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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: Jul 28, 2011
Posted on: November 15, 2011 2:52 pm

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

Playmode, Tebow hasn't proven any doubters wrong. The TEAM has one despite Tebow. He's shown us exactly what us "doubters" expected, he sucks as a qb. Great athlete. Great leader and person. Horrible qb. That's all he has proven. He could be just as great a leader as a tight end or slot receiver.

Since: Jul 28, 2011
Posted on: November 15, 2011 2:48 pm

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

Yes! You hit the nail on the head Merlin. John Elway is afraid that Tim Tebow is a better qb than he was. That must be moron!!! You lose any credibility that you may or may not have had with that kind of assanine statement. To even hint that Tebow even comes close to being as good a qb as Elway is a joke. The Broncos are winning with an all out team effort. Not because of Tebow, but inspite of Tebow. Yes, winning is good, but it won't last.

Since: Aug 8, 2009
Posted on: November 15, 2011 2:45 pm

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

If Rex picks this guy up I'm officially becoming a Giants fan and never looking back. That said, he does need to do something with the Jets after the way the Patriots gave us a dry Sandusky.

Since: Sep 25, 2009
Posted on: November 15, 2011 2:43 pm

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

This is going to be a brutal game.  Neither offense is in the least competent, but the Jets defense really is one of the best if not the best in the league.  Tebow will probably get benched. 

Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: November 15, 2011 2:27 pm

Fox should install a west-coast hybrid offense

If Fox would install a west-coast hybrid offense to go along with the option, then Tebow could make some real noise. The kid is a competitor and just loves the game the same way we grew up playing it! "ALL OUT WHATEVER IT TAKES TO WIN" 

Can't knock the kid he has proven all doubters wrong by flat out winning. 

Since: Nov 15, 2011
Posted on: November 15, 2011 2:26 pm

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

I wouldn’t want King Elway to be accused of looking in the mirror or being afraid that Tebow might take his title from him but one could jump to that conclusion comparing their early career numbers.

If you do a compare between Elway rookie year 11 games played, 10 starts an 4-6 record to Tebow career, 16 games played, 7 starts and 4-3 record... Tebow is modestly better. I heard that Elway turned out OK!

QB rating (E) 47.5%, (T) 81.8%

Pass TD % (E) 2.7% (T) 6.4%

Avg Yds per pass (E) 6.42 (T) 6.7

Passing yards +Rushing yards - sack yards (E)1,445 (T) 1,684
Combined turnovers (E) 20 (T) 11
Combined TD (E) 8 (T) 20
Win% games started (E) 40% (T) 57%

Could this be why King Elway has not been Tim's greatest supporter?


Since: Nov 2, 2007
Posted on: November 15, 2011 2:20 pm

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

This week it will be Demarius Thomas catching the long pass for a TD.  The jets will play alot of zone this week in order to limit Tebow scrambling for big yardage.  Zone D takes them out of their strength because their safeties can be beat downfield.  The Jets are old in the front 7.  The real "Ground and Pound" is about to steam roll the vaunted Jets D!

Since: Sep 1, 2006
Posted on: November 15, 2011 2:11 pm

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

Ill get them VICKO SICKO FOR TT and some drafts picks , like 2 #1s and 2#2s...Crap ill give vick  just for TT, juust to get rid of the dog eater

Since: Sep 1, 2006
Posted on: November 15, 2011 2:09 pm

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

Just dont what to say about this .We have to wait . Maybe next year they will let him throw more . But i dont think you can keep winning with A QB THAT DONT BE THROWING.  He is a WINNER THOUGH! AND I BAD MFER. WOULD BEAT ANYONE BUTT IN A FIGHT. OR DIE TRING. Hope he makes it.

Since: Oct 10, 2006
Posted on: November 15, 2011 2:04 pm

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

I could care less about what this blowhard has to say about anything.

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