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"Up and down" night for Tim Tebow

In his first non-game game played in Denver, Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow had a memorable night, both for good and bad reasons.

After throwing an interception that was returned to the goal line via a route-jumping fueled by that looping windup, Tebow led the team on a five-play, 76-yard touchdown drive, which included a 24-yard pass to Matt Willis and a three-yard touchdown toss to Eric Decker.  (Lance Ball churned up the other 49 yards on three carries, including a 43-yard run.)

“I feel pretty good,” Tebow said after the game.  “You know, just up and down out there — some good things, some bad things and a lot of things I’ve got to go work on and get a lot better at.”

Coach Josh McDaniels offered the same assessment:  Up and down.

“Up and down, you know,” McDaniels said.  “We talked about third down — he had two opportunities on third down to make good throws or good decisions and one ended up in an interception and the other one ended up in an incompletion to Eddie [Royal].  We’ve just got to make more of those opportunities on third down.  Quarterbacks in this league — if you want to stay out on the field and continue to drive the ball, you’ve got to make good throws and good decisions, good reads on third down and those two plays kind of stood out.  I thought he battled though, ran the huddle well and made some good throws.  [Tebow] moved the ball and then made a good check down there in the red area on the touchdown throw to Decker.  Some good, some bad — plenty to coach off of.”

Tebow said he learned a day or two before the game that he’d be playing despite a rib injury suffered two weeks earlier, which caused him to miss the team’s second preseason game.  The surprise came from his insertion into the lineup before Brady Quinn, who entered in the fourth quarter.  In fact, McDaniels said that Quinn possibly wasn’t going to play at all.

“[I]t was going to go in that order because Brady [Quinn] got all of [the repetitions] last week,” McDaniels said.  “We weren’t even sure we were going to play Brady in this one, depending on how much time Tim [Tebow] had.  And, with Kyle [Orton] not coming back out after halftime, we just felt like we had enough time to go ahead and get both of them in there and it worked out that way.”

Though McDaniels didn’t say it, it appears that Tebow has leapfrogged Quinn as No. 2 on the depth chart.  And Quinn seems to know it.

“The situation is, obviously you can only
worry about things you can control
,” Quinn said, per the Denver Post.  “I just have to try to
get better each day.”  (Some would describe that as a futile three-year effort.)

The Broncos finish the preseason on Thursday night against the Vikings.  And Tebow is ready to get right back on the horse.

“It’s fun,” Tebow said.  “It’s exciting. That’s what we like — go out there and get a chance to play again; so it will be fun.”

He may want to take a closer look at what the second-string Minnesota defensive line did to fellow rookie Sam Bradford before describing the prospect of playing against them as “fun.”

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38 Responses to “"Up and down" night for Tim Tebow”
  1. notsosmart says: Aug 30, 2010 7:13 AM

    Tebow is very lucky he is not coached by Gruden (ask Simms). Gruden would have been cussin’ him out for the interception and the poor short pass. I wonder if (even) Tebow could stay composed with Gruden yelling and cussin’ in his face for stuff like that.
    But…Great job Tim, we will never meet, but I for one stayed up to watch you play and root for you and I don’t really know why.

  2. daddy_lover says: Aug 30, 2010 7:38 AM

    Are you now going to fixate on Tebow’s throwing motion like you did with Dennis Dixon being deliberately held back?
    Florio, you’re a 150 lb weakling. Stop pretending to be football savvy.

  3. Bun McSticky says: Aug 30, 2010 8:18 AM

    Minnesota’s 2nd string D-line could start for some teams in the NFL.

  4. The_Game_Esq says: Aug 30, 2010 8:21 AM

    If and when Tebow is starting for Denver this season, we’ll pretty much know their season is over and they’re trying to find out if he can be the future at QB.

  5. Sportsguy1927 says: Aug 30, 2010 8:21 AM

    Where is the section about future All-Pro Dennis Dixon?

  6. jj jones says: Aug 30, 2010 8:22 AM

    Tebow really seems to shine when the opposing team puts their third string defense in the game.

  7. Bruda5000 says: Aug 30, 2010 8:22 AM

    Tim Tebow is a good kid from a heck of a good family. Hopefully he’ll be able to adapt to the skill and speed of the league and be a good QB for the future. We need more good role models in the league. We certainly don’t need more pampered woman-abusing alcoholics.

  8. ejtowne says: Aug 30, 2010 8:25 AM

    Everybody said that Tebow would fall flat on his face at the NFL level, they were wrong, dead wrong. The kid will heal from his mistakes and come back ready to play another day.

  9. David LeFebvre says: Aug 30, 2010 8:36 AM

    Quinn for Hillis is looking like one of the most lopsided trades ever, in favor of the Browns.

