|Who ya got, Aaron Rodgers or Tim Tebow? No, seriously. (Getty Images/US PRESSWIRE)|
Posted by Ryan Wilson
We're sure a lot of work went into ESPN's new Total QBR metric. But based on its Week 5 output, we're guessing this thing isn't so much a fancy tabulatin' machine as a random name generator. Because that's the only logical explanation for how Tim Tebow's two quarters of football against the Chargers could rank him ahead of Aaron Rodgers and his performance in Atlanta.
And we could understand if, say, Tebow had a lights-out effort Sunday afternoon. He did not. In fact, he was slightly better than the guy he replaced, Kyle Orton, who everyone agrees was absolutely dreadful.
Tebow's final line -- passing: 4 for 10 for 79 yards, 1 TD, 0 INT; rushing: 6 for 38, 1 TD.
Rodgers' final line -- passing: 26 for 39 for 396 yards, 2 TD, 0 INT; rushing: 1 for -1, 0 TD.
So, yeah, that makes a ton of sense.
According to QBR, Tebow was the fifth-best quarterback in Week 5, behind Alex Smith, Ben Roethlisberger, Drew Brees and Matt Cassel, and ahead of the Rodgers and Tom Brady. No word if Tebow got extra QBR points for Brandon Lloyd intentionally dropping the two-point conversion.
Skip Bayless, everybody!
It gets better: Orton, who was 6 for 13 for 34 yards and an interception, ranked dead last in Week 5, according QBR's Random Wheel of Destiny. By the way, last week's Hank Williams Jr. public relations debacle might have been less embarrassing for ESPN.
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