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After playing a pretty decent game last week against a very weak pass defense in the Houston Texans, Mr. Tebow had to step up to face something a little different; a defense that can rush the passer and can cover the WRs.
And the results were about what you would expect with that kind of quality difference between the Chargers and the Texans.
He had two TD throws, one was a busted coverage and one was a tougher throw to hit rookie WR Eric Decker in the back of the end-zone for Decker's first professional TD catch of his young career.
Tebow also threw two INTs. One was a true rookie throw, making a bad read on the Safety and the other one was just a bad throw.
He also ran the ball well and scored a TD with his feet.
But what has me concerned is he still looks like a college QB playing in the NFL. There is still the tendency to look for the run maybe a bit too soon. That can be coached out of him with the right mentors and taking a few big hits from some serious dudes like Ray Lewis, Marvin Harrison, etc.
The thing that I saw that was more disturbing was his lack of accuracy on the longer throws. He just did not look comfortable making those throws and he wasn't too successful with them either.
He finished the season with a 50 percent completion average and threw five TDs and three INTs. His final QB ratig was 82.1. This compares to Orton,who had a 58 percent completion rating and 20 TDs and nine INTs with a rating of 87.7.
Yes, he scored six rushing TDs, the most on this sorry-assed rushing offense. But do we really want a running QB who will likely take 4-5 years to mature and may or may not become a great QB?
Can he work through all these college bad habits? Maybe, but will he then be a real NFL QB?
Watching the difference between Tebow and Rivers reminded me that TT has a long way to go to get there.
Time will tell.