By Brandon Pemberton
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The Denver Broncos have had a quarterback controversy since training camp had started in August. Kyle Orton(3653 yards, 58.8 % passing, 20 TD’s 9 INT’s) had a decent 2010 NFL season, but the team didn’t win and Josh McDaniels had went out on a limb and drafted Tim Tebow with the 25th pick of the 1st round in the 2010 NFL Draft. Going into that draft and prior, the opinions on Tebow as a pro quarterback where very different coming from a variety of talent scouts. Some said they would draft him in the first round, some 3rd or 4th round, and some said they wouldn’t draft him to play quarterback at all. He was one of the best college QB’s I have ever seen play and he seems to be a nice guy, but I could care less. He had and has some major flaws as a passer and in the NFL those flaws can be exposed quickly.
Plenty of sports broadcasters who get paid to breakdown coaches film for a living and are former players, have been real critical of Tebow and have caught flack from doing it. ESPN’s Skip Bayless has this man crush on Tebow and believes for some odd reason that he is the next John Elway. It’s starting to get flat out disgusting. Bayless often refers to the play of Tebow in three starts last season, for the reasons why he believes Tebow is going to be a star in this league.
Tim Tebow was 1-2 in three starts last season and completed 50% (41-82) of his passes for 654 yards, 4 TD’s and 3 INT’s. He also carried the ball 31 times for 199 yards and 3 TD’s as well. Am I missing something, or are these numbers below average at best. Cam Newtown, who 95 percent of America said was the next Jamarcus Russell, has thrown completed 70-117 passes for 1012 yards(337.3 ypg) and a 59.5% completion rate through his first three games(1-2 as well). But their are people like Bayless who think Tebow will be a better QB then Newton.
Look I don’t want this guy to fail, anyone who knows me closely can tell you that besides the Eagles, I have been a life long Denver Broncos fan. But just because Tebow is this nice, religious, stand up guy(who supposedly is a virgin), it doesn’t mean I won’t give my honest opinion when evaluating his play. In the NFL, a quarterback must learn to be successful reading defenses and passing from the pocket. At this level of play, the players are bigger, faster, and smarter, meaning the windows to throw the ball are smaller and timing is essential. Tebow’s throwing motion produces inaccurate throws, while taking too long to release the ball, which will cause a lot of tipped passes and balls thrown behind receivers and to the opposite team.
Everyone likes to talk about his leadership, toughness, and attitude, when breaking down Tebow’s game, but can he stand in the pocket and get the damn job done. The style of play he was able to get away with in college will not work in the NFL. The defensive players are just waiting for a chance to knock his ass out of a game, and best believe the Dolphins defense is downright pissed that their own owner had the audacity to set up and Florida Gators National Championship reunion at their own stadium. They are going to a pissed off group of players defensively. Regardless of the Dolphins record, Tebow’s first start will be a tough one and his chance to show and prove all of his doubters wrong starts Sunday in Miami.