How many of you haven't read/heard at least one of these statements? Let me see a show of hands. None? Not a single one?
Everyone knows how Tebow can command a fanbase, win a sophomore-year Heisman and scramble like there's no tomorrow. But one of the major arguments made against him is that he's a horrendous passer. I don't need to list his stats; any complaint made against his throwing skills is almost certainly going to be correct.
Yet, even though he's a QB who can barely throw, he wins—4-of-5 of this year's starts to be exact. Somehow, he gets the job done.
This is because he isn't a QB. He's a running back who takes snaps and can make some passes.
His style is unique, he has some great abilities and succeeds against adversity.
Though he barely played in 2010 (three late-season starts), something about him made him the Broncos fans' saviour. From posters to billboards, they rallied around him, causing Elway/Fox to promote him to starter, moving him from third QB, leaping right over Brady Quinn's head. A dangerous decision, to say the least. Tebow could have lost them their jobs and the Broncos' fanbase if he failed.
And he didn't. He brought the ailing Broncos wins, new fans and a lot of attention. Even Tebow haters will fork up money to see him for themselves.
Tebow has such a great fanbase because of his magnetism. He has a nice back story, going from recommended abortion to high school superstar to college hero, all the while keeping pure and Christian, assisting his father's mission and orphanage.
His fans are with him every throw, snap and scramble. They guide his arms, legs and great facial hair to victory. I strongly believe that, without the backing of thousands, Tebow would not be a winner in the NFL.
Passing skills aside, Tebow has some wondrous abilities. He can run, catch, sprint and break tackles. Sure, being 6'3" and weighing 236 pounds helps, but he has the ball-carrier vision and intuition to match. This season, he has 388 rushing yards, with a 6.9-yard average a rush—fine numbers for a guy listed as RB, which Tebow is not.
When facing Tebow, teams don't know what to do. Nearly every snap leads to an option, and if not, it'll come up soon. You can't bring him down for a sack, so don't blitz him. You can pressure him, but he'll either throw it away or gash you for a big play. He definitely does not do turnovers.
The constant threat of a run keeps defensive coordinators guessing, and based on his 4-1 record, is a great strategy. Tebow could not run any other offensive scheme, yet is one of the few who could succeed in the pass-dominated NFL with his. The only thing that could make him more threatening is more snaps.
4-1. Four wins, one loss. Tebow has an 80 percent win percentage this season, topping Brady and Brees, two far superior QBs.
He has won behind 15 points with three minutes left in the game, defeated a nine-year veteran, shut out a Brady disciple and came from behind against the Super Bowl-aspiring Jets to rush for a winning 20-yard TD.
His predecessor's record was 1-4 before his demotion. Kyle Orton could not win with the Broncos team. Tebow can.
Beyond the scoreboard, Tebow has managed a victory perhaps even more impressive. He's a college quarterback playing in the NFL. Tebow is not a passer, but a player. Recently, the NFL has descended into a shootout league, threatening to become as diluted as the MLB.
His success lies not in stats, like Cam Newton's, but in supporting his team. He has great drive to win and will stop at nothing to do so. He inspires his team to do better. He brings excitement, uniqueness and heart to the table.