Christmas came early for tiny Tim. He got his first start in the NFL and was formally informed about it the night before the Raiders game. Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.
Tim Tebow could have let the pressure of playing in Oakland in bad weather shake his confidence, but it didn’t.
“It was fun. I enjoyed it. I enjoyed the fans, the atmosphere, and the weather,” Tebow said after the game.
The former Heisman quarterback has been in plenty of pressure-packed situations, and his ability to thrive under pressure showed despite not playing the position for a while. When asked if playing at this level was different than the college level, he gave the kind of answer that you would expect.
“It was different because I haven’t done it in a while, but at the end of the day when you get out there, you’re between the white lines, and it’s still football,” Tebow said. “That came back pretty quickly and it was pretty natural just to play again.”
Interim head coach Eric Studesville has taken a lot of heat from the media and from the Denver fanbase surrounding his decision to lean towards the run rather than let Tebow air it out more.
“We wanted to be able to run the ball,” Studesville said. “We anticipated the weather in this game to be able to run the ball a little bit, so we had a strong part of that in our game plan.”
That’s not a knock on Tebow’s ability. In fact, Studesville thought that the young quarterback handled the situation very well.
“He handled the entire environment well for us. He managed the offense well, he called everything, he got us in and out of checks, and he ran our offense which is what a quarterback has to do,” Studesville said.
We’ll see more of Tim Tebow in the weeks to come. Whether or not he passes more is the ultimate question.
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