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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.

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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: Apr 17, 2007
Posted on: November 15, 2011 8:05 pm

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

OK.  First and foremost, don't comment on Tebow's completion ratio unless you watch his games.  Does he throw errant passes?  Yes.  In the last game how many errant passes were thrown?  One.  How many at a MINIMUM were catchable balls but were dropped?  Four.  So his 2 for 8 performance COULD have and probably SHOULD have been a 6 for 8 performance with two deep passes.  People question why did they only throw 8 times if they believe in question is why throw at all if your running game is running through the Chiefs defense like it was a 6th grade football team?  

The hate on Tebow should actually be thrown at the media and the fans.  The man has done nothing to deserve the contempt and hatred.

So for all of you stat watchers out a game some time before you call this guy a bust.  While he will never be Peyton, I believe Peyton Manning had a HORRIBLE rookie season according to his stats.  Everyone that watched Peyton knew he was becoming something special, even though the stats said otherwise.  Considering he has started less than 10 games...I believe this is still early in Tebow's career. 

Since: Oct 28, 2006
Posted on: November 15, 2011 8:03 pm

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

Be real, they beat some pretty bad teams for the 3 wins and got the snot kicked out of the by a decent ( not great) team. He's going to be blitzed silly and I don't see him handling it well. No real pressure he can do some stuff but a good blitzing or rushing defense and he's a goner.

Since: Dec 11, 2006
Posted on: November 15, 2011 7:50 pm

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

I don't understand what all the discussion about this kid is.  He's quarterbacking the Broncos and they're 3-1 with him in there.  I don't care if he can throw the ball, run the ball or whatever.  Unless you're a Bronco fan, why have much of an opinion.  It's like my opinion on John Beck or something.  I don't really care...sorry.

Since: Feb 28, 2011
Posted on: November 15, 2011 7:23 pm

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

The plan this week better be to move Tebow outside of the pocket consistently. If he stands in the pocket, this game will be a repeat of the Lions game, except the Jets won't score 45. Their offense is about equal to Denver's. This will be tough game for the Broncos. If they don't turn the ball over, it will probably be very close. I don't see either offense substaining long drives. If either team turns the ball over on their own side of the field, it could be fatal. Maybe a repeat of LSU/Alabama. Great Defensive play, mediocre QB play at best.

Since: Sep 28, 2007
Posted on: November 15, 2011 7:18 pm

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

Yep, tebow is a fair to middlin back up running back, but calling him a winner at qb is laughable. Even a backup running back can complete a pass once in a while. The winner is the broncos defense. A few more hits and touchdown Jesus won't be running much and his lack of passing skills will see him as a perennial backup qb if he is lucky.

Since: Nov 15, 2011
Posted on: November 15, 2011 6:52 pm

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

What's with the all caps.  Wink  Smile enjoy the day.  This Tebow back and forth is what makes sports fun.  Ask what people in Seattle still think of Alex Rodriquez.

Since: Aug 14, 2007
Posted on: November 15, 2011 6:45 pm

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

sorta? is this a major news provider or is it MSN messenger?

Since: Oct 24, 2006
Posted on: November 15, 2011 6:25 pm

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

So is Andy Dalton and at least he can complete passes. What is the point? Why does the media continue to put this guy front and center???

Since: Nov 15, 2011
Posted on: November 15, 2011 6:09 pm

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

All I know is that I wasn't enjoyinf Bronco football until Tebow took over.  I thought that God didn't care about football, but winning a NFL game with 2 completions......  Just kidding!  He's a fine young man, doesn't take drugs, doesn't beat his girlfriends up. In short, a really good role model.  Whether he can be a good QB remains to be seen.  I'm rooting for him.

Since: Nov 15, 2011
Posted on: November 15, 2011 5:47 pm

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

cutty , you take the miami dolphins out of there 2-7 and the teams records that Tebow has beaten is 9-9 lol

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