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Posted on: November 18, 2011 5:00 pm
 

Tracking Tebow, Week 11: Now do you believe?

We're Tracking Tebow … because it's impossible not to watch. 

Posted by Ryan Wilson

Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin has a saying: Style points don't matter. The Broncos should patent the phrase, or at the very least, make it a part of their 2011 marketing strategy: "The Denver Broncos: Where Style Points Don't Matter … but Winning Does."

Of course, Tim Tebow doesn't need much help selling this team to the locals -- and now the rest of the nation. Not after his latest comeback performance, one that included a "Yep, we're running and you can't stop us" game plan against Rex Ryan, the guy who literally wrote the book on defending the read-option.

Artist rendering of the Broncos' new helmet.
You know how announcers will sometimes say "(Typical NFL quarterback) has a clock in his head and he knows the ball has to be out of his hands after 2.5 seconds"? Tebow has no such clock (and no pocket awareness to speak of). Instead, his alarm sounds after 55 minutes of horrific football, signifying that now it matters, now it's time to play.

It happened in Tebow's first start of the season, Week 7 in Miami; he couldn't have looked worse through three quarters and two-thirds of another. And then, as if somebody flipped the switch on the electric football game, Tebow made plays with his arm and his feet (mostly his feet), and he had the ball in his hands for the decisive score.

Which was pretty much the script to the sequal we saw Thursday night against the Jets. Tebow drove the Broncos 95 yards with just over five minutes on the clock, and he scored on a 20-yard quarterback keeper that everybody knew was coming but no one could stop.

Like the Dolphins game, a solid Jets defensive effort was wasted on one ill-timed lapse that resulted in a Tebow score.

With 1:06 on the clock, the Jets leading 13-10, and the Broncos facing a 3rd and 4 from the New York 20, Tebow lined up in the shotgun. The Jets brought eight men to the line of scrimmage because there was no way Tebow would throw the ball. Too many things could go wrong. Plus, if the Jets stopped him, Denver could kick a field goal, tie the score, and take it to overtime.

Jets safety Eric Smith was on the line of scrimmage, lined up to the outside of the tight end on the right side of the formation (Tebow's left). His job was to keep Tebow from getting outside the pocket, instead forcing him into the middle of the field where, in theory, other Jets defenders would be waiting to make the tackle. Smith didn't do his job, he lost contain, Tebow beat him to the corner, and 20 yards later, that was that. Ball game.

The dotted lines are what should've happened -- Smith contains Tebow, forcing him inside. The solid lines are what actually happened: Smith took a horrible angle, Tebow scored (you can see a video of the play below).

“When you look at it, it’s a tough thing on him,” Jets head coach Ryan said during the post-game presser when asked about Smith’s angle. “I’ll just say this, it’s a tough assignment. There is no question. Quite honestly, I’ll take Eric Smith every day of the week. He’s a tremendous player. Could we have said, ‘Hey, [have] him be wider? Should the end be wider? Everybody be wider.’ Maybe you could’ve, but you have to give Tebow credit. He made the play. I will say this, Eric sold out. Eric laid it on the line for us and we came up a little empty. [He] made a diving stab at him, but he never quite got him on the ground. Again, when you look at it, I think it’s easy to obviously second-guess, but we need to start looking forward, instead of behind us.”

Broncos cornerback Champ Bailey had a different take.

"When I saw that all-out blitz, I was like, 'That is so stupid,' " he said. "They hadn't really done that all day. Once he broke the contain, that's a wrap."

Last week, Tebow was 2 for 8 and the Broncos ran the ball 55 times (mostly featuring the read-option), and beat the Chiefs. Thursday, by our unofficial count, the Broncos ran conventional running plays 15 times and went with some form of the option (both run and pass) 22 times. Tebow finished the evening 9 for 20 for 104 yards, and added 68 yards on the ground on eight carries.

Before The (New) Drive, the Jets defense held Tebow to 6 of 15 passing for 69 yards, and two carries for 11 more over 11 drives. Those 11 drives resulted in eight punts, a turnover on downs, a fumble and a field goal. And then the alarm sounded…


Lost amid all the post-game revelry and Tebowing is something we pointed out on Friday's Pick-6 Podcast (see podcast player above): the real MVP of the game was rookie linebacker Von Miller. He harassed Mark Sanchez from start to finish, and if not for the play of the Broncos' defense, Tebow never would've been in position score the winning touchdown.

But they did and he was. And now the Broncos are 5-5.

Denver has as legit shot to win the AFC West because it's a weak division, but also because through Tebow, all things are possible.

No, it ain't pretty, but style points don't matter, remember? 


                                                   Play by Play



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



Added bonus: a handy bar graph showing us what our eyes tell us every week. As pass attempts go down, QB rating -- and more importantly -- rushing attempts go up. And the Broncos win.



                                                        Quotes



“He did it. Tim Tebow did it. He shocked me, he probably shocked a lot of people, but he did it. We played them well through the whole game, until that last play. We played them well. Tim Tebow's legs took them to victory, ran them to victory." - Jets CB Darrelle Revis.

"Everybody looks at him from the outside. They don't see what he has on the inside. Yeah, he might not be the greatest passer. But give him a chance at the end? I've never seen anything like it." - Broncos CB Champ Bailey

"It's a lot easier to believe when you see results. That's the biggest (win) I've been a part of. At 1-4, it was very gloomy. Now, our confidence is huge." - Broncos CB Andre Goodman

Some props for Miller:

“As far as (Jets right tackle) Wayne Hunter was concerned, he was going up against an outstanding football player. Von Miller, I think, will be a Pro Bowl player this year. If not this year, he’ll be one next year. And that’s going to be tough on anybody. I thought Wayne, for the most part, did a nice job on him, but he did get Wayne a couple of times. There’s no question about that. [Miller’s] just an outstanding player and those things happen. It’s unfortunate, but Wayne might block him for 90 percent of the time, but the 10 percent that the guy got the better of Wayne are the ones that everybody is going to be focused on.” - Jets head coach Rex Ryan

Speaking of Miller…

"Tebow magic. I believe in it. I feel so happy that he's having the success that he's having. I'm glad he's able to shut up his critics. It seems like everybody wants to bash him. They don't take into account his will." - Broncos LB Von Miller


                                                   Audio-Visual



Here are the moving-pictures of that final, fateful Broncos drive:


Stop. Tebow Time.

John Elway, like everybody else on the planet, doesn't know what to make of Tebow:


Elway and Tebow: two styles, same result (layin' it on a bit thick, we know).

Tebow on brushing off his doubters (of which there are many, though their numbers are dwindling):


Tim Tebow led another fourth-quarter comeback drive ending with a 20-yard touchdown run in the final minute, to lift the Broncos over the Jets 17-13 on Thursday night. Tebow had a few choice words for his critics.

A despondent Rex Ryan talks after the Thursday night loss:


The Jets may need to win out to have a chance at the playoffs.


                                                   Eye on Tebow




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Posted on: November 15, 2011 9:30 am
Edited on: November 15, 2011 9:32 am
 

Tracking Tebow, Week 10: Just win, Timmy

We're Tracking Tebow … because it's impossible not to watch. 

Posted by Ryan Wilson

We'll sometimes joke about a particularly appalling quarterback performance setting offenses back a 100 years (it usually happens anytime Rex Grossman plays). But the Broncos' Sunday gameplan for Tim Tebow, the glorified running back who occasionally is asked to throw the ball, was right out of Fred Flinstone's high school playbook.

Of Denver's 64 offensive snaps, Tebow threw the ball eight times. He completed two passes, and ended the day with 69 passing yards. A week after Denver unveiled the read-option against a flummoxed Raiders defense, they followed the same strategy against the Chiefs. The difference: Kansas City didn't seem surprised that Tebow would, you know, run the ball. In fact, defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel prepared his players well for it; the read-option didn't yield much in the running game. It was the conventional hand-off-to-the-running-backs play-calling that caused Kansas City all sorts of problems.

