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Denver GM: Tebow needs to improve on 'everything'

Posted on: January 31, 2012 3:43 pm
 
Tebow will spend the next six months working on, well, everything. (Getty Images)

By Ryan Wilson

Tim Tebow was the story heading into training camp last summer, he was the story for 20 weeks during the season, and he'll continue to be the story this offseason. On Monday, John Elway, the Broncos executive vice president of football operations, said the team "will be in the market to find more quarterbacks" in the coming months.

This wasn't so much an indictment of Tebow's 2011 season, more the realization that the Broncos need to add depth at the position. Kyle Orton was jettisoned during the season and Brady Quinn is set to be a free agent in a few weeks. While Tebow still remains atop Denver's depth chart heading into training camp, he has plenty to improve on. And when we say plenty, we really mean everything. Broncos general manager Brian Xanders provided specifics.

"It's the precision on the passing, it's the accuracy, the footwork, the mechanics, the rhythm, the timing, the quickness, the release. Everything," Xanders told the Denver Post's Mark Kiszla. "And he wants to work at it. And he's dedicated. He's going to work really hard at improving those things. Our coaches, Mike McCoy and Adam Gase, and hopefully even John Elway are going to help him improve throughout the offseason. And he knows he has a lot of work to do. We're excited about him improving in those areas."

And that improvement, ultimately, will decide Tebow's fate. This isn't a revelation, but it does explain why Elway would only commit to him as the starter "heading into training camp." As Kizla writes, however, there's another reason to make Tebow compete for the starting job: he plays better when he's challenged.

But raw athleticism will only get him so far. For Tebow to have sustained success he'll have to -- wait for it -- become a much better passer. Or, in Xanders' words, improve on everything.

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Comments

Since: Nov 24, 2010
Posted on: February 3, 2012 6:46 am
 

Denver GM: Tebow needs to improve on 'everything'

You can't campare that. Eki has a much better. team. also they call better plays. the Broncos don't turn him lose like they should. And look at his receivers VS G-Men. Yea right.Tebow has gus that dont even look like ther trying to get open at times. Eli has probably as a a group of recievers the 3 best around.



Since: Dec 7, 2011
Posted on: February 2, 2012 1:03 am
 

Denver GM: Tebow needs to improve on 'everything'

now we will see if tebow's vaunted work ethic is really true. he has a lot of distractionss off the field. hehe he is very lucky to have the chance hehas. a lot of qb that that had the chance hehad  to start and then showed such glaring lack of skill in passing would have been let go.  believe they will give him every chance.



Since: Oct 3, 2006
Posted on: February 2, 2012 12:55 am
 

Denver GM: Tebow needs to improve on 'everything'

fair enough suntitan...I wish him no ill (except whenever he plays Miami) I just think his hype has been a little overdone and understand how that is offputting to some neutral fans.

for what it's worth I meant he could end up like Leaf just in terms of NFL success, not personall demeanor, and I do still think his NFL fate is up in the air quite a bit (plenty of guys who won everything in HS/College went on to toil in relative (team) mediocrity in the Pros.  Going 8-8 and winning easily the weakest division in the league this year does not make him a bonafide NFL winner)



Since: Nov 24, 2010
Posted on: February 1, 2012 10:16 pm
 

Denver GM: Tebow needs to improve on 'everything'

I think it is commentary like this that works the hatters into the frenzy they are in.

You toataly miscontrue what I said. Im not saying that 99% of the  playersdon't work there but's off. And some guys that don't even make practice squads aslo. But I am talking about not only what analyst and players have said. But also watching the Tebow special where they show what and how he trains everyday from classroom to at the end of a 14 hr day was pulling a pick up truck back home to get stronger. And yes he has been a winner everywhere he has gone so far to include this year. Give Tim Tebow some great players to throw too. And he will prove all the critics wrong. If not then they were right. But he is no Ryan Leaf. Ryan Leaf had no work ethic. And eventually that will catch up with if not in college, definitely in the pro's.Tim Tebow, he would go play any position because he loves the GAME. Watch the special on Tim Tebow the will rerun it just as they have on a lot of QB's and see for yourself. Just like Jerry Rice, have you ever seen his workouts? In his day nobody trained like he did either. But thats not saying other guys didn't work there BUT'S off.



Since: Jun 26, 2007
Posted on: February 1, 2012 10:16 pm
 

Denver GM: Tebow needs to improve on 'everything'

This is news?  Obviously mediocre at best.  Will never be a Brady, Breese, or a Rodgers.  The problem lies between his ears.  Good guy though.



