Tim Tebow is a very polarizing athlete. Some people love him and some absolutely hate him. I’ll kick this off by saying, I’m a Tebow fan. The dude has been remarkably successful this year. So much so, that I’m going back to church. Heck, it works for him!
I readily admit that Tebow is not a good passer. In fact, he stinks. Consider his 45.5% completion percentage as a starting point. Tebow ranks below such dreadful quarterbacks as Curtis Painter, Christian Ponder, Blaine Gabbert, Colt McCoy and Sam Bradford. His 81.1 quarterback rating does not even fall into the top 32 quarterbacks listed on NFL.com’s stats page. He does have eight passing touchdowns to only one interception, but to tout that is essentially focusing on one blossoming tree in a forest of dead ones. In sum, Tebow does not throw the ball well, and given he had a full year to develop in 2010, it isn’t likely that he will make great strides in this area.
However, is Tebow an awful quarterback? To answer this question, let’s take a look at what the position requires. Beyond being able to complete passes, quarterbacks must be the leaders of their teams. They must have confidence, the intelligence to understand the defense and make good decisions, physical size, and the quickness and allusiveness to avoid the pass rush. Tebow ranks awfully high in each of these other areas.
Additionally, Tebow has intangible qualities, which are what make him special and different from other quarterbacks in the league. Consider his 5-1 record as a starter this year. While the defense has been outstanding and each of the wins should be classified as a total team effort, when plays needed to be made, Tebow made them. In fact, in those five wins, Tebow engineered three 4th quarter comebacks, including two overtime victories.
Denver’s win against Miami was especially impressive as Tebow took over with 5:23 left in the game. He led his team to score two touchdowns and a two-point conversion — the game tying points being converted with only 17 seconds left in the game. Tebow then led the Broncos to win on a Matt Prater field goal in overtime.
Against the Jets, Tebow again demonstrated the ability to win under pressure when he led his team to drive the ball 95 yards and score the game-winning touchdown. Tebow’s 20-yard scamper closed out the Jets and perhaps silenced a few critics.
Tebow may be a horrible passer, but it is hard to argue that he isn’t an elite play-maker in the NFL. He performs under pressure, inspires teammates who love and follow him and makes big plays that are often the difference in the football game. When the game is on the line and the ball is in Tebow’s hands, the Broncos win. He will never be a Hall of Fame quarterback. He may even become a career backup in 2-3 years. But right now you have to respect his abilities and performance.
Litz has been playing fantasy sports since the late 80s - back when it was all referred to as rotisserie and as commissioner, kept track of the leagues with a USA Today and a pencil. It's a passion of his during the NFL season. Thanks to the Fantasy Cafe for providing a forum for enthusiasts like us to get together. You can find Litz posting in the Cafe forums as joejlitz.
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