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Tebow vs. Buffalo August 20, 2011
I think some people are going to say that I graded Tebow too leniently, and some will say I graded him too harshly. On paper, Tebow would appear to be a terrible quarterback, but the detractors must remember that he brings a lot of intangibles to the table that Orton cannot. Seriously, do you really think Orton could keep the Broncos in the game as Tebow did in this game? Not based on Orton's track record.
However, an NFL quarterback's skill set is the bread to the intangibles butter. If a quarterback does not have a skill set, he will not be worth much in the big scheme of things. Some passes were definitely under-thrown, and in this game of inches, those yards here and there could make a mountain of difference.
As far as Tebow's ability to be a starting QB in this league, I think some middle ground is needed. I don't think that Tebow is going to be the panacea that many supporters think he will be. But at the same time, I also don't think Tebow is going to so terrible that he is the second coming of Jamarcus Russell.
Whether Tebow starts against Miami after the bye week remains to be seen, but the fact that Tebow once again had the Broncos in the game despite his still rather shaky skill set has to be taken into account.