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Fox regrets comments about Tebow

Posted on: November 18, 2011 11:00 pm
Edited on: November 19, 2011 1:12 pm
Turns out, Fox is Tebow's biggest fan. (US PRESSWIRE)

Posted by Ryan Wilson

In the post-Tebowalyptic light of day, Broncos coach John Fox looks sorta silly for some comments that, not long ago, sounded perfectly reasonable given that his starting quarterback struggled to throw anything other than screen passes.

Earlier this week,'s Jeff Darlington quoted Fox as saying, "If we were trying to run a regular offense (with Tebow), he'd be screwed."

The thing is, Fox is telling the truth. We all saw the Lions game. The Broncos -- and Tebow -- were abused for 60 minutes, and it prompted an anonymous Detroit player to tell's Michael Silver afterwards: “Can you believe No. 15 [Tebow]? Come on – that’s embarrassing. I mean, it’s a joke. We knew all week that if we brought any kind of defensive pressure, he couldn’t do anything. In the second half it got boring out there. We were like, ‘Come on – that’s your quarterback? Seriously?’”

You know how you make Tebow less boring? Quit passing the ball. Or, as Fox said, quit trying to run a regular offense.

On Friday, a day after the Broncos beat the Jets on some last-second Tebow heroics, Fox took the blame for his previous remarks.

"I screwed up," he said Monday, according to the Denver Post's Mike Klis. "What bothers me about that quote is I love the guy. All I was talking about was how this is a different way to run the ball. Everybody wants to put a name on it. All we're doing is tweaking the running game so we match up with what Tim does well. And I'm telling you, he's getting better as a passer. He is improving."

We mentioned it in the latest edition of the Tebow Tracker but style points don't matter. The Broncos, one of the league's worst teams a month ago, are suddenly is in the mix for the AFC West crown. Yeah, Denver is now running a high school offense, but they're also 5-5, and 4-1 with Tebow as their starter. If nothing else, give them credit for not trying to fit a square peg in a round hole.

Fox knows he has a monster truck. And instead of drag-racing he's headed to the mega monster truck rally where he can compete ("It's this SUNDAY! SUNDAY! SUNDAY!). The other side of that argument? What John Harbaugh and Cam Cameron are doing with the Ravens offense.

""But that was one time where I lost sleep over it," Fox said. "I don't ever lose sleep over things like this, but I felt terrible about (my comments). We were 1-4 and now we're 5-5. Believe me, I'm Tim Tebow's biggest fan."

On Tuesday, Jets head coach Rex Ryan admitted that Tebow's style was, shall we say, unconventional. “Are there prettier passers than him? Yeah, absolutely. But again, [we] just [have to] try to find a way to beat him.”

That clearly didn't happen. Luckily, Rex's twin brother Rob, the Cowboys' defensive coordinator, has some thoughts on Tebow and the read-option.

“I don’t like it because it’s college football,” Ryan said Friday at Valley Ranch, via the Star-Telegram. “We’re getting a lot of two tight ends blocking for empty sets. Who would have ever thought that? This is the NFL. Those teams don’t win.”

When someone pointed out that Denver did just that when Tebow scored on a 20-yard run, Ryan responded, “Thanks for pointing that out. The guy made a hell of a play, though, didn’t he?

“Just a second. I’ll take a knee myself.”

We eagerly await Rob Ryan's next smiting.

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Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: November 20, 2011 3:51 am

Fox regrets comments about Tebow

Besides Tebow's lack of actual talent. My only issue with him is he tries for force his beliefs onto others. The moment I saw a video of him telling kids they'd go to hell if they didn't become Christians was the day I stopped rooting for him. There are plently of religious sports stars out there and their not discriminated against. Tebow needs to shut up about religion and keep it to himself. Play the sport and believe in what you believe in but don't tell children they'll go to hell if they don't believe like you. In a normal job, he'd of lost his job for preaching his religion. As long as he preaches, I'll hate. When he stops preaching I'll support him. It's that simple. I have no problem with religion as a whole. Hell my favorite baseball player Clayton Kershaw is religious, but I have a problem with those who try and force their believes onto others. And any true American would have a problem with that specially if someone else went to their kids and told them they'd go to hell if they didn't believe their way.

Stop praising this talentless loser and condem him for preaching his beliefs onto others. Save your praise for the religious sports stars who don't try and force their beliefs onto others and who actually have true talent.

