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Boomer Esiason: Tim Tebow can’t play, can’t throw

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Move aside, Merril Hoge. You now have competition as Tim Tebow’s harshest critic.

Boomer Esiason, the former Bengals quarterback and current CBS analyst, says Tebow has no business being an NFL quarterback, and just because Tebow was successful at Florida, that’s no reason to think he’ll ever be any good with the Broncos.

He can’t play. He can’t throw,” Esiason said, via Mike McCarthy of USA Today. “I’m not here to insult him. The reality is he was a great college football player, maybe the greatest college football player of his time. But he’s not an NFL quarterback right now. Just because he’s God-fearing, and a great person off the field, and was a winner with the team that had the best athletes in college football, doesn’t mean his game is going to translate to the NFL.”

Esiason says he can’t imagine why the old coaching staff wanted Tebow and doesn’t see what good it does for the current coaching staff to keep him around.

“What Josh McDaniel saw in him God only knows. Maybe God does know — because the rest of us don’t,” Esiason said.

All indications are that Tebow’s job is safe, even though he may not even be the third-best quarterback in camp. But there are a whole lot of people watching Tebow who think the Broncos would be better off without him.

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247 Responses to “Boomer Esiason: Tim Tebow can’t play, can’t throw”
  1. jimmymcnultysbottleofjameson says: Aug 24, 2011 2:09 PM

    Yea Terp, just tell him how it is.

  2. dexterismyhero says: Aug 24, 2011 2:10 PM

    Good for you Boomer……

  3. ajknox88 says: Aug 24, 2011 2:10 PM

    Is Esiason secretly on PFT bashing Tebow in the comments?

    Or is he just taking everyone’s bashing from here and saying it on t.v.? That was harsh lol

  4. davikes says: Aug 24, 2011 2:10 PM

    lalalalalalala – Tim

  5. sportswannabe says: Aug 24, 2011 2:11 PM

    Hmmmmm….

    *goes back to watch game tape*

    Boomer isn’t very good at his job. I just watched him make several great throws in 3 starts, let alone that beautiful throw he laid in the first preseason game. But what are in-game throws when compared to throwing in the firestorm that is 7-on-7 drills?

  6. achap39 says: Aug 24, 2011 2:11 PM

    …and cue the “what has Esiason ever won?” response from Tebow fanboys.

  7. gtorlone says: Aug 24, 2011 2:11 PM

    Not a fan of his, but Tim Tebow has as many Super Bowl titles as Boomer and Hoge combined. Just sayin’.

  8. dasportsninja says: Aug 24, 2011 2:12 PM

    Is there anybody out there who thinks Tebow is gonna be good? I havn’t seen many of those stories posted on this sight. If it is such a given tha he will be a bust, why all the press about it?

  9. philtration says: Aug 24, 2011 2:12 PM

    It would be great if this were the final word on Tebow.

  10. skoobyfl says: Aug 24, 2011 2:12 PM

    Takes one……

  11. rayvens says: Aug 24, 2011 2:12 PM

    Why so many headlines about a thirdstring QB??

  12. edmazeing1 says: Aug 24, 2011 2:12 PM

    Good talk trash about him instead of pryor go raiders!!!

  13. discosucs2005 says: Aug 24, 2011 2:13 PM

    Don’t hold back Boomer. Tell us how you really feel.

  14. paulbrownsrevenge says: Aug 24, 2011 2:13 PM

    well put boomer.

  15. dasportsninja says: Aug 24, 2011 2:13 PM

    There are 64 other backup QB’s inthis league, yet Tebow is the only one I ever read about. Why is that. Many of them were highly touted colelge prospects, drafted higher than they should if been.

  16. dayumyou says: Aug 24, 2011 2:13 PM

    Dayum people wake up and smell the Tebow…I mean the coffee…he’s a BUST!!!

  17. purplepride1978 says: Aug 24, 2011 2:14 PM

    They should just cut him already! Is anyone else tired of hearing how much he sucks…i know i am!

  18. ednacrabapple says: Aug 24, 2011 2:14 PM

    I can’t get enough Tim Tebow Talk….got some Brett Favre?

  19. mataug says: Aug 24, 2011 2:15 PM

    I also remember when Boomer said that Peyton Manning would be this generation’s Marino -

  20. jackfnburton says: Aug 24, 2011 2:15 PM

    Yawn. Again with the Tebow stuff? When the kid can play he’ll move up the depth chart. And if he doesn’t he doesn’t. Lots of great college athletes – even Heisman winners – fail to translate their game to the NFL. That’s just life. It happens. Time marches on. Big deal.

  21. demoderbydoug says: Aug 24, 2011 2:16 PM

    Thanks Norman and how good were you without Sam Wyche not a Tebow fan I just wonder who keeps putting a mic in this morons face he is so bitter toward the Bengals because he didn’t get along with mike brown, but I have yet to hear him say anything intelligent.

  22. sterilizecromartie says: Aug 24, 2011 2:16 PM

    Jeez, lay off the poor guy. In regular season appearances (i.e. the only thing that matters; not preseason, not minicamp, not OTAs, just REGULAR SEASON matters) he threw for 50% completion percentage, 8 yards per attempt, 5 TDs and 3 Ints. That’s not bad for a rookie. Compound that with his running ability and you have yourself a pretty good quarterback. I don’t know why people love crapping on the kid when all he does is put up yards and put up points.

  23. qdog112 says: Aug 24, 2011 2:16 PM

    OK, Mr. Esiason – DUCK! Wait for it, 5, 4, 3 …..

  24. troy10 says: Aug 24, 2011 2:16 PM

    oh man… here we go with all the Tebow lovers again! It’s amazing how all the Tebow lovers think they know more then people that have played the game, know the game, and coach the game.

    The only thing that could make this better is if Tebow was black.. then you’d really have the conspiracy theories flying.

  25. birdsnooper2 says: Aug 24, 2011 2:16 PM

    “Esiason is the Anti-Christ albino fiend sent to destroy the Messiah.”

    Revelations 14:26-28

  26. iknowitallandmore says: Aug 24, 2011 2:16 PM

    I said it way before he was drafted. Tebow is not an NFL caliber QB.

    He should stick to charging kids $160 for autographs and conning naive and gullible christians out of their money cause his days of drawing anNFL paycheck are numbered

  27. The Baseball Gods says: Aug 24, 2011 2:16 PM

    Wow, that’s pretty awesome.

  28. scudbot says: Aug 24, 2011 2:16 PM

    Nice. Headline left out the “right now” part. -1.

  29. realistik84 says: Aug 24, 2011 2:16 PM

    Emmit Smith was too slow and not strong enough…

    Joe Montana’s arm was not strong enough for the NFL….

    Truth is – some guys you just dont know how good they will be until given an honest chance.

    As much as I hate Vince Young – he is criticized for the tangibles, but he is a natural Winner, and could be Tebow is similar.

  30. bolt4life says: Aug 24, 2011 2:17 PM

    This hate for Tebow is hilarious in a sad way.

    I bet if he wasn’t openly a Christian you wouldn’t hear so much hate for him.

  31. sunnyd89 says: Aug 24, 2011 2:17 PM

    Why is a third string QB getting this much media attention?

    Why isn’t anyone calling out Rudy Carpenter? He is a crappy NFL QB…..

  32. medtxpack says: Aug 24, 2011 2:17 PM

    Hoge isnt the only one.

  33. saintez says: Aug 24, 2011 2:18 PM

    Wow. I respect Boomer tremendously. I thought John Elway came out in support of Tebow last spring…. I would have thought Elway would have a clue after watching TT throw and play. Maybe he just needs a little time. The work ethic is most certainly there.

  34. anactualnflowner says: Aug 24, 2011 2:18 PM

    You’re the devil Boomer! Don’t believe him Timothy Richard, I’ve seen the way you act and you are a saint! I don’t care what Boomer says, since you are a good person & God will make you successful in the NFL. That’s why me and all my church buddies bought your jersey, because God will take care of everything including your throwing motion. Just be patient like Moses was and soon everyone will see the power of the lord and what he can do with football players.

  35. henryjones20 says: Aug 24, 2011 2:18 PM

    lol!! leave that man alone!! i feel bad 4 the guy now.

