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Comey: Tebow’s a keeper at QB

10 Things We Learned: Upsetting Week 15 edition
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But Tebow played a heck of a good game against the Patriots, and his performance should be extremely encouraging to Broncos fans and management.

He’s shown huge improvement in just a half-season of play, going from a quarterback who couldn’t be trusted to make the simplest throws to a guy who had more than a few nice tosses against a willing New England defense. Assuming he can turn about 10 percent of his throws from errant to on-the-mark, he’s going to be a good one.

The debate over what the Broncos want to do next year should be moot. They hired John Fox to bring toughness and running to the organization, and with Tebow they’re in extremely good position to do that. If your QB has six turnovers in nine starts, in his first real action? You stick with that guy, period.

Elway: hungry eyes on Tebow

12-19-11 The John Elway Show Part 1
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“He’s got a get a feel for the game and where his matchups are…it’s always a work in progress…but Tim threw the ball pretty good yesterday…they’re going to keep their eyes on Tim…when you do run the option they way we have, there’s always the chance of putting the ball on the ground.”

Another week, another John Elway interview in which he tries to avoid saying much of anything.  Can't say I blame him.  He did confirm something that we've known all along, however--namely, that Tom Brady already knows where he's going with the football before the play even beings: "He knows what's coming early...He's able to get all of those reads early."

On a few other subjects, Elway said the Broncos "hold our destiny in our hands," and that he doesn't regret his decision to let Kyle Orton go: "Nope.  Not at all...we made the move that was best for the Broncos at that time."

I don't buy the last part about Orton.  If the Broncos lose to the Chiefs in the last week of the season, he may not say it, but Elway will indeed regret it.  Who wouldn't?

Jeremy Shockey: Respect the red, white and blue

Jeremy Shockey didn’t like the way Texans stood during anthem
sports.yahoo.com

“I was pretty upset in the way [Texans players] weren’t showing respect to America during the national anthem,” the Panthers tight end told SportsRadio 610. “There were about 10 players that didn’t put their arms across their chest. “This is America. You should at least respect America.”

Jeremy, do you really know what was in their hearts?

SNL: Jesus prays to Matt Prater

Video: In SNL sketch, Jesus tells Tebow to ‘take it down a notch’
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Taran Killam played the wide-eyed Tebow, Andy Samberg was kicking hero Matt Prater and Jason Sudekis played the man responsible for Denver’s second-half success, who advises the Broncos to take care of the game themselves instead of having Him come in and bail them out every fourth quarter.

Tebow: you will respect the authoritah!

Tebow to suspended students: Obey rules
msn.foxsports.com

Though he is impressed by their courage, Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow is asking high school students who have been punished for Tebowing at school to play by the rules. “You have to respect the position of authority and people that God’s put as authority over you,” Tebow said. “So that’s part of it and just finding the right place and the right time to do things is part of it, too. But I think it does show courage from the kids, standing out and doing that, and some boldness.”

Five Pats players ruled out

Branch, Spikes among five downgraded to out for Patriots
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Three New England Patriots players originally listed as questionable have been downgraded and won’t play in Sunday’s game against the Denver Broncos. The team announced Saturday that wide receiver Deion Branch (groin), linebacker Brandon Spikes (knee) and running back Shane Vereen (hamstring) have been ruled out. The Patriots also ruled out two others—safety Patrick Chung (foot) and offensive tackle Sebastian Vollmer (back/foot)—who were originally listed as doubtful.

Fans petition Broncos/Tebow to help reduce suicide among gay youth

Fans petition Broncos, Tim Tebow to support gay youth
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A growing group of fans and activists are petitioning the Denver Broncos, specifically QB Tim Tebow, to join the ‘It Gets Better’ campaign in support of gay teens. Says petition organizer and Broncos fan Andy Szekeres: “It’s the good Christian thing to do.” The project, founded in September, 2010, is an effort to curb suicides among lesbian, bisexual, gay and transgender teens.

Undoubtedly a great cause, and of course the Broncos sadly lost Kenny McKinley to suicide only 15 months ago. Hopefully the team steps up - Seahawks WR Mike Williams already has.

Jermichael Finley: Sad Face

Jermichael Finley calls Tebow coverage “kind of disturbing”
profootballtalk.nbcsports.com

Packers tight end Jermichael Finley told Tyler Dunne of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel that it is “kind of disturbing” to see the amount of time the media spends talking about Tebow. He thinks that more time should be spent on the season that Aaron Rodgers is having and he also thinks that the time is coming when Tebow will no longer be everybody’s favorite player.

“He’s telling everybody what they want to hear,” Finley said. “You see him and he’s patting everybody on the back saying, ‘You’re going to make this catch. I promise because God said,’ and he makes it happen. Stuff like that. It confuses people. People that don’t know the game outside of the fans, of course they’re going to hype it up. But guys that see a good player and a good quarterback, they know what kind of guy he’ll be down the road when he gets exposed. Everybody who knows the game knows what kind of player Tebow is going to be.”

Tim Tebow, marketing marvel

Tebow joining LeBron and Tiger as stars moving the sports needle
sportsillustrated.cnn.com

Perhaps the most remarkable finding is that Tebow now rates alongside such celebrities as Jennifer Aniston, Lady Gaga, Tom Hanks, Will Smith and Taylor Swift when it comes to aspiration (the degree to which consumers feel a celebrity has a life to which they would aspire) and influence (the degree to which consumers believe a celebrity is an influence in today’s world).

Sharpe: Why should Elway/Denver commit to Tebow?

5 questions for ... Shannon Sharpe
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You played in Denver, do you think Tim Tebow can keep this up?

I’m treating this like I’m dating a Victoria’s Secret model. I’m not worried about if we’ll be together three years from now, I’m enjoying this right now. Why should John Elway come out and say this is our guy? John Skelton has won four of five for the Cardinals, so I guess they should commit to him? No, let it play out. This isn’t Aaron Rodgers. He’s winning, but there’s limitations on what he can do.