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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 14, 2011
Posted on: November 19, 2011 4:48 pm

Fox regrets comments about Tebow

It doesn't matter Tebow isn't Fox guy and this college football play calling won't last and the league will catch up to Tebow very soon. He can't run a real NFL offense and he is a great competitor and definitely a leader but it just won't add up to winning in the NFL consistently! Tebow style is like the wild cat offense the dolphins ran and was successful for a short period of time until the ligue figured them out. Look at the dolphons now! And look where that gimick offensive attack got them!!

Since: Jan 31, 2011
Posted on: November 19, 2011 4:44 pm

Fox regrets comments about Tebow

fuck tebow he will never throw for 4,000 yards like elway used to do. tebow will be lucky to hit 3000

Since: Nov 14, 2006
Posted on: November 19, 2011 4:36 pm

Fox regrets comments about Tebow

believe that if take a look and Elways first 5 games you will see that Tim T has been better than Elway.
Assuming that statement is even true, it's pretty dumb, because then a lot of QBs have been "better than Elway."

For that matter, every single QB in the league ever with only a handful of exceptions have been better than Manning, if you're talking about wins and losses.

Since: Oct 20, 2006
Posted on: November 19, 2011 4:34 pm

Fox regrets comments about Tebow

How pretty was Trent Dilfer??? He won a Super Bowl doing basically what Tebow is doing now. There is a difference between NFL and Fantasy. The only thing that counts in the NFL is winning. Just win Baby...

Since: Feb 23, 2008
Posted on: November 19, 2011 4:19 pm

Fox regrets comments about Tebow

Fine, 4 teams screwed up so bad they handed Denver the game.  Tebow had othig to do with it.  Uh Huh.  The Broncos season will come crashing week.  Yeah Yeah heard it all before last week.....and the week before that.....and the week before that.

Please give me real evidence that your predictions will come true.  Or better yet, stop guessing.......wrong..... every week.  

You don't like Tebow, I get it.  He has major flaws in his game.  He is not a pocket passer.  Okay.  He is inaccurate right now.  Yep.  He is young right?  He is essentially a rookie QB right?  The NFL is a faster game right? that takes some getting used to isn't it?  He has a top notch receiving core right? ummmm nope.  He has game changing runningbacks right? Not even close.  He is surrounded by pro bowl talent.....puleeeeaze!  Orten was doing such a better job........right?

The dude is doing pretty amazing considering the lack of weapons he has.

Okay he is annoying with his religious piousness.   Maybe even offensive to some who think it is trivializing to suggest power of god can make you a better football player.  Should he be more private with his religious beliefs, probably.  Still, please stop misdirecting your irritation of his personality  towards the irrational hate phenomenon.  He is a good football player who doesn't deserve your ire. 

Get off your soap box and just watch the game.  Save the I told you so's you have already said it enough.  So it's ugly at times.  Big whoop.  The guy is exciting.  Enjoy the game.  If you hate his praying or talk about the lord or his long rants....fine  say that.  Lot's of other guys to hate for different reasons.   But keep it real.  The experts have been wrong so far.  Get off the guys ass and let him develop or not and please SHUT UP ALREADY!  Thank you!

Since: Dec 26, 2006
Posted on: November 19, 2011 3:47 pm

Fox regrets comments about Tebow

I think a lot of people forget that this was a team that finished 3-13 last year. Josh McDaniels took a good team that had a high powered offense and instead of implementing changes to make the team a playoff caliber team utterly destroyed it by getting rid of most of the good players, drafting terribly, and alienating every Denver fan in the universe past and present. Fox and Elway had a good draft and are working with what they have.  The team is improved but in no way is a playoff caliber team as of yet. Of course we've seen some strange things happen in football so if this team does make it to the playoffs that's great, but I don't for a minute think Fox and Elway will rest on their laurels.
There were no good preseason or offseason team activities to work on Tebow's mechanics which hurts. Also, almost no NFL QB puts it together in their first year of starting. The truth is that it just takes a bit of time to build them into one. The rule of thumb is they either start showing they can do it by the third year or forget it. They were saying Drew Brees was a bust after his second year in SD. So much for that thought. I would love for Tebow to become a good NFL QB because the guy is just a great guy. He may not be a good NFL QB, but right now he's good enough to win some games, put fans in the seats, and get the Broncos through a season that had low expectations to begin with.
The major thing is that he finds a way to win. That quality can't be taught. 

Since: Jan 14, 2011
Posted on: November 19, 2011 3:36 pm

Fox regrets comments about Tebow

I believe that if take a look and Elways first 5 games you will see that Tim T has been better than Elway.  If Mr. Tebow continues to improve we may become a long term QB in the nfl.  Also with his running ablity the Broncos should get some sprint out passes in the game plan this will just open up the receivers as the DB's will have to come up to cover the run.  As many people have said it is about winning and he is doing that as well as getting his teamates to believe.  He is a true leader on the field.

Since: Jan 3, 2008
Posted on: November 19, 2011 3:29 pm

Fox regrets comments about Tebow

please everyone..stop talking about his winning percentage as a starter.  it is by far the other team that has literally handed the broncos the win, rather than tebow winning it for them.  look at the facts.  i dont wish bad on the guy, but my goodness, he is not what everyone thinks he is.  he is absolutely not an nfl quarterback....PERIOD.  enjoy the ride Broncos is coming to a screeching halt!

Since: Jul 5, 2009
Posted on: November 19, 2011 2:11 pm

Fox regrets comments about Tebow

Good points on Qb's early on in their careers.  Tebow is still learning and his dedication, perseverance and wilingness to do whatever it takes to win will take him far.  I'm not a Tebow fan but acknowledge that he is a great competitor and not only is he a great role model for kids, but a great role model for adults.

Since: Feb 3, 2007
Posted on: November 19, 2011 1:49 pm

Fox regrets comments about Tebow

It's all about winning, not looking pretty.

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