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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: Nov 29, 2006
Posted on: November 18, 2011 10:39 am

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

Tebow has forever thrown the football to spots where only the receiver can catch the ball which often results in slight overthrows.
Slight?  I guess if your definition of slight is 15 yards, then ya, they are slight overthrows.

An interception and two wildly inaccurate short throws on successive plays, yet not a word about Sanchez's ugly throws!
I think most people already know Sanchez sucks at QB also, so throws like that are expected from him.  It's not like it's a pro-bowl QB making those throws and then being able to say, "see, even pro-bowlers make bad throws like Tebow."  Comparing 2 bad QB's doesn't help your argument much.  When the Jets made the AFC Championship games a lot of people said Sanchez led them there when in reality they got that far despite how bad Sanchez was (they got that far because of the running game and defense).  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.

Since: Nov 12, 2011
Posted on: November 18, 2011 10:37 am

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

Isn't football all about makin the KEY Plays at the Right Time Isn't that what Tebow did? him "terrible?"  Star quarterbacks that post stats but a combinaton of mishaps, poor plays and defensive letdowns gets even bigger criticism from fans and writers (Romo is the best example lf "letdown" football. I would love it if Tebows tats continue to suck, but he continues to out off nailbiting, unbelievable, unfathomable plays that dumbfounds opponents, fans, and sports writers.  Haven't seen this level of entertainment in Denver football in years.

Since: Sep 8, 2009
Posted on: November 18, 2011 10:30 am

Stop me if you've heard this: Tebow is on HGH

Cushing, Merriman, Clay Matthews, Tebow.  Get used to it, they're all juiced out of their gourds.  One injury and he's toast, like Merriman.

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: November 18, 2011 10:27 am

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

I guess $32 million in guaranteed money isn't enough to buy the Jets some tackling from Revis.
I loved how he went out of his way to not have to get run over by Tebow.

Since: Dec 20, 2008
Posted on: November 18, 2011 10:23 am

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

Numbers do not lie in the NFL eventually his 44.8 completion will catch up to him.

Since: Dec 17, 2010
Posted on: November 18, 2011 10:22 am

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

When will the love affair with Mark Sanchez come to an end? I don't see the Jets every week, but whenever I see Sanchez, I'm not impressed. I guess people like him because he's "pretty" and photogenic, but I don't see the results.

Since: Dec 17, 2010
Posted on: November 18, 2011 10:20 am

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

When will the love affair with Mark Sanchez come to an end? I don't see the Jets every week, but whenever I see Sanchez, I'm not impressed.

Since: Jun 11, 2010
Posted on: November 18, 2011 10:13 am

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

grifter, disagree!  Young sat five years behind Joe Montana, and only got a shot because Montana got hurt, and had many more weapons than Tebow, had 4 or five solid years before running into those great Cowboys teams!  and not sure Green Bay doesn't regrets sitting Rodgers as long as the did. Dan Marino and Troy Aikman and Peyton Manning  started their first year, Montana and John Elway & Tom Brady in their 2nd year! now who knows how good Tebow going to be, these guys just mentioned are Hall of Famers,but one thing is for sure he needs weapons. 

Since: Jan 1, 2007
Posted on: November 18, 2011 10:12 am

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

Tebow is awful.  Denver's D should be commended.
The Edge: Well. One out of two ain't bad. All players are judged by wins and losses. Just because many have fantasy teams does not mean that Tebow is awful. What good is it if a QB throws for 400 yards, 3 Td's and loses? Don't hate just because your team didn't win.

You use words like awful, terrible, poor, crappy. lowly and nonsense. Yep, you should have been talking about yourself. Did you have money on the Jets?

Since: Jul 27, 2011
Posted on: November 18, 2011 10:03 am

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

He has decent college pedigree and as such, just like most other NFL entrant players, has potential.

But as a few others have said, he is a starter earlier than he should be due to circumstance - but is coping with that circumstance in a very pragmatic way. He is focusing on the only thing that matters - winning games. His adaptability to the situation should be admired.

The very very interesting thing will be to see what happens next. If he continues this to the end of the season and is getting results, he deserves a starting spot. Whether or not he is doing things the "right" way is irrelevant - wins are the only statistic that matters, and if Denver wins with Tebow as QB, keep him as QB.

The team effect is interesting. Having a QB who is not the normal superstar can be very positive for other players who are normally overlooked. There is more of a team mentality. More of a "we are all grinding this out together" type of feeling.

As good as Aaron Rodgers is, Green Bay are not one player. Just as Tebow is getting a lot of press at present, so is the case at every other club. If Tebow has the respect of his team mates as one of them, he is well positioned for (dare I say it) greatness.

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