  36. dasportsninja says: Aug 24, 2011 2:18 PM

    List of other back-up QB’s drafted higher than Tebow, that I never read about.
    David Carr, Joey Harrington, Kyle Boller, Brady Quinn, MAtt Leinart, Vince Young, Josh Johnson(not sure about him, but i think he is a 1st rounder). I might have missed a couple, but I don’t think any of these guys ever ot the amount of press as Tebow. Many of them were drafted higher. Why is that?

  37. seneca1ss says: Aug 24, 2011 2:18 PM

    He’s correct! Hahahahahahahahahaah

  38. upperdecker19 says: Aug 24, 2011 2:18 PM

    Mr. Esiason. Satan is holding on line 2. He’d like to confirm receipt of your RSVP.

  39. lodan60 says: Aug 24, 2011 2:19 PM

    God, love all this national media jumping all over Tebow now, like a bunch of frickin sheep, one guy does it so lets all do it. Give it a rest, where were all these guys last year, when he started the last three games.wasn’t he screwed up least year?

  40. dasportsninja says: Aug 24, 2011 2:19 PM

    Tebow actually gets more bad press than any player I have ever seen that did not commit a felony. Why are there so many people that want to jump on the bandwagon?

  41. phaktor333 says: Aug 24, 2011 2:19 PM

    —he’s not an NFL quarterback right NOW—key term. He was over-drafted, yes, but he was drafted as the former coach’s little project. If that ass clown of a former coach hadn’t mismanaged the roster, Tebow would be used only in special packages and not competing for starting QB anytime soon. Thus, none of us would be talking about this. The new coaching staff continually leaks disparaging info about him to gauge trade value or the reaction from the fan base, which is poison to a young player’s confidence.

  42. silkyjohnson937 says: Aug 24, 2011 2:20 PM

    Has anyone seen this guy throw? Nobody is trying to pick on tebow but the media sucks tebow off so bad its unreal ronnie brown throws a football better than tebow, seriously ronnie brown really does throw a football better than tebow

  43. stinkfingers says: Aug 24, 2011 2:20 PM

    If he’s the 4th best QB on a garbage football team… Why does the media INSIST on talking about him?

  44. shaggytoodle says: Aug 24, 2011 2:21 PM

    Just, because your great in college doesn’t mean your going to be great in the NFL, just ask Reggie Bush.

    Hasn’t anyone learned that drafting Gator QBs for the NFL doesn’t seem to work out?

  45. sterilizecromartie says: Aug 24, 2011 2:21 PM

    Boomer Esiason Rookie Year (10 games played): 50% completion percentage, 3 TDs, 3 INTs, 5.2 YPA, 62.9 rating. 63 Rushing Yards, 2 TDs.

    Tim Tebow Rookie Year (9 games played): 50% completion percentage, 5 TDs, 3 INTs, 7.98 YPA, 82.1 rating. 227 Rushing Yards, 6 TDs.

    Well Boomer, it looks like at worst, Tebow is on track to be just a little better than you…. but that’s not saying much, is it?

    Boom. Roasted.

  46. ninjapleazee says: Aug 24, 2011 2:21 PM

    as much as I am not a Tebow fan.. kinda feel bad for the guy… just let him be.. it’s not like he’s a starter for even a full season for everyone to be bashing him.. jesus.. jump on Rex Grossman.. he failed with the Bears for sooooo long and now he’s supposed to be the savior in Washington.. LOL

  47. unbiased8383 says: Aug 24, 2011 2:21 PM

    If Boomer, Hoge, Schlareth, Berman and Keyshawn never commented on football again, I don’t think anyone would mind.

  48. rando74 says: Aug 24, 2011 2:21 PM

    I dont know about the rest of the league but as for me and the rest of Denvers fans……………ugh. let it go. We know Orton is the better QB, we know that Tebow is miles behind him on the field and on the depth chart. Lets let the kid practice , learn and do his things and move on. He’s not going to play. We’re fine with it.

  49. sportswannabe says: Aug 24, 2011 2:21 PM

    jackfnburton says: Aug 24, 2011 2:15 PM

    Yawn. Again with the Tebow stuff? When the kid can play he’ll move up the depth chart. And if he doesn’t he doesn’t. Lots of great college athletes – even Heisman winners – fail to translate their game to the NFL. That’s just life. It happens. Time marches on. Big deal.
    ——————————

    This sentiment gets expressed often despite it’s lacking in reality. Tebow has played. Well. In NFL games. But apparently he should really be worried about performing well in 7-on-7′s while wearing shorts and a red jersey. That’s where the wheat is separated from chaff.

  50. berniemadoffsides says: Aug 24, 2011 2:21 PM

    Why does everyone bring religion into every Tebow debate? Imagine if Cam Newton was a Muslim (I have no idea if he is or isn’t, for the record) and Esiason or Hoge said ANYTHING regarding his religion when discussing his ability as a QB? They’d both be fired instantly – no questions asked.

    So why does everyone keep bringing up Tebow’s faith? We get it – he’s very religious. It has nothing to do with his ability as a QB, yet the talking heads love bringing it up over and over again every change they get.

  51. stockdogdca says: Aug 24, 2011 2:22 PM

    Geez, no new revalations here. So make him an H-Back or something and move the heck on….. certainly won’t be able to trade him with all this noise.

  52. mmmpieyummy says: Aug 24, 2011 2:22 PM

    Finally! Someone else besides Merril Hoge has the balls to say what everyone already realizes.

    “Maybe God does know – because the rest of us don’t”…frickin’ classic Boomer!

    Now all the Timmy Teblow slurpers will start bashing Boomer for not knowing quarterbacking…even though he led the Bungles to the SuperBowl.

  53. anactualnflowner says: Aug 24, 2011 2:22 PM

    LEAVE TEBOW ALONE! You’re lucky he even performed for you Bastards! LEAVE TEBOW ALONE!

  54. drshankenstein says: Aug 24, 2011 2:22 PM

    What does Boomer know about being an NFL QB ? Until Lebron James says it… I’m not listening !

  55. 2sloweggroll says: Aug 24, 2011 2:22 PM

    Qualifing statement… I am a Raider Fan

    That being said, I have had enough of the talking heads trashing this man. He was drafted in the first round by a coach who didnt even get to finish the year. The team is crap all around and these experts just take every oppurtunty to trash Tebow.

    From what I saw he played about average if not slightly above as a rookie last year. Now with no offseason, a new regime and a experienced NFL Qb ahead of him, he is struggling. Guess what, most young qb’s struggle.

    I actually hope Tebow gets cut and lands in another division and lights the league up. That would be a nice reminder that the so called experts are just as clueless as the rest of us. Only they get a microphone.

  56. jacunn2000 says: Aug 24, 2011 2:22 PM

    That means a lot coming from a guy named “Boomer”.

  57. lonespeed says: Aug 24, 2011 2:23 PM

    Wow, I’ve never been a Tim Tebow believer myself and I don’t like his off-the-field holier than thou belief system, but all this attention on a third-string quarterback is just becoming absurd.

    Will the media finally be happy when he’s run out of the league? Is he going to be the Bill Buckner of football and live with the stigma of not making for the rest of his life?

    At this point, the media seems to want to force his failing prophecy to come true. Even if he were to go to another team, wouldn’t the media have already tainted his teammates in such a way that the odds would be stacked against him regardless?

    Furthermore, high drafted players wash-out all the time. He’s no worse or less touted than Ryan Leaf, Andre Ware, Rick Mirer, JaMarcus Russell, et al.

    It’s crap like this that devalues this blog. We get it already. Tim Tebow is sucking it up. He’s not making improvement. He’s dropped to third-string and a fourth stringer is playing better than him. He’s going to have a long road ahead of him. The Broncos probably wasted a first-round draft pick.

    We get it. If Bill Parcells comes out tomorrow and validates Hodge and Esiason, will that make it even more true?

    It’s news if he gets traded, cut or reduced to the practice squad. It’s news if his team undermines him. It’s news if John Fox says he won’t make it.

    Members of the media and ex-players stating the obvious is not news.

