Last week we took a look at all 16 throws Tim Tebow made in his debut as the Broncos' starting QB.
The verdict? This cat is an NFL quarterback.
I'm happy to report that I reached that conclusion before Christmas, so you can't accuse me of pounding too much egg nog.
This week in The Playbook Abides, we're putting up for your review four of Tebow's passes from Sunday. Each one of them is instructive in its own little way, and helps us to chart Tebow's growth as the Broncos' signal caller.
(Note: I don't believe I need to convince you of Tebow's inherent leadership abilities, but if so, don't take my word for it. Champ Bailey and Jabar Gaffney can tell you).
This week we're introducing a new video series giving you insights into the intriguing and mysterious happenings at Dove Valley.
We're pulling back the curtain to see just what is happening as the Broncos search for a new general manager.
This one is called "Chia Pets," and stars Joe Ellis and Brian Xanders.
And God said, "Let there be two halves."
How could the Broncos look so bad in the 1st half and so good in the 2nd?
They let their quarterback play one on TV.
The first half was one of screens (slip, bubble, running back, silver?). The Broncos' coaching staff either didn't trust their young quarterback or they simply wanted to continue to take his development as slowly as possible. Did they realize they were facing the league's worst defense in the Houston Texans?
The 17-0 deficit was actually a blessing in disguise. It forced the Broncos' coaches to finally unleash the Tebow. In the 2nd half, they had no other choice.
Tim Tebow may be a lot of things (young, inexperienced, and still under development), but there's one thing he's not--boring. He gave the Broncos energy today. Energy to burn.
Broncos, Gators, and Tebow fans of the world, unite! This is our final installment of Tebow(etheus) Unbound.
Today we're looking at Tebow's final four throws (13-16) from Sunday's game.
You can go back and read Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3 if you'd like. Or jump right into today's
breakdance breakdown. At the end of today's piece, as an added bonus, I gathered my summary thoughts on Tebow. I thought it was time to finally take a stand on him.
For those Raiders fans who can't
read wait until the end, I'll put it this way: I think the guy can play.
Yes, after watching all of his throws from last Sunday dozens and dozens of times, I'm pushing all of my chips to the center of the table and I'm betting on Tebow. Sure, he didn't play with more than a quarter of the playbook. Sure, the sample size was small. Sure, he's going to struggle like other rookies have. And sure, the easiest thing to do is to sit on the fence so that I can later claim I was right about Tebow, no matter what direction the Broncos go. But after watching each of these throws dozens of times, I'm confident in his abilities to be the Broncos' quarterback of the future.
If you've made it this far, congratulations. You are one of three types of people:
1) You love Tim Tebow;
2) You love NFL playbooks;
3) You typed in "Woody Paige Is Fat" into Google.
Here at It's All Over, Fat Man! we'll take all three. We have no prejudices--unless you count our almost psychopathic leanings towards zone blitzing.
If you're just stumbling upon this series, you can always go back and get Part 1 & Part 2 first. Or you can just go commando and read this third installment of Tebow(etheus) Unbound. Today we'll be looking at throws 9-12, in which Tebow looked like a NFL-caliber quarterback.
Yesterday, in Part 1 of Tebow(etheus) Unbound, we took a look at Tim Tebow's first four throws against the
Pirates of Penzance Raiders last Sunday.
We saw how, during the early part of the game, the Broncos were intent on keeping Tebow in some run-heavy sets, while simplifying his throws.
Today, we'll be looking at throws 5-8, which included the long touchdown pass to Brandon Lloyd.
Here, we're going to see what happened when the Broncos gave Tebow a little more leeway.
We present to you Tebow(etheus) Unbound, Part Deux.
A day after Tim Tebow made his first start, heaven and earth are still divided.
Can the guy play quarterback or not?
That's a bit much, and not fair at all to real zealots like Peyton Hillis' fans.
Rather than rely on a guy who rambles (Paige), a guy with a funny haircut (Cowherd), and a guy who probably gets carded before he hits a McDonald's Playland, let's take a look for ourselves.
Tebow threw sixteen times during the game. Over the next four days, we'll be looking at each and every throw.
Let's start out today by examining the first four. I present to you Tebow(etheus) unbound, Part 1. If the literary reference of the title escapes you, you just might be a
Hillis fan redneck.
Bill Walsh, the original gangsta of QB evaluation, once wrote:
"He [the quarterback] must be courageous and intensely competitive. He will be the one on the field who is running the team. His teammates must believe in him or it may not matter how much physical ability he has. If he is courageous and intensely competitive, then other players will know and respect that. This will be a foundation for becoming a leader."
Today, Tim Tebow proved he's a leader. He made plays; he was intensely competitive; he was courageous as hell. I think most would agree that the foundation that Walsh spoke of is there in the Broncos' first-round draft pick.
But we ought not confuse intensity with the passing tree.
In every good hero's journey, the chosen one must eventually leave his mentor behind in order to face his quest alone.
And that sucks. No one wants to leave the comfort and safety of their Jedi Academy.
It helps, though, when your mentor wears a hoodie. Ask Luke Skywalker.
If the reports are true, Kyle Orton is questionable for tomorrow's game against the Raiders. Statistically, players who are listed as "questionable" end up playing about 50% of the time. Thus, I'd say it's probably no better than a coin flip we'll see Tim Tebow.
That's good enough for me. Let the hero with a thousand faces step into the Black Hole--where only the most butch of drag queens fear to tread--and take on the Sith Lord himself, Al Davis.
Tebow's first start against the Raiders? Are you kidding me?
It had to be destiny. Only a guy who can casually take a Friar Tuck haircut is worthy of standing in the Oakland Coliseum with a predominantly orange light saber and severing the head of the Raiders' season.
Fat Man blogger TJ “The Dude” Johnson posts The Dude’s Mail Revue on Thursdays, in which he takes your questions and gets your opinion about the state of the Denver Broncos.
You wanna roll your way into the semis?
Drop TJ a question: firstname.lastname@example.org.
(NOTE: No marmots were harmed in the writing of this revue)
TJ, let me be quick to the point. After John Elway comes on board, the Broncos are going to give Xanders full GM powers and hire Jim Fassel as coach. Think about it, Dude. Who was the coach that tutored Elway and Phil Simms? Fassel. Who resurrected Kerry Collins' career? Fassel. The early 1990s were off the hook for Elway under Fassel. I really think Bowlen and Elway are going turn back the clock. You hear that little bitty ting? That's the sound of a lightbulb going off over Elway's head right now.
In case you didn't know it, Fassel is also the one guy who won't be scared away by the theory that Tim Tebow can't play quarterback, either. Remember you heard it here first, straight out of Palm Beach!
--Robert Van Winkle, Palm Beach, Florida