Tebow Leads Broncos; Numerous Other Gators Shine As Well

What a weekend it was for offensive players that used to play for the Florida Gators.

Riley Cooper burst onto the scene in Philadelphia, catching what turned out to be the game winning touchdown pass against my beloved Giants (so mixed emotions there).

Percy Harvin had a few big runs for the Vikings, but a couple of them were called back. Nonetheless, he still scored a TD (although Minnesota still lost to Oakland).

Andre Caldwell somehow got behind the Ravens’ defense and hauled in a huge touchdown from Andy Dalton to pull Cincinnati back in the game. The Bengals wound up falling anyway, but without Bubba they would have been sunk much earlier.

Mike Pouncey didn’t get much credit, because offensive linemen are rarely called on unless it’s because they messed up. But he anchored the offensive line as Miami QB Matt Moore picked the slumping Bills apart like a surgeon for a blowout win.

And then, we come to Tim Tebow.

Tebow.

Tebow.

Tebow.

4-1 as a starter, has the Broncos right in the thick of the playoff hunt and has a frightening knack for pulling out comebacks. All people hear about these days is Tebow and how he won’t make it, he can’t run in the pros, he can’t survive with his motion….

Guess what? He’s not going to the Pro Bowl, but he is winning games and that’s much more than you can say Kyle Orton did. If you want to find the worst starting QB in the NFL, quit looking in Denver. Try the Meadowlands (and not Eli Manning). The Jets, and their comically annoying fan base have done nothing but criticize Tebow for being a fake, and the Jets would shut him down all day.

Well, for the most part, they did. But then Tebow led a 96 yard drive for the game winning TD, highlighted by dropping a bomb on Revis Island and rumbling through Gang Garbage for a 20 yard game winning TD.

So what is it, Jets fans? Is Tebow good or is your team bad?

It’s a combination of both- sort of.

There’s no doubt Tebow needs work- lots of it. But there’s also no doubt that he is a franchise QB, and a long term answer. Tebow’s problem lies in the mechanics. His strength is something you cannot teach- knowing how to win. You either have that or you don’t. Tebow has it, and has proved it 4 straight times.

Elway, you can draft another QB with better mechanics out of college) but don’t look at me when Landry Jones or Kellen Moore throws a late game interception. Instead, spend the time you wasted last offseason trying to make Kyle Orton a franchise QB or defending your ridiculous move by putting Tebow 4th on the depth chart teaching Tebow the proper footwork and motion you want to see. He’s already equipped with the Eli Manning/Tom Brady/Aaron Rodgers 4th quarter fearlessness and capability of heroics you can’t teach- now it’s up to you to teach him how to be the drop back NFL QB you were.

The truth is, there are plenty of better passers than Tebow. There are plenty of better defense readers than Tebow. There are plenty of more accurate QB’s than Tebow. There are plenty of better QB’s than Tebow, period. But nobody- and I mean nobody- is more clutch with the game on the line. There is QB I would take over Tebow in crunch time.

It’s just up to John Elway and the coaching staff to install the mechanics to bring him up to par with the rest of the QB’s.

And with a guy with a work ethic like Tebow, it’s hard to imagine him failing.

12 thoughts on “Tebow Leads Broncos; Numerous Other Gators Shine As Well

  1. “He’s already equipped with the Eli Manning/Tom Brady/Aaron Rodgers 4th quarter fearlessness and capability of heroics you can’t teach”

    You really need to cut down on the hyperbole.

    Let’s also get something straight – Eli Manning isn’t clutch. Tyree made a hell of a grab and the Pats pass defense is weak. Has been for a while.

    Yes, Manning put the ball at his helmet then hit PB. However, Manning has a habit of vanishing when it matters most, 2007 notwithstanding. There’s a reason you keep hearing about another late season swoon for Coughlin. Manning has been part of that swoon.

    He’s nowhere near the gagger his brother is, but he’s no 4th quarter hero on the level of Brady or Rodgers.

  2. OK I used to respect your football knowledge, but that’s simply ridiculous. Eli Manning isn’t clutch? Incorrect. He’s basically led the Giants to game winning comeback drives EVERY GAME this season. You may know the college game well but if you honestly believe that Manning isn’t clutch you know zero about the NFL.

  3. Neil

    They’re 6-4

    They’ve lost two in a row.

    They have a win over the Pats and the Bills while they were playing well.