  58. jigwig13 says: Aug 24, 2011 2:23 PM

    I won’t feel sorry for him because he’s rich…but its getting to the point where I hope he proves everyone wrong and overcome it all…I like underdogs

  59. armoderate says: Aug 24, 2011 2:24 PM

    Let’s get one thing straight, I’ve watched a lot of Broncos games and when Boomer is in the booth or Phil Sims nothing but negatives come out. Therefore, I definitely take his assessment with a grain of salt. I’m not saying Tebow will make a good QB or not and he may not. I’m just saying that these pundits are just that and the only opinion that matters is John Fox. By the way, Boomer should have never made starting QB either and probably wouldn’t have been drafted in today’s game.

  60. ottomanismydog says: Aug 24, 2011 2:24 PM

    Tebow = Fullback

  61. juiceboxsupply says: Aug 24, 2011 2:25 PM

    how many third world children has boomer circumcised?

  62. acanniv says: Aug 24, 2011 2:25 PM

    OK, seriously, it’s time to lay off now. This is getting absolutely ridiculous. So you don’t think the 2nd/3rd string qb for a basement team is any good. So what? Get over it already.

  63. dasportsninja says: Aug 24, 2011 2:25 PM

    Boomer’s career record as a starting QB was 80-93…

  64. sah0620 says: Aug 24, 2011 2:26 PM

    Why is the head coach of the Packers talking to Boomer about Tim Tebow?

  65. chargerdillon says: Aug 24, 2011 2:27 PM

    I’m a Chargers fan, and by that I generally hate the Broncos. Hodge can go **** himself and so can Boomer.

    GIVE THIS KID A CHANCE! I would love for this kid to show them all how stupid they are and become a winner, not at the expense of my Chargers, but I’m absolutely rooting for Tebow

  66. anactualnflowner says: Aug 24, 2011 2:27 PM

    “stinkfingers says: Aug 24, 2011 2:20 PM

    If he’s the 4th best QB on a garbage football team… Why does the media INSIST on talking about him?”

    Hmmm…. Stinkfingers, I think you are onto something… There are two things you and I know are a sure thing.

    1. The more the media talks about someone the better they are.
    2. They are talking a lot about Tebow.

    Stinkfingers, with your logic and mine, we can infer that since Tebow is the most talked about player right now he must be the best…. Oh man I need to get on the phone with Ted Thompson and let him know….

  67. chrisbinjax says: Aug 24, 2011 2:27 PM

    Yeah…..because Merrill Hoge and Boomer Esiason were two NFL greats!!! haha

  68. jacunn2000 says: Aug 24, 2011 2:28 PM

    Boomer seems to be wearing a lot of make up in his picture above for a guy talking about football.

  69. cmack21 says: Aug 24, 2011 2:28 PM

    He’s right… its true and as much as i hate to say it a lot of people want Tebow to succeed is because he is an athletic quaterback and he is white. There really hasn’t been a qb like who could run like that since Steve Young (yeah Rodgers can run well but he isnt elusive or can outrun anybody). Not taking away anything from what he has accomplished so far, he is going to be along the mold of Seneca Wallace, Troy Smith, Josh McCown mobile qb who can win you a few games with a good running game & defense not for a whole season.

  70. therealsmiley says: Aug 24, 2011 2:29 PM

    Tim Tebow is a very good athlete…..Boomer or any of the rest of us know if this kid is going to be good in the NFL. It’s a new system…give him some time and THEN see if he can cut the mustard. Hail!

  71. anactualnflowner says: Aug 24, 2011 2:29 PM

    To all the people discrediting Boomer by posting his crappy stats. Here’s another one…

    NFL games played by Boomer – 173
    NFL games played by you – 0

  72. fmwarner says: Aug 24, 2011 2:30 PM

    gtorlone says: Aug 24, 2011 2:11 PM

    Not a fan of his, but Tim Tebow has as many Super Bowl titles as Boomer and Hoge combined. Just sayin’.

    ===================================

    And what does this have to do with anything? If you’re right, and wearing a Super Bowl ring imparts such analytical skill to a guy, then we’ll let Emmitt Smith, Bill Romanowski, Deion Sanders, Joe Theismann and Shannon Sharpe handle all the analysis. That’ll fix ‘er right up.

  73. cuzz4169 says: Aug 24, 2011 2:30 PM

    Why are people piling on here? These guys make it sound like he is the absolute worst QB to ever step in the NFL. Would a guy who cant throw go 41-82 last year 654 yards 5td passes 82.1 qb rating. this is after not getting any practice reps during the year. Its well documented Mcdouche only let the second or third team qb get about 10% of reps at practice. He was a rookie playing his first 3 games last yr not a 5 yr vet so I think those #’s are pretty good. What happened to the 2-3 years all the nfl guys said he needs to become a qb? One yr later they are saying he cant play. Was the national media all over Aaron Rogers while he sat? Same with Mcnair. Not saying he will be either of these guys, but the media wants to force it so bad to say hey we told you he couldn’t play. Give the kid some time let him grow.

  74. acanniv says: Aug 24, 2011 2:31 PM

    By the way, if they cut him today, I guarantee 20 teams would be lining up to sign him.

  75. pack93z says: Aug 24, 2011 2:31 PM

    This is where the “talking heads” make their mistake.. they assume that you have to be a starter from the get go.

    Case in point.. Aaron Rodgers.

    A Tedford product… all you heard is they don’t translate well into the NFL, lack this, lack that.

    Then in action struggled his first couple preseason games.. got dinged up and got labeled.

    However… he progressed over time, was developed by a guy/system that can develop a pro QB.. and now he is arguably in the top 3 to 5 QB’s in the game.

    Tebow isn’t ready.. he needs development, but ready to label him a bust and not QB material is foolish.

    Lets not forget.. he is a second year player, underwent changes to his mechanics and coach/system change.

    Let the cake bake.. then determine its quality. Ship him to GB.. let him develop here in MM QB school. :)

    Just another statement to this instant expectations that many have.. not respecting the process to get there.

  76. PFTiswhatitis says: Aug 24, 2011 2:31 PM

    He’s God-fearing, he’s got to be good.

  77. hobartbaker says: Aug 24, 2011 2:31 PM

    So what’s with the gratuitous RELIGIOUS REFERENCES there Fading Baby Boomer? They employ you as a sports analyst or lifestyle critic?

    Dope.

  78. rickthefactor says: Aug 24, 2011 2:32 PM

    Who in the hell is “Boomer” to say if Tebow is good or not. I can’t stand “Boomer” when he is an “analyst” joke of a broadcaster on CBS. He was an average QB, yet he has the right to tell Tebow he can’t throw. Does “Boomer” think he’s Trent Dilfer? And the guys name is Boomer, Boomer people. BOOmer……

  79. gatorguar says: Aug 24, 2011 2:35 PM

    sterilizecromartie says:
    Aug 24, 2011 2:21 PM
    Boomer Esiason Rookie Year (10 games played): 50% completion percentage, 3 TDs, 3 INTs, 5.2 YPA, 62.9 rating. 63 Rushing Yards, 2 TDs.

    Tim Tebow Rookie Year (9 games played): 50% completion percentage, 5 TDs, 3 INTs, 7.98 YPA, 82.1 rating. 227 Rushing Yards, 6 TDs.

    Well Boomer, it looks like at worst, Tebow is on track to be just a little better than you…. but that’s not saying much, is it?

    Boom. Roasted.

    ————————————————–

    Not sure which I love better, that post or the screen name of the guy that posted it! NICE!

  80. yankees27andcounting says: Aug 24, 2011 2:35 PM

    Tim Tebow: Who is Boomer Esiason?

  81. broncotis3000 says: Aug 24, 2011 2:35 PM

    Another day , another “expert” is out there bashing Tebow…this is the most ridiculous media generated “controversy” I’ve ever seen…Just put the name TEBOW in print and watch the headlines fly any bets on who steps up to the plate tomorrow?

  82. ericbruning says: Aug 24, 2011 2:36 PM

    Why doesnt Jacksonville Jaguars just give up a 7th round pick for this guy. Isnt the NFL a business?? I look at this as a lost business opprtunity… Tebow in Jacksonville even as a 2nd string QB = sold out games, no blackouts and maybe the rumors of losing the team would stop. Just makes sense to me, not like they have a shot at a Superbowl anytime soon…….

