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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.


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




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"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


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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: November 7, 2011 2:53 pm
 

Elway: Quinn was ready if Tebow struggled Sunday

Posted by Will Brinson

The AFC West, thanks to Denver upsetting Oakland 38-24 on Sunday, is a hot mess right now. And in what has to be the weirdest turn of events, Tim Tebow's led the Broncos within one game of first place in their division.

But he's still not on firm footing in terms of remaining the starting quarterback -- though he's guaranteed to start this week! -- and John Elway told Denver's 102.3 The Ticket on Monday that John Fox was prepared to bring in Brady Quinn if Tebow struggled against the Raiders Sunday.

"I think that John was patient with it and wanted to see how things were going," Elway said, via the Denver Post. "If we’d have seen what happened the last couple of weeks, we might have seen a change."

Elway also noted that he'd like to see Tebow's completion percentage, currently hovering below 50 percent, improve.

Week 9 Review

That's not surprising, because it's tough to win football games when you're only hitting on 46.4 percent of your passes. What is surprising is how quickly Fox and Elway were willing to bail on the Tebow experiment and roll with Quinn.

Tebow looked terrible against Detroit last week and was only good for a few minutes against the Dolphins in Week 7. But had they really given him a fair shake, after 10 quarters of football, a trade of his best wide receiver and no clear-cut game plan designed to utilize his strengths?

Because it sure doesn't seem that way. When Denver focused on running the ball and actually installed a offensive package designed around the guy under center, the result was much more palatable.

None of that's to say that Tebow is set up to make a run at a division title, or even that he'll be an above-average quarterback this year. He probably won't.

But how are we going to find out about his ability to adapt and improve if Denver doesn't even give him a fair shake? Speaking of fair shakes, they probably should have traded Kyle Orton if they weren't even going to make him the backup.


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Posted on: November 6, 2011 11:18 am
 

Good news: Tebow better than Eli to start career

Amazingly, it could be worse for Tim Tebow(Getty Images)

Posted by Ryan Wilson

The Broncos' Tim Tebow will face the Oakland Raiders in the Black Hole Sunday. Not ideal circumstances for a young quarterback coming off a horrific performance last week. In fact, depending on how he plays, this could be the 2010 first-round pick's last chance at a starting gig this season. First-year coach John Fox, who inherited Tebow from Josh McDaniels, doesn't seem particularly thrilled with any of his options at quarterback, and more than anything, he sounds tired of answering questions about Tebow.

“The goofy thing is, it’s almost like if he doesn’t have success it will be anybody’s fault but his. It’s almost that kind of polarizing thing,” Fox told the Los Angeles Times' Sam Farmer last week. “They’ll say it could be his supporting cast, or the type of plays. At the end of the day, we are what we are. We’re doing everything we can to win, and we’re finding out about a young quarterback, good, bad or indifferent.”

This comes days after an anonymous Lions defender called Tebow "embarrassing" and "a joke." But not everybody thinks the former Heisman winner is a sideshow and a pushover.

Raiders coach Hue Jackson, the man who gave up a first- and (likely) a second-round pick for Carson Palmer, isn't taking Tebow lightly.

“He came in here last year and played really well, and I expect he’ll come here again with the same thought,” he said, via the Oakland Tribune. “The guy has talent. I’ve never questioned that. He can throw. He can run. And he’s on the opposing team, so we have to do everything that we can to get him under control.”

Raiders defensive end Jarvis Moss was also asked about Tebow, his former teammate at Florida.

"He’s a good athlete, man,” Moss said. “He’s a strong dude. He can definitely hurt you with his legs.”

The phrase "damning with faint praise" immediately comes to mind but Moss is right: Tebow isn't much of a passer, despite that being a big part of the job description. But former NFL quarterback Kurt Warner, who now works for NFL Network, made this comparison on Sunday's NFL GameDay Morning: Eli Manning vs. Tebow through their first five NFL games.

Wins-Losses: Manning, 0-5; Tebow, 2-3
Completion percentage: Manning, 44.4; Tebow, 48.3
Passing yards per game: Manning, 126.4; Tebow, 196.8
TD-INT ratio: Manning, 3-7; Tebow, 7-4
Passer rating: Manning, 44.8; Tebow 74.8

So there's your silver lining, Broncos fans. Of course, Denver has other issues -- the offensive line and defense chief among them.

Either way, Warner says not to panic. "I think the verdict is yet to be determined (on Tebow), I think everybody needs to relax," he said.

