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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: Sep 30, 2011
Posted on: November 18, 2011 9:59 am

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

Edge - Why can't you just enjoy what you are seeing? Seems like people just can't be happy for this kid. The truth is, that tells alot more about you than about Tebow. What I love about it is that Tebow doesn't let the haters get to him.... He just keeps playing ball. You've also got to remember... he only has a handfull of games under his belt. Once he's been starting in the NFL for a season or two, I would imagine he skills/knowledge of the pro game will improve drastically. If this was anyone else who was a young/new starting QB, everyone would give him a pass for a couple of years and say he just has to get his feet wet. Remember: they said Jordan couldn't shoot when he came into the NBA. What did Jordan do? He worked his but off to make himself better. Not saying he's going to be the "Michael Jordan" of football, I just think his work ethic and mentality is very similar. Guess we'll see....

Since: Nov 5, 2011
Posted on: November 18, 2011 9:55 am

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

im not a broncos fan... but I cant get enough of this Tim Tebow story. He may not be a great QB, but He is a winner. If He can work at become just an adequate passer. with his ability to run he could win alot of games!

Since: Jun 11, 2010
Posted on: November 18, 2011 9:54 am

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

Why are some of you posters bringing up Denver's schedule, they play the schedule thats put in front of them! and if at the beginning of the season you looked at the schedule  its not that easy, they play the NFC norris, plus the AFC east and yes there own weak division!  The Bears and Jets went to championship games last year, Green Bay won it all, and New England went 14-2! its about catching teams at the right time, and who's healthy. beat the teams your suppose to, and play 500 against the better teams! Denver is 5-5 right now, and if they go 8-8 they may make the playoffs. deal with it!     

Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: November 18, 2011 9:47 am

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

Denver's front office wanted Tebow to fail, thats why Orton Started the Season as the #1 QB,

Idiotic statement at best.  Tebow is a project and in best case scenario should of been sitting for a year or so to improve in a few areas.  While the kid is a winner, he has improvement to be made.  Rodgers benefited from sitting behind Favre, Young benefited from sitting behine Montana.......Tebow would of benefited as well. 
Unfortunatly, Orton sucked and the Broncos couldn't win.  Tebow is winning but still learning on the fly.

Since: Jan 25, 2007
Posted on: November 18, 2011 9:43 am

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

Spoken like a true "hater"... GB^2

Since: Feb 27, 2008
Posted on: November 18, 2011 9:36 am

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

Never have we seen a quarterback who’s so clearly not an NFL quarterback continue to be successful as an NFL quarterback.

Perfectly said. 

Since: Aug 22, 2007
Posted on: November 18, 2011 9:26 am

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

Tebow is awful.  Denver's D should be commended.  They are playing great football.  They are the ones who deserve the accolades and the credit.  Denver scored 10 points of offense.  Without Sanchez's gift, this is a different collumn.  The Jets D on the final TD run was terrible.  The DE lost contain, and they brought 7, with no one to cover the middle of the field.  Poor D by the Jets, as that was just a busted play.  Wait 'til Denver plays a couple of real teams like the Patriots and the Bears.  They'll lose by 20, and we can hopefully stop listening to this nonsense.  Beating crappy teams like Miami, KC, and the lowly Jets is nothing to yap about. 

Since: May 4, 2008
Posted on: November 18, 2011 9:26 am

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

All I have to say is.................TEBOW! TEBOW! TEBOW! Keep winnining Baby!

I'm enjoying the show, like him or not, he's a winner. I rather witness a guy trying to make himself better on and off the field than hear about who got shot at a strip bar. 

God Bless ya Tebow!  

Since: Jan 19, 2007
Posted on: November 18, 2011 9:16 am

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

That last drive was magical and perplexing at the same time. What a roller coaster. Fun to watch. Shame on the Jets for getting in that position.

Without that defense though, they are not set up for a final game-winning drive. The pick-6 was just as important as the Tebow TD. Had they been down by 10 points with 6 minutes to go, Tebow would surely not be able to run that 2-minute offense, manage the clock with sideline passes that stop the clock, and generate 2 scores with his arm like many QBs are capable of doing.

But as long as a team has a stellar D who can shut down opponents and put points on the board themselves, there will always be a place for the Trent Dilfers of the NFL to have success.

Love him or hate him, he forces people to watch him in the 4th quarter. Magic time. Tebow time.

Since: Dec 5, 2006
Posted on: November 18, 2011 9:11 am

Tebows Formula

Handing the ball off to the running back up the middle is not the triple option. Once again John Fox does not trust his QB until late in the game when they have nothing else to lose. Another game without an interception. Tebow has forever thrown the football to spots where only the receiver can catch the ball which often results in slight overthrows. However by not turning the ball over he is succeeding at the the most important statistic in the game, turnovers. By the way, the three worst passes of the night were from Sanchez. An interception and two wildly inaccurate short throws on successive plays, yet not a word about Sanchez's ugly throws! Tebow only ran two times before the final drive when they finally took the handcuffs off him, so this so called triple option is a farce. His teammates trust him, and as soon as his coach does we could be in for something special! Finally, the defense plays better when they are rested which occurs when Denver wins the time of possession battle. Last night because Tebow didn't run and thus drives weren't sustained the last quarter Denver's defense started giving up some yardage because they were tired. Von Miller played a hell of a game, and the pick 6 put them in a position to let Tebow perform his magic. This team is just scratching the surface of what they could become!

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