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Tebow's read-option draws comparisons to wildcat

Posted on: November 26, 2011 10:25 pm
 
Is Tebow bringing the option back to NFL offenses or is he a gimmick? (Getty Images)

Posted by Ryan Wilson

As if Norv Turner, Philip Rivers and the San Diego Chargers didn't have enough to worry about -- what with being 4-6, tied for last in the AFC West, and playing some incredibly awful football -- now there's this: local scribe Nick Canepa isn't yet a believer in Tim Tebow, who comes to San Diego Sunday in a pretty important division matchup.

Most of the skeptics and critics have abandoned their anti-Tebow talking points because, well, Tebow does find a way to win games. No, it's not entirely his doing, and yes, he has looked absolutely dreadful for long stretches. But he's also 4-1 after Kyle Orton "led" the Broncos to a 1-4 start. Tebow, despite virtually no support from his coaches or the front office early in the season is now the team's unquestioned starter (though that could change, apparently). Orton, meanwhile, is the newest member of the Chiefs.

But Canepa isn't yet sold on Tebow's ability to will his team to victories. The details:
"So, what has Tebow done to deserve all this, one way or the other? Absolutely nothing. In his own unorthodox way, he has won three straight games for the Broncos, who meet the Chargers here Sunday. Off the field, he hasn’t been arrested, busted for dope or tweeted nasty things to his opposition. …

In the case of Tim, people are thinking with their glands. Tebowmania is not going to last. A quarterback who can run but can’t throw the ball across a pantry isn’t going to continue winning in the NFL.

They’re going to figure him out. They always do. Remember the wildcat? It lasted about as long as the poodle skirt. Sooner or later, they’re going to get to him. Steve Young at least was a threat with his arm, as are Michael Vick and Cam Newton. A fearless quarterback (which Tebow is) who runs the option in the NFL is fair game. I can’t see him having a long shelf life.
Comparing the read-option to the wildcat has been a popular meme in recent weeks and there's something to it. The Dolphins began the 2008 season 0-2, busted out the wildcat in Week 3 against the Patriots, and blew them out of the water, 38-13. Miami finished the regular season 11-5 and made the playoffs. The following year, after teams around the league had an offseason to figure out the wildcat, it was obsolete.

The Dolphins, who overestimated its shelf life, used a 2009 second-round pick on QB/wildcat specialist Pat White, who ended up retiring from football a year later. Miami went 7-9 in 2009 and 2010, and are currently 3-8.

Based on Broncos executive John Elway's recent comments, not only is the read-option a short-term solution to a problem he inherited from the unspectacular Josh McDaniels era, it's one that probably won't last behind this season. Which means that the rest of the NFL has six weeks or so to figure out a way to slow it down.

The Jets did it for 55 minutes, but Tebow was able to drive 95 yards for the decisive score. The bigger story from that game: New York's inept offense, which included a national coming out part for Broncos rookie linebacker Von Miller, and more questions about Mark Sanchez's abilities as an NFL quarterback.

So, no, Tebow isn't the long-term answer in Denver. But he's not supposed to be. The thing is, nobody thought he was the short-term answer, either. As it stands, he's winning 80 percent of his starts. And if the Chargers play Sunday like they have in the previous five games, Tebow's winning percentage will rise to 83.


After a win over the Jets last week, the Denver Broncos hope to keep their streak alive as they take on the San Diego Chargers on Sunday. NFL.com's Pat Kirwan and Jason Horowitz preview this game. Watch the game at 4:15 PM ET on CBS.

