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Ryan on Tebow: It's not pretty but he's a winner

Posted on: November 15, 2011 12:30 pm
Edited on: November 17, 2011 4:39 pm
 
Ryan's Tebow fandom extends back to Tebow's Heisman Trophy-winning college days. (Getty Images)

Posted by Ryan Wilson

The Patriots made easy work of the Jets on Sunday night, which must make an already short week seem even shorter for New York. The Jets are 5-4 and currently one game out of the wild-card race. New England's remaining seven games redefine "cake schedule," which means that the Jets have virtually no room for mistakes the rest of the way.

On Thursday, they'll face Tim Tebow and the Broncos in Denver. On paper, it's a mismatch; the Jets defense is known for blitzing quarterbacks silly, particularly ones short on experience. And cornerback Darrelle Revis has been up to the weekly task of shutting down the opponent's best receiver, though he may be hard-pressed to identify who that is in the Broncos new (old)-fangled read-option offense.

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Head coach Rex Ryan, who got the league's attention Monday after a video surfaced of his halftime suggestion to one Belichick-loving heckler, spoke about his admiration for Tebow's game going back to college.

“I thought he was a great competitor and he is a winner, and that’s what he’s showing right now,” Ryan said, in comments distributed by the Jets’ PR staff (via PFT). “Are there prettier passers than him? Yeah, absolutely. But again, [we] just [have to] try to find a way to beat him.”

In fact, the Broncos have given new meaning to "ground and pound."

“It was amazing, I mean, you talk about a team committed to running the football," Ryan said during an appearance on ESPN Radio New York. "They’re running all kind of different options — they’re running speed options, load options, read options. You know, Tebow had more rushing attempts than he had passing attempts, so it’s a total different challenge that’s for sure.”

Ryan won't have to look far for an answer.

Twelve years ago, Ryan wrote “Coaching Football’s 46 Defense," and it includes 20 pages on how to stop the option, now the centerpiece of the Broncos' offense. Ryan's dad, Buddy, created the 46 Defense. It came to prominence a quarter-century ago when the 1985 Bears' defense, one of the best in NFL history, featured the 46 all the way to a Super Bowl title.

Can Tim Tebow and the Broncos read-option the Jets on Thursday? Is Mark Sanchez better than Tebow? Can the Packers go 16-0? Chat live with our NFL experts now!




Tebow is one of the NFL's worst passers (it's a race to the bottom with Blaine Gabbert), but he's turned what should be a debilitating disadvantage into an asset. Against lesser teams the strategy -- run till the wheels fall off (and that's sorta what happened against the Chiefs) -- works. If Denver can have success in their one-dimensional offense against the Jets then we'll probably have to have the "The Broncos are a playoff team, right?" conversation at some point soon. Not so much because Tebow has magically transformed Denver into an offensive juggernaut, but because the AFC West is still up for grabs.

“With Tim Tebow at quarterback, it’s almost a throwback to the college game,” NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock said after Tebow didn’t complete his first pass against the Chiefs until late in the third quarter.

Mayock's NFL Network colleague Deion Sanders added: “You can’t measure Tim Tebow by statistics because he has that ‘it’ factor. The only thing I know is that they’re starting to believe and winning games.”

It sounds corny but it's true. The Broncos are 3-1 with Tebow under center. Maybe it's coincidence or maybe it's a higher power. Either way, Denver was losing with Kyle Orton and now they're not. For the time being, it doesn't really matter why.

By the way, you can buy Ryan's book here (we're guessing John Fox is furiously flipping through it as we write this). And if you're looking for a gag gift this holiday season, might we suggest the ironic comedy stylings of Brian Billick (The only thing missing is a foreward by Kyle Boller).

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Since: May 25, 2011
Posted on: November 15, 2011 11:19 pm
 

Ryan on Tebow: It's not pretty but he's a winner

After trying to make Sanchez an NFL QB for 3 years now, Rex knows all about "its not pretty"...he struggles even more with the "but he's a winner comment"...unless he's talking about Sanchez...Wouldn't it be funny if Tebow beats them this week.



Since: Aug 15, 2008
Posted on: November 15, 2011 11:13 pm
 

Ryan on Tebow: It's not pretty but he's a winner

You don't think he does. Obviously, others do. What happened to keeping it at home, like the bible says?  Oh yeah, Bible's only good for when it back your argument.

If you think his sample size by beating three of the worse teams in the nfl is enough, than by all means, sign him to a 10 year contract. You have your franchise QB right there.  And Leaf was a better QB. Worse human being and player, but a better QB.  Have you thought possibly that maybe Denver beat those bottom rung teams in spite of Tebow, not because of? 



Since: Sep 2, 2010
Posted on: November 15, 2011 11:06 pm
 

Ryan on Tebow: It's not pretty but he's a winner

The ridicule is that he's a terrible quarterback. Probably THE worst first round quarterback ever drafted. 
Really?! Worst 1st round pick ever?! He keeps winning, and the name "Leaf" keeps popping up in my head for some reason.


