Through the first five weeks of the NFL season, Denver Bronco fans had been calling for Tim Tebow to be named the starting quarterback. After two starts this season, and three last season, it is clear that he is not the answer. Tebow was a terrific collegiate player, however, that does not necessarily translate into success in the NFL.
Tebow fans rejoiced last week, as he led his team back from a 15 point deficit with less than three minutes remaining in the game. The overtime victory came against a win-less Miami Dolphins team that seems to be leading the “Suck For (Andrew) Luck” sweepstakes. Tebow looked terrible for the first 55 minutes of the game, missing wide open receivers all over the field. In the last five minutes, Miami for all intensive purposes, packed it in and let the Broncos march down the field. Miami was not even aligned in the right defense on the two-point conversion to tie the game. The victory over Miami gave both Bronco fans and Tebow fans hope that he very well may be exactly what the Broncos need.
Tebowmania came crashing back down to earth today as the Detroit Lions completely dismantled the Denver Broncos in Denver. Tebow completed 18-39 passes for 172 yards (It needs to be noted that the majority of the yards came in the fourth quarter when Detroit called off the dogs and put their back-up defense in the game). One of Tebow’s knocks coming out of college, was that he holds on to the ball too long. Once again he proved the detractors right, as he was sacked seven times. His windup takes too long to complete giving the defenders an opportunity to strip the ball. Against Detroit, Tebow fumbled the ball three times, one fumble that was returned for a touchdown by Detroit.
This is not what you want out of your starting quarterback. Tim Tebow may be a nice guy and a fun guy to root for, but he is not a starting quarterback in this league. The front office in Denver knows this, look for Tebow to get one or two more starts this year before turning to Brady Quinn to finish up the season.
If you are a Tebow fan, do you still think he can be successful in the NFL?
The Denver Broncos take on the Miami Dolphins this week in what would normally be a match up of no interest around the country. This game however, may be the most compelling game of the NFL weekend. There are no match ups this week between two teams with a winning record, so the spotlight will be on the Broncos and Dolphins. Miami has struggled selling tickets all year long. Tickets have been selling for pennies on the dollar on the secondary market. They too are taking advantage of Tebow coming to down. Tim Tebow played college football at the University of Florida. This week will be a homecoming of sorts for him, which is the first key for Tebow. The Dolphins are also celebrating the University of Florida’s 2006 National Championship.
Many people forget that this is not Tim Tebow’s first NFL start. He started the last three games in 2010 season with mixed results. Tebow’s first start of 2011 will come in front of 50,000 Tebow fanatics. The pressure will be far less on the road in Miami, than it would be in Denver. He should be more comfortable, won’t have to deal with crowd noise, and is not facing a stellar defense.
The Denver Broncos must get off to an fast start. If they fall behind and need to rely on Tim Tebow’s passing game they will be in trouble. Tebow is a play-maker and although he led the University of Florida to many come from behind wins, that will not work in the NFL. If the threat of Tebow running the ball exists, the Dolphins will be forced to keep a LB as a spy freeing up a man down the field. The Broncos traded Wide Receiver, Brandon Lloyd last week but look for Demaryius Thomas to play after missing the first part of the season due to injury.
Establish the running game. If the Broncos can pound the ball up the middle it will take much of the pressure of Tebow to make a big play off of him. The Broncos’ running game has struggled this year. Knowshon Moreno has not produced after being a first round selection. Willis McGahee has been the stronger running back this year and for the rest of the season he will have to carry the team on his back if they have any plans to win more than 3 games.
Gameplan for Tebow’s strengths. Reports out of Denver say that, Denver Broncos Head Coach. John Fox will not change the gameplan now that Tebow is the starter. How much of it is trying to throw opponents off is yet to be seen. Tim Tebow and Kyle Orton are two very different quarterbacks. Tim Tebow is still not comfortable taking snaps from under center. Look for Fox to call more shotgun plays than usual while mixing in more screens and slants. Tebow has struggled with his accuracy, anything Fox can do to make it easier to get the ball in his receivers hands will be the key.
Tim Tebow could not ask for a better opportunity to make his 2011 debut. All eyes will be on him this week and it is up to him to produce. The Broncos will more than likely have a top 8 pick this year and if Tebow does not show signs of being a elite QB, look for the Broncos to draft one in the 2012 NFL Draft.
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