  83. knew8411 says: Aug 24, 2011 2:38 PM

    Every one of these so called “experts” are just providing us with opinions & and as we all know opinions are just like ________ ‘s and everyone has one.
    As for Tebow he has only been in the league a year. Give him a break. Too many people like Esiason, and Hodge wind up through their **COUGH** Expert Analysis determining the path that many players take. I am certain that Tebow, no matter what happens in Denver, will wind up being successful. He is strong in his faith, and will go where God leads him.
    I am probably the farthest thing on earth from a Bronco fan, but am a fan of Tebow. I wish him the best in whatever path he chooses, weather it be in the NFL or elsewhere.

    GOD Bless

  84. flyinhighwithvick says: Aug 24, 2011 2:38 PM

    Boomer may have never won anything, but he had a nice long career, and I respect his opinion. Merrill Hoge on the other hand, is a ZERO with shoes.

  85. zinn22 says: Aug 24, 2011 2:39 PM

    I would like to think that Boomer has the courage to say what he thinks rather than reading the talking points the NFL gives the media. But in this case I am not sure Boomer’s remarks are that courageous but rather the statement of an obvious fact. He is just trying to be one of the first admit the truth we have all known for quite sometime.

    Today news is censured and cleansed by big corporations and football news is an organized managed hype where negative opinions are squashed by the leagues hype machine. At least until the negative opinion has become accepted fact like in this case.

    I would love to hear Boomer give an honest opinion about Sanchez. But then again he can’t as he has ties to the Jets and cannot step on toes.

    While I applaud Boomer for speaking the truth about Tebow. One must remember that media members will generally only tell the truth once its obvious to everyone. If there was some doubt as to Tebow’s abilty to play in the NFL we would probably only get silence from Boomer and the mainstream media. We are only likely hearing this about Tebow now as its such an obvious fact.

  86. alaricsrevenge says: Aug 24, 2011 2:44 PM

    Mr. Esiason can’t speak, can’t analyize. Not to insult the guy but he fumbles more words then Adrian Peterson does footballs. God only knows why he’s on TV…maybe God does know… and this is his own personal little joke. He played on a OK team with mediochre talent but how does that translate to the broadcast booth??? I don’t know, maybe it’s the hair. Boomer is catchy though aint it?

  87. david7590 says: Aug 24, 2011 2:45 PM

    @sterilizecromartie says:
    Aug 24, 2011 2:21 PM
    Boomer Esiason Rookie Year (10 games played): 50% completion percentage, 3 TDs, 3 INTs, 5.2 YPA, 62.9 rating. 63 Rushing Yards, 2 TDs.

    Tim Tebow Rookie Year (9 games played): 50% completion percentage, 5 TDs, 3 INTs, 7.98 YPA, 82.1 rating. 227 Rushing Yards, 6 TDs.

    Well Boomer, it looks like at worst, Tebow is on track to be just a little better than you…. but that’s not saying much, is it?

    Boom. Roasted.
    ————————————————–
    but what you and your total lack of football knowledge fail to understand is that Boomer progressed and was the NFL MVP and was in the Super Bowl, all in his fourth year, Tebow is not getting any better, if anything is getting worse.

  88. riverhorsey says: Aug 24, 2011 2:45 PM

    I’m kind of pulling for the guy after all this.

  89. packerfan1000 says: Aug 24, 2011 2:46 PM

    Ha! Boomer. How can “I’m not here to insult him,” and “He can’t play. He can’t throw,” be said anywhere near next to each other when you’re talking about an NFL quarterback?

    If someone asked me to pick out the most insulting thing you could say about an NFL quarterback, I think “He can’t play. He can’t throw,” would be number 2 on my list. Only behind, “This guy reminds me a lot of Todd Marinovich.”

  90. scudbot says: Aug 24, 2011 2:46 PM

    mmmpieyummy says: “Finally! Someone else besides Merril Hoge has the balls to say what everyone already realizes.” What, that “he’s not an NFL quarterback right now”? That’s a feeble standard for “balls”.

  91. billybats says: Aug 24, 2011 2:47 PM

    Why does everyone have to pile on this kid? If he can’t play in the NFL, the league will flush him out soon enough.

    Let the kid compete and leave him alone. If he can’t cut it, he will be gone. Like Tebow doesn’t have enough to worry about already in learning to play NFL QB, now he’s gotta be watching the media too? Hopefully he is ignoring all of this nonsense.

  92. skiier4384 says: Aug 24, 2011 2:48 PM

    Tim Tebow = John Cena of NFL

  93. fmwarner says: Aug 24, 2011 2:49 PM

    knew8411 says: Aug 24, 2011 2:38 PM

    Every one of these so called “experts” are just providing us with opinions & and as we all know opinions are just like ________ ‘s and everyone has one.
    ====================================

    But what is often forgotten is that just because everyone has an opinion, it doesn’t mean that everyone’s opinion is equal. I’m going to trust a doctor’s opinion over an accountant’s opinion when it comes to my health, and I’m going to trust an NFL veteran hired for his opinions over a Tebow fanboy when it comes to Tebow.

  94. stanklepoot says: Aug 24, 2011 2:50 PM

    sportswannabe says: Aug 24, 2011 2:11 PM

    Hmmmmm….

    *goes back to watch game tape*

    Boomer isn’t very good at his job. I just watched him make several great throws in 3 starts, let alone that beautiful throw he laid in the first preseason game. But what are in-game throws when compared to throwing in the firestorm that is 7-on-7 drills?
    ___________________________
    You mean that beautiful pass that Tebow took forever to get off in the face of absolutely no pass rush? The danger of making evaluations based on early preseason games is that you have no idea what either side is really trying to do. In many cases, opposing defenses are playing vanilla schemes and sets to evaluate individual players’ responses to specific circumstances. I saw that preseason play you’re talking about, and in the face of a normal pass rush in the regular season, that beautiful pass would likely be a defensive highlight. Tebow just stood back there for too long waiting for someone to get open (as opposed to throwing a player open or reading the defense and knowing who would end up open), and then when he did throw he used that overly extended throwing motion. In other words, he simply took way too much time. That sort of thing results in sacks and strip-sacks in the face of an actual pass rush.

  95. dbellina says: Aug 24, 2011 2:50 PM

    I’d like to hear what Mayock thinks about Tebow.

  96. westmantooth says: Aug 24, 2011 2:50 PM

    The dude is obviously not ready to play in the NFL – and he might never be.

    The Tebow bashing, however, has turned into media members trying to grab a headline. It’s getting ridiculous.

  97. xinellum says: Aug 24, 2011 2:52 PM

    I guess if he really is as horrible as Boomer says he is, if he can’t play, he can’t throw, he can’t run, then I guess he is just like Boomer and Hoge and needs to get a job as a cbs analyst. If this came from Steve Young, Terry Bradshaw, or anyone who has ever won anything, I would take it as being accurate, but what is it about athletes that were only average at best when they played, all of a sudden are the greatest evaluators of NFL talent. Let me give everyone here a hint, they aren’t. They get paid to give their OPINION. Their opinion is based on the expectations of players who were average at best when they played. The problem with pro football is we have too many retired players with personal investments in players and then appearing to be impartial all the while promoting the people they have an interest in. We just have too many retired players trying to tell all the fans who they should like and why. Fact is, they didn’t know what they were doing when they played, if they were that good at breaking down talent, why did they always get beaten?

  98. bearsandjazz says: Aug 24, 2011 2:53 PM

    Look its hard to insult a player with the heart of Tebow but there is one huge factor. The dude doesnt not have the skill set to be an NFL QB. I saw his long pass in the first preseason game and while it was accurate I wasnt sure the how long it was going to take the ball to leave his hand and you cna be damn sure he isnt going to always hav 9 seconds to throw a 40 yard pass. The guys throwing motion is not NFL caliber and if IM not mistaken he spent the months leading up to the draft improving his throwing motion, and even where he holds the ball befor he throws…..Obviously that was just so he would be drafted because he has reverted back to the horrible technique we see today. Sorry Tebow you got the heart but the skill is not there. Another position maybe but QB is not going to work out for this guy. Anyone who has watched a successful or even average QB play this game knows this guy just doesnt have what it takes.

