Tim Tebow: The Truth About the NFL's Controversial Star

Josh TrueloveCorrespondent IIIJanuary 10, 2013

ORCHARD PARK, NY - DECEMBER 30: Tim Tebow #15 of the New York Jets looks on from the sideline during an NFL game against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium on December 30, 2012 in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
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The truth about Tim Tebow is that you more than likely have a strong opinion about him. Tim Tebow is the biggest love/hate player the NFL has seen in years. The more important truth is that most people are wrong about Tim Tebow.

Tebow has his diehard fans. These fans will openly deny any wrongdoing by Tebow on the football field. They will respond to any criticism with cliches like "He's a winner" or "He has more playoff wins than (insert QB name)." Tebow does bring a winning mentality and had a magnificent performance in a playoff game, but he does have his faults.

With that being said, the Tebow naysayers may be worse than his diehard fans. The naysayers will try to discredit anything Tim Tebow accomplishes with "He can't throw" or "Look at his completion percentage." Both claims are absolutely ridiculous and desperate attempts to discredit Tim Tebow out of pure dislike.

Tebow's 2011 playoff-winning season in Denver is one of the most debated topics in recent memory. The Tebow fans will give Tim all of the credit for the playoff berth and victory while the naysayers will say he had nothing to do with it.

The truth is, the Denver Broncos were 1-4 and then started to win football games once they made the switch from Kyle Orton to Tim Tebow. Denver's defense kept them in a lot of games while the offense struggled to score, but those blaming Tebow for that are largely misinformed.

If you can, watch some of the games from that season. John Fox and Mike McCoy ran one of the most conservative, boring and unsuccessful offenses in the league. Throughout games, the Broncos coaching staff would use practically a run-only offense and only let Tebow throw in must-pass situations, such as 3rd-and-long.

Maybe Tim Tebow is not the most accurate QB, but how is any QB supposed to gain any sort of rhythm or momentum playing in that kind of offense?

Most games would go this way: Broncos run all game. Game stays close, Denver is usually down a few points at the end. All of a sudden, Tebow would be allowed to run a hurry-up spread offense where he would be able to take over and do his thing.

Seemingly enough, it appeared Tebow would score this way every time. What the Denver Broncos were essentially doing to Tim Tebow was asking him to bunt all game,and then hit a walk-off home run. This was not fair to Tim Tebow or the rest of the Denver Broncos. 

Onto the famous Tebow Time playoff game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Tim Tebow played his behind off this entire game. The Steelers, who were the NFL's top defense, had no idea what to do with Tim Tebow. Tebow's running ability scared the Steelers into playing eight men in the box all game. It appeared as if the Steelers and Dick LeBeau actually believed the hype that Tim Tebow could not throw...they were wrong. Tebow destroyed the Steelers through the air.

You will hear the Tebow naysayers say that the only reason Tebow succeeded through the air that game is because the Steelers kept playing the run. That's just it, that is what a strong, mobile QB can do. Tim Tebow can force you to play against his run game and then pass on your run defense.

Before you try to discredit Tebow for dominating an elite NFL defense and their future Hall of Fame coordinator, please understand what really happened.

Tebow was then traded to the New York Jets, a move that might have ultimately led to the demise of his career. From reports everyone has heard, Rex Ryan seemingly lied to Tim Tebow and told him he would have a chance to start if Mark Sanchez struggled. Well, Mark Sanchez did more than struggle. Mark Sanchez played his most pathetic season to date, and Rex Ryan refused to start Tim Tebow.

Rex would give his whole "Mark gives us the best chance to win blah blah blah" speech, but everyone knew the truth. After weeks of not letting Tebow see the field, if Tim were to come in and perform well, it would make the entire organization look bad. The Jets do not need any more of that, seeing as how at this point they are the laughingstock of the NFL.

So Tebow sat all year, except for idiotic/meaningless Wildcat plays that did nothing but insult him.

It now appears nobody wants Tim Tebow, not even his hometown Jacksonville Jaguars, who desperately need him to sell tickets. John Elway and the New York Jets may have literally ended Tim Tebow's NFL career. Why? Because "he can't throw" and "his numbers aren't great" and "he's not an NFL quarterback (whatever that means)."

Tim Tebow ran an offense that did not play to his strengths in Denver and then won a playoff game against an elite defense that he tore apart. Tim was then traded to the New York Jets, who entirely misused him and created such a media circus that teams do not even want to touch him.

The theory that this is a "passing league" is hurting Tim Tebow when it should not be. This is not a "passing league," it is a "do-whatever-works" league. Is anyone paying attention to the spread/read option and pistol option offenses that teams are using? If you really think Tim Tebow could not run those offenses, you need to stop being biased.

The offense the Washington Redskins use for Robert Griffin III would work great with Tebow. Sure, Tebow is not as talented or accurate as RGIII, but the pistol option with a runner as strong as Tebow might be just as unstoppable. A coach could actually use it more because Tebow is not as fragile as Griffin.

The truth about Tim Tebow is that he is not as bad or great as people say he is. Tebow can throw, he is a winner and has won big games in the NFL. He is not the most accurate passer; he has to improve in that area greatly, but he does not turn the ball over and knows how to win games.

There are quite a few teams who could use a leader and gamer like Tim Tebow. If this is the last we see of him, a lot of teams will regret this. Especially the Jets.