Warren Sapp, Warner's NFL Network colleague, couldn't help but ask: "Were those really Eli's numbers?"


After a loss to the Lions last week, Tim Tebow and the Denver Broncos look to rebound as they prepare to take on the Oakland Raiders on Sunday. Jason Horowitz and NFL.com's Pat Kirwan preview this matchup, Watch the game at 4:05 PM ET on CBS.

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Posted on: November 4, 2011 10:00 am
Edited on: November 4, 2011 11:09 am
 

Is play-calling the problem for Tebow, Broncos?

Is it the game plan or is it just Tebow? (US PRESSWIRE)

Posted by Ryan Wilson

Through no fault of his own, Tim Tebow has become the league's most polarizing figure. He's been thrust into an untenable position; ill-equipped to perform the duties necessary of an NFL quarterback. Yet here he is, entering his third week as the Broncos' starter and so far the results have been disastrous.

Take the same player without Tebow's college pedigree, and the media story line would go something like this: "Young QB not yet ready for primetime, maybe in a season or two." And that would be that, the Broncos would've given Brady Quinn a chance or returned to Kyle Orton, and we could all get on with our lives.

Instead, Tebow, easily the worst of the NFL's 32 starting quarterbacks, remains the story. This is what happens when staunch critics point out he should never ever take another snap and his devoted supporters suggest that this isn't Tebow's fault. This is no middle ground.

And that brings us to this: the Broncos are now having to defend their play-calling. Because that's why Tebow has completed 46 percent of his passes this season and has been sacked 13 times in 10 quarters.

Last Sunday, there was a report that Denver had plans to revamp the offense around Tebow's strengths. According to Rotoworld, "Fox's is now going all-in on Tebow, acknowledging that the move to more of a Florida Gators look will either revolutionize the game or set it back years. As John Clayton suggested [last] week, the Broncos will put Tebow in the shotgun and 'cover their eyes.'"

If the Broncos had a Tebow-specific game plan against the Lions and still lost 45-10 then, impossibly, things may be worse than we feared. Turns out, they have.

Details via the Associated Press' Arnie Stapleton:
A close look at the film, however, shows the Broncos have tailored their offense to Tebow's unorthodox skill set even though the results haven't been pretty.

In his two starts, a win over the Dolphins and a loss to the Lions, Tebow has been in the shotgun an average of 40 times. From there, the Broncos have rushed the ball 17 times on average, half of the time on designed runs by Tebow.

And the Broncos have spread out their offense, using three wide receivers, an average of 50 times a game, almost every time with a tailback in the backfield with him. Those numbers are way up from the first month of the season when Kyle Orton was Denver's QB.
Stapleton notes something we've mentioned frequently in our weekly "Tracking Tebow" updates: Tebow holds the ball in the pocket, either not knowing which receiver to target, or struggling to decipher the defenses he's facing. In addition to the 13 sacks, Tebow's thrown a pick-six, had four fumbles (one returned for a touchdown), and Denver is just 6 for 30 on third downs.

Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy stresses patience.

"I mean, look at all the young quarterbacks in the league, how many come out right away and start lighting it up from the first game on?" McCoy said, via the AP. "There aren't many in the history of this game that do that. They all struggle early on, it's an adjustment to them. He's a young quarterback. So, there's going to be growing pains."


After a loss to the Lions last week, Tim Tebow and the Denver Broncos look to rebound as they prepare to take on the Oakland Raiders on Sunday. Jason Horowitz and NFL.com's Pat Kirwan preview this matchup, Watch the game at 4:05 PM ET on CBS.

Fair enough, but the difference is that Tebow doesn't appear capable of making NFL throws. Yes, inconsistency is the hallmark of a young NFL quarterback. And while Blaine Gabbert looks as lost as Tebow on a weekly basis, there are a handful of plays you can point to every game and say, "See, that's why the Jags drafted him. He has the potential to be a really good player in this league."

Save the designed draw plays, or the broken play that Tebow occasionally turns into a big gain, there are no "wow" moments. Put differently: Tebow can't hurt you with his arm. He doesn't have the accuracy, timing or arm strength to regularly make throws that can beat NFL defenses.

If there was on bright spot it came in the fourth quarter of the Lions game, long after the game had been decided. Tebow, throwing on every down at this point in the proceedings, had some success on short routes. Admittedly, his receivers were wide open, but it was something.

John Lynch, the former NFL safety, called the game for Fox and suggested that the Broncos needed to throw more short passes to get Tebow in a rhythm.

