Tim Tebow Proves Haters Wrong in Denver Broncos Preseason Opener

Eitan KatzAnalyst IIAugust 12, 2011

ARLINGTON, TX - AUGUST 11:  Tim Tebow #15 of the Denver Broncos drops back to pass against the Dallas Cowboys during a preseason game at Cowboys Stadium on August 11, 2011 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Tim Tebow was solid, but unspectacular in his preseason debut Thursday night versus the Dallas Cowboys.

He did, however, do one thing stunningly well—he proved all the haters wrong. They said he wasn't an accurate quarterback, and he went out and completed six of seven passes for 91 yards.

Did he score a touchdown? Nope.

Did he seize control of the starting job? Nope, not even close.

But he didn't have to. All Tebow had to do was go out there with a calm, focused attitude, and deliver his passes with precision and confidence. He did just that.

The best thing about it? He did it against an attacking Dallas Cowboys defense that was coming at him hard all night. Still, Tebow hung in there and took the hits. At 6'3" and nearly 250 lbs, Tebow is built more like a fullback than a quarterback. That size only helps him, as he does sometimes morph into a fullback and take off downfield like he did on a 3rd-and-16. He came up just three yards short.

The highlight of the night for Tebow was surely his 43-yard bomb to Matt Willis. He was backed up at his own 15-yard line, and he absolutely unleashed one down the middle of the field right in stride to his speedy receiver. It wasn't like the kid was wide open either. There was double coverage and Tebow put it right in his bread basket.

That is the stuff of NFL quarterbacks.

After the game, Tebow described his experience like this: "I feel a lot more confident in my decision making, my fundamentals and going out there and running the offense. It's picking and choosing your battles and being smart about it."

There were definitely some battles that he shouldn't have chosen.

Let's be honest though, aside from the New England Patriots, who doesn't make mistakes in the first game of the NFL Preseason?

Tebow's first mistake came on his very first drive. It was 2nd-and-8, and as Tebow released from the line of scrimmage, the ball sort of came loose for a second. He recovered in time to get in a position to throw, but by then it was too late. Dallas was all over him and he got sacked for a 10-yard loss.

Overall though, Tebow was better than nearly everyone expected. He would've liked to have scored a touchdown of course, but was only able to manage two field goals on his four possessions.

So it wasn't all pretty for the former Heisman Trophy Winner from the University of Florida.

But then again, he played better than Kyle Orton. What are the haters going to say now?