John Fox is a smart man, and a smarter football coach. He knows that anything he says will be on the web within seconds, especially when it regards his quarterback, the ultra-polarizing Tim Tebow. John Fox has never been overly candid with reporters regarding much of anything.
That's why the Denver Broncos' first year head coach's words about his starting QB have garnered national attention and raised eyebrows around the league. If you haven't heard yet, Fox said in an interview that Tebow would be "screwed" doing that "other crap," which in this case is essentially dropping back and throwing the ball.
Fox's comments are completely uncharacteristic of the man and dumbfounding in the sense that a Head Coach would say those things about his starting QB. The more I thought about it, the more I realized that there is something more to this. And then it hit me: Denver is playing the New York Jets Thursday, a team that notoriously tries to start trash talk through the media and likewise monitors the media for anything their opponents have to say about the upcoming game.
John Fox knows exactly what he is doing. He knows that Rex and Co. will see his comments and think that he has absolutely no confidence in his QB as a passer, and make no mistake the Jets will be prepared to shut down the Broncos' elite rushing attack. What they won't be prepared for, is if Tebow comes out slinging it.
All week long leading up to the matchup with KC, all the hype was about Denver's spread option attack, but come gameday, the Broncos relied more heavily on a classic rushing attack. The spread option was used, but not to the extent everyone though it would be. One very encouraging thing that was missed in the hooplah of "2 completions!?!" is that Tim Tebow's delivery has changed, and it was especially evident on the 56 yard toss to Eric Decker: The ball was delivered quickly from a high, tight release point and had a picture perfect spiral.
The stage is set Thursday night not only for a statement win from the Denver Broncos, but also a break-out performance by second year QB Tim Tebow.