"He's a winner."
"Tim Tebow just keeps finding a way to win."
These were a couple comments from the Tim Tebow love affair after last night's defeat of the Jets.
Yes, the Broncos won the game, but did Tebow beat the Jets?
Rex Ryan/Mike Pettine did. Sending an eight-man rush and playing cover zero on that 3rd and 4 that led to Tebow's game-winning TD was inexplicable. Ryan didn't have an explanation for it in his post-game press conference because it's so indefensible.
Eric Smith did. The Jets send the house on the game-winning TD and who's left to catch up with him, the guy who has proven time and time again he can't keep up with whoever he's defending in open space. Oh and who was covering Dante Rosario when Tebow completed an 18-yard pass on that drive? You guessed it, Eric Smith. He needs to be taken off the field. Someone has to be better.
Elvis Dumervil and Von Miller did. They combined for three total sacks and put a lot of pressure on Mark Sanchez. Wayne Hunter's pass blocking has become a major liability. The Jets miss Damien Woody at right tackle, plain and simple. His absence is glaring weekly. Sanchez consistently does not have as much time to throw as he did in previous seasons and it's coming from outside edge rushers. Andre Carter did it last week. Miller and Elvis Dumervil did this week.
Jim Leonhard did, when he whiffed on a huge first down tackle on Eddie Royal, which may have been a safety, on the 95-yard game-winning drive.
Mark Sanchez did, when he stared down Broncos corner Andre Goodman and made an incomprehensible decision in his own territory, leading to an easy pick six. The Broncos won by four. Sanchez gift wrapped six. If Sanchez throws that ball away, the Jets punt and the outcome's probably different.
There are other intangibles which you can't quite quantify. You can also call them excuses: the short week and long trip to Denver (a tough place to play), not having LT, and then losing Shonn Greene early in the game, other injuries to Brodney Pool and Jeremy Kerley.
Don't get me wrong, Tim Tebow's likable. He's a good guy.
But he just didn't play a good game. His mechanics and passing are way off.
He was shut down until the Jets let him run the ball down the field on them after they didn't all night long. He ran for 11 yards in the game's first 55 minutes but then 57 yards in the last five.
Tebow played a part in the win (albeit a small one) and is now 4-1 since taking over for Kyle Orton, but there were many Jets and Broncos who were much more responsible for the win than him.
Give credit to who really beat the Jets—a Broncos defense that played a heck of a game, holding the Jets to 3 of 14 on third down...and the Jets themselves.