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.
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.