Tebow

I’m speechless.

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20 thoughts on “Tebow

  1. The analysts on NFL.com, ESPN, and elsewhere are the best part of the whole thing. They seriously have no idea what to say–you can see on their faces that they want to scream “TEBOW SUCKS, PEOPLE!!!” but they can’t do it because things like tonight keep happening.

  2. MCQ,
    I linked to tonight’s game, but to be fair, it’s hard to link to just that. You’d have to link to hundreds of articles to cover why what is happening is so hilarious/amazing/disgusting/shocking.

  3. Oh, I must have commented before your link was active or something.

    BTW, I don’t find it shocking at all. The only thing that shocks me is that some people still buy into the conventional wisdom that the NFL is so different from college that a guy like Tebow can’t be successful as a QB. That’s garbage. He’ll never be the best passer in the league, but if you give a guy like Tebow the ball and let him do his thing, good things will happen. The only problem is that running the ball that much will not make for a very long career. But he will be fun to watch while he’s around.

    You also have to temper your enthusiasm for Tebow’s prediliction for game-saving drives in the final minutes. He’s not going to be able to consistently manufacture miracles like that (witness last week). Eventually, he’s going to have to find a way to keep drives going and score points throughout the game. That’s what good QBs do. Tebow is not there yet, but he can still learn to do that, and in the meantime he’s a lot of fun to watch.

    I have to also put in a plug for my guy: Alex Smith. There’s another QB that a lot of people had written off, but given the right chance winners always win eventually.

  4. MCQ,

    BTW, I don’t find it shocking at all. The only thing that shocks me is that some people still buy into the conventional wisdom that the NFL is so different from college that a guy like Tebow can’t be successful as a QB. That’s garbage. He’ll never be the best passer in the league, but if you give a guy like Tebow the ball and let him do his thing, good things will happen. The only problem is that running the ball that much will not make for a very long career.

    I think that the “conventional wisdom” you refer to is directly related to the last sentence in that quote there: It’s not that people don’t think it _could_ work, but that no one believes anyone would be willing to bother trying it, knowing that they’ll get killed physically over a few seasons and have to retire. That Tebow is willing to do what he’s doing is both a credit to his courage and toughness and a testament to his acceptance of a short NFL career, in my view. Not many guys are willing to accept, a priori, that short of a career.

    Time will tell, of course. Maybe he’ll improve _just enough_ as a passer to survive longer, but I remain a skeptic.

    He’s not going to be able to consistently manufacture miracles like that (witness last week).

    By “witness last week” do you mean a couple of weeks ago when they got throttled by Detroit? Because by my count, he’s pulled off this kind of 4th quarter magic 4 times in 5 games now, Detroit being the only exception. That’s why it’s so astounding–not that it happened last night, but that it keeps happening over and over. I keep waiting (and waiting and waiting) for it to fail…

  5. I personally think that the 4th quarter magic is more by design than anyone realizes.

    If you look at the Jets game the Broncos kept trying pass plays even though they were completely unsuccessful. The coaches were doing all they could to keep the Jets defense honest. I think the Tebow “magic” works best in the fourth quarter because that’s when defenses are the most tired. It’s at that point that Fox decides to let Tebow go out and do his thing. Quite possibly because he doesn’t want Tebow to get slaughtered.

    Plus, the Broncos success is due in large part to their reinvigorated defense. If you took Von Miller and Elvis Dumervil out of last night’s game, believe me, Sanchez would have been much more effective.

    Not to mention the Broncos punter. Holy crap. Talk about an unsung hero. He’s getting a workout every game.

  6. I love the whole Tebow ordeal. All of it. The media not knowing what to do with him, the commentators who love him, the critics who overreact in response, the fans who overreact even more in their response, and even the fact that religion plays a big, if awkward, role. I think it is awesome that most experts and educated fans are convinced he’s horrible (the throwing motion! The footwork! Completing two passes the entire game!), but casual fans can’t get enough of him–and the fact the Broncos keep winning vindicates the latter group in the face of the former. It’s destabilizing, and I love it. It’s almost an uncomfortable perpetuating critique of “professional” sports commentary. A cultural movement to remind us to quit taking our expert analysis so seriously. Or something.

    My favorite defense for Tebow–at least before he started winning–was that he needed a solid line, good receivers, a great receiving group, and creative play calling, and then he would win. Well, if you had all of those ingredients, nearly any quarterback could win.

    Also, count me as one who can’t fathom how Tebow can be a successful NFL quarterback. I just don’t see it. I keep expecting the wheels to roll off and the Broncos to return to reality. But, it hasn’t happened yet, and that both bewilders me and makes me insanely happy.

    (we need more sports discussion on the ‘nacle, btw.)

  7. Amen to that.

    And yes, I was talking about the Detroit game. It was beyond bad, but at this stage of Tebow’s career, it should be expected that he has some bad games. I’m wondering about Brady Quinn in all this. To be sitting behind Tebow must be both the best and worst positions a QB can be in.

  8. I’m not going to link to it, because I don’t really approve, but there’s a pseudo-movement called “Tebowing” similar to the whole planking meme, where people are photographed essentially kneeling in prayer. I think that I don’t like it because it’s making a mockery of public prayer.

    And, actually, I applaud Tebow for doing it.

    Wish he was still playing for the Gators, though. Man, they need him back!

  9. There was nothing particularly miraculous about this one, although he did make some good passes and made some first downs with his feet. You have to give a lot of credit to his eceivers and RBs in this game, as well as great play by the defense.

    What I would like to know is why Tebow seems to always wait until the 4th quarter to get going. What is it, he’s not motivated enough earlier in the game? If he played every quarter like the 4th, Denver would win every game by, well, more than a couple points.

  10. Yet again. I like this victory because the contribution of the defense, especially Miller and Dumervil was more apparent. Not to mention the punting. Plus, the coaching. It looks like the Broncos have a real chance for the playoffs.

    I attempted to explain the 4th quarter mystery in a comment above, but I also think much of it has to do with trying to prevent Tebow from getting hurt. I really don’t think they let him lose until the end. What was great about this game though is it’s the first where his passing game really started to show the potential to be first mediocre, than perhaps passable (no pun intended) and ultimately, maybe even good.

  11. I don’t have time to watch the NFL – I can only manage college ball. But man the twitter comments on Tebow are hilarious.

  12. Brian G,
    He made a few great throws in the game, true. And he still has only thrown one interception all year.

    He’s not good yet, but they keep winning, and clark is right–the Twittersphere is a riot when Tebow is playing.

  13. Yet again. Hah. I must confess I faltered in my faith. There was a moment there when I thought, “Dang. Not this time.”

    I guess when an opponent had your team down 10 points with two minutes to go, it’s natural to think they’ll lose. Luckily, Tebow and the Broncos don’t think that way.

  14. The tweets yesterday were classic.

    “Even Chuck Norris lost to Tim Tebow once.”

    “If Tim Tebow takes the Broncos to the Super Bowl, I might have to convert to Christianity. And homosexuality, paradoxically enough.”

    “I would like to know what Tebow’s midichlorian count is.”

    “God is dead. But this f—ing Tebow guy…” — Nietzsche

    “They should send Tim Tebow into Iran to get our drone back. With just a knife.”

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