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Silver: What if all of Tebow’s critics are wrong?

Tebow defies NFL conventional wisdom
sports.yahoo.com

Somehow, in the 2011 NFL universe, down is up, ugly is beautiful and impossibly inaccurate is damn straight. As football purists everywhere wince, Tebow is plowing, chucking and willing his way to success…Everything we’ve learned as a football-watching public for the past half-century suggests that there’s no way such a limited attack can flourish over a sustained basis… If it makes the Tebow fanatics feel any better, he is hardly the first accuracy-challenged, running-inclined person in his position to be stigmatized as unfit for long-term NFL success…Perhaps Tebow will evolve, as [Steve] Young did, and we’ll look back at his early days of grit and grind-it-out grotesqueness as a charming relic of the past.

Bowlen on Tebow: Keep him

Tim Tebow's magic doesn't make sense
espn.go.com

As Elway all but sprinted through the winning locker room, his chest bursting through his suit jacket, he said, “Just give him a chance to win the game.” Asked what it was like to watch Tebow perform an endgame act he himself had mastered, Elway said, “It was great. Awesome.”

Broncos owner Pat Bowlen was heading for a different exit door when he stopped long enough to declare that Tebow would be his man for many moons to come.

“He’s a quarterback, and believe me he’s going to learn,” Bowlen said. “I believe he’ll be a great one. Better keep him around.”

I have to admit that this quote stood out among all the coachspeak last night.

He may not have control of all his mental faculties all the time, but Bowlen has never NOT said something he didn't mean.

Don't you love it when I blow your mind with double negatives?  It's like a Tebow comeback.  Deal with it.

More confirmation Tebow is smarter than Dan Marino

No lack of drama in the Tebow Show
msn.foxsports.com

Not only that, but in his explanation of what happened on the last play of the drive, when he broke the 20-yard touchdown run against the Jets’ blitz, he basically gave a course on how to read defenses. It was too long of an answer to put here, but he said, “They were playing the corners pretty hard off, and we ran a three-vertical concept against them. I saw (safety Eric Smith) coming off the left side, and he came and he hugged tight . . .”

Because there is never a wrong time to take a shot at Dan Marino...

Farrar: Perhaps Tebow really is just a winner

Tebow believes in miracles, and maybe he’s right
sports.yahoo.com

When Tebow led his Denver Broncos to an improbable 17-13 win over the New York Jets on Thursday night in the Mile High City, the syntax finally felt right. People have been far too quick to attribute too much or too little credit to Tebow for the Broncos’ recent success based on their own feelings for the hype, but it was Tebow who set the Broncos on course for a game-winning 95-yard drive…The detractors will say that he has very limited ability at the quarterback position, especially when you consider what’s generally required at the NFL level. And in completing just nine passes in 20 attempts for 104 yards, he showed once again that he’s not near where he needs to be as a pure passer…At the very least, Tebow certainly extended the argument.

Simmons is laying the points and taking the Jets

The Sports Guy's Thursday NFL Pick
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What happens if Denver falls behind? How will it make up the points? How will it score in this game, period? And shouldn’t it matter that a pretty good Jets team is coming off an embarrassing loss and can’t possibly afford to fall to 5-5 right now? May God and Tebow both forgive me …

Plus, Pat Kirwan discusses the matchup for CBS Sports, and he predicts a late comeback victory for the Jets.

McGahee to play, barring setback

Broncos' McGahee to play vs. Jets despite hamstring injury
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Denver’s cautious approach to Willis McGahee’s injured left hamstring has paid off, as a league source said Thursday that the Broncos’ running back will play against the New York Jets, barring a setback in warm ups prior to kickoff.

Plus, pregame thoughts from Andrew Mason.

Thoughts on Broncos/Jets from Vegas

Jets-Broncos Thursday night betting primer
www.nationalfootballpost.com

The Jets will probably get bet late, so we’ll most likely need the Broncos by game time. I can see the game getting bet under, too…In regards to traveling across the country on short rest, I don’t know if playing on a Sunday night means anything for the Jets, because they’re in a situation right now where wins are very crucial. You have to come back and be fully motivated to play.

Mike Tanier tells us what he really thinks of Tebow-as-QB

Tanier: Forget the platitudes, Tebow's going to fail
nbcsports.msnbc.com

Can the Broncos win with almost no passing game? Is the option a viable NFL offense? Were we wrong to bury Tebow after his embarrassing effort against the Lions? Has Tebow’s running ability changed the way pro football will be played? The answers are no, no, absolutely not, and get serious…What their offense is doing, with the exception of the Raiders game, is scoring 17-18 points against awful opponents and getting blown out by good ones…Tim Tebow is truly a one-of-a-kind quarterback. He’s Benjamin Button. He is going in the wrong direction, not blazing a new path.

NFLN’s Mayock shockingly has only nice things to say to team site

Q&A with NFL Network's Mike Mayock
www.denverbroncos.com

What I’m fascinated by is not the ability of Von Miller, because you could see that coming out of college, but I really like the creative ways they use him to get him in one-on-one situations…NFL defensive coordinators absolutely hate the option game. They don’t usually have to deal with it. They can’t stand it…Right now, I think Denver is the wild card (in the AFC West)...I think they’re playing with house money right now, and that’s always a dangerous position.

Can Denver’s receivers key a Broncos victory tonight?

Three to Focus On: Jets @ Broncos, Week 11
www.profootballfocus.com

When a team runs the ball 55 times and attempts just eight passes and still wins, it’s fair to wonder if teams are taking them very seriously despite their success…If the Broncos come away with a win here, it’s a safe bet that opposing defenses will absolutely be taking them seriously in the future… The Broncos have generated little pressure outside of Miller, but his play has ascended to another level the past two games and Miller’s teammates began feeding off his efforts last week. For the Broncos to upset the Jets, they could use another productive game in the pass rush department…The Jets’ secondary certainly has the skill and experience to handle Denver’s receivers, but no matter how good a defense is, it’s hard not to sell out against the run when you’re certain it’s coming every down.