Patriots vs. Broncos: New England's Mimicking of Tebow in Practice Won't Help

Justin WeltonAnalyst IIDecember 18, 2011

DENVER, CO - DECEMBER 11:  Quarterback Tim Tebow #15 of the Denver Broncos leaves the field after defeating the Chicago Bears at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on December 11, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. The Broncos defeated the Bears 13-10 in overtime.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots have seen the path of destruction of Tim Tebow and the Denver Broncos for weeks now in preparation for their trip to Denver in Week 15 of the NFL season.

They had an idea this week to use former Kent State quarterback turned wide receiver Julian Edelman and former Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallett to mimic Tebow in the backfield. Their thought seems like a good idea but it won’t help the AFC East leading Patriots on Sunday.

Edelman and Mallett won’t help the Patriots because Tebow isn’t quite like Edelman in terms of running the football. Tebow is powerful, capable of moving the chains with strength.

He's different than Mallett, too. Mallett is a much better thrower of the football than Tebow is, but Tebow has a much bigger will to win than Mallett.

What Tebow does can’t be explained. You can’t judge his heart until you actually step on the field with the guy. His determination cannot be measured or mimicked.

How can you game plan for a FULL 60 minutes against Tebow? He is extremely uncanny. It’s to the point of being absurd.

He’s horrific, to be kind, in the first 51 minutes but excels at the highest level for the final nine. Teams have had his number in the first 51 minutes but have to change their game plan for the remainder quarter.

From 3-16 in the first half to completing two passes in a 60 minute game, Tebow gets the job done if the score line is close in the fourth quarter.

The best game plan to beat the Broncos or defend Tebow is to put up points on their stout defense. That’s the game plan they should be focusing on.

Denver has won seven-of-eight by scoring 18, 17, 17, 16 and 13 points. The Patriots should focus on getting that score line into the upper-20s.

Force Tebow and the Broncos to be down by three possessions in the fourth quarter and you will probably get the victory.

But we are talking about Tebow, so who knows if that will even be enough.