  99. Spencer says: Aug 24, 2011 2:53 PM

    Yes, yes, keep piling on, keep getting your digs in. Apparently there is nothing else happening in the NFL worth talking about. I believe in karma and Tebow will have the last laugh. He should be laughing now, actually, since the Broncos just paid him $8M…

  100. cbass59 says: Aug 24, 2011 2:54 PM

    Oh no Hoge haters, a person with your required qualifications (successful QB) agrees with Hoge!!!

    But I’m sure you’ll find a way to rationalize Boomer wrong and you’re limited knowledge correct.

    Or maybe you’ll just quote Tebow’s gatorade commercial….

  101. chadcantcatch says: Aug 24, 2011 2:54 PM

    Shes a hot box of rocks!

  102. jonah426 says: Aug 24, 2011 2:56 PM

    With all the busts in the 1st rd of the NFL why is Tebow getting bashed like this everywhere, everyday? Simple put Tim Tebow is an outspoken Christian. People hate the light that dwells within him. When his light shines for Jesus Christ demons manifest. Light has come into the world (and the NFL) but men love the darkness because their deed are evil.

  103. 9ersurf says: Aug 24, 2011 2:56 PM

    Boomer is just jealous because Tebow is more popular than he ever will be ……….

  104. bengalsfan81 says: Aug 24, 2011 2:57 PM

    Boomer, Please retire as an analyst. Are you and Elway in competition in Tebow bashing? You are very annoying and you were an average QB.

  105. trollaikman8 says: Aug 24, 2011 2:57 PM

    Heretic

  106. anactualnflowner says: Aug 24, 2011 2:57 PM

    “westmantooth says: Aug 24, 2011 2:50 PM

    The dude is obviously not ready to play in the NFL – and he might never be.

    The Tebow bashing, however, has turned into media members trying to grab a headline. It’s getting ridiculous.”

    In all fairness the Tebow praise has been rediculous too.

  107. jaypace says: Aug 24, 2011 2:58 PM

    I’m not here to insult the guy but he can’t play. Why do people always preface an insult by saying I’m not about to insult you. That’s it everyone close the book of Tim. Three games is all you need to determine the guy can’t play. I guess the ball threw itself in his three hundred yard game.

  108. thehouseofho says: Aug 24, 2011 2:59 PM

    Seriously, all this Tebow bashing really has gotten out of hand. He’s not going to be the starting QB and from all these reported news sources, he won’t be the 2nd QB either. Everyone needs to stop piling on the kid.

    With that said, everyone needs to stop gratuitously praising the kid, also. He’s neither the starter nor the second string QB. The coaching staff obviously sees flaws in his game and don’t feel he’s NFL ready. His own teammates want Orton to be their starter and they refer to all this noise as “the Tebow thing.”

    As for all those who point to the fact that his faith is brought in when analysts bring up Tebow’s flaws. That’s because his faith is brought up every time anyone tries to praise him and make a case for him to be the starter. I’ve never heard “good, strong, Christian work ethic” before until people tried to make a case for Tebow being named a starter. His faith has nothing to do with why these people think he’s not NFL ready and it should have nothing to do with him being an NFL starter either.

  109. quarterbacksdontwinorlosesuperbowls says: Aug 24, 2011 3:00 PM

    bolt4life says: Aug 24, 2011 2:17 PM

    This hate for Tebow is hilarious in a sad way.

    I bet if he wasn’t openly a Christian you wouldn’t hear so much hate for him.

    ————————————————————————

    I couldn’t agree more.

  110. mvp43 says: Aug 24, 2011 3:01 PM

    Listen- Tebow has done nothing wrong. The fact that he was drafted that high is not his problem. I want a guy who’s confident in his abilities, and if he can’t cut it, then so be it.

    He is a good athlete and a tireless worker so maybe try him out at different posistions or special teams….he may have some value there. Personally, I don’t believe he can be an NFL QB at this point in time; Maybe down the road. NFL rosters are full of guys that don’t particularily fit the prototypical mold, but they succeed. Realistically, just being on the final roster is a success.

    Now what Tebow needs to do is realize that he may not ever be able to cut it as a QB and be open to moving positions if asked, unlike Eric Crouch from Nebraska who refused to believe that he wasn’t an NFL QB and look where he ended up.

  111. RussianBreadMaker says: Aug 24, 2011 3:01 PM

    “There is only one person that runs the ball in this situation.”

    He is sooooo cheesy. I think that he needs to go pray some more.

  112. dgforreal says: Aug 24, 2011 3:02 PM

    “What Josh McDaniel saw in him God only knows. Maybe God does know — because the rest of us don’t,” Esiason said.

    I see what you did there.

  113. stanklepoot says: Aug 24, 2011 3:03 PM

    mataug says: Aug 24, 2011 2:15 PM

    I also remember when Boomer said that Peyton Manning would be this generation’s Marino -
    _______________________________
    and one could argue that Boomer was right about Peyton. Peyton does have one SB championship and made it to one more SB game than Marino did, but a quick look at Peyton’s post-season history shows a sub .500 9-10 record. Furthermore, in the SB loss to the Saints, Peyton didn’t perform all that well and sealed the loss with a pick 6 (yet he didn’t take anywhere near the heat that Favre did for the pick he threw in the NFC Championship game). In the Colts successful SB run, the only truly impressive performance was the game against the Pats. The difference in the Ravens gave was the leg of Vinatieri, and the SB victory against the Bears was due primarily to Grossman’s absolute implosion. Not saying Peyton didn’t earn the victory. Just saying it wasn’t his best game. A statement which tends to hold up in general when comparing Peyton’s post-season performances to his regular season performances.

  114. capslockkey says: Aug 24, 2011 3:03 PM

    Tebow deserves every shred of criticism being thrown his way right now. Why? Because he had no problem soaking up all the undeserved praise and ball washing he was getting from the same media ever since before the draft. When you pimp yourself out with all the ad endorsements, biography, constant preaching of his beliefs and high priced autograph sessions, the same people who propped you up and got behind you before you even accomplished anything will be the first to knock you down when you make them look like fools for actually saying you’d be successful simply by “outworking” everyone else. Newsflash, a good portion of the league works just as hard as Tebow, they just don’t go bragging about it to everyone with a microphone or camera. Hard work only gets you so far in the NFL. You have to have the talent to go with it to be successful.

  115. cuzz4169 says: Aug 24, 2011 3:03 PM

    Tebow is NOT getting cut Denver just wrote him a check a week ago 6.7million

  116. scudbot says: Aug 24, 2011 3:05 PM

    Norman Julius Esiason: Tebow is “not an NFL quarterback right now.” The article headline should have been “Analyst Tosses A Checkdown, Sports Blogs Go Nuts. “

  117. rolandsloan says: Aug 24, 2011 3:05 PM

    If you ever saw his cable show with his clown
    of a partner, you know Esiason is not a credible
    commentator on any subject. Tebow is a football player.

  118. Broncofanatic7 says: Aug 24, 2011 3:06 PM

    If you need a resurrection in your analyst career, or just want to make big headlines then just go ahead and bash Tebow!
    This is getting ridiculous.
    IF Tim Tebow ends up succeeding as an NFL QB and proves all these haters wrong then there is a lot of apologies due.
    Tim has done nothing to receive all this bashing.
    Yeah maybe he needs more time to develop, but people just need to lay off of him!
    Keep your head up Tim!
    Go Broncos!

  119. edreedisgod says: Aug 24, 2011 3:10 PM

    Hoge and Boomer have done nothing ever… Tebow will be starting by week 6 and will put up solid numbers like last year (5 passing tds 6 rushing tds )…Hate on Haters

  120. bigjim50010 says: Aug 24, 2011 3:11 PM

    What did Boomer ever win you ask??

    Why the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award in 1995!!

    Eat that Evelyn

  121. usmutts says: Aug 24, 2011 3:11 PM

    @berniemadoffsides asks why do people always bring up Tebow’s religion.

    Answer: because Tebow does. When he plays well he either says he was blessed or at least implies that God has something to do with it. He wears his religion on his sleeve. It’s part of his uniform. He has thereby made it an issue. That’s a problem for most sports fans who don’t think God chooses sides.

  122. theytukrjobs says: Aug 24, 2011 3:12 PM

    “he can’t throw”

    Exaggerate much?

