Tim Tebow: Full Report Card of His Rookie Season to Date
Tim Tebow's rookie season has been a roller coaster ride with far more lows than highs.
Tebow was easily the most controversial player picked in the 2010 NFL draft. His upside as a quarterback was considered to be limited and his role in the NFL questionable.
Were 12 weeks into his rookie season and it appears that most of those questions are still unanswered.
Let's see how he fared in his first season with the Denver Broncos.
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Tim may sport a 118.8 quarterback rating, but he's only thrown the ball once this season. While that attempt ended up going for a three yard touchdown, it has done little to clarify what is considered to be the weakest part of his game: his passing ability.
Tebow is still a work in progress in the passing game, and he may very well never acclimate himself to the pro-level.
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For the year, Tebow has 12 rushing attempts that have gone for a total of 28 yards.
His yards per attempt is a paltry 2.3 yards, but he's been used almost exclusively near the goal-line where he becomes more of a dual-threat quarterback in short yardage situations.
With three of his attempts going for touchdowns, his 25 percent success rate of converting rushing attempts into points is unmatched in the NFL.
Even with his limited attempts, you can't argue against the success he's had on the ground. His touchdown conversion rate speaks for itself.
Interaction with Coaches
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Tim appears to have a strong relationship with head coach Josh McDaniels.
Prior to the draft, Tebow wowed McDaniels during an interview session, which prompted McDaniels to trade away three draft picks in order to move up to select Tebow in the first round.
It should come as no surprise that Tebow is well-liked in Denver. After all, he is known for his positive attitude and strong faith.
While McDaniels has been hesitant to give Tebow extensive playing time, that has less to do with his relationship with his coaches and more to do with the lack of faith they have in his ability.
Picking Up the Offense
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With the Denver Broncos season all but over, one has to wonder why the team hasn't given Tebow an opportunity to show what he is capable of doing.
Denver had opportunities to play Tebow in a blowout win over Kansas City and a blowout loss to Oakland, but Tebow has been riding the pine getting limited work as a goal-line back.
Prior to the start of the season, observers from around the league speculated that the Broncos would use Tebow extensively in the red zone and short yardage situations, but he has received little to no snaps throughout the season.
With every game that passes by, it appears more and more likely that Tebow is the disaster at the quarterback position that everyone was predicting.
Tim was seen as a great person and role model, but little more than that when it comes to the quarterback position in the NFL.
His teammates appear to like him and he seems to be a great presence in the locker room, but he doesn't go much further than that.
Tebow took his rookie hazing in stride, getting the friar haircut and actually leaving it. He has said and done all the right things in the media, but his on-field performance has been underwhelming.
Even with his limited snaps Tebow has accounted for four total touchdowns, and that has to count for something.
Tim Tebow's rookie season has been a bit of a mixed bag.
He doesn't get enough playing time to show what he is capable of doing, but chances are that he doesn't get snaps because he's not able to make an impact at the NFL level.
With Kyle Orton emerging as a top-tier quarterback in the NFL, it's looking more and more likely that Tebow will be sitting on the sidelines with clipboard in hand longer than Denver natives anticipated.
Picking Tebow in the first round was considered to be a huge reach, and the Broncos will pay for the mistake. Josh McDaniels essentially mortgaged his future in Denver on Tebow, and the former Gator is not delivering.