"They were part of the game plan," Fox said. "We hit some and we missed some, regardless of what type of passes they were, and we tried `em all."

And while media and fans are looking to assess blame, Fox has already grown weary of it.

“The goofy thing is, it’s almost like if he doesn’t have success it will be anybody’s fault but his. It’s almost that kind of polarizing thing,” Fox told the Los Angeles Times' Sam Farmer. “They’ll say it could be his supporting cast, or the type of plays. At the end of the day, we are what we are. We’re doing everything we can to win, and we’re finding out about a young quarterback, good, bad or indifferent.”

Fox, by the way, is in his first year as Denver's head coach. Maybe it's a stretch to suggest he's already on the hot seat, but Josh McDaniels lasted a season and a half before getting dumped. And he started his Denver career with six straight wins.

The Broncos travel to Oakland to face the Raiders Sunday and Tebow will face more challenges against a defense that loves man-coverage schemes.

"We're going to do what we think is the best thing for our football team to win and you're always going to have people that are going to point the finger somewhere," McCoy said. "But we're trying to do everything we can to help Tim and the football team be successful."

We don't doubt this. The problem: Tebow hasn't shown any signs that he's a capable week-to-week NFL starter. But it's not like the two-win Broncos have much choice. Orton played his way out of the lineup and Brady Quinn doesn't offer much promise, either. To paraphrase Rick Pitino, John Elway will be walking through that door, but that's only because he's part of the front office. That said, the 51-year-old Hall of Famer still gives the 2011 Broncos the best chance to win.

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Posted on: November 1, 2011 10:29 am
Edited on: November 2, 2011 6:50 am
 

Esiason: there's 'no respect for Tebow as the QB'

Esiason: "I don’t believe that Tim Tebow knows what he’s doing on the football field." (AP)

Posted by Ryan Wilson

There is no middle ground with Tim Tebow. Everybody agrees that he's a great person with an impressive college resume, but with each start, it's also evident that he's not an NFL quarterback. Not yet and maybe never. After a dreadful effort against the Lions on Sunday, the media scrutiny has intensified (turns out, it's possible). The latest to weigh in: Former NFL quarterback Boomer Esiason, who works as an analyst for CBS' The NFL Today and also hosts a radio show on WFAN.

“(Starting Tebow) is a bad move for two reasons,” Esiason said Monday, via CBS New York (listen to the audio here). “One is, I don’t believe that Tim Tebow knows what he’s doing on the football field. … Number two, those hits that are coming his way are coming with authority. Meaning that players are out to get him.”

Esiason, who before the season was critical of Tebow's prospects as an NFL quarterback, said that Tebow Mania may have unwittingly made him a target.

Tebowing
“The mocking by the Detroit Lions and all the talk after the game and all that other stuff leads me to believe that people are after him,” he said.

“In all the years that I’ve covered and played in professional football, I have never seen a team like the Detroit Lions do what they did last week,” Esiason said. “It just means that there’s no respect for Tim Tebow as the quarterback. And they want to make sure that when they play him, they want to show that to the world that Tim Tebow can not play in this league at this position.”

Esiason's not wrong. After the game, an unnamed Lions player told Yahoo.com's Michael Silver that Tebow was a joke.

“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?’”

And ESPN analyst Merril Hoge, one of Tebow's biggest critics, echoed many of the sentiments Esiason brought up.

"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," Hoge said Monday.


Tebow gets Tebow'ned by Lions LB Stephen Tulloch.

Back in August, when John Fox named Kyle Orton the Broncos' starter and said that Tebow had a long way to go, Esiason told USA Today what many people were thinking.

"He can't play. He can't throw. … I'm not here to insult him. The reality is he was a great college football player, maybe the greatest college football player of his time. But he's not an NFL quarterback right now. Just because he's God-fearing, and a great person off the field, and was a winner with the team that had the best athletes in college football, doesn't mean his game is going to translate to the NFL."

Through two and a half games, Esiason's been proven right. Tebow is a great human being and a Heisman Trophy winner. But he's not a competent NFL quarterback. Maybe that changes, but for now, he looks lost. And things don't look to get any easier; the Broncos head to Oakland on Sunday and Fox said Tebow will be his starter. Beyond that? Who knows.


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Posted on: October 31, 2011 6:00 pm
Edited on: November 1, 2011 9:25 am
 

Fox: Tebow is Broncos starter 'for this week'

Posted by Will Brinson

Tim Tebow's start on Sunday against Detroit did not go well. At all. But the Broncos quarterback will get at least one more start to prove himself, according to Denver coach John Fox who confirmed that Tebow will get the nod against Oakland in Week 9.