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Comments

Since: Apr 30, 2008
Posted on: November 27, 2011 3:42 am
 

Tebow's read-option draws comparisons to wildcat

I agree with everything you wrote lumpoco, very well said, very well thought out. I would like to elaborate a little, hope you don't mind. Every thing lumpoco said was right as rain. Tim Teebow does not have an O line to block, no receivers that are threats, barely a sufficient running game other than Teebow himself. Yet he is 4-1 as a starter, if he was the starter at the beginning of the season (which is a whole other story) he might be 8-1. OK i will go as far as this, if Teebow was the starter from the get, he would be at least 7-2 straight up. Yet Tim Teebow isn't the answer, he can't do it they will figure him out. Yet as a starter he is 4-1 with an 80% winning percentage and, shows no sign of letting up any time soon.  Figure Teebow out, thats a good one like the one were defense's all over the NFL figured out Fran Tarkington, Steve young and the Joe Bros, Joe Namath and Joe Montana, yeah how did that work out. Not so good as i remember, i have lived through all those eras and then some. I know my football pretty good to as people that know me on this site can attest to. They NFL defenses never figured out the running Quarterback and, they never figured out the Scrambling Quarterback. At least not the ones athletic enough to pull it off. Wait, i am sorry i didn't really name a true athlete just the most successful running and scrambling QBs. Tim Teebow is more of an athlete than all the great HOFs i just named put together. He is a beast that will run over everybody who stands in his way. I would think the so called experts would have figured this out by now. They tried to figure him out in the mighty SEC. Yeah that worked out fine huh, Teebow won 2 National championships in his tenure at the University of Florida. Trust me the SEC defenses were very glad to see Tim graduate. That's right graduate, and not just graduate but, with honors. This is a very unique individual, players or men do not come around very often like Tim Teebow. It is not that Tim can't throw it is that Tim does not have anyone to throw to with any consistency of actually catching the football. With good receiver's you would see his passing efficiency rise, and by more than you would think if you kept up with his playing on Saturdays. Anyway the point i am trying to get across here is, Tim Teebow will never get the respect that he deserves as a QB. Never because, the average fan hates Teebow for being a good man and, not a thug or prissy pretty boy. The knowledgeable fan might not hate him,actually they secretly admire him but, can not say because they are afraid to admit they were wrong when saying before he graduated, this kid is a good college quarterback but, will never be  successful in the NFL. Well it is time to swallow your pride and admit you were wrong, really it is alright. Those of us that really know Football will welcome you coming out of the closet. By the time Tim Teebow has finished running over defenses and breaking the rushing touchdowns record by a Quarterback and winning a few Super Bowls you will be glad you did.

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Since: Mar 9, 2008
Posted on: November 27, 2011 3:31 am
 

Tebow's read-option draws comparisons to wildcat

Did Rex Grossman have 3 come from behind victories in the fourth Quarter that entire season? was Rex Grossman's passer rating the 3rd YES 3rd best in the 4th Quarter- did Rex Grossman's entire team (Offense, Defense, Speical Teams) start playing more inspired when Rex took the field- this coming from a veteran that has played for many years- "With Tebow at Quarterback i play better on defense"-Champ Bailey Tebow instills a mentality that anything is possibly and it has spread like.. well Tebowmania on his team- he wins games because he makes his teammates better



Since: Mar 9, 2008
Posted on: November 27, 2011 3:31 am
 

Tebow's read-option draws comparisons to wildcat

Did Rex Grossman have 3 come from behind victories in the fourht Quarter that entire season? was Rex Grossman's passer rating the 3rd YES 3rd best in the 4th Quarter- did Rex Grossman's entire team (Offense, Defense, Speical Teams) start playing more inspired when Rex took the field- this coming from a veteran that has played for many years- "With Tebow at Quarterback i play better on defense"-Champ Bailey Tebow instills a mentality that anything is possibly and it has spread like.. well Tebowmania on his team- he wins games because he makes his teammates better



Since: Jan 22, 2008
Posted on: November 27, 2011 2:20 am
 

Tebow's read-option draws comparisons to wildcat

  He has more wins than Cam and Vick... 

Well a few years ago Rex Grossman had MORE WINS than Tebow does - and even took "his team" to the Super Bowl.
(So if Tebow can improve his passing - maybe someday he can be as "successful" as Rex Grossman!)



Since: Sep 25, 2009
Posted on: November 26, 2011 11:41 pm
 

Tebow's read-option draws comparisons to wildcat

He has more wins than Cam and Vick.



Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: November 26, 2011 11:16 pm
 

Tebow's read-option draws comparisons to wildcat

The Wildcat? Every time I hear the word wildcat I think of a skinny QB who can scramble but has poor accuracy over medium distances. Tebow isn't skinny and his completion rating for passes of less than 30 yards is quite good. He runs more than he throws with the Broncos because the Broncos have a very pathetic offensive line that does not know how to block well nor do the Broncos have capable receivers who want to or can catch the ball. And most importantly, John Fox is not an offensive coach. That was his downfall in Jacksonville/Carolina/ (does it really matter?).

John Fox should have hired a capable offensive coordinator...but then again if he did Jim Harbaugh would not be doing what he is doing now with the 49ers.  Any way..Happy Holidays and Happy Shopping. May you stay safe and NOT get shot at while shopping at your local Walmart/Target/Fry's Macy's/Best Buy/.


 



Since: Jan 14, 2010
Posted on: November 26, 2011 10:41 pm
 

Tebow's read-option draws comparisons to wildcat

I Tebowed before and after I read this article.


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