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Why the Pats went from a pass-first spread to its two-TE model

How Rex Ryan Created The New-Look Patriots
deadspin.com

Indeed, in a strange way, this same phenomenon may be all that Denver is hoping to get from Tebow: that by being a threat to run or pass (well, sort of), defenses have to play more simply, thus giving a less-talented offense a chance to succeed.

Tebow > Team

Tim Tebow Is The 21st-Ranked Team In The NFL, According To The NFL
www.sportsgrid.com

From NFL.com’s weekly power rankings, where some poor editor got so sick of the Tim Tebow media frenzy that he ironically ranked him ahead of eleven NFL teams. If I’m not mistaken, this means: Tebow > the Chiefs, Browns, Jaguars, Vikings, Cardinals, Panthers, Rams, Dolphins, Seahawks, Redskins, and Colts.

What do you get when you combine the religious fervor of tens of millions of evangelical Tebow fans with the ardent criticism of mainstream media types like Cris Carter and Merril Hoge?  One giant cluster#$!*, that's what.  Tim Tebow, as we guessed all along, is now greater than the sum of the entire Broncos organization.  Chris Berman took to calling the Broncos the Denver Tebows several weeks ago.  Why stop there?  Just eliminate "Denver" from the name, too.

Still more Von Miller praise from PFF

Five Analysts, Five Questions, Week 10
www.profootballfocus.com

Tim Tebow may get all the ink in Denver but someone had to stop the Chiefs getting more than 17 points at home and no one did more in that regard than Von Miller. A sack, four hits and three hurries on 33 rushes. Don’t think defensive rookie of the year – think All-Pro…He was utterly destructive against the Chiefs and is the primary reason you’re now hearing about Matt Cassel missing time injured down the stretch.

Is John Elway willing to stake his legacy on the zone read and option?

Podcast: 104.3 The Fan - The Drive (Hour 1)
www.1043thefan.com

We’re looking at John Elway, the President of Football Operations, HOF quarterback, and one of the quickest releases in all of football history, one of the most accurate quarterbacks in NFL history, and could do all the things, really, that Tim Tebow is doing now, on top of throwing the football…you think that’s the way he’s looking at it?

Alfred Williams posed the question tonight on his radio show (forward to about the 8:45 mark in the podcast for the quote).  Will Elway stake his NFL legacy on revolution?

If you think the answer is yes, then you've got to go out and draft or sign one or two additional 15-like quarterbacks.  Do you waste a fourth-round draft pick? A fifth? Both?

If the answer is no, then, you know where this 15 story ends. 15 is traded or he accepts a nice little career as an H-back for the orange and blue. 

And, Al, did you say Elway was one of the most accurate quarterbacks in the NFL?  Just checking, my man.

Darrelle Revis doesn’t think Tim Tebow is Mike Vick

Darrelle Revis not sold on Tim Tebow
espn.go.com

Revis sees Tebow as a bigger threat as a runner than passer, but he wouldn’t go so far as to say the Denver Broncos can maintain long-term success with the read-option offense. He believes it takes a special player to run that system in the NFL. “Yeah, if you have Michael Vick and, I don’t know, Chris Johnson at running back,” he said. “Yeah, it can work. Those are probably the two fastest guys that can probably get out on the edge on you.” But not Tebow, according to Revis. “No, not for a whole season, because we know what they’re doing, and we feel comfortable in our game plan,” he said.

Mark Brunell playing part of Tebow at Jets practice

41-year-old Brunell plays part of Tebow decoy for Jets
sports.yahoo.com

When the New York Jets need to simulate Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow, the responsibility falls to a man old enough to be his father. Well, at least Mark Brunell is left-handed just like Tebow.

PFF’s Chris Benson reviews Broncos/Chiefs

Re-Focused – Broncos @ Chiefs, Week 10
www.profootballfocus.com

Indeed, it was the Denver defense that won this game for the Broncos, with the help of another 200+ yard team rushing effort despite early injuries to Willis McGahee and Knowshon Moreno (+1.3)...I really wanted to avoid discussing Von Miller (+7.5) yet again (he’s turning into PFF’s Tebow) but while we keep waiting for his performances to level off and him to hit the rookie wall, he continues to improve while turning in dominant efforts…For a defense that was as bad as Denver was last year, it must feel good to influence a game positively instead of negatively…This defense hit Cassel 13 times over the course of the game, and defensive performances like that will give any team a great chance to win.

Tomlinson reportedly out for Jets; McGahee iffy for Denver

Source: LaDainian Tomlinson won't play against Broncos due to MCL sprain
www.nydailynews.com

Although [Rex] Ryan remained uncertain about Tomlinson’s availability for Thursday’s game against the Broncos, The News has learned that Tomlinson won’t play in Denver.

The status of Willis McGahee, who was a limited participant in Tuesday's practice, remains unclear.

The SC crew discuss Tim Tebow among their roundtable topics

The Shutdown Corner NFL Roundtable: Week 11 Edition
sports.yahoo.com

Doug Farrar: The recent history of different option packages in the NFL tells me that the Broncos will indeed have success with what they’re doing. As I detailed in this article, they’ve set things up to fool defenses in ways that are virtually unstoppable against defenses that aren’t extremely disciplined…Of course, the question is — what happens in the offseason? Do they stick with Tebow as their starter, or do they go a different way?

Here's the article Farrar references above, unfortunately I'd missed it the first time around.

John Fox on the new Denver offense as crafted for Tim Tebow

Smart like a Fox: Broncos coach adapts to Tebow's strengths
www.nfl.com

It was after [the Detroit] loss when Fox and the rest of the organization would begin a two-week transformation that included a change in playcalling. The resulting success in turn led to a change in the attitude toward Tebow Time…The looks Denver has gotten from opposing defenses in the past two games has opened the door to more creative ways to exploit teams with Tebow’s skill set…On Thursday, after a short week of preparations, the Broncos will have yet another opportunity to progress their newly implemented option system against the Jets. They’ll add more plays and packages. They’ll continue to polish the ones they’ve already implemented in the past two weeks.