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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: Oct 27, 2011
Posted on: November 18, 2011 11:45 am

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

Since: Oct 27, 2011
Posted on: November 18, 2011 11:37 am

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

Sorry.  If I had to pick the worst QBs in the NFL right now I'd go with Grossman/Beck combo at 1st, Painter 2nd, Sanchez 3rd, and then maybe Tebow although Gabbert might give him a run for his money.

Since: Sep 21, 2006
Posted on: November 18, 2011 11:28 am

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

How does Eric Smith have an NFL job???  I've watched him now in successive weeks get torched by Tom Brady and the Patriots in pass coverage, and now get just burned by Tim Tebow in run support!  Has to be the worst safety in the NFL... combine that with arguably the worst starting QB in the league and you've got the recipie for the most over-hyped team of 2011 (well, 2nd most, I gotta give first to the Eagles).

Since: Oct 27, 2011
Posted on: November 18, 2011 11:09 am

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

...with just San Fran owning the embarrassing West...
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?

Further, while I don't think for a single minute that Elway is enamored with having Tebow at the helm...  I think you're foolish to think that he was hoping for the team to fail this year regardless of the draft implications.  That makes about as much sense given the type of individual he has shown himself to be as finding out Tebow is the prime suspect in multiple serial killer investigations, that he's covered head to toe in tattoos of demons which he hides with makeup, and he's secretly married to one of the Kardashians (or alternatively Paris Hilton or Lindsay Lohan perhaps).

Since: Aug 28, 2006
Posted on: November 18, 2011 11:08 am

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

I agree with Aciddic; there's just something about Timmy. Being a Raider fan it makes me want to weep, seeing the donkeys winning games they have no business winning with an awful QB; but they are WINNING. Period. Not much more to it than that; and these guys would follow Tebow into the depths of hell. That means a hell of a lot for a team; sometimes more than talent, which the donkeys are showing.

I still don't anticipate them being there at the end; yes, he's 4-1, but it honestly can't last forever. At some point he has to make a play; but the Broncos defense deserves a lot of credit as well. They've really stepped up the last few weeks. No matter how ugly it is, Denver believes in Tebow and it's working out for them.

Since: Dec 20, 2008
Posted on: November 18, 2011 11:01 am

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

Now we are comparing Tebow to Elway!!! Are you serious??/

Since: Oct 27, 2011
Posted on: November 18, 2011 11:01 am

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

Tebow is similar in that respect that he really hasn't had much to do with the wins they've gotten.  They've won despite his horrendous play.

I would disagree.  At this point it seems to me the rest of the team plays at a higher level with him in there.  Is he a prototypical qb?  No.  Heck, is he a good qb?  Perhaps not.  But for some reason the rest of the team BELIEVES that he will give them a chance to win if they put him in a position to do so and they've won by doing it.  And yet again when it came down to it in this game he did so apparently justifying their belief.  You can't pile on a player who plays poorly and not give him the benefit of the doubt as being partially the cause of the turnaround when the team rights the ship even if it's only temporary.  If the rest of the team believed what you post above...  Why bother trying at all?  Obviously Tebow will just throw the game away right?

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.  I could see it being justified to keep him on even if you draft a replacement QB as I'm sure they'll do even if he continues on this way.  A wildcat QB backup and a possible option to throw in when all else has failed.

Since: Aug 6, 2010
Posted on: November 18, 2011 10:58 am

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

Tebow epitomizes how awful the NFL is this year. There are so many atrocious team I don't think anyone knows where to aim. After the Jets loss, there are now only two good divisions in the entire league: The AFC North and the NFC North. The AFC East is no more with the Jets collapsing again against a team they should have destroyed and Buffalo in free fall. In a normal year, Tebow wouldn't have won any of these games except perhaps Miami. The Broncos could very easily win the West now with Palmer running shop in Oakland, KC's surge over, and San Diego just an abomination. The AFC and NFC could very well see three teams come out of one division for the playoffs with just the division winners being the others. New England and definitely Pitt and Balt in the AFC, who knows out of the South with Schaub going down, the West is wide open, but those two divisions will only produce one playoff team each. The NFC is practically the same, Green Bay, Detroit and Chicago all could make it, with just San Fran owning the embarrassing West, the Saints being the best of a depleting, underachieving South, and who knows if the Giants can actually assemble some consistency and win the East. That's the division that could get a second team in, the G-Men and Cowboys. But the NFL is an atrocity this year. Only this year could someone of Tebow's caliber get his team to .500 I'm waiting for someone to point out that the most baffled and angered person in the stands last night was John Elway. I hope everyone saw the look of disgust and faux clapping from him after Tebow's run, when he realized, my God, we aren't going to be picking top 5 in next years draft, are we really going to have to stretch for a QB instead of getting a lock in the top 3-5? There is no way on this planet or any other, Tebow is the answer long term for any team. You cannot complete 40% or below of your passes week after week and win--that is how disgraceful the league is this year.

Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: November 18, 2011 10:57 am

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

ur an idiot and obviously a hater.  

do you know what elway's 1st  year stats?
Passing                                                     Rushing                 Record
Year    Att   Comp   Yds  Comp %  TD   Int    Att   Yds Avg  TD     W  L 
1983  259   123   1,663   47.5       7    14    28   146  5.2   1       4   6 

All the kid needs is a chance to play and to improve and get better just like all other QB's.

Since: Nov 14, 2007
Posted on: November 18, 2011 10:45 am

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

The teams that have lost to Tebow lately have done just that - LOST.  Ok, I will give Tebow his due.  But long term, you cannot expect to be a true contender doing it this way.  NFL defenses will figure how to stop the 4th qtr heroics, and Timmy will be off to some foreign island sticking needles in natives.  He is a good guy, I'm not knocking him personally.  But how many teams would have lost last night giving up only 17 points?  And dont forget, the Denver offence only scored 10.

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