CHICAGO, January 9, 2012 – When Tim Tebow played on his high school team, he wasn’t expected to receive Division I scholarship offers up until his senior season.
When he arrived at Florida, he was a backup and the concept of him someday winning the prestigious Heisman trophy was laughable. He was sent in on goal-line or other short yardage situations; no one thought he could lead his team to a national championship, let alone two of them.
When he entered the draft, he was projected by many experts to be a third round pick, and he was chosen in the first.
He was continuously declared to be the fourth best quarterback on his own team. He was inserted into the starting role because his team was struggling with its first three options.
He couldn’t bring the Broncos back from a 15-0 deficit in his first start of the year against the Dolphins. He couldn’t steer a 1-4 team into the playoffs. He couldn’t beat the massively favored Pittsburgh Steelers in his first playoff game.
And now people are going to say he can’t take out the New England Patriots?
That should be a piece of cake for the Tebow Train. We should be surprised if he doesn’t win the whole darn thing this year. There’s no statistical reason for Tebow to win, but like the best young quarterbacks, that’s all he does, and that’s all he has to do. It just so happens that he’s much, much better at it than almost everyone he plays.
We’re all aware of the Broncos’ problems, that of an often stagnant offense and a few key injured players. The Patriots’ problems, however, will lead to their undoing. The Patriots haven’t beaten a team with a winning record all year long, although they did beat a Denver team that was in a dark, magicless Tebow time. Last week proves that Tebow isn’t the same quarterback as he was in the regular season.
Can we expect anything less from Captain Clutch himself?
The Patriots suffer from the second-worst pass defense in the league, and the entire world witnessed Tim Tebow’s 31.6 yards per completion rate against the best pass defense in the league only a week ago. Can Tom Brady possibly outgun Tebow a second time? If it comes down to which defense can make a stop, the likely scenario, than the Team Tebow will win the rematch.
If it comes down to which offense can step up, then Denver had better take cover. Trying to outgun Tom Brady is like trying to stay underwater longer than a fish. Tom Brady doesn’t have to breathe to win a game like that.
Tebow’s been criticized for his throwing motion, his bad accuracy, his occasional turnover eruptions and his inability to keep an offense efficient for any extended period of time. This is partially because his throwing motion was in fact awful until recently, he turns the ball over in spurts of three and he hasn’t kept an offense efficient for more than a quarter. Actually, it’s entirely because of that.
Teams have had eleven weeks of warning that beating Tebow should come before all else. Don’t trash his stats, don’t trash his style, just beat him. That’s why the Pittsburgh Steelers deserve the loss that they suffered. They underestimated some facet of Tim Tebow (his throwing), and voila, they’re torched by an 80-yard touchdown pass on the first play of overtime.
Aren’t we all about sick of underestimating this guy? Can we all just accept that the fact that Tim Tebow having no capability of doing something is more than enough reason for him to pull it off?
The Broncos were seven point underdogs when they beat the Steelers by six. Let’s all just pencil the Broncos in for a 14 point win as a 14 point underdog against the Patriots and get ready for a Denver Super Bowl Appearance. Why?
There’s no reason for it to happen. That’s the beautiful, paradoxical truth of Timothy Richard Tebow.
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