On this week’s Inside the NFL, Warren Sapp was asked to assess Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow’s first start against the Oakland Raiders. And Sapp said he was decidedly unimpressed with Tebow — and with a couple of Sapp’s former Raiders teammates who played against Tebow on Sunday.
Sapp acknowledged that Tebow’s 33-yard touchdown pass to Brandon Lloyd may look impressive in the box score. But according to Sapp, that touchdown had little to do with Tebow and much to do with terrible coverage by the two Raiders defensive backs on the play.
“The one he threw in the end zone? Stanford Routt and Michael Huff played the worst I’ve ever seen two DBs play a pass,” Sapp said.
Routt and Huff both played with Sapp in Oakland. I have a feeling those ex-teammates won’t be exchanging Christmas gifts this year.
Sapp also dismissed Tebow’s other big play against the Raiders, a 40-yard touchdown run that Sapp said was actually a botched handoff on which Tebow got lucky.
“He’s running down the middle of the field on one of these missed handoffs that he forgets to hand off to the running back, then follows him in the hole,” Sapp said.
Overall, Sapp said, Tebow just didn’t look like a competent NFL quarterback.
“In 16 pass attempts he completed eight balls. Four of them were screens,” Sapp said. “If your quarterback cannot hand it off and then throws four screens of his eight completions? No. Back to the drawing board.”