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Tebow isn't ready

Posted on: October 11, 2011 10:17 am
Edited on: October 11, 2011 11:06 am
This isn't about Tim Tebow hate, as the myriad of unreasonable Tebow supporters will say. This isn't about Gator hate, either. Or about Tebow's faith. Or any of the other ridiculous excuses Tebow supporters predictably trot out.

This is about facts: Tim Tebow isn't an NFL quarterback. Not yet, at least, and if he starts this week -- and I've spoken to a source on the team who confirmed the coaching staff has informed players on the Broncos it will likely be Tebow -- it will be officially the beginning of the end of Tebow.

Tebow is one of the most unprepared quarterbacks for this moment I've ever seen and the Broncos will be doing him a great disservice simply because he doesn't have the tools to play the position. I'm not saying he'll never have them but he doesn't now. Not even close.

Throw Tebow out there as a starter at this moment and disaster awaits.

The biggest problem is how John Fox and the organization totally caved to fan pressure. That is never a good sign for a coaching regime.

Again, this isn't personal, as so many of his supporters always claim. It's just the way it is.

Tim Tebow plays hard. Well, hell, all players in the NFL play hard. But nothing can fix what will be the main problem for Tebow and that's throwing accuracy. An NFL offense doesn't exist on bootlegs alone.

Good luck to Tebow.

He's gonna' need it.
Category: NFL
Tags: Broncos

Since: May 31, 2007
Posted on: October 11, 2011 8:15 pm

Tebow isn't ready

Whether he's 'ready' or not is immaterial.  The best way for a young QB to learn is on the job.  If they have hopes of him being a future starter, they need to get him the reps and let him learn from whatever mistakes he makes.  Very few QB's can learn so much by sitting on a bench for a few years that they suddenly become 'ready' to just step in and be amazing.  Most need at least a year of ups and downs, great plays and big mistakes, before they work out the kinks and figure out what playing at the NFL level really requires of them.

At this point, there's no reason NOT to start Tebow.  Give him his reps, let him live through the good and the bad, and help him learn from all of it.  If a QB can't handle the difficulties that come with that learning curve, then they lack the mental fortitude to make it in this league.  And whatever your opinion of Tebow as an NFL talent may be, I think that at least it's clear that 'mental fortitude' is not his shortcoming... he's not the type to just crumble and fold as the result of some adversity.  Will he have the talent and skill?  I have no idea.  But this is as good a time as any to start finding out.

Since: Oct 5, 2006
Posted on: October 11, 2011 7:43 pm

Tebow isn't ready

This just in: Cam Newton's Panthers are also 1-4, yet people who downplay Tebow have been salivating over life-sized cutouts of Newton. Similar college schemes, similar play styles. So why the hate on one right from the start and all the drooling over the other right from the start? "He isn't gonna be..."..."He'll never be..." Well how about you let the kid play so maybe next time you can argue in the present tense. Just sayin'...

Since: Aug 28, 2008
Posted on: October 11, 2011 7:38 pm

Tebow isn't ready

Who cares if he deserves starting or not? Get over the college hype, this is precisely why he was drafted

into the NFL, and is making millions of bucks!! Plenty of these guys come out of college and screw if up

their first couple years...and others make great cheerleaders.. Personally, I predict he gets hit hard a few

times by linebackers and DE's, and ends up on the DL!!!

Since: Feb 20, 2011
Posted on: October 11, 2011 7:29 pm

Tebow isn't ready

You really can't deny that his arm is not NFL-caliber. If you do, you are unreasonable.  Most of the commenters saying anything different are just trolls. 

Of course, to say that Tebow is "one of the most unprepared quarterbacks for this moment I've ever seen" is just hyperbole and a cue that the writer is not to be taken seriously and is only trying to generate page hits. It gets tiresome to even acknowledge writers like this, but I couldn't resist. 

"This moment" the author refers to, btw, is Tebow playing at the Dolphins with two-weeks to prepare, where he will be walking into a stadium on "Gator Day" which will be full of his supporters.  It's a terrible, hopeless 1-4 Broncos team playing an 0-4 Dolphins team which has the 31st ranked passing defense.  There is absolutely nothing at stake. It's not like it's the AFC Championship game versus the Patriots or something.