    However, they also have wins over the Rams, Cards and Dolphins.

    Their losses include Washington and Seattle.

    Meanwhile, talks of ANOTHER Giants collapse are starting up again, as they were off to another quick start and now have a 2 game losing streak.

    But please, continue to tell us how “He’s basically led the Giants to game winning comeback drives EVERY GAME this season.”

    Are you f’ing kidding me ? They’re in the midst of what appears to be another late season swoon after a hot start. And it’s quite the murderer’s row of opponents too.

    Book him to Canton immediately.

  4. I understand why you failed to point out that literally half the team from last year is either playing elsewhere or injured, and that he’s playing with all new guys. It hurts your argument. But then knowing you, oh no, a completely new team has NO effect on the QB’s performance.

  5. Yeah, and they’re the ONLY team in the league to have that problem, right ?

    Seems to me there was a lockout that affected a team or two, right ?

    At the end of the day, he has Nicks and Manningham, his two main targets he’s had for a while.

    Every team undergoes changes – it’s the free agent era. “Literally half the team” he’s missing from last year is a team that choked last year as well.

    Tom Brady had a small window of consistency with his WR crew during the Moss/Welker era. Aside from that it’s been plug and play. Remember last year, he had that freakish season and they ditched Moss and added Branch DURING the season ?

    You know what clutch is ? A QB leading his team to wins in the final two games of a season to qualify for the playoffs then winning a Super Bowl.

    The 2010 Packers won the SB despite losing an league high 91 games by starters because of injury.

    In addition to playing the Steelers without six starters who were on injured reserve, Green Bay lost its Pro Bowl cornerback (Charles Woodson) and the franchise’s all-time receiving leader (Donald Driver) in the second quarter of the SB

    So by the 2nd quarter of the SB, eight starters were missing from their opening day depth chart.

    THAT is clutch, seeing how he stepped it up when it mattered most. So, you want to toss around injuries and roster turnover as an excuse for why Eli Manning is struggling, then I give you the Aaron Rodgers scenario.

    But hey, even you know that Eli Manning isn’t really clutch and you misspoke but are merely standing your ground because I called you out. That’s why you;re making excuses for him. If he was clutching it up, there’d be no need for excuses. It’s very similar to the JB defending early in the year with regards to why he’s so awesome but just hasn’t shown it – “ill fit, injuries etc”

    PS One of the teams the REAL clutch qb Rodgers beat in the second to last game of the year o the way to the playoffs was the Giants. If the Giants win that game, the Packers are watching the playoffs.

    But, by all means, continue to lump Aaron Rodgers and Eli f’ing Manning in the same breath.

    LMAO

  6. “You know what clutch is ? A QB leading his team to wins in the final two games of a season to qualify for the playoffs then winning a Super Bowl.”

    You know what idiocy is? Saying that as your argument against Manning when that’s essentially what Manning did- and then he won three straight road games to get the Super Bowl, and then winning it as a gigantic underdog.

    By the way, I will continue to lump Manning and Rodgers in the same sentence and you will like it because if you look at the overall career stats, Manning has just as many Super Bowls as Rodgers, more wins, and has kept up an admittedly slightly less productive clip than Rodgers for longer than Rodgers has. Let’s see how long Rodgers keeps this up.

    Are you a Packers fan?

  7. Really, the 2007 Giants are absolutely injury ravaged ?

    Aaron Rodgers is staking his place among the all time greats; Eli Manning gets laughed at for suggesting he’s one of the elites in the current league.

    I like Rodgers and the Packers but they are not my favorite team.

    PS Manning had to be Peyton’s brother in New York, but Rodgers had to follow a legend in titletown of all places, and had the pressure of the world on him to make his GM look right.

    Slightly less productive ? I would suggest looking up the meaning of the words “slightly” and “productive” – Rodgers is challenging all time records, whereas Manning is averaging over an int per game for his career and STILL is after this many years in the league.

    Outside of the Manning family itself and a section of Giants fans, not only would you be hard pressed to find someone who thinks Manning is anywhere near Rodgers’ level, you’d be hard pressed to find people who don’t burst into hysterical laughter at the suggestion.

    Starting in 2008, when Rodgers began playing, his record is better than Manning’s. And Manning was already a 4 year SB winning vet at that point.

    Manning costs his team games. That’s just a fact. That’s why there’s often talk about whether or not his days are numbered in New York. Everyone knows about his interception issues. It’s part of the team’s annual collapse.

