Tim Tebow: Win in Miami Doesn't Mean He Is a Star
Tebow is, arguably, the best college football player of all-time, but that talent doesn't always transfer from college to the pros. JaMarcus Russell, who is no longer in the NFL, and Reggie Bush are prime examples of college stars who are considered "busts" in the NFL.
Kyle Orton was Denver's starting QB for the team's first five regular season games, leading them to a 1-4 record. Tebow replaced Orton as QB in the middle of Denver's Week 5 matchup against the San Diego Chargers, and it seems as if Tebow will be Denver's starting QB until Broncos head coach John Fox decides otherwise.
According to Yahoo! Sports, Broncos fans campaigned for Tebow to start at QB, but are they still going to want that by season's end?
Lack of Accuracy
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I watched most of the Broncos-Dolphins game Sunday afternoon and noticed Tebow's inability to throw an accurate pass to his receivers on more then one occasion. One of those inaccurate passes cost Denver a touchdown.
Midway through the third quarter, the Broncos were trailing the Dolphins 6-0. It was 3rd-and-8. Broncos wide receiver Eric Decker was wide open deep down the left side of the field, and Tebow airmailed his pass, probably at least five yards over the head of Decker.
Another one of Tebow's overthrows that I took notice of during Sunday's game came in the second quarter. It was first down, and Tebow looked to throw to Broncos running back Knowshon Moreno. Tebow rolled out of the pocket and threw a short pass to Moreno for minimal yards, but the ball sailed over Moreno's head and landed incomplete.
Moreno proceeded to throw his hands up and jump in frustration like a little school girl who wasn't getting exactly what she wanted.
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If you watched the Broncos game Sunday and noticed Tebow's decision-making when pressure was on him, then you know that he is certainly not the same player in the NFL as he was in college.
Many times, the pass rush got to Tebow. But instead of falling down and conceding a sack, he tried to scramble and break tackles to avoid the loss of yards. Every time Tebow tried avoiding a sack, I thought he was going to get hit and fumble.
Tebow didn't fumble any of the seven times he was sacked by the Dolphins, but he's bound to put a few on the ground if he thinks he's going to escape the NFL's mammoth defensive linemen.
Tebow needs to learn when an escape is necessary and when it's best to fall down and take the loss of yards, because the loss of yards is considered a win when the alternative may be a turnover.
Dolphins Are 0-6
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Yes, Tebow drove the Broncos down twice with less than three minutes left in the fourth quarter to erase a 15-0 deficit and force overtime, which would ultimately result in the Broncos' second win of the season. But keep in mind that he did that against the winless Miami Dolphins.
The Dolphins, led by backup QB Matt Moore, are one of three teams yet to win a game this season. The Indianapolis Colts and St. Louis Rams are the others, and both of those teams started a backup quarterback Week 7 as well. The Colts, however, have been without its star QB Peyton Manning all season.
Lets see what Tebow can do against a .500 football team before we judge him after defeating a team in the Andrew Luck race.
Keep in mind, nine out of Denver's 10 remaining games are against teams with a record of .500 or above.
His First 3 Quarters Were Awful
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Tim played one heck of a second half of the fourth quarter against the Dolphins on Sunday, but everything prior to his two touchdown drives were garbage.
Tebow completed 13 of the 27 passes he threw, but eight of those 13 completions came on the Broncos' final two drives in the fourth quarter. His two passing touchdowns both happened with less than three minutes left in regulation.
Tebow is definitely clutch, and he's shown his will to win throughout his entire football career, but he's no longer in college. He's not the best player on the field. He may have the biggest heart, but he's going to be playing against the best football players in the world week after week.
He's 2-2 as a Starting QB
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Tebow has started just four games in his short NFL career, and his record as a starting QB is 2-2, which includes 2010 losses to the Oakland Raiders and San Diego Chargers, as well as a win last season against the Houston Texans and this past Sunday against the Dolphins.
Again, the NFL is not college football. Tebow is not the biggest, strongest or most talented person on the field, and often times, he won't be the biggest, strongest or most talented QB on the field.
In due time, Tebow can prove all of his doubters wrong, but it's still far too early to dub Tim Tebow as a star in the NFL.