Tim Tebow is a great football player. He is not an NFL QB.
I recently wrote an article about Tebow and got a huge backlash from Broncos fans. It was clear that most of the fans were not "real football fans" as much as "Tebow fans." There were plenty of arguments, but most didn't make much sense.
Some alluded to his wins as justification, while another said that "Bowden, Spurrier, Meyers all have faith in him. Why should I care what Fox and Elway think?" Great comment, too bad we are talking about an NFL player. I'm sure they would have loved to have Charlie Ward as their QB as well.
Anyways, the amount of hatred coming out of these people is admirable. The amount of intelligence, not so much. So, I am trying to dumb it down and make it simple. These are reasons Tim Tebow will be a QB in the NFL—not for long.
True Tebow came back valiantly against the Chargers and infused life into the nearly dead team. Much respect for that. The onside kick helped incredibly and he gave it a real go and almost got the win.
Then, Tebow went out and won an epic battle against...the winless Dolphins. Cut to a butt-whooping by the Detroit Lions, in what was one of the worst performances by a QB in recent history. Then, Tebow went out and won in a "masterpiece," as one guy commented in my last Tebow post, where Tebow went 10-for-21 passing and beat a Raiders team without their best player (Run DMC) and with a brand-new Carson Palmer behind center (CP is another guy I have issue with).
I will admit, Tebow is a much better leader than Kyle Orton, and he got his team to try hard and compete throughout the game.
Winning is a great way to judge somebody, so if Tebow leads his team into the playoffs and gets a victory there, I will shut up. But this will not be the case.
Even so, one well-respected guy led his team to a Super Bowl victory and then was cut—Trent Dilfer. Just because you win games doesn't mean you are a great player.
There have been tons of people with the physical mold to play QB who just don't succeed due to their inability to throw accurately. Derek Anderson is a recent case study. He has an amazing arm, perfect height, quick delivery, everything you want in an NFL QB, but he is wild. His misses miss by far too far.
Enter Tebow. Tebow has the physical abilities to play the position, but it all comes down to his mechanics. He cannot repeat his mechanics because his throwing motion is awkward. Now, plenty of people are quick to say, "Who cares if his throwing motion isn't perfect?" I agree, nobody cares, unless a bad throwing motion results in bad passes.
Phillip Rivers has an awkward throwing motion, but his bad passes are not all that bad. His good passes are great. Tebow, his good passes sometimes get there, his bad passes miss by miles.
If you are a true fan of the sport, then you know that guys like Ron Jaworski and Trent Dilfer are very vocal and knowledgeable ex-QBs. In fact, I don't know anybody who does a better job of explaining the game and the position than these guys. They are technical and usually spot on.
Watch NFL Live and see Jaws dissect a play. No matter how educated you are in the sport, you are not close to this guy. He may not be the most entertaining guy ever, but man, he knows his stuff. Trent Dilfer is the new expert on the block and he holds nothing back when it comes to talking about QBs.
Two experts, one opinion: Tim Tebow is just not an accurate passer, and inaccurate passers don't have a chance in the pass-happy NFL.
There was a poll released today in which 111 NFL players voted for the most overrated player in the NFL—of course, the winner was Tebow with 22 votes. Of all the hundreds of NFL players, over 20 percent voted for one guy who hasn't even played half of the season.
A guy who is considered one of the worst at his position is the most overrated? Tells you something, right? It is clear to his colleagues that he does not deserve to be an NFL QB.
Despite Tebow clearly leading his team better than Orton did, and creating a huge buzz around Denver, John Fox and John Elway still won't commit to Tebow as more than a week-by-week starter at QB. If Tebow is doing so well, why won't his coaches commit to him?
The answer is simple: He is not doing so well.
The coaches and GM see him everyday in practice and have watched enough film to know that they want nothing to do with him at QB in the future. They both want a passer to throw from the pocket, and it is very clear that he is not capable of doing that.
For now, they are installing a college offense (the option) to see if they can use him in a unique package, and maybe keep him around as a QB for special situations once they get an NFL-caliber QB.
Tebow is so concerned about proving everybody wrong that he is failing to do right by his team. Tim Tebow has the chance to become a true hero and be selfless in return by helping his team out. It is clear that the Broncos are in need of a new QB, but as long as Tebow is trying to be the man, there will be a controversy in Denver between the educated football minds and fans vs. the Tebow faithful.
Tebow is so adamant about playing QB that he is hurting his team in the long run. He will probably be cut at the end of the year.
If Tebow publicly agrees to play quarterback only in special packages like the option, Wildcat or on short-yardage plays, then he will add a new dimension to the Broncos and he will end the debate between the knows and the know-nots in Denver.
The Broncos can then go out and pick up an NFL-caliber QB to lead them and use Tebow behind center only when the situation calls for it. The rest of the time Tebow can play tight end, slot receiver or full back. He is a very talented player and he could really help them if his ego would get out of the way.
If Tebow doesn't lose the ego, he will be cut, and the Broncos will lose out on a very talented player.