    Doug Williams. Mark Rypien. Trent Dilfer. Brad Johnson. Jeff Hostetler.

  8. Atl – if you were starting a franchise tomorrow and had a choice between Rodgers, Brady and Manning, how would you rank them in terms of preference ?

    I am overlooking the fact that names like Brees and Big Ben were not mentioned; I’ll chalk that up to innocent omission.

    I have to assume Neil is a Giants’ fan; outside of actual Manning family members and some select Ole Miss alums, it’s inconceivable that someone would put Eli Manning in the same breath as Rodgers and Brady.

    I mean, the other Manning wasn’t even mentioned. I find Peyton Manning to be criminally overrated as an all time great. However, he is viewed as an all time great and his team and his incompetent opposition was more responsible for his ring than anything, but he does have one. Perhaps it’s equal parts Giants fan bias plus Tennessee hatred bias.

  9. Show me where I said the Giants in 2007 were injury ravaged. Aside from Jeremy Shockey, they had most of their starters. Lots (not all) of Manning’s picks were not his fault- they were tipped by his receivers. See the game losing pick 6 against Seattle- right through Cruz’s hands and into the lap of Browning.

    There’s actually zero debate whether or not his days are numbered in New York. I live in New Jersey, and have season tickets, and not one fan has called for Manning’s head in the 5 years I’ve been going to every game. They’ve called for the defensive coordinator’s head, they’ve called for Brandon Jacobs’ head, but not a single fan, in their drunken fury, wanted Eli Manning gone even once.

  10. Ok, so, you’re a Giants fans then, which explains putting Eli Manning in that category. So, in short, a homer. It also explains why you asked if I’m a Packers’ fan.

    Show you where you said the 2007 Giants were injury ravaged ?

    Well, you cherry picked a piece of the Rodgers example.

    The statement was >

    “You know what clutch is ? A QB leading his team to wins in the final two games of a season to qualify for the playoffs then winning a Super Bowl.

    The 2010 Packers won the SB despite losing an league high 91 games by starters because of injury.

    In addition to playing the Steelers without six starters who were on injured reserve, Green Bay lost its Pro Bowl cornerback (Charles Woodson) and the franchise’s all-time receiving leader (Donald Driver) in the second quarter of the SB

    So by the 2nd quarter of the SB, eight starters were missing from their opening day depth chart.

    THAT is clutch, seeing how he stepped it up when it mattered most. So, you want to toss around injuries and roster turnover as an excuse for why Eli Manning is struggling, then I give you the Aaron Rodgers scenario. ”

    What you cherry picked was >

    “You know what clutch is ? A QB leading his team to wins in the final two games of a season to qualify for the playoffs then winning a Super Bowl.”

    Then you responded by saying that’s essentially what Manning did, win on the road.

    No, it’s NOT essentially what Manning did.

    Green Bay’s injury stats were off the charts. They led the league with league high 91 man games lost.

    They entered the Super Bowl with 6 opening day starters out, and lost two more by the 2nd quarter.

    You know, there’s a saying of “if you touch it, you catch it” but you know, as a supposed elite QB, put the f’ing in the right spot and the odds of it being caught will increase.

    Go back and read your earlier posts defending Brantley. Then compare them to this Manning defense. See how similar they are.

    Aaron Rodgers went 22 of 33 (66%) for 307 yards and a 2-0 td int. That is Aaron Rodgers “struggling” this year. Meanwhile, that would be an awesome day for Manning.

    The trouble with Manning is he makes the same boneheaded mistakes he did when he first entered the league. He is directly responsible for their annual collapses and he and TC take the brunt. Maybe not with the fans, but certainly the talking heads.

    Of course he’s not going anywhere – lots of money and a ring will tether you to a team. However, it’s an indication of how infuriating his play is.

    The best thing that could have happened was Rivers shitting the bed this year because before this year Manning looked like a guy who along for the ride and was the 3rd best of Rivers and Big Ben. Rivers’ bed shittery has certainly helped Manning.

    All that being said, I’d still take Eli Manning of his brother. As stupid as he is sometimes, he has the capacity to improvise. Peyton Manning is just a robotic moron.

    At the end of the day, he’s not in Rodgers’ or Brady’s league. Only the Manning family or a Giants’ fan would say that. Maybe Vikings/Bears/Dolphins/Bills/Jets/Colts fans too.

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