Hear me out: Tebow a legit MVP looker -- not winner, but candidate
If Denver does keep winning, and keeps winning the way it has been winning…How could anyone deny Tebow’s viable candidacy?...It’s not only that he plays quarterback for a team that has won four of its past five games. Tebow should be a legit MVP candidate—if this keeps up—because of the way the Broncos are winning these games. They’re winning because of Tebow. Or rather, Tebow is winning these games.
The John Elway Show (Part 1)
“I think that obviously he’s making progress week in and week out, and so I think that, you know, when you look at our third-down numbers, those have to improve, I mean, and that’s the bottom line…we can’t go 3 for 13 and win a world championship…Tim Tebow did exactly what we thought he could do on Thursday night, that when we get in tough situations, he’s a guy that’s going to be able to make those plays, he’s got the will and the competitiveness to do the things, you know, you can’t coach…and that’s exactly what he did on Thursday night…now if you look at that thing, the bottom line is defensively we played great defensively and the special teams were good because we were in the football game.”
There are a hundred ways to interpret and parse this interview (and I'm sure both sides will), but after listening to the tone of Elway's voice and the language he's using here, I came away with the distinct impression that John Elway doesn't care if Tebowmania is running wild. John, a little part of a million evangelicals just died this morning, buddy. I hope you can look at yourself in the mirror, pal.
Elway was asked directly if he is any closer to knowing who is quarterback of the future is. His response: "No."
He did confirm a bias of mine, though. When a team is less than 40% on third down, turn the lights out. The party's over.
Thanks to my boy, magster, for pointing me to this interview this morning.
Jabar Gaffney downplays tweets
On Monday, Gaffney said: “It’s something that got took out of ‘text. Cowboy fans, that’s how they are. I was just telling the dude: ‘Y’all won. All right, leave me alone. Don’t talk to me.’ And that’s all it was.”
You know, probably not the kind of thing you should say when you're the guy who sold the gun which your teammate used to commit suicide. Love ya Gaff, but come on...
Denver's December 4, Week 13 game at Minnesota has been flexed from a 4:05pm ET game on CBS to a 1pm ET game on FOX instead; the Broncos/Vikings matchup swaps spots with Ravens/Browns. The NFL has also spared us the pain of having to see Curtis Painter and the Colts get whipped by the Patriots on SNF, instead swapping the game out for the potential shootout between the Lions and Saints in New Orleans.
Tebow, regardless of whether I wish he’d just shut up after a game and go hug his teammates, I think he’s a winner and I respect that about him. I think that when he accepts the fact that we know that he loves Jesus Christ then I think I’ll like him a little better. I don’t hate him because of that, I just would rather not have to hear that every single time he takes a good snap or makes a good handoff…like you know, I understand dude where you’re coming from….but he is a baller. He knows how to win and when your teammates believe in you that you can do good things and that’s what they are doing. They are winning. That’s fun to see.
Lots of interesting quotes from Snake, who talks about getting run out of town, Shanny's failure in Washington, and his own step back from competitive handball. (h/t LBS)
BOOMER ESIASON TALKS MARK SANCHEZ, TIM TEBOW AND PATS/CHIEFS
“...I don’t believe he can [play quarterback]. He’s woefully inaccurate, he doesn’t have what I would consider even a remotely quick release. I mean his release is so deliberate and so slow and he locks to his receivers. And then how many balls do you see hit the ground to wide open receivers? That to me is a red flag. I believe it’s a good thing this happened for them over the last three weeks when they kind of handed the offense over to Tim Tebow…they were playing against other offenses that didn’t put any points on the board and their own defense was playing great. You get it to the fourth quarter and now all the sudden you have the football player Tim Tebow doing his thing, which I tip my hat off to him, but you cannot win in this league sustaining that kind of offense, especially when you get into games when you may get down 14 to 17 points…
In my estimation John Fox probably put him out there thinking, okay, let’s put him out there, we’ll lose three or four games with him, it’s going to be ugly, and everyone will get off the Tim Tebow bandwagon. The problem is, now all of the sudden he’s winning, and he’s winning in spectacular fashion late in games. So they’re kind of stuck with this animal right now and when I say animal I mean the whole thing, the whole Tebowmania thing. You know they are going to be stuck with him for awhile.”
Fast forward to the 10:45 mark to hear Esiason continue to blast Tebow.
Does this whole animal refrence mean Tebow gets to play in Beast Mode? If so, I'm all for it.
11 Things We Loved About Week 11
During Kyle Orton’s five starts, the team allowed 28 points per game; with Tebow at the helm, the defense has allowed just 21.4 points per game. It stands to reason that the Broncos would be allowing opposing teams fewer possessions with Tebow by virtue of running the ball so frequently, but that hasn’t been the case, since the Broncos allowed just more than 11 possessions per game with Orton at the helm, 12.5 possessions per game during Tebow’s first two starts in the traditional Broncos offense, and then 12 possessions per start in his three games running the option. Where Tebow’s helped the defense is by leading an offense that avoids turnovers.
Audibles at the Line: Week 11
Since he took over as quarterback, Tebow is averaging roughly nine rushing attempts per game. Over a 16-game season, that would be the most rushing attempts by any quarterback in the Super Bowl era. But, I don’t see why Tebow can’t carry the ball that much. He’s really a good-sized running back playing quarterback. If Reggie Bush can handle nine carries a game, why can’t Tebow?
Not a bad argument here.
When in doubt, play the Reggie Bush card.
Week 11 sets up most thrilling Thanksgiving lineup of games ever
Whilst the game is growing in the UK, it’s still odd to hear a conversation about the sport, particularly at a football game. I love the fact that more and more people are discovering American football. Still, it’s astonishing that you can’t go anywhere without hearing about Tebowmania—even thousands of miles away from where the game was played.
And as always, Drew Magary interprets and improves upon MMQB.
Good Morning, Broncos fans! The AFC West games went about as expected, as the Raiders defeated the Vikings 27-21 and the Chargers lost to the Bears 31-20. Oakland is now 6-4 and a game up on the 5-5 Broncos, who are now one game ahead of San Diego. Denver remains a half-game ahead of the Chiefs, who face the daunting task of playing at Foxboro tonight with Tyler Palko starting for them at QB. Carson Palmer threw and ran for a score, while Michael Bush racked up 129 total yards and a TD for Oakland. Christian Ponder rallied Minnesota back from a 27-7 hole with two TD passes but was also picked off three times.
Meanwhile, Jay Cutler got a measure of revenge on the Chargers and his old nemesis Phil Rivers, but the satisfaction was shortlived and overshadowed by the fact that Cutler broke his right thumb late in yesterday's game, will have surgery to repair it, and will not be playing when the Bears come to town on December 11. It'll still be a big QB homecoming, just not for the Broncos - they'll instead be facing Cutler's backup, former CSU Ram Caleb Hanie. So, all Tim Tebow will have to do that day is outscore Devin Hester. Piece of cake, right? Matt Bowen breaks down the Bears' victory, plus he considers the Bears' plight without Cutler.