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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
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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: Nov 27, 2006
Posted on: November 15, 2011 5:44 pm
 

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

This is going to be a tough one for Denver, no doubt.  But if they can pull this one out, they can beat anybody (not saying they will).  to beat 2 division rivals at home, then beat the JETS with their back against the wall would be a great position, and show that Tebow can at least give the team a chance.  Im fearing JETS will be up in his jock like Detroit was, and well be back to the Tebow sucks talk every 2 seconds on the news.  One thing no one ever points out though is that when teams are all over our QBs, it goes miserably for Orton as well.  I can point out a few thrummings that he was involved with, as well.  Good luck Broncos!



Since: Oct 26, 2011
Posted on: November 15, 2011 5:35 pm
 

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

Nobody said Tebow is not a Great Person.He just can't play QB in The NFL.Tebow had a Clause in his Contract,is he was still around this year,they had to  pay him 6.5 million.They have paid him,and he's playing.They NFL is all about business.They fired the last guy because he drafted him.If you love so much go buy on of his Jersey's.It will be a collectors item very soon in the Future.



Since: Dec 29, 2006
Posted on: November 15, 2011 5:29 pm
 

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

Ha...good point, but check the record of the last 3 teams the Jets have wins against.  Dolphins (2-7), Bills (5-4), Chargers (4-5).  Sounds similar doesn't it?  Oh...it's the same record.  I am a Broncos fan.  I am a Tebow fan.  I like seeing wins.  I don't believe Tebow will lead them to the Super Bowl.  But I am absolutely going to enjoy the ride while it lasts.  WWTTD!



Since: Oct 17, 2006
Posted on: November 15, 2011 4:48 pm
 

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

It's time for Tebow and the Broncos to rip off a 3-game losing streak and put all this nonsense to bed once and for all.



Since: Jul 27, 2010
Posted on: November 15, 2011 4:46 pm
 

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

Wait until he drops the old self run action pass play he perfected at UF.  He's hasn't busted it out yet but I'm telling you the Jets will bite on it.  It may be one of the only pass plays he makes but it will go for a TD.  Not 1 reason to root against this guy unless your a big time hater or insecure and follow the crowd. This guy would give his kidney to a stranger if they asked him.  Let's go Tebow.  Time to steam roll all these blow hard Jets and stick your toe in Fat Rex's Mouth.




Since: Oct 26, 2011
Posted on: November 15, 2011 4:24 pm
 

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

I WAS WAITING ON ALL THESE TEBOW CLONES.LET ME GIVE YOU SOME STATS.SINCE TEBOW HAS STARTED THE LAST 4 GAMES.THE TEAM HE HAS BEAT,HAS COMBINED RECORD OF 11 WINS /16 LOSES.GET UP ON THAT BAND WAGON BOYS AND GIRLS.BUT THATS HAVE FAR DENVER FANS HAVE FALLEN.



Since: May 22, 2008
Posted on: November 15, 2011 4:17 pm
 

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

Oh how the the rest of the NFC east wished you could get that wish a two way threat to a one way threat yout boy TT would get eaten alive in that division the all the teams play good sound defense you cannot win throwing the ball 2 times everygame peopel need to get agrip in the AFC west a weak division ( no offense you can get by ) oh yes they beat a dolphin team who was sleep walking until they were embarrassed I think the Broncos might go 1-6 mybe 06 the they rest of the yr



Since: Aug 31, 2011
Posted on: November 15, 2011 4:12 pm
 

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

It has a lot to do with the fact that the defense has stepped up and the running game has been better.  But more importantly, it has little to do with tim tebow.  He has beat the Dolphins, Raiders, and Chiefs.  He wasn't allowed to do much against the chiefs, he looked aweful for all but 2 drives against the dolphins, looked very bad against the loss to the Lions, but had an average 10-21 game against the Raiders.  This winning will soon come to an end for Tebow.  The running game will also start slowing down as NFL defenses will learn how to limit the Tebow and McGahee running game.  Oh and the receivers are going to get tired of blocking to be thrown at every 10 plays.



Since: Feb 25, 2009
Posted on: November 15, 2011 3:25 pm
 

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

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 and now they're not. For the time being, it doesn't really matter why.
Of course it matters why. If you don't know why you're winning, how are you supposed to keep doing it? The Broncos have been playing decent defense, and their running game has been revived by Willis McGahee. All Tebow has to do is not turn the ball over (and he hasn't been), and the Broncos have a good chance to beat teams like the Dolphins and the Chiefs. Not sure if it will be enough to take down the Jets, but it's why they're winning.



Since: Aug 31, 2011
Posted on: November 15, 2011 3:02 pm
 

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

Merlin, your profile should be stricken from you and you shoulld have the ignorance slapped out of you.  John Elway is one of the greatest QB's of all time.  How can you even try to compare a legends first year stats with anybody!  Tebow's stats can be twisted to look better at this point because Elway was allowed to learn and make his own mistakes.  Tebow doesn't have the tools to be a great passer like elway so they have him either run or chuck it deep.  Even I can connect on a 35 yard pass or two a game if we only throw 8 times during the game.


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