It's time for some therapy. Every week in the NFL, players, coaches, media, fans, and etc, say or do something that ticks me off. I'm sure that I'm not the only one. So, after all of the games are played from the previous week I give myself and the people that read this article a little therapy. I do this by venting about some of the things people or saying or doing in the ford of NFL football. I just can't give a pass to some of these individuals and somebody has to argue the other side. Let's dive right into some of the topics that people seem to be giving a pass.
I watched Tim Tebow play on Sunday like mostly everybody else. I watched with an unbiased opinion, which is rare in the case of the phenomenon, which is Tim Tebow. Either people want him to succeed and will declare everything he does an epic victory or people hate him and want to see him fall flat on his face and pronounce everything he does as an epic failure.
On Sunday, Tebow had a good game, with a great comeback performance. The last touchdown Tebow scored was mostly a busted play. Tebow rolled out right and the defensive end back to his left side gave up containment. That's something undisciplined defenses, like the Houston Texans, do. Tebow was aware enough to see the cutback lane and took off running. The Left Tackle took advantage of the Defensive End peaking inside and pushed him further that way. Tebow had a wide open lane and walked in for the winning touchdown. Two things happened on that play. The defense was undisciplined and Tebow was wise enough to recognize it. It's that simple. The two parties that either hate or love Tebow are only taking about one side of that play and either praising Tebow for the awareness or discrediting him for the weakness of the defense.
Tebow still has work to do as a NFL QB and he can't be exalted as the future of the franchise, but at the same time you can't just point out all of his flaws and say he doesn't have tools to work with. Let's break down his Pros and Cons and go from there.
Pros - He is a natural leader and unlike most rookies, has the respect of the entire team. He's instant adrenaline and can get the team excited and ready to play on offense and defense. He's got the ability to make throws on the run and also run for big gains. Tebow unleashes rocket throws that I didn't know he had, whether it's quick strikes that don't give the defender a chance to respond, or 60 yard ropes.
Cons - He makes his reads through his progressions slowly. He gets caught trying to aim his throw instead of unleashing them. Sometimes he'll tuck and run when he could of let the play develop more. His accuracy is moody at best. On one play he'll put the ball on the numbers in stride or make a great back shoulder throw. On the next he'll force the ball inside when it should go to the backside.
All of these pros and cons amount to a rookie quarterback with talent that is in a developmental phase. The final analysis can't be complete now. That's not what people want to hear but that's the truth. I couldn't tell you if Colt McCoy or Dan Lefevour are franchise QBs because one hasn't been on the field yet and the other hasn't gotten enough playing time. But when you have a polarizing figure, like Tebow, people want instant gratification. Whether that's his followers that want to prove their saint was right and is a great NFL QB or the haters that want to say it was the biggest waste of a draft pick ever.
For the lovers of Tim Tebow or what we will call the TeZoo, he had a great game and shows promise.
For the haters of Tim Tebow or what we will call the TeBlows, he will be facing the #1 passing defense in San Diego this week.
My assessment is that Tebow will be a Donovan McNabb type and will have that type of career. He can win games by himself but he would be a lot better off with putting a do everything back, like Brian Westbrook in the backfield with him to bail him out. Knowshon Moreno isn't the answer in Denver. He's a good back when he plays but he's always injured. They'll need to pick-up a back that can run, block, and catch screens out of the backfield.
It's hard to teach accuracy but Tebow will have to become more accurate if he wants to become an elite QB. The next coach in Denver would make sense to be a quarterback coach like Kubiak or Gruden but Denver's defense has been atrocious and they should go with a defensive minded coach. Tebow will also have to learn how to go through his reads quicker, trust in instincts, and run as last option.
Everybody who is crowning him the savior right now, needs to stop and wait to see what he does against the #1 ranked pass defense by the San Diego Chargers and not just declare his elite status by what he did against the #32 ranked pass defense of the Houston Texans. Everyone who thinks what he did was a fluke or just because he was facing the Texans needs to wait as well. If he shreds the Chargers defense then you might need to hide for a little while so the TeZoo doesn't go Ape *#&$ on you!
Game Postponed for Menstrual Cramping
As I'm preparing for my Sunday Morning by listening to all of the pregame shows, I hear that there is a chance for a blizzard in Philly. I was ecstatic, thinking about what type of highlights that Mike Vick would have in a game where snow is falling from the sky like $1 bills in a strip club where Pac Man Jones is visiting. I love any type of snow game, I don't care who is playing. If Arizona was playing San Francisco in a snow game, it would be the only way I would watch it. Partially because that would mean it's snowing in San Francisco this Sunday but mostly because it's a football game being played in the snow and that's how football is meant to be played.
Have we become that soft as a nation that we can't play football in the snow? What has this game become, soccer? Football is supposed to be a man's game, the last true battle of American Gladiators. What's next, are one of the players is going to show up on the injury report for menstrual cramping? This is American rules football, get out on that field and play the damn game! Anyone remember a little game called the Ice Bowl? That game wouldn't have been the legendary game if it was called the 82 Degrees and Lovely Bowl! Why don't we start planting some tulips and daisies along the sidelines for the players to pick during timeouts? We could go to two hand touch rules or give players the ability to yell "down" before taking a big hit.
I had someone argue that, "well, they postponed it so fans wouldn't drive in the harsh weather conditions." These are grown adults, let them make the decision if they want to go watch an awesome game in a blizzard or stay home with their fat wives, drink hot coco, and play Pictionary or whatever people do when they spend "family time". If you haven't heard lately, most of the fans in Philly are more pissed that they didn't get to go watch the game on Sunday. If it was me, I'd rather face the harsh weather conditions and watch a snow game on Sunday Night Football, then go watch a Tuesday night game, if I could change my schedule around to get off work.
Well, that's just me, a football fanatic that believes football and the elements it's played in shouldn't be catered to. Give me football raw and uncut. Give me helmet to helmet, fights, snow, blood and everything that goes into a battle. Let me see the players play through it all and care as much about the outcome as me. Don't give me a weather report and delay from some Ivy League snob that's really only worried about if Vick will get hurt in the game and mess up ratings for the postseason or concessional sales. Because that's what the delay was really about.
Well that's another week of football therapy in the books. I hope I hit on some of the issues that raised your blood pressure. If you have something that bugs you, shoot me an email, if it set me off too we'll talk about it here. After all, this is your therapy as much as mine. See you next week, where I'm sure someone will have done something stupid and I'll beat it into the ground until I feel I've vented for everyone who was upset by it.
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