Tim Tebow- the man, the myth, the lightning rod. NFL fans everywhere almost seem forced to have an opinion about Tim Tebow. Should he even be starting for the Broncos? If so, can he be the starter for years to come? Is Tebow the NFL’s version of Charlie Sheen, WINNING all day, everyday? Who knows? I’m not quite sure when it comes to all of the hypothetical Tebow questions. One thing is certain though, Tim Tebow is the starter in Denver until further notice.
If you have watched ESPN or listened to any sports talk radio recently you probably have heard, “Tebow has won at every level in his career.” In the NFL this season, he has won all but one of his starts during his campaign as the starter. After the first two weeks of the 1998 NFL season, Peyton Manning was 0-2 as a rookie starter. Ryan Leaf on the flip side was 2-0 as a rookie. Manning has turned out to be one of the all-time greats, and Leaf flamed out becoming nothing more than a punchline. So saying that because Tebow is 4-1 as a starter so far means nothing to me. What does mean something to me is his ability to play.
When a coach is devising a defensive strategy, the goal in mind is to make the opponent predictable. Making it easier for a coach to put his players in a position to succeed more often than not. When Tim Tebow steps onto an NFL field, he automatically make the his offense one-dimensional. The only threat he poses is as a runner, not a passer. In essence, he does the defensive coordinators job for him. It won’t be long for a blue print to be formulated to stop Tim Tebow. When a team steps up and stops him, all the other teams in the league will be sure to follow. That is just what happens in the NFL, its a copycat league.
Do I admire Tim Tebow for proving all the “Na-sayers” wrong so far this year? Yes. Having the will power and desire to power through something no matter the odds is a trait that I will always admire. Do I think that Tim Tebow will be able lead the Broncos to the playoffs? Maybe, because the whole AFC West division is fairly weak. Do I think that Tebow will have sustained success in the NFL without being able to consistently throw the ball? Absolutely no. Until he learns to throw accurately, and on time, he will not be able to lead the Broncos to where they want to go: The Super Bowl.