What Tebowmaniacs See in Tim Tebow the Football Player

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My problem with Tim is one word, consistency. Look at his numbers early in the game. Here are his completion percentages in the first three quarters respectively:47.7%, 38.2%, 36.9%. He wouldn’t have been forced into so many comeback, dire situations, if he had played better in the first three quarters.

This, to put it mildly, will not cut it. He can rush for as many yards as he likes, and Tebow is good at that. But, teams now have a full season of game film to watch this guy. They are going to know how to play against him. To be successful, and for his avant garde wildcat plays to work, he is going to have to complete passes. And he just doesn’t do that enough, sorry Tebow fans out there. He just doesn’t. Furthermore, a lot of QB experts don’t think his passing is going to get any better, after all this time doing it one way.

Clearly, Tim Tebow has attributes as a QB. He’s a winner, no doubt about it. He plays well when the game is on the line. I would like nothing better than to be wrong about everything I have said in the past, and have Mark Sanchez/Tim Tebow be the first two headed monster at QB to win a Super Bowl.

I don’t see it though.

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  • MerlinKlotz

    Yes, I believe in Tebow. However, to use the past as an indicator of the future requires deep, not superficial analysis. Elway’s first starting year passing completion was only 47.5% with a 5.4% interception percentage compared Tebow’s 46.5% with only a 2.2% interception percentage! With this little consideration I would gladdly take Tebow’s first starting year over Elway’s and I believe John turned out OK ! 
     
    My point is that when Elway traded away his best receiver before giving Tebow the starting job it forced Tebow and the talentless Bronco’s into a “Run for your Life Offense” that only Tebow could turn into any W’s!
     
    The test will be what can Tebow do with legitimate receivers, an off season with his coaching staff and a critical early career year of maturity. With his work ethic, my bet is on Tim. 

    • Alan Schechter

      All fair points. Thanks for reading and leaving the comments, we appreciate it.

  • SeanLDurham

    I wouldnt DARE compare Tebow to Elway….Tebow’s mechanics is the MAIN reason his comp % is horrific.  Elway was simply going through the grwoing pains of a young NFL QB when he was suffering LOW comp% and even STILL he NEVER was as bad as HORRIBLE as Tebow has been.
    Tebow’s comp% in the playoff game vs the Patriots was a WHOPPING 34.6% ……. you not only have to be a bad QB but you have to actually be COMICALLY bad in order to have a 34% comp percentage vs the league’s WORST pass defense.
    It’s pretty much impossible to be in the NFL as a QB and be under 46.5%. I’m surprised more people don’t mention that: 46.5%.
     Obviously the playoffs killed Tebow’s value…. not that there was much before. 47.6% vs Pitts, 34.6% vs NE. 40.4% overall. That’s a big reason not one single NFL team wanted him as a starter and why Jacksonville wanted NO parts of him. Tebow is a FOOTBALL player and has tons of heart but WOE is the Jets if he ends up being the starter for whatever reasons…..

  • SeanLDurham

    I wouldnt DARE compare Tebow to Elway….Tebow’s mechanics is the MAIN reason his comp % is horrific.  Elway was simply going through the growing pains of a young NFL QB when he was suffering LOW comp%, his mechanics was IMMENSELY better than Tebow’s and even STILL he NEVER was as bad as HORRIBLE as Tebow has looked last season. Tebow’s comp% in the playoff game vs the Patriots was a WHOPPING 34.6% ……. you not only have to be a bad QB but you have to actually be COMICALLY bad in order to have a 34% comp percentage vs the league’s WORST pass defense. It’s pretty much impossible to be in the NFL as a QB and be under 46.5%. I’m surprised more people don’t mention that: 46.5%.  Obviously the playoffs killed Tebow’s value…. not that there was much before. 47.6% vs Pitts, 34.6% vs NE. 40.4% overall. That’s a big reason not one single NFL team wanted him as a starter and why Jacksonville wanted NO parts of him. Tebow is a FOOTBALL player and has tons of heart but WOE is the Jets if he ends up being the starter for whatever reasons…..

  • xiaodre

    Hi Alan, please let me ask  you this…what will it take to get you on the Tebow bus?  Like, what’s the minimum?  That he has to do?  It’s a fair question and one that many people who either doubt Tebow has the ability to be a starting QB, or just flat out believe he’s nothing more than the Sarah Palin of the NFL, well, they refuse to answer because there’s not much he can do outside of winning multiple super bowls (multiple super bowls because of the Trent Dilfer effect, wherein a highly discounted QB helps win a single super bowl and is still highly discounted because his entire team was so talented).
    Please, are you able to answer this one?

    • Alan Schechter

      Sure, I’ll answer. I actually wrote an article on how this could work out for the Jets. I outlined the scenario that this would need to take in order to be successful.

      What I need to see from Tim Tebow is some potential as a drop back passer. He’s exciting, there is no doubt about that. He is a positive guy, and figures out ways to win. But, so far, when it comes to playing against big teams like the Patriots, they take Tebow apart.

      His option plays now have nearly a year of game tape for teams to watch. Any team going over game film, sees he is not a threat as a dropback passer, at least not yet. In this league, drop back passers are what wins.

      I don’t know if I can quantify that statistically, but I have to see his passing improve. That’s my answer.

      Thanks for reading and asking

  • jwmatthews3

    If it weren’t so early in his career, the “bad” parts would be fatal.  He will not be able to keep being that inconsistent, or completing that low of a percentage, and still play.  But the thinking is, “hey, other guys have the inconsistency when they first get to start, and they don’t have the flashes of brilliance or tendency to complete long passes.”  So the idea is he’s good at some things that are very hard to coach, and he can improve at the more mundane aspects.