  123. green18blue52 says: Aug 24, 2011 3:13 PM

    What the hell is this poor mans Phil Sims talking about?

  124. stanklepoot says: Aug 24, 2011 3:13 PM

    demoderbydoug says: Aug 24, 2011 2:16 PM

    Thanks Norman and how good were you without Sam Wyche not a Tebow fan I just wonder who keeps putting a mic in this morons face he is so bitter toward the Bengals because he didn’t get along with mike brown, but I have yet to hear him say anything intelligent.
    _______________________
    If you’ve been paying attention, you’d notice that players having a problem with Mike Brown is a common occurrence, and for a very good reason. Mike Brown is one of the worst owners in the league, and he’s run his team into the ground. The fact that the Bengals are operating at a profit is all the proof anyone should need that owning an NFL franchise is one of the only truly foolproof investments in America.

    As for the “what has Boomer ever done” comments, Boomer actually put his team in a position to win a SB. Boomer was an epic last minute Montana drive away from having a SB ring, and since Boomer didn’t play defense I have a hard time blaming that loss on him. In fact, that loss is right up there with Kurt Warner watching Brady march the Pats to their first SB championship or Brady watching on the sidelines as Tyree made that miracle catch. If a QB gives his team a lead late in the game, he’s done his job. The rest is in the hands of the defense.

  125. tiffpats4eva says: Aug 24, 2011 3:13 PM

    Not sure why everyone is so angry.

    Haven’t you seen Tebow in an NFL game playing QB? Ugh!

  126. xtb3 says: Aug 24, 2011 3:14 PM

    fact loser esaison says anything about tebows religious thinking means the only reason he’s talkimg about tebow is tebows religion.

    boomer crawl back into your hole you bad nfl qb.

  127. notjcred says: Aug 24, 2011 3:15 PM

    If Boomer wasn’t there to insult him, then he would have kept his analysis focused on Tebow’s ability (or lack, thereof) to play QB. Tim Tebow’s spot on the depth chart can be easily explained by his play in comparison to his peers.

    It’s one thing for the peanut gallery (that would be those of us who comment here because our analysis isn’t worth paying for) to endorse or troll him, in part, for his religion; but, it’s rather unprofessional for analysts to be doing it.

  128. zaggs says: Aug 24, 2011 3:15 PM

    “Just because he’s God-fearing,”

    Pretty much tells all. Its not about Tebow the player, but Tebow the person. Still just entering his second year after having his mechanics messed with his first year. After that what are people expecting? The second coming of Joe Montana?

  129. bronco1st says: Aug 24, 2011 3:15 PM

    Esiason is a punk, never could stand the guy and he creeps me out as an announcer. His piling on drivel is akin to a coward who let’s his buddies sucker punch the old lady and then he moves in to kick her while she is down.

  130. fmwarner says: Aug 24, 2011 3:18 PM

    xinellum says: Aug 24, 2011 2:52 PM

    I guess if he really is as horrible as Boomer says he is, if he can’t play, he can’t throw, he can’t run, then I guess he is just like Boomer and Hoge and needs to get a job as a cbs analyst. If this came from Steve Young, Terry Bradshaw, or anyone who has ever won anything, I would take it as being accurate, but what is it about athletes that were only average at best when they played, all of a sudden are the greatest evaluators of NFL talent. Let me give everyone here a hint, they aren’t.
    ====================================

    Please, tell us why this would be accurate coming from someone who has won a Super Bowl instead of merely from an “average” NFL MVP like Esiason. I see this repeated over and over. Tell us what it is about winning a Super Bowl that makes someone a better analyst. You can’t. Analysis and playing ability are two completely different skill sets. Does a player have a little more insight? Sure, a little. But whether you won the last game of the season has zero to do with it.

    Geez, what must you guys with this opinion think of Mayock and the Football Outsiders guys? They must REALLY suck at it…they never played in the NFL at all!

  131. mvp43 says: Aug 24, 2011 3:18 PM

    “What Josh McDaniel saw in him God only knows. Maybe God does know — because the rest of us don’t,” Esiason said.

    He saw a player who is a lightning rod and if he pans out he’s a hero, if not, who cares because he’ll probably be gone anyhow and it will be Denver’s problem.

  132. thephantomstranger says: Aug 24, 2011 3:19 PM

    I think what people might be missing about Tebow is that the fact that he isn’t a prototypical NFL quarterback doesn’t necessarily mean he can’t be successful. When Michael Vick was in Atlanta, he was a terrible passer but he brought other things to the game that allowed him to be a winner. I don’t remember people saying he had no business being a quarterback in the league. For Tebow to succeed, a team has to design their offense around what he does best. The Broncos obviously don’t want to do that, but he could probably be successful with a team that would commit to him. That said, I don’t think there’s a team that would want to do that right now.

  133. usmutts says: Aug 24, 2011 3:19 PM

    Actually, I like Tim Tebow. Much of the criticism thrown his way now can be blamed on the doofus (doofuses?) who drafted him in the first round, where you usually takes guys who are expected to be franchise quarterbacks. So way too much has been expected. That’s not Tebow’s fault.

    He has certain physical talents and a lot of unmeasurable talents. I’m very interested in seeing what he makes of himself at this level. I wish him well.

    And I’m a guy whose college alma mater was relentless drubbed by him. Damn that jump pass crap.

  134. stinkfingers says: Aug 24, 2011 3:21 PM

    anactualnflowner says:
    Aug 24, 2011 2:27 PM
    “stinkfingers says: Aug 24, 2011 2:20 PM

    If he’s the 4th best QB on a garbage football team… Why does the media INSIST on talking about him?”

    Hmmm…. Stinkfingers, I think you are onto something… There are two things you and I know are a sure thing.

    1. The more the media talks about someone the better they are.
    2. They are talking a lot about Tebow.

    Stinkfingers, with your logic and mine, we can infer that since Tebow is the most talked about player right now he must be the best…. Oh man I need to get on the phone with Ted Thompson and let him know….
    =====

    I’m pretty sure you are misreading me… I’m not saying Tebow must be good because the media is talking about him.. I’m saying that the media should give it a rest, and maybe cover the guys that will actually PLAY this season.

    No sense in wasting coverage on the guy holding the clipboard.

  135. jaypace says: Aug 24, 2011 3:21 PM

    Some of the criticism is based in “I hate the guy and his holier than thou attitude”. I like tims skill set. You can keep your statue pocket passers. but I never heard him say anything that would demean non Christians. Or say be what I am The guy is proud of his religious beliefs, so what. If you want to criticize his throwing motion fine. But what has he done on the field of play, think objectively. If you Take the name off the jersey and I showed you his stats from the three games he started you would not label him a bust. That’s why the criticism in some cases is bogus. Because any other guy would not be receiving the thrashing tebow is getting.

  136. pigskinswag says: Aug 24, 2011 3:21 PM

    Yet another post for the Tebow Haters to express their hatred and for Tebow Marks to express their undying devotion. What I don’t understand is why is such a big deal made out of the performance (good, bad, or indifferent) of a backup quarterback? Personally I don’t think it’s fair to say that Tebow (or any other player for that matter) is a bust and will never be any good when it’s just his second year (and it’s not like he started the whole season last year). I’m not a mark or a hater, but I’m just a voice of reason saying give the kid a chance first before we label him the next Andre Ware, Cade McNown, Todd Marinovich, Akili Smith, Tim Couch, etc.

  137. kolb2fitz says: Aug 24, 2011 3:22 PM

    both Tebow and Boomer suck

    not one, but both. Boom boom just sucks a little bit more. Please CBS, shoot this horse already

    –kolb2fitz

  138. bigbeefyd says: Aug 24, 2011 3:24 PM

    Overheard in the Rams’ war room on draft day:

    McDaniels: “You know who I think we should pick?”

    Spagnolo: “Josh, sit down and shut up. I’ve already seen what your bright ideas did to those poor bastards in Denver.”

  139. pack93z says: Aug 24, 2011 3:24 PM

    Tebow = Favre

    A topic sure to drive hits and stir opinions.

  140. theytukrjobs says: Aug 24, 2011 3:24 PM

    Funny you can flat out harass people over being Christian. I mean use it as part of a demeaning argument against that person. I wonder if this guy secretly stereotypes other kinds of people that he can’t publicly speak about.

