Tim Tebow has the worst throwing motion of any quarterback in the NFL. He also has his Denver Broncos a game out of first place in the NFC West and is 3-1 as a starter. Regardless of mechanics, Tebow has proven he can, to quote the late Al Davis, “just win, baby.”
The Man, the Myth, the Tebow has four victories in seven starts, dating back to last season. That is the same amount of wins as Kyle Orton had in his last 18 tries with the exact same team. Orton was the classic pocket passer John Fox coveted, but the team plays better with Tebow at the helm.
Tebow is the most mechanically flawed quarterback in the league’s history. He is also the most effective rushing quarterback the NFL has seen. Michael Vick is the most dangerous, but his runs are often of the all-or-nothing variety. Due to his slight frame, Vick’s runs have also led to significant time on the injury report. Tebow is more capable of picking up the tough yardage when the defense tightens up.
Put Tebow in the right system, and he could revolutionize the way quarterback is played in the NFL. On 3rd-and-7 Tom Brady will rifle an eight-yard pass to Wes Welker. Tebow will tuck the ball and morph into a 240-lb. power back with a full head of steam dragging tacklers for the needed yardage. If the result is the same, what looks better in the box score or on the game film is irrelevant. If you get the job done, you get it done.
John Fox is right that you cannot win with Tebow running a traditional offense. On the other hand, Tebow is capable of throwing more than eight passes in a game to get the win. His completion percentage might be horrid (45 percent), but his touchdown-to-interception ratio is phenomenal. He has seven touchdowns passing and two more rushing. Tebow has just one interception on the year and, for all the running around he does, has yet to lose a fumble in his NFL career.
Nine touchdowns to one turnover are numbers any team can win with, regardless of mechanics or box scores. That John Fox simplified the offense to a high school level is insulting. Tebow did have a 300-yard passing game as a rookie, and he has improved since then.
The Tebow offense needs to feature him running the shotgun almost exclusively. After bombing for 55 minutes in Fox’s “traditional” offense against the Miami Dolphins, Tebow burned them running the shotgun. The problem with running only the shotgun is the running game outside of Tebow will take a hit.
When Tebow is running a traditional formation he has to run bootlegs to keep the defense from stacking the box, as they will sniff the run when the team goes from shotgun to an I-formation. More often than not the Broncos will comply with a running play. To keep the defenses guessing, a bootleg option pass-run must be mixed in. As long as Tebow is on the move, he is fine. It is when you expect him to take a three-step drop and fire a quick pass that his mechanics come into play and foul everything up.
So go ahead and listen to Merril Hoge and company bash Tebow all you want. As long as the right plays are called, Tebow will keep winning games. Maybe some day he will be able to silence the critics as well.