thrown alot of screens or short passes.  They run the ball and throw the ball down field for large chunks of yardage.  Most QB's in the NFL don't throw many passes beyond 7 yds downfield throughout a game.  Tebow's completion percentage will improve once they start doing that more which will be this week.  10 completions for 202 yards =20 yds per completion.  Not much of that going around in today's NFL.  Tebow is different for sure but he deserves the same chance that every other young QB gets.  Let's see how he progresses over time.

Since: Jun 30, 2011
Posted on: December 7, 2011 5:37 pm

Tracking Tebow, Week 13: The Tebolution continues

I dont really understand the hate for Tim Tebow the person or player. Obvious exception would be if he knocks someones team off to get in the playoffs. But just as a person and loving god.... Thats ridiculous there could be alot worse people for kids to look up to. Tim Tebow the player is even starting to win over some of the Trent Dilfer's of the world.

Since: Sep 26, 2006
Posted on: December 7, 2011 4:16 pm

Tracking Tebow, Week 13: The Tebolution continues

He's not a good QB or a long term solution. I think that, by next year, the strategists will figure a way to neutralize the read-option version of the spread offense.

But I'm starting him in every game of the fantasy team on which I was lucky enough to win the waivers claim for him.

Since: Dec 4, 2010
Posted on: December 7, 2011 9:28 am

Tracking Tebow, Week 13: The Tebolution continues

Beat the Ravens..then you can call somebody a goofball and chastise for beating up on subpar opponents. PS  Did Ward finish his driving intervention program?  Happy to see that your QB isn't clubbing anymore? 

Since: Dec 9, 2006
Posted on: December 7, 2011 8:58 am

Tracking Tebow, Week 13: The Tebolution continues

Why not root for a fellow Christian.  He's a great kid and a winner.

We'll keep rooting for our favorite Christain (Tebow) and you keep rooting for your rapist/thug Rothlesberger. 

Big Ben the Rapist (I'll get married to cover my tracks) vs. Tim (I'm building a mission for poor Phillipino children in the off season) Tebow.

Give me Tebow and you keep your thug.

(I do think Tomlim is the best coac in the NFL though)-just don't know how he deals with Big Ben!!!!

Since: Oct 11, 2006
Posted on: December 7, 2011 5:56 am

Tracking Tebow, Week 13: The Tebolution continues

Actually SP, Tebow has a quarterback rating in the high 80s ahead of Cam Newton, Kyle Orton, and every other quarterback in the AFC West.  He does have a completion rate slightly below 50%, but he's getting better.  But here's the big statistics 6-1 with only 1 interception.  

Tebow is a winner 

Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: December 7, 2011 1:20 am

Tracking Tebow, Week 13: The Tebolution continues

Enough of the Christian bashing (i'm not one by the way) Tebow is just a good kid, and if he were praising Allah, or Buddah, or anyone but Jesus he wouldn't be getting one tenth of the criticism (by the liberal ESPN media) he is now. Let's just sit back and enjoy watching one of the good guys prove the leftist (ESPN), bitter media wrong ! 

Since: Sep 18, 2007
Posted on: December 6, 2011 10:20 pm

Tracking Tebow, Week 13: The Tebolution continues

Seems people are REALLY desperate to rip this guy every chance they get...

What does he do that is so wrong??? Does he turn the ball over? No. Does he single handidly LOSE games for Denver? No. Is he a loud mouth blowhard? No. Does he win? Yes.

Bottom line is that he isn't losing games for the Broncos. He manages the game and makes plays that need to be made to put the team in position to win. Isn't that what every coach wants a young 1st or 2nd year QB to do, manage the game and don't make mistakes? How many turnovers does Tebow have? How many does Vick have?

He's no Rodgers, Brady, or Brees but who cares??? I can't for the life of me understand what miffs people so much about this guy except for the fact that he is openly Christian. THAT is what I believe the real issue is here. If Tim Tebow wasn't religious and just went out there and played football, most would probably be cheering him on and be tuning in every week to see if he pulls it off. Instead they are reaching and grasping at everything they can to bash the man. Every week there is a new excuse as to how he had NOTHING to do with them winning. Huh, might as well put McGahee in at QB then huh?

I just get tired of the constant bashing of Tebow. In all likelyhood he will probably never make it in the NFL as a QB but as for now he is living his dream of being a starting QB in the NFL and he is WINNING on top of it all. I believe that most here would be living their dream to be a starting QB in the NFL even if we weren't the prettiest at it right? Give the man some credit and move on. You don't like the fact that he is a Christian, fine, but don't try and invent new ways to bash him simply because of that. It's pathetic.


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