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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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Comments

Since: Aug 6, 2010
Posted on: November 18, 2011 4:57 am
 

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

8 Rushing attempts for 68 yards. That needs to be 15-20 atleast. He has a 6.7 avg, the "is he going to run or pass?" threat killed the jets on that last drive. It can kill others.



Since: Aug 6, 2010
Posted on: November 18, 2011 4:57 am
 

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

8 Rushing attempts for 68 yards. That needs to be 15-20 atleast. He has a 6.7 avg, the "is he going to run or pass?" threat killed the jets on that last drive. It can kill others.



Since: Aug 23, 2011
Posted on: November 18, 2011 4:54 am
 

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

As a Bronco Fan my whole life I don't care who the QB is because I can't have Elway back. This kid is MAGIC somehow-How Denver will react if he starts on a losing streak I don't know- But for now win however you need to. Just remember Seahawks at 7-9 beat New Orleans last year.  If we have a season over 500 people will NOT let TEBOW MANIA GO. For so many years we had the BRONCO'S and nothing else.

I hate the Gator's so I didn't like the pick   But TIM is converting even the MOST rabid anti TEBOW fans



Since: Oct 26, 2011
Posted on: November 18, 2011 4:33 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.



Since: Aug 15, 2008
Posted on: November 18, 2011 3:14 am
 

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

I like all the comments on how the defense is really responsible for the victory, anybody but Tebow.  Makes me wonder, what was Dick Butkis' win loss recored, or Mean Joe Greene or Brian Urlacher?   Hmmm, that's right only coaches and QB's are graded by their win loss record.



Since: Sep 7, 2006
Posted on: November 18, 2011 3:12 am
 

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

I ♥ Tebow...

And I don't care who knows it.



Since: Aug 18, 2007
Posted on: November 18, 2011 2:31 am
 

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

It is a team effort that is helping the broncos win.  It's not all Tim Tebow.  But you cannot deny that this team is playing better all together with Tebow at qb.  It seems like the defense knows that they just have to keep the game close to give Tebow his opportunity.  The offensive plays limit Tebow from opening up the passing game, so their offense becomes predictable.  Not Tebows fault for that.



Since: Nov 17, 2009
Posted on: November 18, 2011 2:27 am
 

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

@ - 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.



Since: Nov 18, 2011
Posted on: November 18, 2011 1:31 am
 

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

What bugs me is that the defense is solely the reason that the Broncos are winning anything, but none of their names are ever mentioned.  Tebow Tebow Tebow blah blah.  The defense could get 6 turnovers and all we'd be told about was Tebow's 1 good drive. 



Since: Mar 8, 2008
Posted on: November 18, 2011 1:03 am
 

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

This kid is a winner and I suspect he will have a career in the league because there will always be a few coaches who will want him on the roster, even if all he plays is special teams. While he may not be a starting QB over the long haulk, he has the skills to be an H-back hybrid with a package of plays that allows him to pass, draw, or run the option outside. He could be very effective in that role, especially since he gives you a viable back-up QB on the roster, even if it's 3rd string, providing some insurance and saving a spot.   


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