  141. americankris says: Aug 24, 2011 3:25 PM

    According to analyst Tebow is worse than Ryan Leaf and Jamarcus Russel combined i doubt it

  142. managod777 says: Aug 24, 2011 3:25 PM

    Hey Norman, the coolest thing about your game and NFL career is your nickname, Boomer, which you got before you were born. MVP, Pro Bowler but a LOSER in the Superbowl. We remember John Taylor scoring, not even your last ditched missed pass to CC. You commentate, not coach. You and Hoge, who wouldn’t be well known if not for concussions and cancer. Please. God bless my brother in the Lord, Tim Tebow. He will be successful. I could never be Merrill Hoge’s brother, even though we’re both Christian, because he’s a Mormon and I’m a Black man!

  143. rubicon202 says: Aug 24, 2011 3:26 PM

    To the Bronco fan base still in denial…Tebow sucks but if its all the same I’d love 4 him to be the starter, maybe then you get help for your addiction to “Baby Jesus”…

  144. prplpuzzetrz says: Aug 24, 2011 3:27 PM

    Fact-This kid has not even been giving an opportunity. He is a proven winner, and he may or may not even make it, but the worms that come out to shred him is embarrassing. Hoge, boomer, c’mon , it’s pathetic.
    The real scrutiny should be on Mcdaniels. He was the one who lobbied for him.
    To continuously bring up his faith only shows the insecurity in these people. I am quite confident that Tebow really only cares what the Lord thinks of his abilities. The opinion of several washed up never were athletes only will fuel his desire to play the game he has proven to be a winner! Skol Tebow!-

  145. browningnagle says: Aug 24, 2011 3:27 PM

    Would kill to be a fly on the wall of where Tebow hears this one……lol……..WhatWouldTebowDo.
    Lol @ the thought of Tebow fans with orange n blue rubber bracelets with “WWTD” on them.

  146. FinFan68 says: Aug 24, 2011 3:28 PM

    Tebow bashing by the talking heads is about ratings/publicity. Why talk about a third-string QB? $$$ is the only reason. Most of these idiots say contradictory things just to have some tape to refer to when either version turns out to be accurate.

    I can’t stand people that throw their religion in your face, but the morons that bash him simply because he is outwardly religious are equally bad.

    Tebow has a horrible throwing motion and comes from an offense that catered to his strengths. Now, he is in an offense that is not compatible with his core abilities. That’s not his fault, it’s theirs. The bottom line is the kid is a gamer and has the proven ability to produce yards/points/wins. He may not be Elway as a QB, but he is a hell of a football player that the team should/could use to their benefit instead of undermining his confidence/value at every turn.

  147. stanklepoot says: Aug 24, 2011 3:30 PM

    bolt4life says: Aug 24, 2011 2:17 PM

    This hate for Tebow is hilarious in a sad way.

    I bet if he wasn’t openly a Christian you wouldn’t hear so much hate for him.
    _____________________
    That’s funny. I look at it the other way. If Tebow hadn’t become the poster boy for the Christian Coalition, he’d never have developed the fanatical fan base that he has. That large fan base, in turn, generated an inordinate amount of sports news coverage for a player who was a project at best. Fans like myself turned on networks like NFL Network and ESPN to hear the latest sports news, only to have to sit through Tebow story after Tebow story just to finally get to the stories we wanted to hear. Along the way, we were inundated with stories about Tebow’s great intangibles, his great work ethic, and his desire to win…as if the same isn’t true of most pro football players. People like myself ended up rather frustrated with the coverage and found ourselves wanting to see Tebow fall flat on his face (at least early on) simply to shut up the hype machine the media had going in full force. So, yes, him being so openly Christian is part of why people like me root against him, just not in the way you’re implying. Btw, I and many of the people who feel the same way I do are Christians ourselves. We just don’t equate faith (and certainly not the public display of it) with excellence in any specific field outside of the clergy.

  148. weneedlinemen42 says: Aug 24, 2011 3:31 PM

    I don’t think Tebow will ever be a great pocket passer. His wind up is just too slow. Unless he becomes incredibly good at looking safeties off he is going to throw a lot of interceptions. Moreover, that throwing motion is never going to change, it is too late to do anything about it now. Whenever he got game time last year it went straight back to his college form. He can shorten his action in practice, but it is hard to believe he’ll ever maintain it in live action.

    That said, the criticism he is receiving goes way beyond what was justified. Sure, he didn’t play brilliantly but he wasn’t awful in the game time he got last year either. Listening to the critics, you would have thought Tebow was costing the Broncos games that they would have won if he hadn’t played.

    Ok, he depended on his legs more than you’d like. Yes, that running style is going to shorten his career in the pros, but any suggestion that he cannot contribute anything to the team looks flat out rediculous. At the very least he provides a wildcat QB and offers some intriguing possibilities in red-zone sub-packages.

  149. 1standlong says: Aug 24, 2011 3:31 PM

    Denver would definitely be more exciting with Tebow under center…for better or worse, it is entertainment.

  150. shackdelrio says: Aug 24, 2011 3:32 PM

    Uche Nwaneri was right…

  151. americankris says: Aug 24, 2011 3:32 PM

    The broncos are sucking for luck

    im on too you Mr.Elway

  152. thefiesty1 says: Aug 24, 2011 3:33 PM

    He would MAYBE be a third string receiver if he put his Bible down long enough to catch a pass.

  153. capslockkey says: Aug 24, 2011 3:33 PM

    “I am quite confident that Tebow really only cares what the Lord thinks of his abilities.”

    Apparently you haven’t see his sports drink ad where he obsesses about it. I don’t even remember what the drink is since the entire ad is him doing push-ups and throwing tractor tires while going on and on about it. Funny that the former Gator hero himself snubbed Gatorade for more money.

  154. elvoid says: Aug 24, 2011 3:36 PM

    I really don’t give a damn about Tebow and whether he can play or not. but here’s what I just don’t get from all the people saying he’s a bust:

    Basing it on performance alone:

    Here are his stats for when he played in 2010:

    1. 50 percent completion rate.

    2. 5 tds against 3 ints.

    3. 8.0 yd. avg. per completion

    4. 82.1 passer rating

    5. 5.3 yd. avg. per rushing attempt

    6. 1 fumble

    OK – not exactly hall of fame material, but those are perfectly serviceable numbers.

    So when measured against the only thing that counts, actual real-game performance, he’s indicated potential more than bust.

    Numbers are numbers – Why the hate fest?

  155. stull60060 says: Aug 24, 2011 3:37 PM

    The Tebow bashing by so many people is because he is a devout Christian. It’s just that simple. Very little energy has been put in to criticizing all the other NFL high draft pick failures in this league. There are a lot of them. Tebow doesn’t go around saying he’s great. He is a humble guy. I guess a lot of people like the dirt bags in this league more. I hope that he succeeds in the NFL or what ever other endeavors he pursues.

  156. btowngetsdown says: Aug 24, 2011 3:42 PM

    Somewhere Craig Carton is wondering why his commentary never ends up on ProFootballTalk. CC does have more Pulse of the People Awards after all.

    It could possibly be because CC’s performance at QB during flag football (“embarrassed himself”) forecloses his ability to ever judge a QB…ever.

  157. rajbais says: Aug 24, 2011 3:42 PM

    This is the first time that Boomer and I are agreeing.

  158. zn0rseman says: Aug 24, 2011 3:45 PM

    I hate the Gators so I’ve never been a fan of Tebow, but now I have to admit that I’m rooting for him.

    I have seen tons of QBs come out of college that were great scramblers with questionable accuracy and poor throwing motions, but I have never seen one take this much heat from the media before. I find myself looking for a reason why.

    I’ve watched him play in 3-4 games and frankly, I thought he looked fairly sharp. He wasn’t perfect on every decision and throw, but what rookie is?

    The only thing I can come up with for a cause for the criticism is anti-Christian bias in the media. Perhaps combined with the fact that they smell blood in the water because he wasn’t drafted by his current coach, so any attack on Tebow is likely not to backfire in the short term and is likely to generate a lot of attention due to his popularity.

  159. ajduhe77 says: Aug 24, 2011 3:45 PM

    I’m not a Tebow fan, but I like him better as a quarterback than Boomer as an “analyst”.

