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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: Nov 19, 2011
Posted on: November 19, 2011 8:29 pm

Fox regrets comments about Tebow

The hate on tebow is because he's so so so terrible, but he wins.  With  copletions in a game, and he won! I can not stand ir! He's a good guy, but a terrible QB. I like him succeding, but it annoys me. It is Brady Quinn time Elway. You know it is, if he doesnt win put tebow back in simple as that!

Since: May 6, 2007
Posted on: November 19, 2011 8:05 pm

Fox regrets comments about Tebow

funny every M fer in the NFL gets down on a knee or looks to the sky to thank God but if Tebow does it, he all of a sudden is forcing God onto everyone, wtf, that dont seem right.  Dont forget college ball too, they all love to get down or look up.  Not to mention every baseball player does a cross over their chest for just about anything.  Very stange that so many people want such a decent human to fail.  I'm not a fan but I wish the dude all the best.  Just like I do for any other person who trys to be better at anything.

Since: Jul 12, 2009
Posted on: November 19, 2011 6:47 pm

Fox regrets comments about Tebow

Hey boomer12:

John Elway threw for 4000 yards once in his career - 4030 in 1993.  But other than that your post was well written and insightful.

Since: Jan 3, 2008
Posted on: November 19, 2011 6:36 pm

Fox regrets comments about Tebow

wow, how misconstrued everyone becomes when religion is involved.  great, tebow loves do i.  but that doesnt make him a good nfl qb.  my argument is the fact that everyone is making him out to be this great qb, and the facts state otherwise.  he will never be a good qb, but a tight end, or maybe a full back...YES! My posts on this issue are over, because it is not worth the argument.  People believe what they want, but it is disgusting watching football when all you hear about is how great, wonderful, awesome, winning, blah blah blah this guy is when he hasnt proven diddly squat, except how to complete 3 passes in a game that is won by his defense, and the other teams mistakes.

Since: Aug 16, 2010
Posted on: November 19, 2011 5:57 pm

Fox regrets comments about Tebow

I never said he was a great player. I said its nice to see a humble and nice guy.
When I said Thank You JESUS that was referring to Kurt Warner when he said that so I was making a joke.
But I would rather have guys like Tebow than the ones I mentioned first. By the way I do have self respect and high morals
and that thing you call a crutch I call Gods grace and a  BLESSING! THANK YOU JESUS!!!       

Since: Feb 5, 2009
Posted on: November 19, 2011 5:37 pm

Fox regrets comments about Tebow

I'm no Christian and I don't like athletes proselytizing after a game, but I'm all for Tebow.  He has been viciously attacked by analysts, sports stars, coaches, scouts and many others as being unfit to play QB in the NFL.  I can't think of a better set up for a god fearing Christian athlete than the scorn and contempt that has been heaped on Tebow.  It totally plays into his hand.  It motivates him to become a star and a winner and defy the so called experts when he might not do anything if they just left him alone.  Instead they have vilified him and he has defied them and, so far, proved them wrong.  It's awesome to see.  In a way, the critics are making Tebow a self-fulfilled prophet!! And that's just got to burn the balls of those in the NFL think they know how it's done.  I love it when the NFL establishment, or any establishment, takes it in the *ss!!  Go Tebow!! 

Since: Sep 5, 2010
Posted on: November 19, 2011 5:36 pm

Fox regrets comments about Tebow

@Krusader... you can play stupid all you'd like but you know exactly why people don't care for Tebow or especially people like you spouting your bias and religious rhetoric.  See, you're hypocrite.  You would arrogantly promote him as a great player whether he sucked or not and more importantly you would chastise and even disdain other players for his exact same actions - kissing another man, promoting idolatry.

On the other hand, none of this is new to a guy like you (I would guess).  Being highly religious usually coincides with either a lack of self-respect and/or moral bankruptcy (which is why you rely so heavily on your ethical crutch called "organized religion").  Good luck with that.
  - Oh how I wish a Muslim player in the league had people doing this to their jerseys...

Since: Jan 14, 2007
Posted on: November 19, 2011 5:35 pm

Fox regrets comments about Tebow

Let me say this Tim Tebow is where he's at today because we all know how successfull The Gatord were and they were successful because of Tebow so now he gets his chance to shut the critics mouth and that'll never happen because there all waiting for that game where he looks like he still should be playing in college, well no matter how good he plays or bad he can look in the mirror every day and say to himself that he's a real champion in football and in life. Only a small percentage of people in this world play NFL Football and he's living his dream whether or not he makes his career in football he'll always make it some where in life I'm proud of him and the people who never put on a helmet and those who have should be i wish him all the luck in the world for many years .

Since: Dec 15, 2010
Posted on: November 19, 2011 5:08 pm

Fox regrets comments about Tebow

Don't believe anyone who says "Believe me....."

Since: Aug 16, 2010
Posted on: November 19, 2011 5:04 pm

Fox regrets comments about Tebow

I can't believe all the hate for this guy! Did he kill dogs(Vick),did he kill someone with his car(Stallworth),did he text his privates to a woman(Favre)
did he commit adultry with porn stars and waitresses(Tiger)? NO!!!  With all these terrible guys in sports it's refreshing to see a humble and nice guy.
With that I say, Thank You JESUS, for Tim Tebow a great christian young man! Go Broncos

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