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Stop me if you've heard this: terrible Tebow wins

Posted on: November 18, 2011 12:07 am
Edited on: November 18, 2011 12:11 am
T. Tebow scores the game-winning touchdown against New York (US Presswire).

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

With less than 6 minutes to play, Tim Tebow had 95 yards to salvation. Down by three points and playing in the comforts of home, Tebow, leader of men, could have been the hero for his team. And it’s actually what we’ve come to expect.

Coming from behind to beat the Dolphins. Knocking off the Carson Palmer-led Raiders. Hurling just eight passes last week in upsetting the Chiefs in Kansas City.

Of course, Tebow was going to lead the Broncos to the game-winning score, but there was no way he was actually going to do it. Right? Until that’s exactly what he did, leading a 12-play drive that ended with Tebow keeping the ball for himself to score the 20-yard touchdown.

It was crazy and heart-pumping and … just screwy. But it was also completely predictable.

“I trust him,” Broncos linebacker Von Miller said on the NFL Network afterward. “I trust him with everything. No matter how many interceptions he throws or how many touchdowns, I’m going to ride with him until the end.”

T. Tebow is 4-1 this year as a starter (AP).For the most part, Tebow had been his regular self -- barely an NFL quarterback. Not two-completion terrible, but bad nonetheless. Yet, the Broncos were within striking distance -- mostly because the Jets offense had been just as bad and because Broncos cornerback Andre Goodman intercepted Mark Sanchez and returned it for a touchdown to give Denver some much-needed points.

But there’s something about Tebow. I can’t put my finger on it. Obviously, none of his opponents can either. Never have we seen a quarterback who’s so clearly not an NFL quarterback continue to be successful as an NFL quarterback.

And as bad as this game was to watch, Tebow made it worth it in the final six minutes.

On the first snap of the drive, Tebow hit Eddie Royal on the goal line, and somehow the Broncos receiver barely escaped Jets safety Jim Leonhard in the end zone and ran for eight yards and out of safety danger. On the second snap, running the option, Tebow kept the ball, running 15 yards for the first down. Later, on third down and with the Broncos in a five-receiver split, Tebow kept it again and ran for the first down.

On the next play, he ran at Darrelle Revis, and Revis kind of side-stepped him, allowing Tebow to gain more yards. Tebow, once again, was playing eerily well with the game on the line. Once again, he had improved his game dramatically. Yes, some of his throws on that drive were grossly inaccurate -- he short-hopped at least one receiver -- but he also hit Dante Rosario for another first down at the Jets 29 yard line.

And then, redemption.

On third and four from the 20-yard line, he made the stadium explode when he recognized a blitz coming up the middle, scrambled around the left end of the line to avoid it, beat Eric Smith to the edge and then broke Smith’s tackle to score the game-winning touchdown.

You know, much was made this week about how Broncos coach John Fox and offensive coordinator Mike McCoy had installed a read-option offense that would increase Tebow’s potential success. Fox already had all but said that Tebow wouldn’t survive in a typical professional offense, so he would bring college ball back to Tebow.

For most of Thursday’s game, it still didn’t work. Occassionally, the Broncos showed flashes of how the option could be successful. But for the most part, Denver was shooting three-and-out blanks (although punter Dustin Colquitt had a pretty good night!). You could look at the game, and say, “See, a high school offense doesn’t work in the NFL.” And you’d be right.

But for some reason, it works for Tebow. And for some reason, Tebow works for the NFL. He wins games, and at this point, you have to stop using the caveat, “Well, he sucks.” Because at some point, that issue becomes moot, and the only thing that matters is this: Tebow is 4-1 as a starter, and the playoffs are still in sight.
“He’s the most mind-blowing, polarizing figure I’ve ever seen in football,” NFL analyst Mike Mayock said.

That’s as good a description and explanation as any.  

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Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: November 18, 2011 1:40 pm

Stop me if you've heard this: terrible Tebow wins

Johnny - Well said.  I couldn't believe my ears when I heard the announcer say that last night.  When I think of polarization, I think of Michael Vick.  On the other hand, the media can't seem to stand Tebow because of his religious beliefs.  They are the ones who insist on polarization.