Recapping Week 10

Not counting Tebow's nine rushes for 43 yards, Denver averaged 4.3 yards per carry with Willis McGahee and Knowshon Moreno early (they left with injuries in the first half) and Lance Ball late. And this includes the final two series of the game -- all Ball runs -- as the Broncos ran out the clock.

As for the historical significance of what happened Sunday, consider this (via ESPN): the Broncos had never won a game with two or fewer completions, and no NFL team in the last quarter-century had accomplished that other than in a Week 5 2009 win for the Browns, when Derek Anderson went 2 of 17 against the somehow-more-hapless Bills.

In that game, Cleveland ran the ball 50 times and squeaked out a 6-3 victory. For an idea of just how bad it was, Captain Checkdown Trent Edwards was the most prolific passer on the day, going 16 of 31 for 152 yards.

The Broncos, meanwhile, are 4-5 and just one game back of the division-leading Raiders. The question going forward, of course, is can Denver win with the "run, run, then run some more" game plans.


Against the Chiefs, Tebow's passing opportunities were limited. He didn't attempt a throw in the first half, maxed out with five attempts in the second quarter, added two more in the third and was 1 for 1 with a 56-yard touchdown pass in the final quarter. His misses weren't nearly as off the mark as they have been in recent weeks. Two early deep throws should've been caught, another was woefully underthrown, and his running back dropped a short pass in the second half. Tebow's worst throw of the afternoon was on 3rd and 4, when the ball traveled approximately 2.5 yards in the air before short-hopping his intended target. In that sense, Tebow improved, though probably not nearly enough to be considered anything other than a fullback with a pretty good arm.

But, hey, style points don't matter. And Tebow is 3-1. It's hard to believe, yes, but it's the truth. Welcome to the AFC West, everybody!


                                                   Play by Play



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




                                                        Quotes



"After a while, you come to the realization that Ernie Els' golf swing is different than Lee Trevino's, but it's what they're comfortable with, they both work, and they both win.'' - Broncos head coach John Fox

"I thought they had a terrific plan, and it just took us too long to figure out how to get the run stopped, whoever was running it, whether it was the quarterback or the backs or the receivers," - Chiefs coach Todd Haley (By the way: this is why Haley will probably be looking for work in January)

"If you don't have to throw it as much, I guess you're probably winning, but eight times? Never heard of that." - Broncos CB Champ Bailey on Tebow's 2-for-8 afternoon. When asked the last time he played in a game in which his team passed the ball eight times, Bailey said "never."

“This is very frustrating because you’re in a good position. Leading up into the game, you’ve got a good scheme against a guy like Tebow. There’s no one to blame. It’s just us as a unit. We didn’t pull it through. … They just outexecuted us. That’s all that happened. Can’t say they wanted it more. I mean, I don’t know what happened, man.” - Chiefs CB Javier Arenas

"At this rate, I would say yes. Now, who knows? But he's running the offense well, and he's not turning it over.'' - Fox responding to SI's Peter King on if Tebow as the starter for the rest of the season.


                                                   Audio-Visual



Here are the moving-pictures recap of the Broncos' win over the Chiefs:


Tim Tebow hit Eric Decker on a 56-yard touchdown pass, one of his only two completions in the game, helping the Denver Broncos to a 17-10 win over the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday. CBS Sports' Bill Macatee and Steve Tasker have the recap.

Here's a rare glimpse of the Broncos' aerial assault. Rarer still, a Tebow completion:


Because you can't stop him, you can only hope to contain him.


                                                   Eye on Tebow



Tebow (15) gets past Kansas City Chiefs defensive end Glenn Dorsey (72) to score a touchdown during the first half of an NFL football game on Sunday, Nov. 13, 2011, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

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Posted on: November 8, 2011 9:30 am
Edited on: November 8, 2011 9:37 am
 

Tracking Tebow, Week 9: the run-option lives!

We're Tracking Tebow … because it's impossible not to watch. 

Posted by Ryan Wilson

Tim Tebow is 2-1 as a starter this season. After watching his performance against the Lions last week it's, well, a miracle. But faith is a big part of Tebow's life. So when absolutely no one -- including his coach -- believed he was anything more than a glorified fullback, Tebow came out against the Raiders … and looked a lot like a fullback.

The former Heisman winner rushed for 118 yards on 12 carries. He also had two legitimate "Hey, look at me I'm an NFL QB!" touchdown throws, but finished just 10 of 21 for 124 yards. It was more than enough against the Raiders, an outfit that committed a season's worth of stupid penalties in an afternoon, and seemed genuinely perplexed to learn that Tebow was a threat to run.

Tebow > Tebow meme

Whatever, it's a win, which have been hard to come by in Denver the last two seasons. Never mind that there are still serious questions about Tebow's long-term viability. On Sunday, he outplayed the Raiders' savior, Carson Palmer, who still looks like a guy fresh out off a nine-month break from football.

For all the criticism heaped on head coach John Fox in recent weeks, give the man credit for tailoring the Broncos' offense around Tebow's strengths. In watching every one of Tebow's snaps this season (preseason too!) a couple things quickly stand out: He struggles to throw accurately on the run (the irony isn't lost on us), and he's at his best on screen passes and short throws. (Yes, we realize this is a scouting report you might expect to read on a junior high school player.)

Against the Raiders the game plan was pretty simple: run Willis McGahee a lot, draw up some designed runs for Tebow (specifically: the Broncos' new-fangled, pro-style run-option scheme to go along with the old standards: Tebow draws and sneaks), give him some easy short throws, and take the occasional shot down the field. Denver didn't abandon the plan, even though they trailed by 10 points in the third quarter. Instead, they continued to lean on the running game and that, dumb Raiders' penalties, and a huge Eddie Royal touchdown return resulted in a blowout.


There's no question that Tebow played much better this week than last, and a lot of that had to do with what the coaches asked him to do (or more accurately: what they didn't ask him to do).

Can he keep it going?

Our eyes and brain tell us no … but this is the AFC West where mediocrity is rampant and every team is a playoff contender. The Broncos head to Kansas City next and the Chiefs are fresh off quite possibly the most embarrassing loss of the season, a 31-3 thumping at the hands of the previously 0-7 Dolphins.

So, yeah, anything can happen.


                                                   Play by Play



(Note: You can view the play-by-play breakdown spreadsheet here)




                                                        Quotes



"It's a tribute to our coaches. We've definitely made adjustments. We've been in the process of adjusting for the last three weeks. It's a different style, but it can be effective." - Broncos head coach John Fox

"I think it was college." - Raiders quarterback Carson Palmer on the last time he saw a read-option running attack, referring to Tebow and the Broncos' rushing attack which racked up 281 yards on the ground.

"Honestly, I put that pressure on myself more than anybody else. To try to improve and ultimately get a victory no matter how it looks. That was a special one." - Tim Tebow

"I'm shocked. Ain't no way I thought that team could put 38 points on us with that quarterback. This hurt more than Buffalo." - Raiders defensive tackle Tommy Kelly


                                                   Audio-Visual



Here are the moving-pictures recap of the Broncos' comeback win:


Willis McGahee ran for 163 yards and Tim Tebow threw two touchdown passes to lead the Denver Broncos to a 38-24 victory over the Oakland Raiders on Sunday. CBS Sports' Greg Gumble and Dan Dierdorf have the recap.

Two week ago Tebowing was cute (Tim was for it!), then it was sad ... and now it's cute again:


We've fully prepared ourselves for the inevitable "How the Run-Option Saved My Career" Tebow autobiography.


                                                   Eye on Tebow



Tebow limbers up for some run-option magic (Getty Images)

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Posted on: October 31, 2011 2:32 pm
Edited on: November 1, 2011 2:37 pm
 

Tracking Tebow, Week 8: The train has derailed



Posted by Ryan Wilson

When we started Tracking Tebow back in August, we'd figure it would be something to pass the time during the preseason, before Tim Tebow took his place on the bench next to BradyQuinn and behind Kyle Orton. We made this leap based on head coach John Fox saying that Orton was his starter and Tebow wasn't ready.

Five weeks later and everything changed. Actually, all that seemed to change is that Fox caved to public pressure to give Tebow a shot. Admittedly, Orton had been awful, and Denver had nothing to lose by throwing Tebow out there, but it still made Fox look indecisive and out of sorts, not exactly attributes you want in a coach, much less one in his first year in the job.

Tebowing

But there's also this: Fox inherited this roster from Josh McDaniels, who so mismanaged the Broncos' personnel situation that it could set them back for years. Of all McDaniels' decisions, the worst may have been shipping Jay Cutler to Chicago for Orton and picks, and then trading up in the 2010 draft to take Tebow (honorable mention: trading Peyton Hillis for Brady Quinn). Fox has three quarterbacks on the roster, none that he likes, and with the season already lost, he's going to see what he's got (though we suspect he already knows).

Clearly, Orton has shown that he can be a competent NFL quarterback, but his contract is up after season. After he stumbled through the first month of the season, Fox gave Tebow an opportunity on the off chance that Tebow might redefine what it means to win ugly. The finishes against the Chargers and the Dolphins only exacerbated Tebow Mania. But against the Lions Sunday, Tebow, as the Denver Post described him afterward, looked like "the worst quarterback" in the league. That may not be what you want to hear if you're the Broncos ... but it's not far from the truth, either.

Does Tebow deserve all the criticism coming his way? No, of course not. Just like he didn't deserve the over-the-top praise he got after the Dolphins' win. But here's the thing: like it or not, he's the face of the Broncos, at least for now. Part of the deal when you become an NFL starting quarterback is that the media scrutiny can be intense. The payoff: do well, lead your team to the playoffs, and everybody loves you. The downside: pretty much what Tebow is going through now.


We watched every snap Tebow took Sunday and while the opponents change, the results remain the same. Namely: Tebow continues to struggle with identifying coverages, going through his progressions, and getting the ball out of his hands on time. Couple that with average arm strength, poor mechanics and inaccuracy issues, and you get a lot of bad football. His line against Detroit: 18 of 39 for 172 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT, and 10 rushes for 63 yards. Denver lost, 45-10, and it was somehow more of a blowout than the final indicates.

In a week, we've gone from "Tebow: the Winner!" to "Tebow: What the What?!" Who knows how this story ends, but there will be plenty of time for that. For now, here's a play-by-play look at Tebow's performance against the Lions.


                                                   Play by Play



(Note: You can view the play-by-play breakdown spreadsheet here)




                                                        Quotes



“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?’” - Anonymous Lions defender to Yahoo.com's Michael Silver

"It's too early to say. I haven't even had a shower yet, let alone looked at that tape. But we'll look at it and make changes where we see they are needed. We've definitely got to get better." - Coach John Fox when asked if Tebow would remain Denver's starting QB

"I think there are a few things (Tebow) can get better (at). The majority you can't correct. We've documented his accuracy, his elongated motion. … And watching last week's tape, the thing that was most disturbing was his ability to not understand where the ball has to go. His (lack of) awareness is mind-boggling to me. … The accuracy, that's not going to change. When you have the pocket, and you have the ability to get rid of the football, but you're unaware of where the ball's going to go, that disturbs me more (than the other issues)." - ESPN analyst and Tebow critic, Merril Hoge

"I like Tebow but that was pathetic. That wasn't a resemblance of an NFL quarterback. It's not all on him -- no running game, no blocking, no nothing (but) Detroit's defense isn't that darn good to put up numbers like that. That was crazy." - NFL Network analyst Deion Sanders.


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Here's a sullen Tebow after the game:


The Detroit Lions (6-2) sacked Tim Tebow seven times and turned his two turnovers into touchdowns as they snapped a two-game skid with a 45-10 victory over the Denver Broncos.

A week ago Tebowing was cute (Tim was for it!). Now … not so much:


Tebow gets Tebow'ned by Lions LB Stephen Tulloch.


                                                   Action Shots



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Posted on: October 24, 2011 1:45 pm
Edited on: November 1, 2011 2:40 pm
 

Tracking Tebow, Week 7: You can't stop destiny



Posted by Ryan Wilson

The Power of Tebow compels you, indeed. Tim Tebow made his first start of the 2011 season and for 55 minutes he was not just the worst quarterback on the field, but one of the worst players. That's saying something because Denver and Miami had one win between them.

And then something happened. He found inspiration from his teammates, divine intervention from above, or maybe he just realized he was playing the winless Dolphins, the same organization that saw fit to honor Tebow at halftime for his college accomplishments that took place 350 miles to the north.

Whatever the reason, Tebow led two scoring drives late in the fourth quarter to tie the game, the Broncos won it in overtime on a field goal, and at least for a week, he quieted the doubters that insist he's not an NFL quarterback. 


If not for the bumbling antics of a Miami team that is now 0-6, you could make the case that Tebow would have proven his critics right. Instead, he made a few timely throws, tied the game on a patented Tebow Sneak (somehow the Dolphins weren't aware that Tebow likes to run that play), and is 1-0 as Denver's starter this season.

Whatever your thoughts on Tebow's NFL prospects, one thing is certain: he's unconventional. Whether he can win that way over the long haul remains to be seen, but as Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin loves to say: Style points don't matter. 

Something else to keep in mind going forward: against a Dolphins defense that allowed Tom Brady to throw for 500 yards in Week 1, Tebow had 24 passing yards after three quarters. Twenty-four. He was also sacked seven times, mostly because he struggled to get the ball out on time, instead trying to make plays, time and again, with his legs.

But, hey, if we're willing to be patient with Colt McCoy, Blaine Gabbert, Christian Ponder and, hell, Kevin Kolb, we should extend the same courtesy to Tebow. Even if he doesn't fit our vision of what constitutes an NFL quarterback. Ultimately, his performance will determine his fate. Unless, of course, the Broncos keep winning. Then he can play like he did against the Dolphins.


                                                   Play by Play



Week 7: Miami Dolphins
Situation Down/Distance Result
Comment
1st quarter     (Note: you can see the entire play-by-play log here. Passing plays are noted in red.)
 1st series 1-10-DEN15 (12:44) W.McGahee right tackle to DEN 18 for 3 yards (Y.Bell).  
  2-7-DEN18 (12:11) (Shotgun) T.Tebow pass incomplete short left to D.Thomas (K.Dansby). Looks left, hesitates, allowing a pass-rusher to get in his face, throws off balance and was almost intercepted. 
  3-7-DEN18 (12:06) (Shotgun) T.Tebow left guard to DEN 23 for 5 yards (Y.Bell; K.Dansby). Patented Tebow option. This time he fakes the handoff runs up the middle. He'll keep doing it until teams prove they can stop him.
  4-2-DEN23 PUNT  
 2nd series 1-10-DEN23 (9:56) (Shotgun) W.McGahee left tackle to DEN 31 for 8 yards (Y.Bell).  
  2-2-DEN31 (9:21) (Shotgun) W.McGahee right tackle to DEN 37 for 6 yards (T.McDaniel; K.Dansby).
 
  1-10-DEN37 (8:43) (Shotgun) T.Tebow scrambles left guard ran ob at 50 for 13 yards (K.Dansby). Another option, Tebow keeps it, arm fakes, and ... scrambles up the middle before beating two Dolphins defenders around the corner for a first down.
  1-10-50 (8:14) W.McGahee left guard to DEN 49 for -1 yards (K.Dansby; P.Soliai).

 
  2-11-DEN49 (7:36) (Shotgun) T.Tebow scrambles left end to 50 for 1 yard (K.Dansby). Yet another option, sprint left, Tebow briefly looks downfield before getting hit behind the line of scrimmage and turning it into a 1-yard gain.
  3-10-50 (6:52) (Shotgun) T.Tebow pass short middle to E.Royal to MIA 43 for 7 yards (K.Burnett). Penalty on DEN-R.Clady, Illegal Formation, declined.
Completes an easy throw in the middle of the field short of the sticks. Penalty negates it. 
  4-3-MIA43  PUNT  
 3rd series 1-10-MIA41 (4:57) W.McGahee up the middle to MIA 38 for 3 yards (K.Dansby).  
  2-7-MIA38 (4:25) C.Clark reported in as eligible. W.McGahee right tackle to MIA 26 for 12 yards (C.Wake).  
  1-10-MIA26 (3:44) W.McGahee right tackle to MIA 28 for -2 yards (P.Soliai).  
  2-12-MIA28 (3:06) (Shotgun) T.Tebow pass short middle to K.Moreno to MIA 27 for 1 yard (K.Dansby). This looks familiar. Tebow pirouettes in the pocket before throwing a screen pass to his right. It's similar to the play Moreno scored on against the Chargers two weeks ago. Not this time.
  3-11-MIA27 (2:19) (Shotgun) T.Tebow sacked at MIA 31 for -4 yards (J.Odrick). Gets good protection, holds the ball too long, spins to his right, tries to scramble and takes the sack.
  4-15-MIA31 MISSED FG  
2nd quarter       
4th series 1-10-DEN20 (14:14) W.McGahee right tackle to DEN 24 for 4 yards (K.Dansby; P.Soliai).  
  2-6-DEN24 (13:35) T.Tebow pass short left to S.Larsen to DEN 40 for 16 yards (J.Wilson). Play-action from under center, Tebow's first read isn't there, rolls left and finds Larsen. Nice play.
  1-10-DEN40 (12:54) W.McGahee left guard to MIA 48 for 12 yards (W.Allen).  
  1-10-MIA48 (12:18) K.Moreno left tackle to MIA 35 for 13 yards (T.Culver).  
  1-10-MIA35 (11:51) C.Clark reported in as eligible. K.Moreno right tackle to MIA 29 for 6 yards (K.Burnett).  
  2-4-MIA29 (11:16) C.Clark reported in as eligible. W.McGahee right end to MIA 26 for 3 yards (Y.Bell).  
  3-1-MIA26 (10:39) W.McGahee right guard to MIA 26 for no gain (T.McDaniel).  
  4-1-MIA26 MISSED FG
 
5th series      
  1-10-DEN10  (6:55) W.McGahee left tackle to DEN 10 for no gain (W.Allen).  
  2-10-DEN10 (6:17) T.Tebow pass incomplete deep left to E.Royal [R.Starks]. Play-action from under center, plenty of protection, holds the ball too long before just missing Royal down the left side. Not a bad throw but needs to get rid of the ball quicker.
  3-10-DEN10 (6:09) (Shotgun) T.Tebow pass incomplete short middle to D.Thomas. PENALTY on MIA-Y.Bell, Roughing the Passer, 15 yards, enforced at DEN 10 - No Play. Gets rid of ball quicker, but Bell hits his arm, disrupting the throw.
  1-10-DEN25 (6:03) W.McGahee left tackle to DEN 33 for 8 yards (T.Culver). FUMBLES (T.Culver), RECOVERED by MIA-Y.Bell at DEN 40.  
6th series      
  1-10-DEN25 (2:41) T.Tebow pass incomplete short left to K.Moreno. PENALTY on DEN-Z.Beadles, Ineligible Downfield Kick, 5 yards, enforced at DEN 25 - No Play. Oh my. Play action, Tebow rolls left and the touch pass on a 10-yard throw to Moreno is overthrown by, oh, five yards. 
  1-15-DEN20  (2:35) (Shotgun) W.McGahee left guard to DEN 25 for 5 yards (R.Starks).  
  2-10-DEN25  (2:00) T.Tebow pass short left to E.Decker to DEN 25 for no gain (S.Smith). PENALTY on DEN-O.Franklin, Offensive Holding, 10 yards, enforced at DEN 25 - No Play. Holds the ball too long before finding Decker underneath.
  2-20-DEN15 (1:52) T.Tebow right guard to DEN 36 for 21 yards (K.Dansby). You can hate Tebow for his arm, but his legs are what make him so dangerous. He should've been sacked at the 2-yard-line. Instead he gets 21 yards on 2nd and 20.
  1-10-DEN36 (:59) T.Tebow sacked at DEN 28 for -8 yards (Y.Bell). And this is where his legs get him in trouble. He holds the ball because he's unsure of his arm, but knows he can run. Except this time the tackler wraps him up for a sack.
  2-18-DEN28 (:17) (Shotgun) T.Tebow right tackle to DEN 32 for 4 yards (J.Taylor). Broken record: he holds the ball too long before scrambling for a short gain.
  3-14-DEN32 (:41) (Shotgun) T.Tebow sacked at DEN 26 for -6 yards (K.Langford). FUMBLES (K.Langford), recovered by DEN-M.Willis at DEN 26. Holds ball too long, relies on legs, this time he fumbles. Lather. Rinse. Repeat.
3rd quarter      
7th series      
  1-10-DEN20 (15:00) (Shotgun) T.Tebow pass incomplete deep left to D.Thomas. The worst throw of the afternoon. Throws deep and misses his WR wide left by 15 yards.
  2-10-DEN20 (14:53) W.McGahee up the middle to DEN 25 for 5 yards (K.Dansby).  
  3-5-DEN25 (14:16) (Shotgun) T.Tebow sacked at DEN 21 for -4 yards (C.Wake). 3-step drop, ball doesn't come out, he looks to run ... and is sacked. Again.
  4-9-DEN21 PUNT  
8th series      
  1-10-DEN3 (11:55) W.McGahee left tackle to DEN 14 for 11 yards (S.Smith). PENALTY on DEN-W.McGahee, Face Mask (15 Yards), 5 yards, enforced at DEN 10.  
  1-8-DEN5 (11:15) W.McGahee right end to DEN 6 for 1 yard (S.Smith).   
  2-7-DEN6 (10:52) W.McGahee left tackle to DEN 8 for 2 yards (K.Misi; K.Dansby). DEN-W.McGahee was injured during the play. His return is Probable.  
  3-5-DEN8 (10:13) (Shotgun) T.Tebow up the middle to DEN 12 for 4 yards (J.Odrick). The ol' Tebow Draw from his Florida days comes up just short of the first down. We're shocked defenses seemed surprised when he runs it.
  4-1-DEN12 PUNT  
9th series      
  1-10-DEN20 (7:30) (Shotgun) T.Tebow pass incomplete deep left to D.Thomas. We have a new leader in the "Worst Pass of the Day" clubhouse. Tebow gives a shoulder fake on a short throw and then goes deep. The ball lands 10 yards out of bounds.
  2-10-DEN20 (7:24) K.Moreno up the middle to DEN 22 for 2 yards (P.Soliai).  
  3-8-DEN22 (6:41) (Shotgun) T.Tebow pass incomplete deep left to E.Decker. Play-action, Tebow has a WR wide open down the middle of the field and he overthrows him. 
  4-8-DEN22  PUNT  
4th quarter      
10th series      
  1-10-DEN20 (14:54) C.Clark reported in as eligible. K.Moreno up the middle to DEN 26 for 6 yards (Y.Bell).  
  2-4-DEN26 (14:24) (Shotgun) L.Ball left guard to DEN 31 for 5 yards (K.Langford; T.McDaniel).  
  1-10-DEN31 (13:45) (Shotgun) T.Tebow pass incomplete deep left to D.Rosario [J.Odrick]. Holds the ball too long before throwing to the left. Ball ends up well out of bounds and nowhere near his intended target. 
  2-10-DEN31 (13:38) (Shotgun) K.Moreno up the middle to DEN 30 for -1 yards (W.Allen).  
  3-11-DEN30 (12:56) (Shotgun) T.Tebow pass incomplete deep right to E.Royal [C.Wake]. Under heavy pressure, gets rid of the ball earlier than he wants but the throw is just underthrown. A nice play given the circumstances. 
  4-11-DEN30  PUNT  
 11th series      
  1-10-DEN20 (7:34) (Shotgun) T.Tebow pass incomplete short left to D.Thomas. Hits Thomas in the chest on what would have been a short gaing, Thomas drops it. 
  2-10-DEN20 (7:28) T.Tebow pass short middle to E.Decker to DEN 36 for 16 yards (S.Smith). Gets ball out on time to WR on a shallow crossing route.  
  1-10-DEN36 (7:03) (Shotgun) T.Tebow pass incomplete deep left to D.Fells. Holds ball to long, launches it well into the benches along the sideline. Tebow is at his best when he gets the ball out quickly.
  2-10-DEN36 (6:56) (Shotgun) T.Tebow pass incomplete short middle to D.Fells. Holds ball too long, rolls left, throws across his body to the right and the ball never has a chance of finding the intended receiver.
  3-10-DEN36 (6:48) (Shotgun) T.Tebow sacked at DEN 31 for -5 yards (C.Wake). Tell us if you've heard this: holds the ball too long, tries to make a play with his legs and is sacked.
  4-15-DEN31  PUNT  
 12th series      
  1-10-DEN20 (5:23) (Shotgun) T.Tebow pass short right to D.Thomas pushed ob at DEN 35 for 15 yards (S.Smith). Gets ball out on time, easy throw, easy catch.
  1-10-DEN35 (5:06) (No Huddle, Shotgun) T.Tebow pass short middle to K.Moreno to DEN 44 for 9 yards (K.Burnett). Same as above. Funny how that works.
  2-1-DEN44 (4:43) (No Huddle, Shotgun) T.Tebow pass incomplete deep left to D.Thomas (C.Wake). Holds the ball FOREVER, finally launches the ball downfield and takes a hard, low hit.
  3-1-DEN44 (4:35) (No Huddle, Shotgun) L.Ball right tackle to DEN 46 for 2 yards (J.Odrick).  
  1-10-DEN46  (4:07) (No Huddle, Shotgun) T.Tebow pass deep middle to M.Willis to MIA 12 for 42 yards (T.Culver). Steps up in the pocket and hits his WR in stride. Nice play.
  1-10-MIA12 (3:26) (No Huddle, Shotgun) T.Tebow sacked at MIA 18 for -6 yards (J.Taylor). Defender meets Tebow at the top of his 5-step drop. Didn't have a chance.
  2-16-MIA18 (3:04) (No Huddle, Shotgun) T.Tebow scrambles right end to MIA 5 for 13 yards (K.Dansby). Live by the Tebow, die by the Tebow. Holds the ball in the pocket before scrambling.
  3-3-MIA5 (2:52) (Shotgun) T.Tebow pass short right to D.Thomas for 5 yards, TOUCHDOWN. MIA 15 DEN 7 Same as above except this time Tebow dances out of trouble, rolls right and finds Thomas, who makes a great catch.
13th series DEN recovers onside kick     
  1-10-DEN44 (2:41) (Shotgun) T.Tebow pass short left to D.Thomas to MIA 49 for 7 yards (S.Smith).  Quick drop, rolls left, finds WR near sideline.
  2-3-MIA49 (2:18) (No Huddle, Shotgun) K.Moreno right guard to MIA 47 for 2 yards (K.Burnett).  
  3-1-MIA47 (2:00) (Shotgun) T.Tebow right tackle to MIA 43 for 4 yards (Y.Bell). Patented Tebow sneak.
  1-10-MIA43 (1:40) (No Huddle, Shotgun) T.Tebow pass incomplete short right to D.Thomas. Again, holds the ball too long, tries to buy time with his legs before launching the ball out of bounds.
  2-10-MIA43 (1:32) (Shotgun) T.Tebow pass short left to E.Royal to MIA 36 for 7 yards (S.Smith). Doesn't get ball out on time but finds WR in middle of field on touch pass.
  3-3-MIA36 (1:07) (No Huddle, Shotgun) T.Tebow pass short right to E.Decker ran ob at MIA 31 for 5 yards (S.Smith). Ball is out at the top of this 3-step drop. Much more accurate passer when throws on time.
  1-10-MIA31 (1:02) (Shotgun) T.Tebow pass incomplete short right to M.Willis. A tad late with the throw but it should've been caught.
  2-10-MIA31 (:56) (Shotgun) T.Tebow pass deep middle to D.Fells to MIA 3 for 28 yards (K.Burnett). The Replay Assistant challenged the pass completion ruling, and the play was Upheld. Throws down the middle of the field, clearing the underneath linebacker and just in front of the defensive back. Good throw, fantastic catch. Most importantly: clutch.
  1-3-MIA3 (:29) (Shotgun) T.Tebow pass incomplete short right to D.Thomas. Never had a chance. Thrown out of bounds.
  2-3-MIA3 (:25) T.Tebow pass short right to D.Fells for 3 yards, TOUCHDOWN. And there it is -- the 2nd-most popular call in the Tebow playbook, after the Tebow Sneak: the screen pass. Easy throw, easy TD. Nice execution.
    (Pass formation) TWO-POINT CONVERSION ATTEMPT. T.Tebow rushes right tackle. ATTEMPT SUCCEEDS. MIA 15 DEN 15 Huh. It's almost as if the Dolphins a) had never seen the Tebow Sneak and b) didn't think he might run it here.
Overtime      
14th series      
  1-10-DEN45 (13:25) (Shotgun) L.Ball left guard to 50 for 5 yards (K.Burnett).  
  2-5-50 (12:59) (No Huddle, Shotgun) K.Moreno up the middle to 50 for no gain (K.Dansby).  
  3-5-50 (12:35) (No Huddle, Shotgun) T.Tebow sacked at DEN 47 for -3 yards (R.Starks).  Never had a chance. Pocket collapsed at the top of his dropback.
  4-8-DEN47 PUNT   
15th series      
  1-10-MIA36 (9:30) L.Ball right tackle to MIA 35 for 1 yard (K.Misi).  
  2-9-MIA35 (8:53) L.Ball left guard to MIA 34 for 1 yard (P.Soliai).  
  3-8-MIA34 (8:13) L.Ball right end to MIA 34 for no gain (C.Wake).  
  4-8-MIA34 (7:29) (Field Goal formation) M.Prater 52 yard field goal is GOOD, Center-L.Paxton, Holder-B.Colquitt.  
       
    FINAL: DEN 18 MIA 15  



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“We sat together on the sideline, talked and prayed. I just saw it in his face, his want-to.” - Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas on Tebow

“That’s what Tebow does, he creates. He kept fighting. He’s one of those guys that win games. Finds ways to win games, make plays. It wasn’t pretty. Should’ve been a win for us. But it wasn’t.” - Dolphins DE Jason Taylor

“Everyone in the whole stadium knew he was [running] the ball (on the 2-point conversion). We just didn’t make the play.” - Dolphins LB Karlos Dansby

"He doesn't quit. There's nothing corny about it." - Broncos RT Orlando Franklin

"I try not to pay attention to [the crowd cheering for me], but you do hear it. Kupe (right guard Chris Kuper) said something to me about the crowd in the huddle before our first drive. I told the guys, 'Hey guys, I appreciate the crowd support, but I'm here for you guys. I want you guys to believe in me.'" - Tebow


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Here's the game-winner:


Denver Quarterback Tim Tebow capped off a miraculous 4th quarter comeback by sending the game to overtime, with this 2 point conversion in the final seconds of regulation against the Miami Dolphins on Sunday.

And here's the game recap:


Tim Tebow rallied the Broncos for two touchdowns in the final 2:44 of the fourth quarter to force overtime, and help lead to an 18-15 victory Sunday over the stunned Miami Dolphins. CBS Sports' Kevin Harlan and Solomon Wilcots have the recap.


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Posted on: October 10, 2011 5:55 pm
 

Tracking Tebow: Week 5 vs. Chargers -- go time



Posted by Ryan Wilson

What started as a way to keep up with Tebow Mania through the preseason has now taken on a life of its own. That's right, Tim Tebow took the field in Week 5 against the Chargers, and not as an emergency wide receiver or wildcat specialist, but as a real live NFL quarterback. Broncos fans have been clamoring for this moment pretty much since the team drafted Tebow in April 2010 and now, thanks to hard work, perserverance, and some truly dreadful performances from incumbent Kyle Orton, the masses have gotten what they asked for. 

Stop...Tebow Time?

What happens next? Who knows. Head coach John Fox isn't yet naming a starter, and once you get past the "Tebow played?!" hysteria, there is no obvious choice for the job. Orton is, in general, a better player. But he's been uninspiring this season and he'll be a free agent in January. The same issues that plagued Tebow when he came into the league -- the long delivery, the inadequate arm strength, the inability to read defenses -- were still present and accounted for against the Chargers. 

But it's not like the Broncos' playoff hopes rest on this decision. Whoever ends up under center will be leading a team destined for another losing season. The only question is who would benefit most from the experience. Common sense says Tebow because he's younger, and the team's former top pick. The problem with that, though, is that Tebow has yet to prove he is, you know, a legit NFL quarterback. We suspect that, at this point, Broncos fans don't care. They just want change and Tebow is certainly that.

Whatever happens, we're just happy to reintroduce the Tebow Tracker, and idea originally born out of the football world's fascination with Tebow, even in games that didn't count. We figured that once the regular season began, the Tracker, like Tebow, would be shelved. Thankfully, Tebow is no quitter.

And neither are we. We'll chart every one of his regular-season snaps, the result, and what it all means going forward.  Let's get to it.

First up: a play-by-play breakdown of Tebow's Week 5 performance against the Chargers Sunday.

Week 5: San Diego Chargers
Situation Down/Distance Result
Comment
8:54 left in 3rd qtr     (Note: you can see the entire play-by-play log here.)
  1st & 10, DEN 31 Tebow handoff to McGahee left guard to DEN 36 for 5 yards  
  2nd & 5, DEN 36 Tebow handoff to McGahee right guard to DEN 33 for -3 yards  
  3rd & 8, DEN 28 (From the shotgun) Tebow pass short right to E.Decker to DEN 33 for no gain It's a short drop, Tebow looks left, his first option is covered, then looks right, throws the ball across the field for a play that had no chance of gaining two yards, much less eight. Upside: it was a completion. Downside: it went for no gain.
  4th & 8, DEN 28 PUNT  
3:56 left in 3rd qtr 1st & 10, DEN 7 Tebow handoff to McGahee right guard to DEN 10 for 3 yards  
  2nd & 7, DEN 10 (From the shotgun) Tebow pass incomplete deep left to B.Lloyd 3-step drop, Tebow eyes Lloyd running down the left sideline and throws to him in single-coverage. Lloyd almost comes down with the ball but was ruled out of bounds. Not a bad throw.
  3rd & 7, DEN 10 (From the shotgun) Tebow pass incomplete deep middle to E.Decker Short drop, can't find a receiver, scrambles left before launching a ball down the field just out of the reach of Decker near midfield. From the snap until the ball left his hand, seven seconds elapsed. In general, this is one of Tebow's problems. 
  4th & 7, DEN 10 PUNT  
13:35 left in 4th qtr 1st & 10, DEN 20 Tebow pass incomplete short left to D.Rosario Ugh. Play-action pass, Tebow short-hops Rosario on a sideline route that's 15 yards past the line of scrimmage. The ball travels 13 yards.
  2nd & 10, DEN 20 (From the shotgun) McGahee up the middle to DEN 32 for 12 yards  
  1st & 10, DEN 32 (From the shotgun) McGahee up the middle to DEN 33 for 1 yard
 
 
  2nd & 9, DEN 33 (From the shotgun)  Tebow scrambles up the middle to DEN 38 for 5 yards Another play-action pass, Tebow pulls the ball down early and runs. As was the case during preseason, he seems antsy in the pocket.
  3rd & 4, DEN 38 (From the shotgun)  Tebow pass incomplete short left to M.Willis Another example of Tebow holding the ball too long, disrupting the timing of the patterns, and eventually short-hopping his receiver.
  4th & 4, DEN 38 PUNT  
8:54 left in 4th qtr 1st & 10, DEN 49 McGahee left guard to SD 23 for 28 yards.  
  1st & 10, SD 23 Tebow scrambles left end pushed ob at SD 12 for 11 yards Play-action, Tebow takes off early up the middle, breaks two tackles before getting to the sidelines. Nice run. In what would become a recurring theme, Tebow struggled with the snap when under center.
  1st & 10, SD 12 Tebow up the middle to SD 12 for no gain  Another bobbled snap, Tebow was lucky to get back to the line of scrimmage.
  2nd & 10, DEN 12 (From the shotgun) Tebow left guard for 12 yards, TOUCHDOWN We've seen this play hundreds of times when Tebow was in college and yet the Chargers seemed completey surprised. 
4:38 left in the 4th qtr 1st & 10, SD 41 (From the shotgun) Tebow right tackle to SD 33 for 8 yards  Hey, if the Chargers couldn't stop it on the TD run, try it again, this time to the right. It workd. Again.
  2nd & 2, SD 33 Tebow handoff to McGahee up the middle to SD 28 for 5 yards  
  1st & 10, SD 28 (From the shotgun)  Tebow pass short right to K.Moreno for 28 yards, TOUCHDOWN Tebow takes a five-step drop, turns right and throws the ball five yards in the air. Moreno does the rest.
  2-pt. conversion (From the shotgun) Tebow pass to B.Lloyd is incomplete, conversion fails. SD finally plays the QB sneak, Tebow takes a few steps to his left and throws a nice pass to the back corner of the end zone but Lloyd is well-defended. 
 0:24 left in the 4th qtr 1st & 10, DEN 20 (From the shotgun) Tebow pass incomplete deep right to B.Lloyd. Play Challenged by Replay Assistant and REVERSED. (Shotgun) Tebow pass deep right to B.Lloyd ran ob at DEN 40 for 20 yards Easily Tebow's best completion of the day even if it required a great effort from Lloyd. Tebow stood tall in the pocket, delivered the ball between two defenders, and it ended up being a 20-yard gain.
  1st & 10, DEN 40 (From the shotgun) Tebow pass to D.Fells to SD 29 for 31 yards  With SD in their prevent, Tebow holds the ball for five seconds before finding Fells in the middle of the field with two seconds to go (after the Broncos rush to the line and Tebow spikes the ball for one more play...)
  2nd & 10, SD 29 (From the shotgun) Tebow pass incomplete deep right to M.Willis  Pretty sure this wasn't how the Broncos drew the play up. Tebow takes scrambling to a new level (see graphic below) before throwing the ball into the back of the end zone for an incompletion (though we wouldn't have been shocked if Willis came down with the ball).
    GAME OVER, SD 29 DEN 24  
       


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Here's the route Tebow took on the last play of the game. It speaks for itself.


And for completeness, the moving-pictures proof of the same play.


Here's the CBS recap.


Philip Rivers overcame an interception and a fourth-quarter fumble to lead the San Diego Chargers to a 29-24 win over the Denver Broncos. CBS Sports' Marv Albert and Rich Gannon have the recap.


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Posted on: September 4, 2011 4:50 pm
 

Tracking Tebow: Preseason, Week 4 -- Cardinals



Posted by Ryan Wilson

That's right, we're tracking Tebow's performance throughout the preseason because, well, like a slow-motion train wreck we can't look away. And who knows, maybe this experiment doesn't derail and it has a happy ending. Wait, what's that? You don't care about Tebow? Then what are you doing here?

It took four preseason games, but Tim Tebow finally resembled the player Josh McDaniels thought he might be when he selected him in the first round of the 2010 draft. By now, Tebow's recent travails are familiar to everybody, even those with just a passing interest in football. And while he's been out of the running for the Broncos' No. 1 job for weeks now, the backup gigs have yet to be decided by head coach John Fox. 

If we're working from the "what have you done for me lately?" premise, Tebow wins in a landslide. He completed 7 of 11 passes for 116 yards and a touchdown against the Cardinals, while starter Brady Quinn managed to go 4 of 12 for 26 yards, including an interception. Denver lost to Arizona, 26-7.

Tracking Tebow: A Retrospective

But as the Denver Post's Mike Klis notes, Quinn outpaced Tebow by a wide margin in the first two preseason games (proof here and here).

Tebow was asked about his place on the depth chart after the Cards game. "I don't know," he said, via Klis. "I've never gone through something like this before, so I'm not really sure." And Fox, as he's said before, "more than likely not name a 2 or 3, because I believe it's a competitive issue."

Yes, because the obfuscation would be too much for opponents. No way they could prepare for both Quinn and Tebow. Either way, Klis makes a good point: "Long term, it would make sense to push Tebow along because both Orton and Quinn are free agents after this season. Tebow will make $6.7 million this year (he has already collected $6.28 million in salary advance), and will then have three more years left on his contract."

For now, all we can do is analyze Tebow's last start. That's right, it's the final edition of the Tebow Tracker, where we chart every one of his preseason snaps, the result, and what it all means for him and the Broncos in 2011. This installment is the most laudatory yet. That's right, people, the power of positive thinking at work. Alright, let's get to it...


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Preseason, Week 4: Arizona Cardinals
Situation Down/Distance Result
Comment
1st series, 9:55 left in 3rd qtr. 1st & 10, DEN 6 Tebow handoff to J.Johnson to DEN 8 for 2 yards. (Note: you can see the entire play-by-play log here.)
  2nd & 8, DEN 8 Tebow scrambles left end pushed ob at DEN 16 for 8 yards. Play-action, steps up into pocket, takes a hit but remains on his feet. Reminscent of his Florida days.
  1st & 10, DEN 16 Tebow handoff to J.Johnson up the middle to DEN 20 for 4 yards.  
  2nd & 6, DEN 20 Tebow handoff to J.Johnson up the middle to DEN 21 for 1 yard.  
  3rd & 5, DEN 21 (From the shotgun) Tebow sacked at DEN 19 for -2 yards.
Doesn't show patience in the pocket, steps up and is dropped. The lack of awareness is recurring theme throughout the preseason.
  4th & 7, DEN 19 PUNT  
 2nd series, 4:35 left in 3rd qtr. 1st & 10, DEN 20 Tebow handoff to B.Minor up the middle to DEN 28 for 8 yards.  
  2nd & 8, DEN 28 Tebow handoff to Minor left tackle to DEN 32 for 4 yards.  
  1st & 10, DEN 32 Tebow pass incomplete short middle to B.Minor. Play-action, stands tall in the pocket, gets the ball off just as blindside pressure arrives. May have affected the pass.
  2nd & 10, DEN 32 Tebow handoff to B.Minor up the middle to DEN 35 for 3 yards.  
  3rd & 7, DEN 35 (From the shotgun) Tebow pass short middle to D.Anderson to ARZ 48 for 17 yards. Three-step drop, flushed left, throws across his body to middle of the field, finds Anderson who gets absolutely annihilated by a Denver defender.
  1st & 10, ARZ 48 Tebow handoff to B.Minor up the middle to ARZ 47 for 1 yard.  
  2nd & 9, ARZ 47 Tebow pass incomplete deep left to G.Orton. Play-action, stands tall in the pocket, throws a rope (that came out of his hands looking like a kickoff instead of a spiral) to Orton that should've been caught.
  3rd & 9, ARZ 47 (From the shotgun) Tebow pass short right to D.Gronkowski to ARZ 42 for 5 yards. Three-step drop, he scrambles around the pocket before finding Gronkowski, who made a nice one-handed catch to save a possible pick-6. 
  4th & 4, ARZ 42  FIELD GOAL NO GOOD  
3rd series, 9:41 left in 4th qtr.  1st & 10, DEN 32 B.Minor up the middle to DEN 40 for 8 yards (B.Nnabuife). PENALTY on DEN-D.Rosario, Offensive Holding, 10 yards, enforced at DEN 33.
 
  1st & 19, DEN 23 Tebow sacked at DEN 16 for -7 yards. Play-action that never had a chance; LT was beat off the snap and Tebow eventually dropped.
  2nd & 26, DEN 16 (From the shotgun) Tebow pass incomplete short right to D.Goodwin. Tebow fumbles the snap and is lucky to avoid a turnover deep in his own end. 
  3rd & 26, DEN 16 (From the shotgun) B.Minor up the middle to DEN 31 for 15 yards  
  4th & 11, DEN 31 PUNT  
4th series, 4:33 left in 4th qtr. 1st & 10, DEN 6 Tebow pass short left to D.Goodwin to DEN 19 for 13 yards. Three-step drop, ball is out quickly, and 6-7 yards after the catch on a nice move by Goodwin.
  1st & 10, DEN 19 Tebow pass deep right to D.Goodwin pushed OB at DEN 45 for 26 yards. Great protection. Tebow stands in the pocket for at least five seconds before finding Goodwin.
  1st & 10, DEN 45 Tebow pass short middle to J.Johnson to DEN 45 for no gai Screen pass.
  2nd & 10, DEN 45 (From the shotgun) Tebow pass incomplete short middle to J.Johnson. Has plenty of time and good protection. Somehow misses a wide open Johnson running a crossing pattern 10 yards downfield.
  3rd & 10, DEN 45 (From the shotgun) Tebow pass short right to E.Riley pushed ob at ARZ 43 for 12 yards. Nice play -- stands tall in the pocket, steps into the throw and gets the first down.
  1st & 10, ARZ 43 (From the shotgun) Tebow pass deep right to E.Riley for 43 yards, TOUCHDOWN. Almost a replay of the previous play. Three-step drop, hangs in the pocket, and hits Riley in stride. 


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"What we all have to remember is that when Josh McDaniels traded up to get him in the first round, that was a minority opinion in a big way in NFL talent evaluation circles. Not to say there weren't other people who were high in Tim Tebow, but to go out and get him in the first round … Josh McDaniels was sort of out on an island there. However, it's not shocking to me that a new regime would not embrace him with nearly the same enthusiasm. So, I went to Denver expecting to write about Tebow, but I was just struck with how much things had changed." - Yahoo.com's Michael Silver 

"I just worry about what I can contro. I've gone out there every day with a great attitude, great effort and great work ethic. If I do that, I know I'll improve every day, and I'm not worried about what everybody else is saying." - Tim Tebow

"I just got done looking at the film (of the Cardinals game). And I've moved on." - Brady Quinn


GLENDALE, AZ - SEPTEMBER 01: Quarterback Tim Tebow #15 of the Denver Broncos warms up before the preseason NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals at the University of Phoenix Stadium on September 1, 2011 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)


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Hey, it's like he never left college! We admit to giving Tebow a hard time tha last six weeks or so, but let's be honest: the guy looked nothing like an NFL quarterback for most of that time. And while we're happy that he showed well in the preseason finale, Kyle Orton deserves to be the starter. After 2011, when Orton and Quinn are no longer under contract? That's a different story. But this much is certain: there's no need to rush Tebow on the field now.

Feel free to relive all the preseason magic that was "Tracking Tebow." You know you want to.

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Posted on: August 31, 2011 8:01 pm
 

Tracking Tebow: Preseason, Week 3 -- Seahawks



Posted by Ryan Wilson

That's right, we're tracking Tebow's performance throughout the preseason because, well, like a slow-motion train wreck we can't look away. And who knows, maybe this experiment doesn't derail and it has a happy ending. Wait, what's that? You don't care about Tebow? Then what are you doing here?

Tim Tebow's fate as an NFL quarterback changes weekly. In July, he was the Broncos' franchise QB only to see those plans scrapped when Kyle Orton wasn't traded to the Dolphins. Then Tebow went from the guy behind the guy, to the guy behind Brady Quinn, to the fourth-best quarterback on the roster. And a few days later, he returned to the No. 2 gig. More than that, the organization not only has no plans to trade or release Tebow, he appears to be in their long-term plans.

This all happened over a few weeks and we've still got another preseason game to play before we get to the regular season.

Anyway, we finally got a chance to watch Tebow's Week 3 preseason performance against the Seahawks. Head coach John Fox said going into the game that Tebow had only thrown nine preseason passes so he wanted to give the 2010 first-rounder more playing time. Which is exactly what he got versus Seattle. He completed 6 of 11 throws for 93 yards and rushed four times for 25 yards in just over a quarter of work. He was also under center for the final drive that led to a game-winning 51-yard field goal.

Yes, it's another edition of the Tebow Tracker, where we chart every one of his preseason snaps, the result, and what it all means for him and the Broncos in 2011. This installment is slightly more upbeat than the gloom and doom that followed his 1-of-2 for 10-yards effort against the Bills last week. 

If nothing else, it's a reminder that NFL fortunes can change in a flash, and when you're talking about Tebow, sometimes faster than that. Alright, let's get to it...


                                                   Play by Play



Preseason, Week 3: Seattle Seahawks
Situation Down/Distance Result
Comment
1st series, 5:40 left in 3rd qtr. 1st & 10, DEN 24 Tebow handoff to L. Ball to DEN 30 for 6 yards. (Note: you can see the entire play-by-play log here.)
  2nd & 4, DEN 30 Tebow pass short left to J.Thomas to 50 for 20 yards. Play-action pass where Tebow avoids a pass-rusher, rolls left and hits Thomas in the numbers with a strike. Solid throw.
  1st & 10, 50 Tebow handoff to Ball around the right end pushed OB at SEA 43 for 7 yards. There's something to be said for a good running game to help out a young QB.
  2nd & 3, SEA 43 (From the shotgun) Tebow pass incomplete short right to B.Davis. Another play-action, Tebow held the ball too long in the pocket and was leveled as he let the ball go. Possible PI, but the ball needs to get out quicker either way.
  3rd & 3, SEA 43 (From the shotgun) Tebow sacked at SEA 47 for -4 yards (M.Smith). FUMBLES (M.Smith), touched at SEA 47, recovered by DEN-D.Anderson at DEN 48. D.Anderson to DEN 48 for no gain. Jail-break blitz forced Tebow to tuck and run immediately. Not a problem except for the part where he fumbled trying to get yards that weren't there.
  4th & 12, DEN 48 PUNT  
 2nd series, 14:16 left in 4th qtr. 1st & 10, DEN 20 Tebow handoff to Ball left tackle to DEN 29 for 9 yards  
  2nd & 1, DEN 29 Tebow handoff to Ball up the middle to DEN 41 for 12 yards   
  1st & 10, DEN 41 Tebow handoff to J.Johnson left guard to DEN 45 for 4 yards. We'll say it again: running games are a young QB's best friend.
  2nd & 6, DEN 45 Tebow pass deep right to J.Johnson pushed OB at SEA 32 for 23 yards. Another play-action pass where Tebow shakes off a rusher, rolls left and shows nice touch on a pass to a wide open Johnson.
  1st & 10, SEA 32 Tebow scrambles left end ran OB at SEA 30 for 2 yards. Guh. Busted play in the backfield. Upside: he got 2 yards.
  2nd & 8, SEA 30 J.Johnson right end to SEA 25 for 5 yards (B.Maxwell). PENALTY on SEA-R.Sherman, Illegal Use of Hands, 5 yards, enforced at SEA 25.  
  1st & 10, SEA 20 (From the shotgun) Tebow pass incomplete short right to L.Ball. Unlucky. Three-step drop, unblocked rusher coming from the left and Tebow throws a strike to his right ... that is promptly dropped.
  2nd & 10, SEA 20 (From the shotgun) PENALTY on DEN-T.Tebow, Delay of Game, 5 yards, enforced at SEA 20 - No Play. Yeah, that can't happen.
  2nd & 15, SEA 25 Tebow sacked at SEA 28 for -3 yards. And neither can that. Not sure who's at fault but Tebow took a half-step drop, looked confused and then got dropped.
  3rd & 18, SEA 28 (From the shotgun) Tebow pass short left to M.Willis to SEA 22 for 6 yards. Tebow has a pocket but tucks and runs anyway (which is common with young QBs) and completes a pass well short of the sticks near the sidelines.
  4th & 12, SEA 22 FIELD GOAL GOOD   
 3rd series, 8:59 left in 4th qtr. 1st & 10, DEN 20 Tebow handoff to Ball around right end pushed OB at DEN 21 for 1 yard.   
  2nd & 9, DEN 21 Tebow pass incomplete short left to D.Rosario. The RB misses a block and Tebow is flushed left. He makes a poor throw to an open Rosario. These are the passes he has to complete.
  3rd & 9, DEN 21 (From the shotgun) Tebow pass short right to M.Willis pushed ob at DEN 31 for 10 yards. Great protection, he stands tall in the pocket and delivers a strike to the sidelines.
  1st & 10, DEN 31 Tebow handoff to Johnson left end to DEN 32 for 1 yard.   
  2nd & 9, DEN 32 Tebow pass incomplete deep right to B.Davis. Another play-action, pass slightly underthrown and a step out of bounds. If you're going to miss that's the place to do it.
  3rd & 9, DEN 32 (From the shotgun) Tebow pass short left to M.Willis to DEN 40 for 8 yards. Denver challenged the runner was down by contact ruling, and the play was Upheld. Three-step drop, ball is tipped at the line of scrimmage but still has enough on it to get to Willis who's just short of the sticks.
  4th & 1, DEN 40 PUNT   
 4th series, 5:15 left in 4th qtr. 1st & 10, DEN 22 Tebow handoff to Ball up the middle to DEN 24 for 2 yards.   
  2nd & 8, DEN 24 Tebow sacked at DEN 19 for -5 yards  Oh my. Good pocket, Tebow holds the ball too long, avoids the first wave of rushers before eventually going down. Has to get the ball out quicker.
  3rd & 13, DEN 19 (From the shotgun) Tebow pass incomplete short left to E.Riley. Tebow hit as he throws (off his back foot). A good throw would've been good for a first down.
  4th & 13, DEN 19 PUNT   
5th series, 1:12 left in 4th qtr.  1st & 10, DEN 23 (From the shotgun) Tebow scrambles left tackle ran OB at DEN 42 for 19 yards. Good protection but Tebow sees a running lane and takes off. 
  1st & 10, DEN 42 (From the shotgun) Tebow pass short left to L.Ball to SEA 32 for 26 yards. Nice play call: a screen pass that any QB should be able to complete every time its called.
  1st & 10, SEA 32 (From the shotgun) Tebow FUMBLES (Aborted) at SEA 37, and recovers at SEA 37. T.Tebow to SEA 37 for no gain. Absolutely can't happen given the circumstances. The snap hit Tebow right in the hands.
  2nd & 15, SEA 37 (From the shotgun) Tebow right end to SEA 33 for 4 yards. Designed draw play Tebow made popular at Florida.
  3rd & 11, SEA 33 FIELD GOAL GOOD AS TIME EXPIRES   


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DENVER, CO - AUGUST 27: Tim Tebow #15 of the Denver Broncos runs with the ball during the pre season game against the Seattle Seahawks at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on August 27, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Garrett W. Ellwood/Getty Images)


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After Tebow spent much of the Bills game standing around wondering what had become of his NFL career, we have some actual action shots this week.. Against the Seahawks it was another inconsistent performance, but that's what you expect from a second-year quarterback. We're not sure if he's showing progress or still trying to find his way in the NFL. Given that he'd only completed nine passes this preseason, we tend to think it's the latter. That said, the organization appears to have faith in Tebow, something that wasn't clear a week ago. 


Please join us next week for another installment of "Tracking Tebow." You know you want to.

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