Namath does feel that Tebow is a positive influence on the team, as a person and the threat that other teams have to prepare for:
“Because of the guy he is, because of the aura he has around him. His work ethic. His sincerity,” Namath said. “You want him as a teammate on your side. You want to find a place to use him. But teams have seen Tim play before — last year — they have to prepare to defend against a certain kind of offense if he’s on the field. It takes up their time. He’s a weapon just being there, let alone getting on the field to help.”
Joe was suprised at how good the team looked in week one, but not so much about the defense:
“I wasn’t surprised at our defense, except for the second half, but you know when you get a lead you kind of back off, at least they did, and (coach) Rex (Ryan) is not happy about it. So maybe they’ll play a little different next time. But the offensive line really did a great job. Austin Howard playing against (Mario) Williams, I was really surprised at that.
This is certainly an opinion, about Tebow, that is shared by many. He is a great guy to have by your side as a teammate, and the threat of his presence certainly gives the defense something extra to prepare for. It’s just that throwing that has to get better for him to be a consistent, successful quarterback in this league.