Tim Tebow leads the Denver Broncos to another victory

Your weekly dose of Tim Tebow

11/28/11 in NFL   |   Dan_B   |   1067 respect

In a way, I'm sickened to write this. However, that sickness pails in comparison to the vomit-inducing praise Tim Tebow received yesterday after his Broncos improved to 6-5 with a 16-13 overtime victory over the reeling San Diego Chargers.

This isn't to say that Tim Tebow didn't play well (in fairness, he played fine, not great, but not crippling either), it was that he was the story after the game. Yesterday's Bronco win was not about Tim Tebow. It was about a dominating performance by the Broncos' defense and another poor performance by Chargers' quarterback Philip Rivers.

Heck, Tebow didn't even complete a pass on the team's game-winning drive. And it was running back Willis McGahee who broke off the key 24-yard run to set up Matt Prater's game-ending field goal. And few seem to mention that Chargers' kicker Nick Novak missed not one, but two potential game-winning field goals! Did Tebow make him miss those kicks? Was it divine intervention?

On a day where headlines include the firing of Bernie Fine at Syracuse and Urban Meyer's hiring at Ohio State the top story on ESPN.com, our "World Wide Leader in Sports," as I write this, is about Tim Tebow. 

Sure, he is 5-1 as a starter and since he took over the Broncos have gone from a "Suck for Luck" contender to a playoff contender, and for that he deserves credit. But so too do those that have really stepped their games up.

The Bronco defense, led by rookie linebacker Von Miller, has been superb of late, yesterday included. It was the third straight game an opposing offense was held to 13 points or less by Denver. 

Can Tebow really make his defense better? You could argue yes two ways. First, Tebow's leadership fires the defense up more than the since-jettisoned former starter Kyle Orton's; and second, Tebow has not really turned the ball over as a starter, meaning the defense has to spend less time on the field and in bad field position.

But does Tebow deserve all the credit for a solid defense. No, he doesn't. Was Trent Dilfer given credit for the 2001 Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens' stifling defense? No, Ray Lewis and company rightfully were.

So perhaps it is time to start recognizing Willis McGahee, who is back from the dead to average almost five yards a carry, and that great defense lead by Champ Bailey, Brian Dawkins, D.J. Williams, Wesley Woodyard and Miller.  

I realize I'm not helping this by writing about Tebow, and perhaps you feel differently about him and believe I'm not giving him the credit he is due, but I'd like to pay my respect to the Bronco D. 
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11/29/11   |   Pat   |   5232 respect

You hit the nail on the head, Dan. And one thing that Tebow supporters don't realize is that by continuously overhyping Tebow's performance, they are fanning the flames of this Tebow "hate."

The reality is that no one really hates Tim Tebow. Even his most fervent "haters" will admit that he's an outstanding human being.

The problem lies with those who insist on crediting him with every piece of success that the Broncos enjoy, while completely dismissing the other 50+ guys on the team who contributed to the win, in some cases more than Tebow did. The more that happens, the more people get tired of hearing about Tebow, and the more they criticize him.

If Tebow worshipers would relax, look at things a bit more objectively, and realize that their beloved QB really isn't much of a QB but the Broncos are still making it work anyway, maybe their savior wouldn't get thrown under the bus so much.

11/28/11   |   bcrocks3   |   23 respect

Tim Tebow is not a Quarterback, he is a running back in the wildcat formation. Nough said