Happy Tuesday, friends. I’ve had some unexpected professional challenges/opportunities come up that have had me working day and night lately, while simultaneously finishing a semester up in my MBA program, and it’s briefly messed up my writing schedule. I’m sorry I wasn’t able to deliver a Digesting article on Friday, but I’m optimistic about doing one for this week.
For today, I’m going short blog-post style, on a topic that seems to be flummoxing the whole football watching world. Why is Tim Tebow so much better in the 4th quarter of games? I know the answer to this question, and I’m going to share it with you today. It’s a matter of seeing the forest through the trees, and looking back to Tebow’s time at Florida to understand the phenomenon.
First, let’s start with a thought exercise. Based on Tebow’s skill set, what’s the best approach that the Broncos can take to being successful on offense? Consider personnel groupings, play-calling, and overall philosophy. Really consider this, and get the answer in your head.
These four items are from the actual date that Tim Tebow was born, which was August 14, 1987. Two of them also synchronize in, by some wonderful serendipity, with key aspects of the life he has lived in the decades since.
Only ninety dollars? Damn, they're practically giving this stuff away!
“I thought it was so cheap of Brian Urlacher to [talk about] how he lost to a running back,” Young said. To me … he did it to you. He Tebowed you. Just take it like a man and walk away. You lost your shot.” Young then talked about the Broncos-Patriots matchup this upcoming Sunday that will be televised in an estimated 5,000 percent of American homes. “Next up, Patriots — and I can tell you, the NFL royalty now coming into this fray — Bill Belichick and Tom Brady — I’m sure they’re saying to themselves, ‘No way are we going to be part of this story. No way.’”
What's better than a sport that can reduce monstrous tough guys like Brian Urlacher to snivelling sore losers?
The Daily Shoutout: Josh McDaniels in new light
Tebow has evolved into a star and McDaniels is now getting a second look from teams looking for a head coach. Now, McDaniels isn’t a hot candidate. He is, after all, the offensive coordinator on a team that has maybe the worst offense in modern freaking football history. But that Tebow thing…I can tell you teams compiling head coaching lists have him as a person of interest and it’s all because of Tebow. What was once considered a farce of a pick has for obvious reasons put McDaniels in a different place, a better place.
It seems like yesterday folks were saying McDaniels the personnel guy got McDaniels the football coach fired, ala Mike Shanahan. Yet in retrospect and with the on-field success of Tim Tebow and the futility of the Rams offense, it's now the opposite. What a funny game.
Captain Comeback Week 14: Eli Does Dallas Edition
A quarterback that can’t be stopped late, a defense that makes huge plays, and a kicker that just doesn’t miss. It doesn’t matter they’ve trailed at the two-minute warning the last four weeks. Tebow threw 40 passes and turned it over twice. Didn’t matter. They were down 10-0 in the final minutes. Didn’t matter. Perhaps the most unlikely 6-game winning streak in NFL history rolls on. Denver’s now won three overtime games this season. The only team to ever win more was the 2003 Carolina Panthers (4). Who coached them? John Fox, the same guy that coaches these Broncos.
One thing’s for sure: Tim Tebow is the fastest to 6 fourth quarter comebacks and 6 game-winning drives, doing it in 11 starts.
James Harrison suspended 1 game
The NFL suspended Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison one game without pay for his helmet-to-helmet hit Thursday night on Cleveland Browns quarterback Colt McCoy…Harrison becomes the first player to be suspended for a helmet-to-helmet hit at a time when the NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has attempted to enforce enhanced player safety rules.
They should probably suspend the Browns medical and coaching staffs too...
The NFL’s best coaches are willing to cater their schemes to fit the strengths of their personnel, and Fox has certainly demonstrated adaptability in building the Broncos offense around the talents of Tim Tebow…Part of (Tebow’s) late-game success can be attributed to the Broncos’ increased utilization of an up-tempo approach in those situations. Game circumstances certainly contributed to the increased urgency, but the clever mixing of formations and play calls sets the table for Tebow’s brilliance in the clutch.
Fox has successfully implemented a slow-down strategy that reduces the number of overall possessions in a game. This tactic requires each of the three phases—offense, defense and kicking game—to work in unison to make the game a fourth-quarter affair…Finally, it has been his reliance on his superb kicking game that has helped the Broncos surge to the top of the AFC West. They have consistently won the field position battle with excellent kicks and coverage, and produced enough yards in the return game to tip the scales.
It may often be boring for 55 minutes, but there's no doubt that Foxball has been a winning formula.
Good Morning, Broncos fans! In reviewing Sunday's win for PFF, Trey Cunningham says it appears Tim Tebow "is continuing to mature as an NFL quarterback," and he says Tim's TD pass to Demaryius Thomas was an impressive play (it was, especially since Tebow was moving to his right at the time of the throw). He also points out that it was Tebow's
first second multi-turnover game of the season, not necessarily a huge mark against him considering the Bears' penchant for taking the ball away.
As for the O-line, only Zane Beadles came away with a positive score in pass protection, and as Cunningham states, if not for Tebow's athleticism he likely would have been hit more and sacked more than the five times he was. Oh yeah, and of course there's praise for the defense, especially Von Miller and Brodrick Bunkley.
The IAOFM staff discuss the Denver Broncos' 13-10 overtime victory over the Chicago Bears
Ted: Good afternoon guys. It's a FOX Robot Sunday
Doug: Howdy Ted
Ted: Thanks for the value-add, Goose
Doug: More to come
Ted: I'm sure. Essays by Goose - that's positively Strahan-like. Let's see a pass concept, or some protection. Really nice play by Henry Melton. Dumervil played that perfectly. Hedge on the route, rush decisively. Ugh...the defense wastes a timeout...The crowd got them there! No wine and cheese from the sound of it. Bad effort by Goodman on the tackle
Doug: Podlesh, 18 fair catches on 30 punts...make that 19 on 31