Tim Tebow a Real Starting Quarterback?

Tim Tebow must start the season as the Denver Broncos starting quarterback. I don’t think there are many people who could disagree with that. Whether he won or lost against the Steelers today, Tebow earned his spot as the team’s rightful starting quarterback.

The bottom line still isn’t wins. It’s how Tebow gets those wins. Today, Tim Tebow’s starring role against the Steelers was not accompanied by an Oscar worthy performance from luck (god?) for best supporting actor. Tebow time wasn’t reserved specifically for the 4th quarter as the Broncos’s won this game in a manner that John Elway could be proud of who seemed genuinely happy today. I know, right?

Tim Tebow showed the organization they need to stick with him. Even the fiercest critics, such as myself, of Tebow’s stumbling and bumbling inspector Clouseau-like (see my tweet) style of play have to concede this one to the real chosen1. It would be crazy of Denver, at this point, not to publicly show a great deal of confidence with regards to Tim Tebow’s status as the starting quarterback going into next season.

He has clearly improved virtually all facets of his game. That is something no one can ignore.

However, is it enough?

In spite of everything we witnessed against the Steelers, one strong week following a number of poor weeks isn’t going to completely change my mind. Yeah, what a shocker.

The supporters continue to support while the critics continue to criticize.

Tebow still misses open receivers. Late in the 4th quarter he had a chance to put his team into game winning field goal range but on 3rd down with just over a minute remaining he neatly stepped up in the pocket only to badly miss the open receiver running free across the middle of the field. It wasn’t the lone time in the game he missed a receiver by a fair margin. He may have thrown for over 300 yards but it was done on only 10 of 21 passing, with just 1 of those passes being dropped.

Tebow still stands in the pocket for much too long. He hasn’t learned how make his progressions and read a defence with ease. If his primary receiver isn’t there, Tebow must scramble. Can he learn to read defences? Does he have to learn how to read defences?

The only people who flip-flop more than Mitt Romney does may be the football analysts commenting on this Tebow conundrum. Nevertheless, his inability to show he can consistently play as well as he has against the Steelers and Raiders leaves me no choice but to carry on with my scepticism.

Consistency is a must in the NFL. Roller-coasters are fun, but after a while you start to get sick of them. America will never get sick of talking about Tebow. The Broncos, on the other hand, will put up with his inconsistency for only so long.

Tebow deserves the opportunity to succeed in the NFL next year. He should be the unquestionable starter. His performance against the Patriots shouldn’t make any difference to where he stands next season. While he ought to be number 1 on the depth chart in 2012, the Broncos can’t put all their eggs in their holy basket.

To place their full faith in an inconsistent, inaccurate quarterback constantly exposed to injury, despite his thick 245 pound frame, after a clutch playoff performance would also be crazy. Focusing their complete energy in surrounding Tebow with the best personnel for an option offence could blow up in their face if Tebow fails or gets injured.

Tebow has given the Bronco’s a lot more to think about. And to think, a Raiders win last weekend might have put the final nail in Tebow’s starting quarterback coffin. Now, it’s full steam ahead for the Tebow train.

I’m just not jumping aboard. Not yet.

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What to Make of Mr. Tebow’s Wild Ride?

The mounting evidence surrounding Tim Tebow is overwhelming. If it makes us feel better we can choose to ignore it or we can take it for what it should be worth.

We could choose to listen to the Adam Schefter approach. The cop-out, good ol’ wait and see approach. Schefter said in a radio interview that “Let’s just wait and see before we start ripping Tim Tebow and declaring him to be a failure — the guy at least deserves the chance to prove himself over time. I’m not ready to declare a quarterback a success or failure after just two weeks of the preseason.”

But choosing to listen to guys like Adam Schefter would be discounting the excessive information constantly being thrown at us about God’s gift to football.

Tim Tebow is not ready to be top-tier NFL quarterback and he probably never will be.

It isn’t just the two weeks of the preseason.

I’m not jumping on this because hating on Tim Tebow has become the new black as Yahoo Sports pronounced yesterday. In fact, I believed not too long ago that Tim Tebow deserved a chance to start for the Denver Broncos. I still have no faith in Kyle Orton.

However, it was reported by “a highly knowledgeable member of the [Denver] organization told Mike Silver of Yahoo Sports that “If everything was totally equal, and this were a competition based only on performance at this camp, Tebow would probably be the fourth-string guy. Kyle [Orton] is far and away the best, and Tebow’s way behind [Brady] Quinn too. And I’m telling you, Adam Weber is flat-out better right now.”

John Fox refuted that claim but the idea behind it is concerning for Tim Tebow to say the least. It has taken just a few short weeks for Tebow’s status within his team’s new regime to sink faster than a human body thrown into the Hudson River.

The new regime in Denver, headlined by John’s Elway and Fox, may not have drafted Tebow but, contrary to what some are saying, they came in open-minded to the Tebow experiment.

Elway said before the 2010 season that “I don’t think Tim Tebow is a good quarterback at this level at this time.” Sure, he wasn’t a fan like Josh McDaniels was, but the Denver head brass was ready to hand Tebow the reigns to the Broncos a couple of weeks ago. They sure weren’t digging Orton back then.

If the Miami Dolphins had agreed to pony up a 3rd round pick for Kyle Orton than this not so fairy tale story for Tim Tebow would certainly have been different.

It hasn’t taken very long for the folks in the Bronco organization to change their mind. Kyle Orton has been schooling Tim Tebow in practice. Brady Quinn, the man of the 66.8 career QB rating, now occupies the back-up spot. And undrafted free agent Adam Weber could be more ready than Tim Tebow at this point in time.

Tebow didn’t start at the back-end of the depth chart. He has played his way there. We all have our opinions about Tebow but the bottom line is that the people who watch him day in and day out are telling us that he isn’t good enough.

If you can’t make reads quickly, you can’t play quarterback in the NFL. Apparently, Tim Tebow is having more trouble figuring out what’s going on than a blind man at the movie theatre.

If he’s still having trouble making reads then you really start to wonder about his intelligence. Unlike a Sam Bradford, he doesn’t come across as the brightest fellow in his interviews. Although this is purely speculative, you have to question if Tebow is intelligent enough to fully grasp every minute nuance of an NFL playbook.

It may not be the most telling of intelligence tests but Tim Tebow scored an unimpressive 22 on his prior to being drafted. Just something to think about.

His 3 games at the end of the 2010 season, run purely on instinct and intensity, aren’t reason enough to give him a shot. He’s going to have to prove to the Broncos that he can make all the throws and reads. He can only do that in the one place that Allen Iverson has become famous for – practice.

There isn’t a non-football grounds on which you can explain the rapid fall of Tim Tebow. It isn’t his evangelical ways, the media attention or that the Broncos organization has it in for him. I think it’s got to be pretty hard for you to sit there on your laptop and tell me that you know more than John Fox. Not to say that coaches aren’t wrong sometimes but you don’t become a successful coach of 22 years and head coach of the past 9 years without knowing a little something about the game.

You can listen to whoever you want about the Tim Tebow gong show but it seems to me that we should be listening to those who care and have the most invested in him – the Denver Broncos.

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