Tracking Tebow, Week 12: Iron sharpens iron
More improbable scenarios are hard to fathom but the lesson, at least for now, is Tebow has redefined what it means to win ugly, which is certainly preferable to the alternative reality playing out with Orton under center: losing ugly…Can Denver win out and go 11-5? Seems impossible, but is that any more unlikely than Tebow being 5-1? Clearly, we’re dealing with forces beyond the football field.
Captain Comeback Week 12: One large week to digest
Another fourth quarter comeback. Another game-winning drive. Another 10-point comeback for the game. Another unorthodox offensive performance. Another Tebow miracle. Actually, the story on Tebow is just wrong. It’s not about winning, it’s not about his religion or Tebowing. The story should be how if you cover up his flaws and keep the game close, the guy is uncanny at putting the ugliness behind him and delivering scoring drives to win the game.
Granted, Schroeder did benefit from being plugged into an semi-dynastic team, and he did finish his career with a 61-38 record as a starter, for what that's worth. If Tebow can be 61-38 over 99 games, I think we'd all be quite happy - really, I just thought it would be a funny title...
The NFL's Week 12 Unsung Heroes
Punter Britton Colquitt pinned the Chargers inside their own 10 yard line in three of his nine punts Sunday, while allowing virtually zero return yards all day. In fact, San Diego’s Patrick Crayton totaled just 15 yards on three returns in nine opportunities…If not for a big day by Colquitt and Prater, Tebow-Mania is probably running a little less wild today.
Sources: Jags fire Jack Del Rio
Jack Del Rio has been fired as the head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars, according to team sources. The Jaguars, who are 3-8 heading into a Monday night game with the San Diego Chargers, plan to announce the move at noon Tuesday.
Not that the Chargers are expected to axe Norv this week, but how do you suppose the Worldwide Leader would spend the 18-hour pregame show next Monday with two interim coaches making their debuts? Don't you want to find out?
Good Morning, Broncos fans! In his latest mailbag, Mike Klis goes all Woody Paige in responding to a reasonable and intelligent question about the Broncos' struggles to score points and extend drives beyond three plays with Tebow at the helm. He does so by cherry-picking some numbers which make the Tebow-led offense appear more productive than it's been; according to Klis' calculations, the Broncos have scored 21.2 points in their five wins under Tebow, as if points per win ever mattered. For one, this removes the 10-point effort against the Lions, which when included brings the figure down to 19.3 points. Secondly, two of the touchdowns scored during this time were provided by Eddie Royal's punt return in Oakland and Andre' Goodman's INT return against the Jets. Without those, the offense is down to 17 points per game, and then there's the issue of two games having gone to overtime, without which the Denver offense is scoring 16 points per game since Tebow took over.
Do all those other scores count? Of course! Should the Broncos give them back because Tebow wasn't responsible for them? Nope. But really, let's not say the offense is scoring 21+ points a game, okay? I can just see the water cooler conversations now. Fan A: The wins are nice, but we need to score more points to beat the good teams. Fan B: You're an idiot! They're scoring 21.2 points with Tebow! Mike Klis said so, must be true ZOMG!!
Waiting for Tebow to Go Splat
So far, Tebow has shown a remarkable ability to absorb punishment. In Sunday’s win over the San Diego Chargers, there were 20 hits on Tebow during the game—and a few of them were the sorts of brutal shots that an average running back would attempt to avoid.
The worst one came at the end of the first quarter. On a second-and-9 on the San Diego 39, Tebow took a snap out of shotgun, faked a pitch right to running back Willis McGahee, then cut to the left and ran toward the line of scrimmage.
Chargers outside linebacker Travis LaBoy grabbed Tebow’s facemask and yanked his face down, preventing him from seeing in front of him. Defensive end Corey Liuget grabbed Tebow’s shoulder pads and started pulling him down, but not before Vaughn Martin, a 300-pound defensive lineman, came barreling at Tebow with a full head of steam and used the crown of his helmet to pound Tebow like a veal cutlet.
This is the kind of physical punishment that would make most people quit football entirely. But Tebow popped right up, seemingly unscathed. He was really upset that the officials didn’t call the facemask penalty (he had a point—it was blatant).
I'll admit I didn't think Tebow could take the punishment he's been taking as a runner. I thought he'd be injured by the fourth game taking shots like he did against the Chargers.
This article tells you what I was oblivious to when I made that assertion--the guy just keeps getting up.
Denver has placed CB/KR Cassius Vaughn on IR and signed S Kyle McCarthy and LB Mike Mohamed to fill the roster spots previously occupied by Vaughn and Kyle Orton. McCarthy dressed for eight games last season but was a casualty of final cuts in September, while 2011 sixth-rounder Mohamed was active for two games in the absence of the injured D.J. Williams. Interestingly, the Broncos chose not to promote Adam Weber and will instead stick with just two QBs despite the fact that Tim Tebow runs as much as he does - his 22 carries yesterday were the most by a QB in at least 60 years.
The IAOFM staff discuss the Denver Broncos' 16-13 overtime victory over the San Diego Chargers
Doug: I'm sure happy for the 4:15 start so we can see all these great finishes
Ted: Yeah it worked out pretty well
TJ: Wow, this game just got going quick, haha...and we're off!
Ted: Weather looks nice in Whale's Vagina
TJ: Shift shift shift, SD loves that
Ted: They really like to get quick separation with it
TJ: Goody jumped that
Doug: Pretty terrible throw. Oh my - Ryan Mathews does Denver like Knowshon does KC - Mathews has two 100-yd games, both against Denver
Super Bowl Hero Kurt Warner Gives A Little Spiritual Advice To Tim Tebow
“I’d tell (Tebow), ‘Put down the boldness in regards to the words, and keep living the way you’re living,” Warner told the Arizona Republic. “Let your teammates do the talking for you. Let them cheer on your testimony. There’s almost a faith cliche, where (athletes) come out and say, ‘I want to thank my Lord and savior,’ ” Warner told reporter Dan Bickley. “As soon as you say that, the guard goes up, the walls go up, and I came to realize you have to be more strategic. The greatest impact you can have on people is never what you say, but how you live. When you speak and represent the person of Jesus Christ in all actions of your life, people are drawn to that. You set the standard with your actions. The words can come after.”
Some will see this as a negative story, but it's actually just the opposite.
I am floored by Kurt Warner's words--just stunned. I never thought Warner, of all people, would be agreeing with Jake Plummer.
Football aside, I hope Tebow takes Warner's advice. Not only do I agree with it on a personal level, it will ultimately get Tebow more converts, not less. Warner seems to get that.
In my view, if Tebow becomes the long-term QB of the Broncos, I think he goes in this direction as he matures both on and off the field.