  10. realitypolice says: Aug 30, 2010 8:47 AM

    Make sure to work Tebow into as many posts as you can between now and the season opener. Because after that, unless Orton gets hurt, The only thing to write about will be his clip board carrying motion.
    In addition to the pick he threw, he nearly threw one that was even worse. He is staring down receivers and taking so long to throw he might as well just go into a windup like a baseball player.
    This guys is miles and miles from being a starting NFL QB.

  11. BroncosFan says: Aug 30, 2010 8:52 AM

    He still has a major problem with staring down the primary target, almost from the snap on a lot of plays.

  12. BigBear123 says: Aug 30, 2010 9:00 AM

    Even the second string Vilings D Line is juiced. Going to suck when try leave to LA.

  13. joetoronto says: Aug 30, 2010 9:03 AM

    That pick 6 was a brutal throw.
    To say he telegraphed it would be a major understatement.

  14. Deadeye says: Aug 30, 2010 9:21 AM

    Tebow is going to need thousands of reps to get his mechanics straightened out. In the game he was concentrating on the Xs and Os, and his mechanics reverted back to his college form. His muscle memory requires at least a couple more years of good mechanics.

  15. Lord Harry Latts says: Aug 30, 2010 9:40 AM

    Tebow looks terrible…and when you combine that…with the idea that they gave up Cutler AND Brandon Marshall to get him…what a disaster ! He’ll never throw for 3,800 yards and 20+ TD’s….which Orton did last year. I am going to enjoy the Broncos wasting their time with this kid…and the downfall of Coach McDouche.

  16. Chiefs2010 says: Aug 30, 2010 9:49 AM

    He looked good, he threw some darts – one that was dropped in the endzone.
    He also had the poor throw in the flat, and a pic..
    But overall, he came back and did well.. threw a nice TD..
    It’s the dude’s 2nd game of his ROOKIE SEASON, he’s playing better than Leinert, Quinn, Russell (haha), Colt McCoy, and comparable with Bradford…
    Give the guy a break!

  17. clubfoot says: Aug 30, 2010 9:54 AM

    Florio, Quinn came in after Orton was hurt and was sacked. He got into the game before Tebow.

  18. Broncofanman says: Aug 30, 2010 9:56 AM

    Lord Harry “is an Idiot” Latts, we didn’t give up Cutler and Brandon for Tebow you snapper head. Now, he did have his Up’s and Downs but to say he looked terrible is jsut plain stupid. He directed two great drives out of 4 mind you and came away with 10 points under his guidence.
    Now onto those other haters out there, which QB right from college doesn’t at times telegraph his plays. Get over it, he’s able to compete at the highest level and will only get better. Don’t take my word for it, listen to the game and what Troy had to say about him..

  19. Jon Snow says: Aug 30, 2010 10:32 AM

    Cool. So, now I know that any time a corner jumps a route and picks off the pass then that QB must have a loopy throwing motion. Good to know; because I always knew there was only one way that a QB telegraphs his passes, and now I know what that one way is… Yippee!!!
    Plus, the bonus of finding out that the Broncos gave up Cutler and Marshall for Tebow has me swimming in the excretory bliss of wet pants. That’s brilliant! I’m sure whoever said that probably learned it here.
    “McDouche” – Wow! Never heard THAT one before. I’m 3 for 3 here today. Dear God, I love this site. (Oh, and please don’t strike these poor people down with lightning any time soon. I like that I feel like Einstein when I’m here.)

  20. Meggie2323 says: Aug 30, 2010 10:41 AM

    looping windup = interception????
    As my mama use to say never trust a man who doesn’t know anything about football.

  21. crodseth says: Aug 30, 2010 10:44 AM

    No sh*t, Florio, why don’t you try to actually inform yourselves on the things that you write about? Quinn came in when Orton took that big hit. He was in before Tebow, which makes him the number 2 QB.

  22. The Black Cat says: Aug 30, 2010 10:44 AM

    I’m not surprised Tim Tebow is being forced ahead of Brady Quinn for obvious political reasons.

  23. buzzybuzzard says: Aug 30, 2010 10:48 AM

    Tebow is a winner I have watched him since my grandson on the JV (center)used to warm him up some times he would stay till dark after practice with some recievers and a center and this was in High School.
    Jax Fl

  24. Gatorfan1 says: Aug 30, 2010 10:57 AM

    @Florio:
    You really are obsessed with Tebow like eveyone on here says????
    His motion had nothing to do with the interception, the receiver & QB were on the wrong page. Tebow passed to the wrong spot, it happens. Funny even the Hall Of Fame QB on TV said that.
    But hey, let’s listen to you instead!!! Very pathetic.

  25. FrankoBollo says: Aug 30, 2010 11:15 AM

    Tebow is the new Vince Young.

  26. FrankoBollo says: Aug 30, 2010 11:23 AM

    Seriously, people are getting all happy happy over a 5-for-10, 72 yard masterpiece that included a hilarious shoulda-been pick 6 — against guys who’ll be packing groceries in a couple weeks?
    Wake me when the hype’s over.