If Tebow is unprepared for that "moment," then he pretty much is done in the NFL. 

These writers don't actually get paid for this do they? Pretty sure every person commenting here could write a column at least this good. 

Since: Mar 2, 2009
Posted on: October 11, 2011 7:24 pm

Tebow isn't ready

Mike have zero credibility. Keep hating. Everyone please read

A longtime New York Times sportswriter who left to join the Indianapolis Star has resigned from his new job after admitting that he falsified his résumé.

Mike Freeman, who covered professional football and basketball and did investigative reporting at the Times, apologized for telling the Star that he was a graduate of the University of Delaware. He said he attended the school for four years but did not graduate.

"These were lies," Freeman, 37, said in a statement posted on the Web site He added: "This was a terrible and unforgivable manipulation of the facts. . . . It was the only time I have told such falsehoods and no other deceptions have ever appeared in any of my newspaper stories or two books at any time in my 16 years of practicing journalism. Nevertheless, the information I gave the Star was wrong and I will be punished with the loss of my newspaper career."

Star Editor Dennis Ryerson said in an interview yesterday that he had accepted the resignation, although this was "a bit awkward" because Freeman had not yet started his job as a columnist.

"The message is, he will not be working at the Star," he said. "I'm very sorry about the way it turned out." Ryerson added that a college degree is not required to work at the Star, and in fact, he does not have one.

Ryerson disclosed the news to readers through the paper's Web site yesterday afternoon.

Freeman worked for The Washington Post in 1988 and again from 1990 to 1992, covering pro football. He has also written for the Dallas Morning News and Boston Globe. Freeman is the author of "Bloody Sundays: Inside the Dazzling, Rough-and-Tumble World of the NFL," published last year, and the 2000 book "ESPN: The Uncensored History."

In July, he reported for the Times on allegations of academic misconduct involving Ohio State running back Maurice Clarett.

In his statement, Freeman said "there are no excuses or alibis" for misrepresenting his résumé. "This is my fault and my fault alone. Most of all, I have hurt and disappointed close friends and family, particularly my wife, and for this I am truly sorry. I also want to apologize to the Star."

Since: Oct 11, 2009
Posted on: October 11, 2011 6:58 pm

Tebow isn't ready


Since: Oct 9, 2007
Posted on: October 11, 2011 6:51 pm

Tebow isn't ready

And this is one of the most rediculous opinion pieces I have ever read.  Looks like Freeman and Tebow have something in common.  It might help if you were to actually support the arguments you make, instead of just pulling them out of the wind.

First, what's Denver's alternative?  Start a very ineffective Orton?  Start Quinn, who has proven he can't handle the job? Please, if you don't think Tebow should start, pray tell who should.

Second, if Fox was caving into fan pressure, he would have started Tebow from day one.  Instead, he went with Orton AGAINST the wishes of the "fans" that were making their point heard.  Sure doesn't sound like a coach who just caves in to fans to me.  Could it be that he instead has seen enough of Orton to know that he definitely wasn't getting the job done?  Wouldn't be the first time a HC has made a similar move.

You claim it's not "personal" yet go out of your way to state this multiple times in a very short article.  Overkill to say the least, and possibly a case of protesting TOO much?

Since: Oct 3, 2011
Posted on: October 11, 2011 6:38 pm

Tebow isn't ready

well stated!!!!!

Since: Oct 31, 2006
Posted on: October 11, 2011 6:38 pm

Tebow isn't ready

I repeat, one of Tebows screaming little girls just said "Tebow throws as well as Brady". Ok, am I the only person floored by THAT huge hunk of delusion?!

Since: Jul 13, 2008
Posted on: October 11, 2011 6:33 pm

Tebow isn't ready

Maybe Fox didn't cave to fan pressure.  His thinking may be put Tebow in so the Bronco fans can see he's not ready and they'll shut up about it.

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