  160. up2highhell says: Aug 24, 2011 3:45 PM

    Who cares what Boomer has to say? Eric Crouch thinks Tim Tebow’s skills translate perfectly to the NFL. That’s all that really matters.

  161. randomjim says: Aug 24, 2011 3:46 PM

    troy10 says:
    Aug 24, 2011 2:16 PM
    oh man… here we go with all the Tebow lovers again! It’s amazing how all the Tebow lovers think they know more then people that have played the game, know the game, and coach the game.
    ====================================
    And yet an NFL coach drafted him, another one has kept him on the roster & a former winning Super Bowl QB has good things to say about him.
    That cancels out your lame comment.

  162. stealthjunk says: Aug 24, 2011 3:46 PM

    I don’t really understand why these “commentators” are so harsh in their assessment of Tebow. I wouldn’t have drafted the guy in the 1st round and I certainly don’t think he’s going to be one of the greatest QBs in the NFL, but based on his performance in the last 3 games last season it’s clear that he’s at least an average QB who can win games. No, he doesn’t have perfect mechanics, but he does buy himself time to allow receivers to get open and he is a huge threat to take off with the ball. With a little more work on his game, I don’t think he’ll be anywhere near as bad as some of these guys are predicting.

  163. denbronx says: Aug 24, 2011 3:47 PM

    Oh my God, just leave the kid alone and let him develop. Denver knows he’s a project. The have already paid him the majority of his contract and the rest of it is fairly low for a NFL QB, backup or not. Orton and Quinn are both free agents next year anyway. Carsen Palmer, Aaron Rogers, Tom Brady and Tony Romo ALL had to sit on the bench and learn the game at an NFL level. What’s so wrong with Tebow sitting and learning? He has more heart than Boomer and Esiason combined.

    Boomer and Hoge have ZERO superbowls.

    At least Tebow still has a chance.

  164. paulbrownsrevenge says: Aug 24, 2011 3:47 PM

    Tim Tebow = John Cena of NFL
    @skier. If you watch WWE, you shouldn’t be on PFT, you should be coloring while you watch Vin Diesel movies.

  165. achap39 says: Aug 24, 2011 3:48 PM

    For those asking “why is Tebow talked about?”, I present this as evidence:

    This Tebow story: 153 comments
    Other top 3 stories listed on PFT (CJ, Plax, Beason): 87 comments COMBINED.

  166. lawyermalloy says: Aug 24, 2011 3:49 PM

    Boomer, I love ya man, but this boat has already sailed!

  167. luckynumberlucas says: Aug 24, 2011 3:49 PM

    Everyone who is bringing up Tebows numbers…

    Correct me if wrong, but didn’t he play these games against the Raiders, Texans and the Chargers?

    The Raiders, not a very good team, he got beat 39-23.

    The Texans, the worst pass defense in recent history, won by a single point.

    The Chargers, lost, but that isn’t something to feel bad about.

    So, he went 1-2, 2 of the teams he played had very bad defenses.

    Look, I am not saying he can’t be a decent starter in the NFL, something like a Garrard, Campbell, game managing type of player.

    His mechanics are off, way off, but if he get’s a grasp of the game, which I think he is capable of he can be an average NFL QB.

    But he won’t be a good, successful QB like Brady, Manning, Roethlisberger, Rodgers and so on…

  168. elvoid says: Aug 24, 2011 3:50 PM

    C’mon – someone look up his numbers from 2010 and explain to me why he’s a bust?

  169. dorn09 says: Aug 24, 2011 3:50 PM

    You should have told your son the same thing Boomer!

  170. gacoltfan says: Aug 24, 2011 3:51 PM

    Boomer’s career record as a starting QB was 80-93…

    *****************************************

    What does this have to do with him being able to analyze how Tebow plays? How many of the really good GM’s ever played pro football, yet are somehow able to analyze players to know if they will be good. I don’t ever hear how great of a player Bill Polian, Parcells, Belichick, etc. were, but somehow they are able to identify who can play and who can’t.

    Furthermore, the Bengals are the worst run franchise in pro sports history, yet he did take them to the Super Bowl and had a few other good years.

  171. bjtmeyer says: Aug 24, 2011 3:52 PM

    Tebow = Fullback

  172. Nevis says: Aug 24, 2011 3:52 PM

    Enough about Tim Tebow….let’s talk about Tim Tebow.

  173. breeshasasprole says: Aug 24, 2011 3:53 PM

    bolt4life says:
    Aug 24, 2011 2:17 PM
    This hate for Tebow is hilarious in a sad way.

    I bet if he wasn’t openly a Christian you wouldn’t hear so much hate for him

    ————————

    Almost every football players is “openly christian”. you know “I wanna thank god for givin me the ability….” the difference is Tebow likes to rub it in peoples faces. You dont have to walk into a room and shout “hey look at me im a christian, arent I a swell guy!!!” whats wrong with just being a christian and not being so flamboyant about it? Bottom line, tebow is a fake and its obvious… thats why people hate him.

  174. radrntn says: Aug 24, 2011 3:56 PM

    whats with all the tebow bashing.

    lets really get to the point. Hoge and Boomer are not that good as tv analysts. They just can’t give non bias opinions. “THEY JUST CAN”T TALK, AND THEY JUST CANT BROADCAST. I’m not here to insult these guys, but they have no rings. They are not in Canton. They really didn’t accomplish anything in their careers while in the nfl, and hardly nothing in college, what makes them think they can analyze Tim Tebow.

    What was BSPN, and cBS thinking. God only knows. He must know more than us. Maybe we all ought to pray for these two poor souls .

  175. sterilizecromartie says: Aug 24, 2011 3:59 PM

    david7590 says:
    Aug 24, 2011 2:45 PM
    @sterilizecromartie says:
    Aug 24, 2011 2:21 PM
    Boomer Esiason Rookie Year (10 games played): 50% completion percentage, 3 TDs, 3 INTs, 5.2 YPA, 62.9 rating. 63 Rushing Yards, 2 TDs.

    Tim Tebow Rookie Year (9 games played): 50% completion percentage, 5 TDs, 3 INTs, 7.98 YPA, 82.1 rating. 227 Rushing Yards, 6 TDs.

    Well Boomer, it looks like at worst, Tebow is on track to be just a little better than you…. but that’s not saying much, is it?

    Boom. Roasted.
    ————————————————–
    but what you and your total lack of football knowledge fail to understand is that Boomer progressed and was the NFL MVP and was in the Super Bowl, all in his fourth year, Tebow is not getting any better, if anything is getting worse.
    ———-
    No, actually I do understand that, and I have forgot more football knowledge than you will ever know. What I was saying was that Tebow’s rookie year was better than Esiason’s rookie year from every single measurable perspective. That’s a fact. Look at the numbers. You can’t argue that. Esiason, of all people, should understand that when you are a QB coming out of college you are going to go through some rough times. He did. And Tebow did. It’s actually extremely hypocritical of Boomer to totally write-off Tebow at this age when Boomer himself was pretty terrible at the same age.

    The only difference is that Esiason got support from the Bengals and they gave him time to improve, and it paid dividends (kind of). Why doesn’t Tebow deserve that same courtesy? Instead he gets crapped on because he looks bad in practice (we talkin’ ’bout practice??) and because people don’t like his throwing motion. Personally, I don’t care if he throws the ball behid his back on every pass as long as he wins.

    Orton went 3-10 last year and he put up 21 points per game. Tebow went 1-2 last year and put up 25 points per game. So, will someone tell me how Orton deserves to start over Tebow based on those facts? Oh, let me guess… because he looks good in practice and has a nice throwing motion? Yeah, that’ll win you a lot of games. Orton is a loser. Always has been. Is Tebow a winner? In college, yes. In the pros, I don’t know… but he at least deserves a shot to prove he is.

  176. bunkmcnulty says: Aug 24, 2011 4:00 PM

    Boomer, my Maryland Alum, this was nothing more than Hoge 2.0.

    Boomer, those self promotional classes at MD taught us to express opinions before everyone else…remember? Guess you missed that day.

  177. domeunit says: Aug 24, 2011 4:02 PM

    I’m just wondering how a mediocre fullback and a bum former QB who was only good in college can say for sure that Tebow can’t play? