Does John Fox Have It out for Broncos QB Tim Tebow?
How can such a likable person be disliked by so many? I can't help but scratch my head at the situation in Denver between Tim Tebow and the organization.
The media leaks, the rumors and all reports coming out of Denver insist that Tebow has proven to be incapable of being the Broncos starter. When?
The following five slides cover my view on the Tebow saga in Denver, and why such a talented first round pick is refused time on the field.
The Stats Don't Lie
If you aren't up to speed on the specifics regarding Tim Tebow's time in the NFL, you might expect that he's had a rough go of things in the limited time he's played.
While this is partially true, as Tebow went 1-2 as a starter in 2010 as a rookie, the statistics show he has ability.
In 2010, Tebow only completed 50 percent of his passes, but threw for 654 yards and five touchdowns versus only three interceptions. He also rushed for 227 yards, a 5.3 yards-per-carry average, and six touchdowns.
His quarterback rating was 82.1.
Wait, I thought this was the H-back-wanna-be-quarterback with the terrible release, incapable of succeeding in the NFL.
Tebow's stat line in limited action makes one wonder where all of the drama comes from surrounding his play.
In nine appearances and three starts, he had a 300-yard game, at least one touchdown in each start and accounted for 11 total touchdowns.
Played Well Against NFL's Top Defense in 2010
In the final game of 2010, Tebow's Broncos faced the San Diego Chargers' No. 1 ranked defense in the NFL.
Tebow only completed 16-of-36 passes, several of which were dropped. He finished with 205 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions.
Tebow also added 94 yards rushing and one touchdown as the Broncos nearly pulled off a huge upset, losing to San Diego 33-28.
For a rookie playing against the league's top defense, it's hard to imagine anyone else doing much better than Tebow did against San Diego.
In addition, the Broncos lost to San Diego 35-14 earlier in the season when led by Kyle Orton.
When Michael Vick, Vince Young, Steve McNair or Steve Young struggled early in their careers to understand NFL defenses, they were praised for their toughness and their ability to use their legs to offset what they hadn't learned in the passing game.
The Falcons gave Vick $100 million and the NFL gave Young the title of Rookie of the Year when they both clearly had no understanding of the passing game early in their careers.
Yet, when Tim Tebow has similar statistics early in his career and plays in a similar way, he's labeled a complete bust and strangely stripped of his job.
In addition, the questions about Tebow's delivery were always exaggerated to me. Where were these same criticisms about Vince Young's delivery?
While Young was criticized some, he was still selected 3rd overall in the draft. Tebow, the Heisman Trophy winning national champion from Florida was ridiculed nearly out of the first round.
This just doesn't add up me. Tebow has been compared to basically every mobile-but-not-very-accurate quarterback that has come into the league in the last 30 years.
So why have so many other quarterbacks gotten passes early in their career while Tebow has not?
He's on the Team, so Find out What You Have
John Fox has a first round Heisman-winning quarterback on his roster who won two national championships, started the last three games in 2010 and played pretty well in doing so.
So why is John Fox unwilling to let Tebow take the field, even in the preseason?
The Broncos have to make a decision on Tebow at some point and it's strange to me that they're making that evaluation slowly and entirely off of practice performance.
It's hard for me to imagine that Tebow, with his work ethic and solid results thus far as a starter, hasn't earned a right to at least take the playing field and fight for the job.
Wide Receiver? Really?
Listen, I don't pretend to be able to see the future. I can't say I know that Tebow could be a great starting quarterback. But, if there's one thing he absolutely is not, it's a wide receiver.
Tebow's entry into this past week's game against the Bengals wasn't in a short-yardage situation. It wasn't after a Kyle Orton injury. The Broncos split him out as a flanker. That's right, a flanker.
Listen, Tom Brady he is not, but he's not Ed McCaffrey either. The Broncos are clearly grasping at straws for some way to get Tebow on the field to both pacify fans and experiment with him in different way.
He was drafted as a quarterback. He's on the roster as a quarterback. The Broncos aren't winning anything soon and they have to find out what Tebow can be.
Thus far, he hasn't gotten a chance, and putting him at wide receiver looks like the organization is black-balling him. Put him on the field, then either start him or cut him.
Either way, the Broncos can't keep this charade going.