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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 31, 2010
Posted on: November 18, 2011 7:47 am

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

Blah, blah, blah, whine, whine, whine, coulda, shoulda, woulda, he's hurt, he had a bad game, we made mistakes. Bottom line, most of you have excuses or just hate Tebow. Newsflash: He just gets it done and wins!

Since: Nov 19, 2006
Posted on: November 18, 2011 7:45 am

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

@ Fanarama....your excuses mean nothing.  First of all the Dolphins have a crappy record but a terrific defense.  They barely lost to New England and the New York Giants, both 6-3 teams and have won their last two games, right after losing to Denver.  You mention Oakland and KC having no RB's...umm who does Denver have?  McGahee?  They havent even had him much lately due to injury but he is not exactly a star RB.  Two teams have let him walk so that tells you all you need to know about him.  And the Jets have been to the last two AFC championship games and have one of the best defenses in the NFL (even though their offense blows this year).  They still have Holmes, Burress, Sanchez, and about 5 pro-bowl defensive players, way more than Denver has, and yet Denver won.  Tebow doesnt have to beat Chicago and New England to prove anything.  Most teams and QB's dont beat them, that doens't mean they aren't legit.  New England hasnt won a playoff game in 3 years, lost two games in a row, and all of a sudden beat the Jets and everyone says "they are back!"  But Denver goes 4-1 with Tebow, with the same players that went 1-4 with Orton (and 3-10 with Orton last year) one is saying he will win the Super Bowl or make the Pro Bowl...I wouldnt even want him on my fantasy team...but he is winning games with a team that Orton could not...just give him his due and enjoy the ride.

Since: Aug 27, 2010
Posted on: November 18, 2011 7:45 am

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

Someone remind me, has Tim Tebow ever won a Super Bowl driving 97 yards with a TD pass?.............With 36 seconds left?........Big Ben>Tim Tebow........

Tebow sucks. C'mon people get over yourselves.

Since: Oct 22, 2006
Posted on: November 18, 2011 7:05 am
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Since: May 22, 2007
Posted on: November 18, 2011 6:40 am

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

I hink an MVP for Broncos Tim Tebow would be outrageous and interesting, all at the same time. The Jets found out first hand, what this guy can do when the game is on the line. I know it's crazy, but the AFC West isn't exactly the best conference in the AFC. So, where does that leave Tebow for that MVP...

To be honest, I think Tebow is good for the NFL. Why? Well, here are some reasons...he's defied the experts. He can't throw and he makes mistakes, but somehow, finds a way to win. He's 4-1 as a starter and noone can figure out why. You can't look at his throwing motion or his set up or delivery and analyze it, because it isn't there. The truth is, the experts can't figure him out, and that makes them crazy.

He's lead his team to victory over the Dolphins, Raiders, Chiefs and Jets. And he almost had a comeback against the Chargers to win in relief of Kyle Orton. I don't think anyone remembers Orton or Brady Quinn...they chant for Tebow, but don't really know why except he wins...everyone loves a winner. So, love him or hate him, he's got people talking and there's excitement in Denver, what more could you ask for?

Since: Feb 25, 2009
Posted on: November 18, 2011 6:26 am

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

If Denver comes back from their 1-4 start and takes the division does that put Tebow in the running for MVP?
A couple more games like the ones versus the Jets and the Dolphins, and I'd say yes.

Since: Feb 25, 2009
Posted on: November 18, 2011 6:25 am

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

It seems like the defense knows that they just have to keep the game close to give Tebow his opportunity.
Exactly, BadDaes. This is true of just about any team, but it's certainly true of the Broncos: keep the game close, and Tebow will move mountains to put you over. This is a much more rational way of looking at it than the following (oft repeated) faulty premise:

@ - That's because Tebow inspires his defense to play their best and get the job done. The defense wasn't winning games when Orton was the starter. Tebow is a winner and a leader. And it's through those traits that the players on defense rally around him and get the job done on defense.
And the brand new defense, brand new defensive-minded head coach, brand new defensive coordinator, the early injuries, and the pressure of playing to keep a brand new offense afloat while it gelled had nothing to do with the poorer defense early on, I guess.

And more reps with the new defense, Fox's defensive focus, and the return of several players had nothing to do with the upswing in performance, either. It must have been because the quarterback is different.

This is confusing correlation with causation; saying that two things happened at around the same time, so one must have caused the other. Not true. They just happened at the same time. The defense got better at just the right time to put Tebow in a position to win games. And we all know what happened: he won them. In the case of the Dolphins and the Jets, very nearly single-handedly.

Tebow's achievements are already good enough without having to stretch our imaginations in order to heap more glory on him. He doesn't need the help; he's doing just fine.

Since: May 28, 2007
Posted on: November 18, 2011 6:18 am

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

Here is what I'm wondering so I'm just gonna come out and say it. If Denver comes back from their 1-4 start and takes the division does that put Tebow in the running for MVP? I mean this team looked like a sure loss almost every week and now all of a sudden they are within a half game of Oakland for the division lead and the only thing that changed is the guy taking the snaps. I have been waiting for Tebow to get his real shot and I am loving the fact that he is proving the doubters wrong. Is he the next John Elway or Dan Marino? Absolutely not. Is he going to put up 400 yard passing games or 5000 yard passing seasons? I think hell will freeze over before that happens. But the fact is that he wins games and that is what I want to see in the most important player on the field. The team really believes in him and they play their heart out for him, something that you could not say about Kyle Orton. I don't care that Orton put up massive numbers at times and is what most people would call a pocket passer, I care about the W's and the Tebow is delivering big time right now. I'd have to say if the Broncos make the playoffs I would think Tebow's name should be on at least a few ballots for MVP.

Since: Feb 25, 2009
Posted on: November 18, 2011 6:12 am

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

But for some reason, it works for Tebow.
Well, yes and no. It's probably more accurate to say that if you put Tebow in a position to win, he will win. For three and a half quarters, the Broncos worked to put Tebow in a position to win. And in a 95-yard flurry, he won. It's a little early to say that an offense that has been running for less than 5 games "works".

Since: Feb 25, 2009
Posted on: November 18, 2011 6:01 am

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

That same defense earned them a 1-4 record at the beginning of they season with Orton under center.
That was not the same defense. Oh, they had most of the same players and the same coaches, but they weren't playing the same. Whole new defense requires some reps to get down. But hey, whatever throws more blame on Orton, no matter how ludicrous.

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