As for his Christian faith, nobody wants to hear it. If he wants to wear it on his sleeve and shout atop top of mountains, then he's inviting the praise as well as redicule. That's his own problem. No one is saying he can't do what he's doing (you usually reserve that for the muslims, athiests, gays), it's his right. It's also his right for people to make fun of the little drama queen.


    Yea! You sound like a hypocrite! I live in Denver and I fully know his (Tebow's) faith. So what?! He doesn't "preach it" like one would think. I can recall after any game is done, any player, coach etc from across the board in sports... Being interviewed, usually the player will say, thanks the "Lord" for his triumph in said game, my family yadda-yadda-yadda-CLICHE Jargon. Why aren't we talking about that? Hmmmm...
    Just because you or any other short-sighted person on here wishes to be, or do what he does in life, gives you no reason to talk him down because of your short-comings in life. Tebow may not be a stud of a passer, but he is what he is... A person most of this world should at least try to mimick as far as "values" go.



Since: Aug 15, 2008
Posted on: November 15, 2011 10:49 pm
 

Ryan on Tebow: It's not pretty but he's a winner

The ridicule is that he's a terrible quarterback. Probably THE worst first round quarterback ever drafted. A decent 4th round rb, yes, but qb, no. Brad Maynard would make a better QB than Tebow. Psst...he's a punter.

As for his Christian faith, nobody wants to hear it. If he wants to wear it on his sleeve and shout atop top of mountains, then he's inviting the praise as well as redicule. That's his own problem. No one is saying he can't do what he's doing (you usually reserve that for the muslims, athiests, gays), it's his right. It's also his right for people to make fun of the little drama queen.

Hey, bottom line, if Tebow was the second coming of Manning, everyone would talk about his quarterbacking skills, not his over the top display. 
 
I'll end it with a bible quote for you.

Take care that you don't flaunt your religion in public to be noticed by others. Otherwise, you will have no recognition from your Father in the heavens --Mathew 6.1

Sound like someone we know? 



Since: Mar 7, 2008
Posted on: November 15, 2011 10:21 pm
 

Ryan on Tebow: It's not pretty but he's a winner

Buddy, you and I both know that if Tebow was not a professing Christian the hate and contempt would all but non-existent. I was not a fan of his in college but towards the end of his career I began to really respect him, not only for what he did on the field but what I learned about him off the field. I am NOT a Bronco's fan, not by any stretch, but I want to see Tebow succeed. He's not going to have a HOF career but I also hope he does not go the way of Ryan Leaf. He doesn't have to be pretty if he can pound out a win. 

I probably would not have as much interest in his success if it were not for the mocking and hatred he gets just for being who he is. Some people are proud to be gay. Good for them. Tebow is unabashadly unashamed to be a Christian. Good for him. Lot's of players have knelt in a symbolic way after a score, offering some sort of "Thanks" for the score. I assume they were praying. But NONE of them have received the redicule that Tebow has. While I as a Christian do not believe God provides the opportunity for them to score, I do understand that a professing Christian will offer thanks to God for anything good they receive/earn. It's just what we do.

Is the riducule due to the nondiscreet, openess of his faith?



Since: May 27, 2008
Posted on: November 15, 2011 10:15 pm
 

Ryan on Tebow: It's not pretty but he's a winner

A lot more has gone into the Broncos' wins than Tebow's play. The biggest key is that he hasn't turned the ball over the way Kyle Orton did. Of course, he was putting it in the air upwards of 30 times per game. If you want to buy into the "Tebow's a winner" mantra, that's cool. But let's not forget the running backs that have carried the load, the offensive line that's paved the way, the defense that's bent but hasn't broken, and someone named Eddie Royal on special teams.



Since: Jan 13, 2009
Posted on: November 15, 2011 9:33 pm
 

Ryan on Tebow: It's not pretty but he's a winner

bout time for coach fatso to predict another super bowl win for the M-E-T-S: mets, mets, mets---nice job against NE tubbo--you and your fat twin are hillarious--keep up the choking---


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Since: Nov 15, 2011
Posted on: November 15, 2011 8:34 pm
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Since: Dec 1, 2010
Posted on: November 15, 2011 8:25 pm
 

Ryan on Tebow: It's not pretty but he's a winner

Denver's running game is severly weakened so hopefully the Jets can take their embarrassment of NE out on Tebow. I'd be shocked if the Jets so not win this game. If they don't stick a fork in them. They cannot afford anymore AFC losses for tiebreaker purposes.



Since: Dec 3, 2007
Posted on: November 15, 2011 8:06 pm
 

Ryan on Tebow: It's not pretty but he's a winner

path2000:   The TEAM has one despite Tebow.

The team has one what? 

Settle down on the Merlin criticism.  He wasn't comparing Elway's career to Tebow's career.  He was comparing Elway's first 10 games to Tebow's first 10 games.  There is no denying the truth.  No one is saying that Tebow is going to have Elway's career. 



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