Tracking Tebow, Week 13: The Tebolution continues
We can chuckle all we want about Tim Tebow, glorified H-back, but the Chiefs and Bears would love to have him right now. Nothing he does on the football field is pretty but there’s no denying that he’s efficient. No one—not even Tom Brady, former 199th pick who cries when he’s reminded of his draft-day free fall—gets more out of their abilities. Because, realistically, Tebow should be a blocking back. He should be playing on the coverage and return units. He should be on the roster bubble every preseason. And yet here he is, doing what he’s done since high school: winning.
I was expecting to see more talk of wide open receivers, but perhaps that'll come later in the week...
While Tebow, the son of missionaries, lives the evangelical Christian life, the Steelers star said in an interview that he's cautious not to push his religious beliefs onto strangers. “It can lead to resentment, and that is not what you want,” Polamalu said. "There is also a sense of arrogance sometimes when people are really hearty, evangelizers, and that is opposite of what faith is. Like, ‘I know this better than you.’ There are a lot of pitfalls to that."
Good Morning, Broncos fans! In our CTF from Sunday’s game, Ted pointed out that Eric Decker was sporting some epic sideburns. Well, it turns out that Decker wasn’t alone in Mutton Chop Land. Apparently several Broncos did a no-shave November in support of men’s cancer awareness, and Britton Colquitt (A la Souvarov), Decker (The Winnfield), Adam Weber (Franz Josef) and Matt Prater (Friendly Mutton Chops) each reprised a classic moustache/beard style.
If this team does end up making a playoff run, it would be pretty neat for the whole squad to be sporting some epic facial hair, coaches included. John Fox could go with the C. Everett Koop, and someone would have to do a Dali. We’ve already seen Champ Bailey rocking the Old Dutch; how great would it be to see a French Fork or Sparrow from him?
Through grief, former Broncos quarterback creates a home
Judi Griese died when Brian was 12 years old. He remembers his mom as someone who was always finding a way to help others. Brian Griese had a hard time accepting her death.
“The thing that I don’t think people realize is when you lose somebody it impacts you in a way that is so powerful, that it doesn’t leave, ever,” he said.
Unable to properly grieve his mother’s death as a child, Griese says he became introverted as an adult. When faced with criticism on the football field, he isolated himself even more.
He explained it like this: “I didn’t have anywhere to turn, so I had to figure out a way on my own. And that became my survival mechanism, and unfortunately, kind of painted the career that I had for the Broncos.”
I still consider Brian Griese a Denver Bronco. I always will. The same goes with Jake Plummer. In fact, any quarterback that leads the Broncos to the playoffs makes my list of great Broncos quarterbacks (I've got my eyes on you, Tebow). Thankfully, I don't have to claim Jay Cutler.
Griese once suffered a third-degree separated shoulder in the first quarter of a game against the Raiders in 2000. He remained in the game and led the Broncos to a comeback victory. It was so freaking epic, I remember getting goosebumps watching him play with that much pain.
Throughout his five seasons as a Bronco, Griese fought the "aloof" moniker. Here's the thing--it was true. Griese has spoken about his time in Denver before, but in this piece, he comes right out and admits his introverted nature--as a result of his mother's death--came to define his time in Denver.
Most of the article talks about Griese's work with his foundation, but I continue to love Griese's honesty and the insight into his career as a Bronco.
The IAOFM staff discuss the Denver Broncos' 35-32 victory over the Minnesota Vikings
Ted: Happy Sunday, guys. I'm watching Fox NFL Sunday, and somebody apparently decided that Strahan should go all Bob Costas, and do essay-style monologues about a selected topic. It's a bad, bad choice
TJ: Oh my, it's bad news with Costas, so it's a nightmare with Strahan
Ted: "It's hard to know when to retire, because all football players have ever done is play football"
TJ: Perhaps he'll talk about politics, religion, Sandusky, et. al. I always preferred Emmitt Smith, at least I could always count on a laugh - he was good for some grammar lessons
Ted: #FootballSunday is a really long hashtag that Fox is using... not real economical for Twitter
TJ: White RB alert! Toby! Toby! Toby! Griese on Toby: "he's workman like" - that's code for: white boy
Tebow might be a true revelation
At this moment, no one knows whether the Tebow experiment Elway and Fox have been pressured into undertaking will result in anything more sustainable than Tennessee’s Vince Young experience or Atlanta’s Michael Vick roller coaster. What should be dawning on us — especially those of us who greeted Tebow’s Broncos career with skepticism — is that, thanks to a rock-solid, two-parent upbringing, Tebow is quite different from Young and Vick in terms of mental and emotional makeup. Those differences raise the real possibility that Tebow is the athletic-freak quarterback an NFL franchise should embrace with a revolutionary offensive approach.
Five championships? Sign me up.
“But does God really care who prevails on the playing field? Ordinarily, we’d say no. Then again, how to explain QB Tim Tebow, who wears his devout Christianity on his sleeve and who led the Denver Broncos to yet another improbable comeback win Sunday?”
I’ve said all along that the backlash against Tebow is really a backlash against the way Tebow gets covered in the media. This smarmy little paragraph is as good an example as you’ll find. I mean, who needs St. Thomas Aquinas when you have the Broncos’ five-game winning streak, right?
But what Fox and Elway did not foresee was the polarizing support Tebow would gain in his own locker room. His will to win, his work ethic and most importantly his ability to make plays in the clutch has made his teammates believers. Working hard and wanting to succeed is something most players have, but the key is actually producing wins. No one follows any player for just working hard. Winning creates support and with every win, Tebow adds more followers and believers.
With Tebow so firmly embedded as the leader of the resurgence, it would be impossible for Elway or Fox to move on without him. The team would revolt. They would lose their fan base and risk their own futures. If they replaced Tebow, it would have to be a sure thing, and we all know nothing is a sure thing in the NFL. Does this mean they have to be 100 percent sold right now? No, but they need to respect his work and adapt their plan.
The prudent course of action is to embrace Tebowmania and continue to improve the team’s overall talent, while making sure there is a plan in case Tebow fails to improve. In other words, the same course of action any front office would do with any player.