Since: Oct 3, 2006
Posted on: February 1, 2012 9:14 pm
 

Denver GM: Tebow needs to improve on 'everything'

Tim Tebow is without a dought a winner and probably the hardest working player in the NFL.
I think it is commentary like this that works the hatters into the frenzy they are in.

as baffled as Tebow supporters are by the hate, I think it is fair to say most of it is reactionary backlash to high praise he gets that they feel he has not earned.  His supporters respond to criticisms of him by saying things like "wait and see" "give him time" etc, well the door swings both ways  Dont tell me he is without a doubt a winner when he's played marginally better than 0.500 football, on a fairly kind schedule, for 3 quarters of a season.  It is true he could go on to greater fame and fortune and retire with multiple rings or at least regular playoff appearances...but he could just as easily flash in the pan and vanish very quickly into obscurity.  or in the extreme case, he could go full Ryan Leaf and we've already seen his peak (I don't expect that but I'm just saying, nothing about his NFL future comes "without a doubt")

and then the unecessary fluff like the "hardest working player in the NFL."  What does that even mean?...he is out there busting his butt trying to make his mark? Ok and he is really the only one doing that?  Every other young player or declining veteran is just resting on their laurels and hoping for a gift from the roster spot fairy?
Also, as nice as it sounds from a work ethic standpoint it doesn't translate into being a worthwhile, NFL level talent..The truly hardest working player in the NFL is probably some practice squad lineman who loves football and would do anything to make a team and puts in overtime trying to improve technique, study film or whatever...but he is still goign to end up on the practice squad.
Likewise if an established star does take it for granted a tad, lets say as a random for instance Troy Polamalu is only the 1743rd hardest  working player in the league...he is still better than 90% of the harder working safeties he is competing against.




Since: Nov 24, 2010
Posted on: February 1, 2012 8:19 pm
 

Denver GM: Tebow needs to improve on 'everything'

Tim Tebow is without a dought a winner and probably the hardest working player in the NFL. But as we know most QB need 3 years to learn how to be a Pro QB. Now thats without changing ther style. He has thrown the ball one way since he learned how to throw. Now you ask him to learn a whole new way of throwing the ball. And the fact he had no offseason to train. I think he did pretty good. Also they should have turned him loose and called better plays. Not to mention get him some talant on offense Im a Brady fan. But even TB or any of the Great QB's wouldn't have done much better with that offensive team. Some because of lack of mobility might not have done as well. Give him the oppotunity (TIME) and I think he will win some SB.



Since: Dec 14, 2011
Posted on: February 1, 2012 7:46 pm
 

Denver GM: Tebow needs to improve on 'everything'

This whole hating thing on Tebow is mind blowing! He is not a "polished" QB as he is very young and lacks experience and offseason training. Remember he did not get an offseason his rookie year as he worked out a rookie contract, nor did he last year because of the lockout. QB's usually do not really get "it" until the 3rd year. He is behind where he should be, but please remember that the system he played at in Florida was not a pro style offense. He is a smart kid and he does what it takes to win. You would be hard pressed to find more of a team player, nor a player that works harder than him at his craft. Give the kid a chance and if he fails, then he fails. BUT I would not bet against him! He took a 1 - 4 team that lacked a leader and made them believe that they could win and made the playoffs. AND in the playoffs they beat a Steelers team that boasted a great defense. Sure, the Steelers were beat up, but so was Denver, they were without their defensive leader in Dawkins, their best offensive lineman, and 3/4 of the game without their best wideout.



Since: Oct 3, 2006
Posted on: February 1, 2012 7:11 pm
 

Denver GM: Tebow needs to improve on 'everything'

Ok I'm not about to defend John Faux in general but I don't see how Tebow is his fault since he wasn't even there yet when Tim was drafted...
Orton was not being effective early in 2011 so they decided to kick the tires with Tebow and see exactly what they had.  For better or worse his pseudo passer style of QBing led to (or "allowed" if you want to rag on him) some wins so Denver management was painted into a corner a bit.  They weren't winning before anyway and really didn't have a goto option beside him so how can they be faulted for trying to make lemonade out of their big lemon, even if his ability to sustain long term success was/is dubious at best?

IMO over the ups and downs of this season for them, you saw the 8-8 at best result for Denver teams going forward both with Faux on the sideline and with Tebow at the helm, particularly in the drastically different results in their 2 playoff games.  In the first game, either by arrogance or necessity of being shorthanded on defense  Pittsburgh dared Tebow to beat them in the air, and he responded with easily the best pasing effort of his young career (which is a bit sad considering he only had 10 completions)
but then in the pats game you saw one of the worst defenses in the league come out and easily dominate the Denver offense and make Tebow look...like a rookie.
The logical conclusion (not the subjective outcry of Tebow haters but, of countless neutral fans and now the Denver management who we can assume would want Denver to do well and who does have some experience evaluating NFL talent professionally) is that he is a green player with some raw talents and that while  completely discounting him can be fatal, if you scheme effectively against him, you can destroy him even with sub par personnel, thus he is very raw and needs a lot of work if he is going to be successful in this league.



Since: Mar 10, 2008
Posted on: February 1, 2012 6:43 pm
 

Denver GM: Tebow needs to improve on 'everything'

Wow what a news flash?? Improve on everything. This was basicly his rookie season and  for the most part he improved game to game.  Yes he needs to improve but everyone including him knows it. And 1 improvment would be getting protection and some recievers that could actualy get open and catch the ball. Brady would have won maybe 2 more games than they did wit the team they had lastyear.  The defense on the Broncos actualy  is a defense now so its the o's turn to comearound and not just Tebow.


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