Fox didn't make any promises past that, of course, but at least he's throwing the guy a bone after a brutal Sunday.

"For this week, yes," Fox answered when asked if Tebow would continue starting. "He had really two starts. I think he’s a young quarterback as we’ve mentioned. We’re getting to know him better, and he’s getting to understand the offense better with each one of those snaps."

This is, frankly, kind of a mess.

Over the course of the last two weeks, Tebow looked like one of the worst starting quarterbacks in the NFL (the Denver Post's Mike Klis called him as much Sunday) for the majority of his time on the field. He's played terribly and looked out of place.

But it's not all his fault. After all, Fox and the Broncos staff are just now working in various Tebow packages to make the quarterback's job easier and to play to his strengths.

That's problematic because it's something that should have happened many weeks ago, rather than after Fox decided to move away from Kyle Orton and towards Tebow. And it's certainly something that should have happened before Tebow was thrown to the wolves Lions Sunday.
Tebowing

The good news for Tebow now, at least, is that expectations are a little lower than they were heading into Week 8, both from the standpoint of fans and his coach.

"I expect him to look at the tape and see where he made mistakes," Fox said. "The things about mistakes are, first of all, you’ve got to admit them, and he’s never had an issue with that. Second of all, you correct them, and third of all, you try to never let them happen again. That’s what happens with young players in this league; there are a lot of firsts out there. He’s competitive by nature, and I think he’ll respond just fine."

But maybe Tebow won't respond and maybe he's just not ready to start right now. Regardless, over the coming week let's try and remember some of the context surrounding Tebow's situation in Denver.

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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.


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Posted on: October 31, 2011 12:30 pm
Edited on: November 1, 2011 6:25 am
 

Tebow criticism getting to be too much

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

The Tim Tebow criticism, at times, gets out of control. When the media piles on, it’s kind of expected, but when Tebow is so bad, that his opponents outright mock him during the game (as seen by Lions linebacker Stephen Tulloch Tebowing Tebow after Tulloch sacked Tebow on Sunday), it’s clearly time to think about pulling back.

Tulloch

But if you were in the Lions locker room following Detroit’s 45-10 pounding of Denver, the criticism wasn’t close to ending. In fact, it was rather harsh.

“Can you believe ‘15’?” one Detroit Lions defender told Yahoo Sports’ Michael Silver. “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?’”

Which, frankly, is some stunning disrespect. While we try to criticize Tebow in a way that’s playful -- I certainly don’t have anything against the man, and I think his character and goodwill are a credit to the NFL -- we try not to be outright mean. That anonymous Lions player was outright mean.

Tebow's Progress
Look, it’s not like this is all Tebow’s fault. Kyle Orton couldn’t win with this bunch either, and Tebow’s skill set clearly isn’t strong enough to make him competent as an NFL quarterback. We don’t know if it will ever be good enough. But since he’s the only Broncos quarterback with a contract that extends beyond the end of this season, John Elway and John Fox wanted to see what he could do on the football field. The coaching staff is the one that’s playing him, whether it's deserved or not.

Clearly, he’s not ready. Clearly, that’s not all his fault. But the criticism continues, and considering he’s on a $9.7125 million contract, he’s ripe for it. But not all of it is fair.

Why, though, such vitriol from his fellow players? Well, Silver has a theory.
However -- and this is a big however -- there’s a glaring disconnect between many fans’ assessment of Tebow’s status as a wholesome winner and the way many NFL players process his presence. To some, the notion that Tebow somehow pushes harder or taps into a higher power than they do is insulting. The NFL is full of maniacally driven grinders who’ve overcome incredible odds to reach the pinnacle of their profession, and many of them are clean-living and well-mannered, too.

While few NFL players seem to have a problem with Tebow on a personal level, I know plenty who are put off by the mythology and the holier-than-thou fan base that lionizes his every accomplishment and perceives negative depictions of his ability through a persecution-complex-tinted prism.

Silver makes a good point, and with the way Tulloch and Lions tight end Tony Scheffler, who mocked the Tebowing phenomena by posing after a touchdown catch, mocked him, that hypothesis can’t be off base.

Yet, it’s unfortunate that his players have to be so mean. After all, most of them haven’t faced the kind of national criticism and ridicule Tebow is currently experiencing. It’s just too bad that Tebow’s grace has been turned against him.

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