This is a weekly free therapy session I provide for not only myself, but for all football fans. If you’re looking for politically correct, mainstream, polite, NFL content, you’ve come to the wrong place. In fact, on any given week you should be prepared to either agree with me or be offended, belittled, shocked, and insulted.
You can expect to find anger, sarcasm, foul language (I will do my best to refrain), and whatever the hell else I’m feeling come 1 am CST Tuesday mornings this NFL season. So, lie down on your couch and grab your tissue because your NFL Week 11 session has begun……
Tim Tebow is the first person since Brett Favre to be both the most loved and hated man in the NFL at the same time. Those people who have gone on record stating that he won’t make it in the NFL consistently find ways to point out faults in the face of his success. Those who would sacrifice their young for Tebow, continue to turn a blind eye to his weaknesses. Neither party is willing to budge from their stance. Watching the TV analysts after Tebow’s 2-for-8 passing performance it was disturbing to hear them give back handed compliments one after another. As they critiqued his passing performance they failed to mention that he lost both running backs, Willis McGahee and Knowshon Moreno early on. Conveniently they don’t talk about him being 3-0 on the road this season with a team that was 1-4 before he took over. They also like to point out the increased rushing attack and the defensive performance in these victories but don’t mention their thoughts on why these units are playing at a higher level.
Mobile quarterbacks open bigger lanes for their running backs and that’s being seen in the way defenses haven’t been able to commit to McGahee, Moreno, or Ball for fear of Tebow running. The defense remains fresh due to the Broncos extending long drives with a prominent rushing attack. While the defense rest on the sidelines the Broncos’ offense is shorting the game. The defense doesn’t have to defend as long and they aren’t on the field as much. It’s a direct benefit from the offense that Tebow is running.
The Denver Broncos did to the Kansas City Chiefs what the Chiefs allowed them to do and took what the were given. So many have complained about Denver only attempting eight passes, but why would they go to the air if they didn’t need to? When they needed to, Tebow linked up with Eric Decker for a 56-yard game winning touchdown. What’s the problem? The fans and media from every fan base in the league get frustrated when teams go to the air when the rushing attack is effective, particularly when the quarterback throws a costly pick that ends up losing the game. The Broncos were wise enough to not risk a turnover and get out of Arrowhead with a tough divisional win. Now a team that was 1-4 with Kyle Orton is just one game behind a first place team that the Broncos beat by 14 points just a week ago. Yet they complain…. It’s funny to me that no one is talking about how Matt Cassel was 13-28 for 93 yards and 1 touchdown. I would be more concerned with that offense than the one that keeps winning, but hey, that’s just me.
For the stat line dummies that just look at 2-for-8 passing and complain about a 25% completion percentage but never watched the actual throws, let me do your work for you.
Tim Tebow’s Eight Pass Attempts vs. Chiefs
- The first pass came to start the 2nd quarter. Tebow threw a 35 yard pass to Decker. The defender pulled Decker down by the back of the shoulder pads and should have been PI, regardless the ball was placed inside away from the defender and Decker had possession for a moment before dropping the ball.
- Tebow threw a 45 yard pass, the ball looked like a duck but the placement was good for tight coverage. Eddie Royal slowed on his route as he fought with the corner. The pass dropped in and hit Royal in his right hand.
- Tebow threw another 40 yard pass (yes, his first three passes averaged 40 yards, not high percentage) to Decker. He under threw Decker who had a step. The corner jumped and tipped the ball and Decker tried to tip it back up to himself. Decker hit it back up but can’t haul it in.
- Tebow tossed a two yard shuffle pass that hit Eddie Royal in the chest and the ball was dropped.
- Tebow rolled out and hit a wide open Lance Ball 5 yards down field. Ball caught the pass but the defender dislodged the ball.
- Tebow completed a screen to Matt Willis which goes for 13 yards.
- Tebow’s worst pass of the game, a five yard out at the feet of Dante Rosario.
- On 3rd down and 10 with a little under 7 minutes to go, Tebow delivers the game winner, a perfectly thrown 56-yard touchdown pass to a double covered Eric Decker.
Once again, the Broncos lost Willis McGahee and Knowshon Moreno in the first quarter. My take – Give Tim Tebow a decent back and decent receivers and he completes the majority of these passes. If you watched the game, with any support Tebow’s line should have him netted him 160 yards, 3-passing TDs and a rushing TD. The league is about winning. Because it’s a boring style and considered college-like, we are losing sight of how effective it’s been. If it was a new wrinkle to the passing game we would be singing Denver’s praises.
Does this make the Broncos an elite team? No. Does it make them a contender for a playoff spot in the weak AFC West? Without question. Don’t just take my word for it, listen to a man who played the game on the offensive side of the ball at the highest level. Check out Tiki Barber’s post on Tebow, he’s dead on.
We also have to remember that Tebow is the equivalent of a rookie quarterback. They’ll continue to add wrinkles to the offense. Running the ball 50 times against the New York Jets might not work. So, do you think they stick with it or game plan for adjustments? I believe this offense will take more chances in the passing game when needed. Just because we didn’t see the Broncos attempt 20 passes this week doesn’t mean that the offense won’t attempt that in games going forward. They didn’t need to pass 20 times to win, they needed to pass eight times to get the nail in the coffin game winning throw and that’s what they did. The absence of evidence isn’t the evidence of absence.
For the Tebow lovers. Don’t get to carry away. Enjoy the winning but remember that he hasn’t beaten a good team and he hasn’t shown the ability to complete NFL throws under crucial situations. His wins have been on the road against the likes of the Raiders, Chiefs, and Dolphins. He was destroyed at home 45-10 to a good team in the Lions. At this point a reasonable goal is that they can keep stride with a bad Raiders team.
And on the other side of the fence we have this – Tim Tebow Winning More than Cam Newton – Not for Long
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