Okay, I admit it – Tim Tebow still has a long way to go to become an efficient passer. But you’ve got to admit that he’s a winner. Isn’t that how we are supposed to judge quarterbacks?
On Sunday once again Tebow proved that for now his legs are more valuable than his arm. He only completed two of eight passes for 69 yards in Denver’s 17 – 10 win over Kansas City. And while he completed only two passes, one of them went for a touchdown. He also ran 9 times for 43 yards and rushed for a touchdown. As a team Denver gained 244 yards on the ground.
Denver’s coaching staff has obviously made a conscious decision to run the ball instead of risking what they believe could be game changing interceptions by Tebow. But I believe they sell him short. But oh well, I’m pretty sure they’ll take the wins.
So far Tebow’s record as a starter this season is 3 – 1. Based on my understanding of math that’s a winning record. And despite the lack of passes, Tebow’s running and his leadership are largely responsible for the victories.
Don’t you just love the dilemma that Denver’s in right now? Head coach John Fox and executive vice-president/general manager, John Elway, must be going crazy with concerns about the direction of the team. I’m sure they don’t know what to do. Bottom line in Denver, even if management is unsure about him, the fans love Tebow.
Fox and Elway better learn to love him too, because it looks like the team responds better with Tebow in the lineup – even though he is unpolished and as yet still unproven – than they might with a more traditional pocket passer, who has a much more “pure” throwing motion.
But it might be that Tebow, with all of his flaws is actually redefining the position of quarterback. Or maybe he’s just a throwback to the days when the helmets were leather and passing was often an act of desperation.
History shows us that quarterbacks didn’t always throw the ball very much. The name quarterback, and the other backfield positions derive from where a player was positioned behind the offensive line. The quarterback was often a quarter of the way back. The halfback, now called running back, were usually halfway back. And the fullback, who generally blocks for the running back these days could sometimes be the furthest back in the backfield.
Depending on the formation, whether it was the old single wing, or the original “T” formation, any one of four players could run, block or pass the football. That’s how it used to be.
Variations on the single wing formation have been used very effectively in the last few years. The Miami Dolphins took a trip back in time by installing what they called the “Wildcat” offense. This is where the running back (halfback) takes a direct snap from center and either runs or passes. Other teams seeing the Dolphins’ success quickly copied.
The point I’m making is that football has been played lots of different ways over more than 100 years. Nothing is really new. But too often the great football minds of today seem to forget the rich history of the game and think that only a certain style or a certain type of player can turn out victories. Well it just so happened that Denver, with a passing-challenged, former Heisman Trophy winner, running the show just won a game by completing only two passes. Isn’t that something!
I say as long as Denver is winning, and as long as the players respond to Tebow, maybe just maybe he isn’t so bad after all. And perhaps, he’s also changing the game and our view of it.