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Champ Bailey: Tim Tebow 'still has lot to prove'

Posted on: January 19, 2012 10:15 am
 
T. Tebow and C. Bailey (US Presswire).

By Josh Katzowitz

One reason the run of Tim Tebow this year was so surprising was because, even though Tebow obviously has major flaws with his mechanics, that didn’t seem to matter to his teammates. The Broncos seemed to elevate their play late in games, and even veterans like cornerback Champ Bailey looked to Tebow as a team leader. Like Tebow’s belief in God, his teammates simply had faith in Tebow.

But now that the season over (after a Broncos playoff victory, nonetheless), at least one of Tebow’s teammates said he needs to see improvement in his quarterback.

“I think Tim has a lot to prove still,” Bailey said Wednesday on Jim Rome Is Burning (H/T to PFT). “He’s proven he can win some tough games. Now it’s just being consistent. One thing about him, he’s going to work at it. And I’m behind him 100 percent.”

That’s the thing. His teammates are supposedly behind him 100 percent, but before the playoff games vs. the Steelers and Patriots, they also supposedly were OK with the report that Tebow wouldn’t necessarily have a long leash with the coaching staff if those games weren’t going well. When Brady Quinn is the backup, that doesn’t speak well of the confidence the coaching staff ultimately had in Tebow.

Even when John Elway says the following: "Tim has earned the right to be the starting quarterback going into training camp next year,” you still have to wonder if the Broncos front office and coach John Fox truly believe that.

One aspect of his game that Tebow must improve -- at least in Bailey’s eyes -- is his arm strength and accuracy. Plus, you know, his ability to stay in the pocket and be effective.

“I think at some point he’ll have to be if he wants to play a long time,” Bailey said. “That’s one area he’s going to have to improve to be elite in this league. But the things he does running the ball -- he can make some throws, it’s just being comfortable doing it. He’s got to get better at it, and when he does, the sky’s the limit for him.”

Even so, the Broncos almost have to bring in a veteran quarterback to compete with Tebow for the starting quarterback spot. But if you look at this list of potential free agent quarterbacks put together by CBSSports.com’s Ryan Wilson, Tebow might be the best bet after all. As long as his teammates continue to believe.

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Comments

Since: Apr 25, 2007
Posted on: January 19, 2012 8:09 pm
 

Champ Bailey: Tim Tebow 'still has lot to prove'

A Bears fan calling Flacco a game manager, if Flacco is a game manager I hope you don't think Cutler is anything more than one either then...



Since: Jan 15, 2008
Posted on: January 19, 2012 6:49 pm
 

Champ Bailey: Tim Tebow 'still has lot to prove'

Tebow did not just finish his rookie year it was his second season. He showed no improvement from his first season when it came to throwing the ball. The only time he did much of anything was against prevent defenses. His type player will never win a Super Bowl. If you are happy making the playoffs every two or three years and then getting your clock cleaned in the playoffs by a real team then you will get what you want.  He is what he is and it will not change.



Since: Jul 18, 2008
Posted on: January 19, 2012 6:39 pm
 

Champ Bailey: Tim Tebow 'still has lot to prove'

Hey Mizzourush- you're wrong. Tim is the new breed of QB's for the future...difference is he's winning right out of the gate. An off season with Elway, OTA's and a couple of good tight ends and he will be solid. Look Tebow has started 16 games which translate into one year. So basically he just finished his rookie year...let see what happens

I would have loved to see Tim play against your Tigers...welcome to the SEC...beware of the swamp in 2014!



Since: Oct 26, 2011
Posted on: January 19, 2012 4:51 pm
 

Champ Bailey: Tim Tebow 'still has lot to prove'

Look, it's sink or swim with Tebow. He is going to be taking a full load of classes at Elway QB U over the off season. If Jonh can work with the guy and help him to improve on his reads, timing, accuracey and poise in the pocket then I think he will do fine. If he does not improve Elway will get tired of banging his head against the wall and pull the plug. Tebow is still bascially a newbie and if you count his starts he just finished his rookie year. He needs to be given time. Look at other rookies like Blaine Gabbert...they have accomplished much less and you don't hear a lot of people already giving up. Look at Sam Bradford....he has been terrible, but people just say let him get healthy and grow into the position.



Since: Jul 27, 2011
Posted on: January 19, 2012 11:53 am
 

Champ Bailey: Tim Tebow 'still has lot to prove'

Denver's big problem is that if they build around him, they are going all in. He is too different a strategy for there to be an effective plan B, unless there is Tebow II sitting out there if Tim gets injured.

I hate to say it (as he has entertained) but I suspect he is the perfect second half of season supersub who can bring something different when things need shaking up, but his ability as a starter from day 1 must be questionable.

Looking forward to watching how he does though. He is hard to ignore.



Since: Jul 18, 2007
Posted on: January 19, 2012 11:48 am
 

Champ Bailey: Tim Tebow 'still has lot to prove'

Actually, I think you're mistaken about Tebow's mindset. You don't WANT to change his mindset. Tebow's mindset, such as it is, is that he'll do whatever it takes to succeed, both for himself and the team.

Tebow's problems are primarily mechanical and technical and he's never had a problem with coachability. I think he's very aware of his shortcomings and will be really willing to address them. I've followed the guy since he started at Florida and he's always taken instruction really well. It's important to remember that Tebow didn't spring from Zeus's forehead as an option quarterback: instead he was coached that way within the system at Florida. I don't know that he will be able to learn the pro passing game that he needs to learn, but I'm quite certain he'll try.

But his intangibles, his charisma and integrity, those things can't be coached. That's the mindset that you want to keep around and those are the things that, if he can overcome his skills deficit, will help him be successful in the league.

I want to note, as well, that I'm not a Tebow homer, I'm not on his side because of the religious stuff and all that. I am a Gators fan and so have had the opportunity to watch the guy a lot over the past 6 years. What I've always liked about him is his attitude and team orientation. People get so focused on him that they don't realize that he's NOT focused on him, but on the game, the sport, and on his team. I wouldn't guarantee that he can succeed, but I think that anyone that counts him out is not familiar with the guy's career. 



Since: Sep 25, 2007
Posted on: January 19, 2012 10:53 am
 

Champ Bailey: Tim Tebow 'still has lot to prove'

Players know deep down that Tim Tebow has a lot of heart and talent but that his style of play will not hold up in the NFL for a long period of time.  John Elway working with him on his mechanics and reads will help, but changing the tebow mindset is not going to be a easy task.  If the Broncos are going to be a ball possession ground and pound offense, they can develop Tebow to manage the game (See Sanchez, Flacco, etc.)  If they want a Carolina wide open toss it up and down the field offense, then Denver needs to make a decision. I do not think Coach Fox can have two diffrent offenses as well.  If Tebow is the guy, they need Tebow Lite to be the backup so they do not miss any opportunities when Tebow gets hurt.  He is just a square peg trying to fit in a round hole and if the team does not develop a style that fits his strengths, this will be an ongoing issue.


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