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Tim Tebow not a franchise savior for the Broncos

By Joshua Ryan
On December 18, 2011

There have been plenty of intriguing stories in the NFL this season; the collapse of the Philadelphia Eagles, the play of Aaron Rodgers, the resurgence of the San Francisco 49ers. Nothing has been as compelling or as mind-boggling as the saga of Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow.


Since taking the starting job from Kyle Orton on Oct. 23, the Broncos have won five of six and are over .500 on the season.


This has led some to say not only have the Broncos found their quarterback of the future, but that Tebow should be considered an MVP candidate. Seriously. Tebow has been a nice story, but one cannot ignore the cold hard facts.


First, Tebow has been awful for the most part. His completion percentage is 45.5%, which if qualified, would rank dead last among all NFL QBs.  His yards-per-attempt is 5.96, which would put him at third worst among QBs.


He's thrown eight touchdowns and only one interception, but is that really that impressive when you consider that his passes are too inaccurate to intercept?

Second, he has not carried the Broncos. Sure, he did have over 100 rushing yards in one game, and yes, he did pull off a great drive to beat the New York Jets a couple of weeks ago.


However, in four of the five wins in this streak, the Broncos have scored under 20 points. Little credit has been given to the Broncos defense, which has given up 15 points or less in those games.


People say Tebow has been "clutch" in his wins as they have all come down to the final few minutes of the game, and usually required a comeback by the Broncos.


My thought is that if Tebow weren't so terrible in the first three and a half quarters, the Broncos wouldn't have to rely on comebacks.


Third, what he and the Broncos are doing is completely unsustainable. It's worked for now, but no team can win on a consistent basis when their quarterback only throws 20 passes a game and completes half of them. In fact, in one of the games the Broncos won, Tebow only threw eight passes and completed two of them!


The spread offense Tebow ran at the University of Florida simply will not work long-term in the NFL. Defenses are too big, too fast and too strong compared to college, and Tebow isn't nearly athletic enough to compensate for his weird throwing motion and lack of accuracy.


This isn't a slight on Tebow's character, race, or religion, it's just the truth.


Unless Tebow reconfigures his mechanics, he will not have success long-term, and the Broncos will undoubtedly have to find a new quarterback.

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