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Champ Bailey: Tim Tebow 'still has lot to prove'

Posted on: January 19, 2012 10:15 am
 
T. Tebow and C. Bailey (US Presswire).

By Josh Katzowitz

One reason the run of Tim Tebow this year was so surprising was because, even though Tebow obviously has major flaws with his mechanics, that didn’t seem to matter to his teammates. The Broncos seemed to elevate their play late in games, and even veterans like cornerback Champ Bailey looked to Tebow as a team leader. Like Tebow’s belief in God, his teammates simply had faith in Tebow.

But now that the season over (after a Broncos playoff victory, nonetheless), at least one of Tebow’s teammates said he needs to see improvement in his quarterback.

“I think Tim has a lot to prove still,” Bailey said Wednesday on Jim Rome Is Burning (H/T to PFT). “He’s proven he can win some tough games. Now it’s just being consistent. One thing about him, he’s going to work at it. And I’m behind him 100 percent.”

That’s the thing. His teammates are supposedly behind him 100 percent, but before the playoff games vs. the Steelers and Patriots, they also supposedly were OK with the report that Tebow wouldn’t necessarily have a long leash with the coaching staff if those games weren’t going well. When Brady Quinn is the backup, that doesn’t speak well of the confidence the coaching staff ultimately had in Tebow.

Even when John Elway says the following: "Tim has earned the right to be the starting quarterback going into training camp next year,” you still have to wonder if the Broncos front office and coach John Fox truly believe that.

One aspect of his game that Tebow must improve -- at least in Bailey’s eyes -- is his arm strength and accuracy. Plus, you know, his ability to stay in the pocket and be effective.

“I think at some point he’ll have to be if he wants to play a long time,” Bailey said. “That’s one area he’s going to have to improve to be elite in this league. But the things he does running the ball -- he can make some throws, it’s just being comfortable doing it. He’s got to get better at it, and when he does, the sky’s the limit for him.”

Even so, the Broncos almost have to bring in a veteran quarterback to compete with Tebow for the starting quarterback spot. But if you look at this list of potential free agent quarterbacks put together by CBSSports.com’s Ryan Wilson, Tebow might be the best bet after all. As long as his teammates continue to believe.

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Since: Jan 15, 2008
Posted on: January 20, 2012 10:59 am
 

Champ Bailey: Tim Tebow 'still has lot to prove'

hey wiscgator
I know because I have been following the game for 50 years and have seen similar player like Jack Concannon and Bobby Douglas come along fail. I am also not a media brainwashed moron who actually believes what he watches and is not influenced by the the media's ramblings. 



Since: Jul 4, 2011
Posted on: January 20, 2012 10:41 am
 

Champ Bailey: Tim Tebow 'still has lot to prove'

It is also intresting to note Tebow got mangled in his last game.  The amount of hits he absorbs will knock him out in a full NFL season.   He played awesome against the steelers, but four of his last five games were awful.



Since: Jul 4, 2011
Posted on: January 20, 2012 10:31 am
 

Champ Bailey: Tim Tebow 'still has lot to prove'

Contrary to everyone's beliefs, last season was Tebow's 2nd year in the NFL.  HE IS NOT A ROOKIE!



Since: Sep 14, 2010
Posted on: January 20, 2012 3:38 am
 

Did That Come From A Chokesome Loser In Orange

You need to worry about your tiggers that had 70 hung on them by WHO, was that WV. If you didn't have that loser orange paw below your name people might listen to you. Name one cb that came out of the hills in south carolina that was all pro as many years as Champ Bailey has. Yes you had one that played with the Bears but he couldn't carry Champ's jock strap. Champ is still one of the top corners in the NFL. You are pissed because Champ is a Bulldog not a tigger. So shut your pie hole and worry about your tiggers.



Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: January 20, 2012 2:39 am
 

Champ Bailey: Tim Tebow 'still has lot to prove'

Chump Bailey is talking smack about Tebow because Bailey is jealous and envious that a second year player has garnered the cult following that superstars can only hope for. Chump Bailey should keep his mouth shut and concentrate on his "D" game . Last I checked he was a major reason why the Broncos got run over by the Patriots. Yes, Brady is great and all that jazz...but the Broncos inept defense would make Matt Leinart, Vince Young or myself look like a Hall of Fame passer. Come on guys.....quit yapping and play like a team. Good things happen when teammates work together toward a common goal instead of worrying who has so many twitter followers. It's impressive that Tebow has over 2 million twitter followers and Chump Bailey has how many? What? He has even less than Mendenhall of the Steelers....that unpatriotic loser! Dude..Chump Bailey...you got pawned into oblivion!



Since: Jan 19, 2012
Posted on: January 19, 2012 10:04 pm
 

Champ Bailey: Tim Tebow 'still has lot to prove'

every player needs to improve themselves but bailey dosent need to as much as tebow, and bailey got beat on about one or 2 passes welker only had 55 yards and bailey wasnt on him during the touchdown or his 5 throws to him




Since: Aug 6, 2008
Posted on: January 19, 2012 9:56 pm
 

Champ Bailey: Tim Tebow 'still has lot to prove'

He's a rookie; it's raw and undeveloped talent, at the NFL level.  He knows how to win.  I am not religious so I do not believe in the "Divine Guidance", but I do think that his deep beliefs can instill in him confidence and drive to get the job done.  Will he be a great QB, well, only time will tell.  I think he will be decent and perhaps be a fair coach at some point.... or maybe an ESPN analyst!



Since: May 11, 2007
Posted on: January 19, 2012 9:46 pm
 

Champ Bailey: Tim Tebow 'still has lot to prove'

How can you say that he didn't improve at all and that he never will improve if he is just now going into his first offseason as a pro? Never before has he had a chance to display his work ethic, drive, and desire to improve so much as he will from now until week 1 of next season. As shown by analysis of his technique and throwing motion by ESPN and other sports providers, he has actually made leaps and bounds from where he was at the NFL combine. Granted, he does tend to go back to old habits when it comes to be crunch time in game situations. Now, I am no Tebow-mania lover. I'm a Broncos fan that wants to see him succeed solely because he is the quarterback of my favorite NFL team. And with that unbiased opinion, I can say that while he will never be your prototypical NFL quarterback, he does have the potential to be a very successful player in this league. The point is that this kid is one of the hardest working individuals in the NFL, and is going to do everything in his power to become the best QB he can be this offseason. And who knows? Maybe he'll take the NFL by storm.



Since: Jan 9, 2012
Posted on: January 19, 2012 9:00 pm
 

Champ Bailey: Tim Tebow 'still has lot to prove'

Bailey needs to improve himself , wes welker kept beating him like a rented mule last saturday ..



Since: Jul 18, 2008
Posted on: January 19, 2012 8:26 pm
 

Champ Bailey: Tim Tebow 'still has lot to prove'

Hey Hatman I hear that kind of garbage all the time...I'm glad you have the power to look into the future, so why dont you tells the winning lottery numbers for Saturdays drawing...you loser



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