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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: Jul 12, 2009
Posted on: November 19, 2011 12:53 pm

Fox regrets comments about Tebow

How long did it take for the NFL to figure out the Wildcat formation?  The reality is that this offense will not win games unless Tebow is able to complete a much higher percentage of the "easy" throws that all of these option formations set up during the game.  He does not have to stand in the pocket and deliver the ball the way a protptype passer can, but he needs to complete the 10 yard crossing pattern when the receiver has clear separation.  If he can improve his accuracy on basic throws, Tebow could become a real force.  If not, Denver will not win these close games by scoring 15-20 points in 4 quarters.

Since: Feb 23, 2009
Posted on: November 19, 2011 12:19 pm

Fox regrets comments about Tebow

Tebow never said he was a savior, never gave himself a nickname like ocho-cinco, all he's ever said is he wants to do whatever he can do to help his team win. heck he's never even said he'd refuse to play for the team that drafted him. he could be one the most unselfish people the sports world has seen in the last 50 years...good for him ..and much success

Since: Oct 20, 2011
Posted on: November 19, 2011 11:49 am

Fox regrets comments about Tebow

Rob Ryan is classless idiot, where does he get off being able to take those shots?  The same guy that was barking at Jay Cutler in the midst of losing a 23-3 game.  If it's a "college football" offense and you devise a defensive scheme to shut them out then you can talk, but until then I don't see why you even have a reason to comment when they have won 4 of 5 and you are coaching a team thats 5-4 in the other league. Just keep quiet. 

Since: Oct 20, 2011
Posted on: November 19, 2011 11:42 am

Fox regrets comments about Tebow

Did anyone else think Elway almost looked pissed in the booth when they kept showing him after the Broncos took the lead?  He is in kind of a bind now with a QB that's winning, albeit only in low scoring slugfests vs bad offenses.  Nothing against Tebow, he plays hard, tough, and pretty much keeps his mouth shut despite all the controversy surrounding him.  He's a true football player, just not with the skills at QB that can sustain any type of winning against decent offensive teams. 

Since: Jan 10, 2011
Posted on: November 19, 2011 11:20 am

Fox regrets comments about Tebow

I dont think Tebow ever thought he was the second coming,for Denever, that was the QB guru Josh Daniels, plus Tebow hasn't asked for or encourged  the fans or media biltz that has come down on him . All he wants to is to play footbal and be a good christian. tebow has been a class act thru it all. I hope everyone would just back off and let him play and see if he does improve or not, but at least give him the benefit of the doubt.

Since: Nov 11, 2011
Posted on: November 19, 2011 11:03 am

Fox regrets comments about Tebow

Hey all you Tebow lovers here are a few disturbing facts. Tebow has had a hard time scoring more than 20 points in a game. In the Jets game the last 8 drives before the last one they went 3 and out.  If you go 3 and out against teams with above average offenses you will be so far behind that last drive will not mean much. Look at what happened when they played the Packers and Lions, they laid 45 and 49 points on them and Denver was so far behind at the end it didn't matter what Tebow did on the last drive. Against teams like the Texans, Cowboys, Pats, Steelers their defense will totally wear down because the Denver offense can't stay on the field and the other teams move up and down the field scoring almost at will. If teams score early on Denver and build up at least a 14 or more point lead it's over because if Denver is forced to give up the run and pass Tebow can't do it. Look at what happened in the Lions game. So curb your enthusiasm. 

Since: Jul 21, 2008
Posted on: November 19, 2011 10:23 am

Fox regrets comments about Tebow

Yes, the people claiming that Fox set Tebow up to fail are the biggest morons on the planet. If Tebow fails, the Broncos lose. In case you are brand new to the NFL, coaches that lose get fired. So John Fox is going to throw away his job just so he can set Tebow up for failure?

And then you wonder why people can't stand Tebow fans. 

Since: May 14, 2008
Posted on: November 19, 2011 9:59 am

Fox regrets comments about Tebow

first of all for those morons that think John Fox played Tebow to set him up for failure - why do you think they have adapted the entire offense to play to his strengths? Thats called smart adaptive coaching and because this guy is one dimensional they have to keep it changing or other teams will shut him down. For those stats purists just for a lark compare Tebows stats in his first 7 games with Kyle Ortons first 7 starts. Orton didn't run but he did win and his passing was terrible. Someone mentioned Big Ben. I think Roethlisbergers stats in his first 7 starts were nothing to marvel at either. The concern going forward is that this is all there is to Tebow. He may never be better then he is right now unless he can become an actual passer and as such he stinks right now. It is too bad as far as I'm concerned. I don't care about the whole God squad thing but I agree he seems like a nice respectful kid and a class role model for kids.

Since: Nov 19, 2011
Posted on: November 19, 2011 9:46 am

Fox regrets comments about Tebow

I dont know how Tebow is winning?! Reality will catch up, and Brady Quinn will play.

Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: November 19, 2011 9:34 am

"High School offense?"

Maybe the pros could run more "High School offenses."  It is boring to see the same offenses and defenses most of the time.  That's why the NFL isn't nearly as compelling as college football.  There isn't enough offensive diversity, and not enough stylistic variations.  It's just team A vs team B, over and over and over.
I hope Denver continues to tweak their offense, and succeeds in the stodgy NFL.   

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