  27. mwcarolina says: Aug 30, 2010 11:35 AM

    (“Tebow is very lucky he is not coached by Gruden (ask Simms). Gruden would have been cussin’ him out for the interception and the poor short pass. I wonder if (even) Tebow could stay composed with Gruden yelling and cussin’ in his face for stuff like that.”)
    nah, Gruden loved Tebow. he would’ve taught him well
    (“Quinn for Hillis is looking like one of the most lopsided trades ever, in favor of the Browns.”)
    while i dont agree with how Browns fans think the Panthers miss Jake Delhomme, i DO agree here. Peyton Hillis is a good back and i wished that the Redskins would’ve gotten him. Anyway, it’s true, that trade was good for the Browns. Hillis is part of a 3 headed running attack in Cleveland.

  28. yardbarker says: Aug 30, 2010 12:00 PM

    After Tebows first three and out he was seen on the sidelines screaming Satan begone?

  29. KILLER FIN says: Aug 30, 2010 12:02 PM

    Tebow still played better than Orton!!! START TEBOW!!!

  30. robert ethen says: Aug 30, 2010 12:06 PM

    Lord Harry of Haphazard Research Land, you want to know who the Broncs got “for Cutler and Marshall”?
    Kyle Orton, Robert Ayers, Darcel McBath, DeMaryius Thomas, Tim Tebow, Eric Decker, and a 2nd round draft pick in 2011. Look around before you stick your fat, misshapen head, into the line of fire.

  31. Deb says: Aug 30, 2010 12:33 PM

    @KILLER FIN …
    Just curious … what’s in it for you?

  32. edgy1957 says: Aug 30, 2010 12:36 PM

    People are seeing things that they want to see. His mechanics are better than what they were in Florida and you’re goofy in the head if you think that they’re the same. He looked noticeably different and he had some zip on his balls that weren’t there earlier. I’m not going to declare him a done product because he’s got at least 2 years to go before he’s ready but he’s looking a lot better than some people think.

  33. Lord Harry Latts says: Aug 30, 2010 2:50 PM

    Lord Harry of Haphazard Research Land, you want to know who the Broncs got “for Cutler and Marshall”?
    Kyle Orton, Robert Ayers, Darcel McBath, DeMaryius Thomas, Tim Tebow, Eric Decker, and a 2nd round draft pick in 2011. Look around before you stick your fat, misshapen head, into the line of fire.
    like i was saying…your coach ran off your two best players to get no impact players. tebow will never…ever….be as good as orton…sounds like a massive waste to me…but i don’t expect bronco fans to agree…in private…you all know you’re screwed. tebow will totally suck and be a non-factor…learn to deal with it.

  34. Lord Harry Latts says: Aug 30, 2010 3:03 PM

    yup…he’s so good…he played exactly one preseason game….and then the broncos immediately extended kyle orton. they know he’s gonna stink too…why else reatin the guy who’s playing over tebow ??? bronco fans are as dumb as their coach is clueless.

  35. thebronconator says: Aug 30, 2010 3:31 PM

    Lord Harry Latts says:
    August 30, 2010 3:03 PM
    yup…he’s so good…he played exactly one preseason game….and then the broncos immediately extended kyle orton. they know he’s gonna stink too…why else reatin the guy who’s playing over tebow ??? bronco fans are as dumb as their coach is clueless.
    So you are a Bronco Fan?

  36. csloan99 says: Aug 30, 2010 4:02 PM

    The Broncos traded Cutler AND Marshall for Tebow? LOL. Good one.

  37. csloan99 says: Aug 30, 2010 4:12 PM

    To say Tebow is “terrible” is just ignorant. I’m a Broncos fan and was not a big fan of this draft pick at #25, but Tebow has been pretty good for a rookie QB. Better than I expected anyway.

  38. mwcarolina says: Aug 30, 2010 11:43 PM

    (“Tebow still played better than Orton!!! START TEBOW!!!”)
    HOLD on there buddy, let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Tebow didnt look better than Orton. Let Orton’s contract run out, THEN start Tebow
    (“yup…he’s so good…he played exactly one preseason game….and then the broncos immediately extended kyle orton. they know he’s gonna stink too…”)
    true, they extended him, BUT it’s not like Orton was extended to a 6 year deal, it was a deal that ends after the……2012 season which means that Tebow will likely take over if Orton doesnt make the playoffs in 2 years.
    (“The Broncos traded Cutler AND Marshall for Tebow? LOL. Good one”)
    HAHAHA, you couldnt be more wrong. think again.
    (“His mechanics are better than what they were in Florida and you’re goofy in the head if you think that they’re the same”)
    agreed, the mechanics arent the same, BUT they could still use work, at least it shows that he’s trying, i hope he does great.

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