Since: Nov 18, 2011
Posted on: November 18, 2011 1:35 pm

Stop me if you've heard this: terrible Tebow wins

Let me take the words from a former great NFL'er  and "JUST WIN BABY" 
Hate all you want but the Broncos are 5-5 and in the playoff race.  It is a team game and remember the Broncos defense has been a total upgrade from last year.  The one to blame for setting the Broncos back for years is McDaniels.  What a Lop he was.

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: November 18, 2011 1:11 pm

Stop me if you've heard this: terrible Tebow wins

This is honestly disaster for Denver. They're getting deluded into thinking they have a quarterback when they don't. Tebow is greatly damaging the future for the Broncos. You could really argue that except for Jacksonville, no franchise is in worse shape right now than the Denver Broncos.

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: November 18, 2011 1:09 pm

Stop me if you've heard this: terrible Tebow wins

My memory may be a little fuzzy here but haven't the 49ers had the bulk of their wins against conferences outside their division?  Heck, for that matter their only loss was one the Cowboys managed to squeak by them in?
The 49ers are 1-0 against the NFC West. They are 7-1 against everyone else.

Since: Apr 26, 2010
Posted on: November 18, 2011 12:53 pm

Stop me if you've heard this: terrible Tebow wins

"Polarizing" is a term that, it seems to me, involves some kind of attitude or action by a player which is usually outside the scope of the normal part of just playing the game. I think of players who complain a lot like T.O. or others who make a big show of themselves.  Or maybe players accused of some type wrongdoing. But in Tebow we have the word used of a player just because of the skill set and experience that he currently has. Yes, he needs to continue to improve his passing, but that is true of other young QB's as well. Young players usually lose games through turnovers, and that is not happening with him. Or is he polarizing because he is outspoken about his beliefs. I guess guys who have five kids from four different women, none of whom they are married to are less polarizing than a fellow who is a virgin and plans to stay that way until he is married. I guess that kind of stand puts most of us to shame and so we have to react negatively to such a person. But as far as I have heard, he is not negative toward others who believe differently than he does. Or maybe if is just combination of all these things. But in the final analysis, I think "polarizing figure" is not the best way to because of all the negative baggage that term carries. And who cares what we think anyway. It is up to his coaches how much he plays and what plays they trust him with, and it is up to him to improve his game, as all players should be working to do.

Since: Jun 11, 2010
Posted on: November 18, 2011 12:16 pm

Stop me if you've heard this: terrible Tebow wins

No fault of his own, the NFC was far superior in the Elway, Marino era. the NFC had those great 49ers,Giants,Redskins and Cowboy teams, Elway's Broncoe's teams did not have a chance, but he got them there 5 times! winning twice in the late nineties!   

Since: Sep 29, 2007
Posted on: November 18, 2011 12:01 pm

Stop me if you've heard this: terrible Tebow wins

"at some point he has to make a play"  Didn't he just lead a team 95 yards down the field and run a td in from 20 yards out last night?
I'm no expert, but that seems like he made a "play" to me. 

Since: Oct 27, 2011
Posted on: November 18, 2011 11:50 am

Stop me if you've heard this: terrible Tebow wins

Sorry about the multiple posts.  My browser froze when trying to post.  I was trying to reply to the outraged post over the comparison to Elway.

Bleacherreport posts an interesting review of Elway in: 
He never lived up to the hype in his first 10 years. Although he led his team to three Super Bowls, which he lost, during this time he was inconsistent. He wasn't a good passer in this era of his career. During the first 10 years of his career, he had a passer rating over 80 only once, threw for more than 20 touchdowns once and never had a 4,000 yard passing season. He also threw more interception than touchdowns four times during this time, including the only year he had 20 touchdowns.

Since: Oct 27, 2011
Posted on: November 18, 2011 11:48 am

Stop me if you've heard this: terrible Tebow wins

Since: Nov 29, 2006
Posted on: November 18, 2011 11:47 am

Stop me if you've heard this: terrible Tebow wins

And yes, he overthrows his receivers by 15 yards at times and/or shorthops the ball without giving the receiver even a remote chance at catching it....   However, he's overthrowing the defenders by 15 yards as well and short hopping it before they would have a chance to make a play on it.  It's improbable perhaps but his "terrible" and "horrendous" play actually manages to avoid losing the game for them as well which is a bit of a glowing commendation in a sense if you think about it.
This logic suggests anyone that can't hit the broad side of a barn would make a good NFL QB.

Might as well say Tebow has never made sucking look so good.

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