Heart, not talent, Tebow’s best asset

Say what you will about Tim Tebow and his future as an NFL quarterback, but whatever you say, don’t questions the dude’s heart. Down by 17 at home Sunday to Gary Kubiak’s Texans, Tebow simply willed his team to a one-point victory using sketchy passing (and benefitting from all-world receptions–Brandon Lloyd might be the best late-bloomer ever to put on a pair of cleats), his famed legs and what can only be described as desire.

Call me crazy, but I don’t think the Broncos win that game with Kyle Orton under center–the steady dink-and-dunk veteran lacks the one thing Tebow brings to the table: Pure unchanneled energy.

So what now? With Andrew Luck likely headed to Carolina (the Panthers locked up the first pick with Denver’s win Sunday), assuming he declares his eligibility, the Broncos really don’t have much choice but to continue to groom Tebow. Trouble is, he now must be groomed as he plays, because, as we saw Sunday, he gives Denver the best chance to win, albeit in cardiac fashion. Thankfully, that’s something Bronco fans are all too familiar with. Unfortunately, Tebow still remains a mystery, perhaps raising more questions than he answers each time he takes a snap under center.

To wit:

  • His two longest passes of the day (screens not counting) were better plays by his receivers than they were throws by the quarterback.
  • He’s still a run-first quarterback, by instinct. Certainly, that can change over time, and it better, or he’ll become a regular in the training room.
  • He can occasionally throw a gorgeous ball, but he’s dangerously off target much of the time (see the first-half interception).

This much is certain, however. When the Broncos make the second pick in the draft just over four months from now, they won’t be taking a quarterback from Stanford. Instead, they’ll likely look to the defense that needs some help up front, and they’ll probably take their chances and hope Tebow can transform from the Wildcat superstar into a mobile NFL passer. And they’ll hope he can continue to will his team to victory with that confident heart of his.

Like it or not, Bronco fans, this team is married to Tebow for the duration. Here’s hoping the results on the field are as impressive as the young man’s heart. If not, the Broncos are in just the first year of a long, dark dry spell.

Topics: Denver Broncos, Kyle Orton, Nfl Draft, Tim Tebow

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  • Mojoron

    Tebow is not the best QB, nor is he the best passer, but he has the talent to lead. Not only does the T man have leadership capabilities, he is not worried for himself, but for his team. The lousy offensive line has the T man on his buttocks or on the run most of the time causes him to have to hurry his throws and/or having to run for his life. His long-term health is not conducive to being run-down by the defensive line. The Horses need a offensive line, not more defensive people, unless you want to be using your third-string QB all the time.

  • Jon Ellway

    I’m betting on the dry spell.

  • Commenter

    “He’s still a run-first quarterback, by instinct. Certainly, that can change over time, and it better, or he’ll become a regular in the training room.”

    How is he a run-first QB if he had 308 yds passing and 27 yds rushing yesterday? In college, he had riduclous passing numbers and better accuracy than Peyton Manning in college. He runs when either the coaches call a deliberate QB sneak, or when the play breaks down… exactly what he should do. Many of his passes yesterday came off of second and third reads. That shows his QB intelligence, not a run first mentality.

    “He can occasionally throw a gorgeous ball, but he’s dangerously off target much of the time (see the first-half interception).”

    Off target much of the time? Did you watch any of his games this year or in college? He’s been pretty accurate. What NFL QB does not ever throw throw an INT? He threw one INT in two NFL starts, and he is dangerously off target?

  • Robert Sinnott

    I’m a Gator fan interested in Tebow’s NFL career. Every rookie makes stupid throws; it just happens. It amazes us back in Florida that you Broncos fans haven’t picked up jest yet on how strong Tebow’s arm is. He can throw a ball at least 60 yards from a kneeling position. Throwing motion aside, his arm is as strong as any in the NFL.

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  • jhawk

    What you talking about Robert? Of course we fans recognize this. But we’re not the head coaches are we.

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  • txgator15

    Jhawk, I think he speaks of the writers of columns and comments of many people who parrot them by saying stuff like “Tim Tebow is raw and most definitely needs some serious fine tuning when it comes to mechanics” or “His two longest passes of the day (screens not counting) were better plays by his receivers than they were throws by the quarterback.” Have you read a single article anywhere that doesnt carry some kind of disclaimer like that?