Since: Feb 10, 2008
Posted on: November 20, 2011 2:11 am

Fox regrets comments about Tebow

Hey is it pretty....No....Does he win.....Yes......By no means am I a Denver fan and ol' Tebow use to beat up on my college team. Honestly though cut the guy some slack. He is doing a helluva job against all the scrutnity. Cut the Tebow a break is what I say!!!!

Since: Sep 19, 2008
Posted on: November 20, 2011 2:08 am

Fox regrets comments about Tebow

In answer to haters hating on Tebow, not his fans.

I was a hater that hated on Tebow's fans not Tebow. Many Tebow fans were a-holes in their quest to bench Orton. Now that Tebow is in and winning they don't credit the much improved defense. Tebow has been a pleasant surprise for me. I like the way he is keeping his turnovers to a minimum. He is what Tebowners criticized Orton for being; a good game amanger. To understate the odvious, he plays his best in the last minutes of games. As a Bronco fan, I will take his "ugly" wins over losses any day.

Since: Aug 25, 2009
Posted on: November 20, 2011 1:14 am

Fox regrets comments about Tebow

It's true.  Tebow is a bad QB.  He can be a RB taking snaps, but sooner or later you will need to throw, and that means you'll need to complete half your passes.

Since: May 2, 2010
Posted on: November 20, 2011 12:38 am

Fox regrets comments about Tebow

And then you wonder why people can't stand Tebow fans.
Since when was it "Tebow Fans" that people hated??
The haters were hating on Tebow, not his fans.

Since: Dec 7, 2006
Posted on: November 20, 2011 12:03 am

Fox regrets comments about Tebow

finfantilend, I have been saying all the same things as you have and I get blasted for it.  I have no problem that he loves Jesus and God, but that is something personal that he does not need to constantly talk about.  ESPN is talking about him like he is going to be the next great thing that happens to this league at the QB position.  Just because he is religious, is a good guy without a record, and plays the position differently, and has won a few games does not make him even a good QB.  All the games he won (maybe besides the Oakland game), he played terrible in.  Even in that game, they blew a big lead by turning the ball over.  The defense and special teams were what even gave him a chance to make those late scores to begin with.  In the games he has played, he has been horrible for 3.75 out of 4 quarters.  The team is winning games by scores like 18-15, 17-13, or 20-17.  They play in the AFC West, which is perhaps the worst in football, and have barely played a team with a good offense.  The one team with an offense (Lions) destroyed them so Tebow could not even have that one good drive.  When they have to play San Diego and some of the better teams, they are not going to score under 20 points and win.  And one thing NOBODY is saying is that his passing is atrocious even while they are winning.  Last week, he completed TWO passes out of EIGHT.  The team threw 8 times the WHOLE game!  The defense is winning the games.  Talk about Von Miller.  Even against the Jets, he was awful.  They missed tackles on him a few times and Sanchez threw an interception which gave him that opportunity in the first place.  Even on that last drive, the throws were awful.  His arm strength is very poor, his release is very slow, and throwing motion is too extended.  Every week, he has completed less than half of his passes and his completion rate goes down each week.  They play ugly football and win ugly every time.  When they play the big boys, he is going to be exposed for what he is, a fullback playing QB.  I am not a hater, but a realist.  He is never going to cut it as an NFL QB.  Denver should bulk him up and move him to TE.  Giving up draft picks to draft this guy as a quarterback in the first round was a big mistake.  I know people are going to bash this post, but I am not impressed with his play.  His style of play should be kept in college and only used in wildcat packages.  I have never seen such hype for a below average player.

Since: Jun 4, 2007
Posted on: November 19, 2011 11:12 pm

Fox regrets comments about Tebow

Yeah, Fox regrets it...Tebow is saving his ass!!!

Since: Nov 19, 2011
Posted on: November 19, 2011 9:59 pm

Fox regrets comments about Tebow

He can play... great job!

Since: Nov 19, 2011
Posted on: November 19, 2011 9:41 pm

Fox regrets comments about Tebow

Of course Fox regrets saying this. Tebow is the person who single-handedly is helping Fox keep is job past this year. Word at A&M Bellevue Auto Service is that Tebow might just be the best thing the Broncos have had since Elway.

Since: Nov 19, 2011
Posted on: November 19, 2011 8:38 pm

Fox regrets comments about Tebow

Brady Quinn should play, then on the last drive of the game put tebow in!

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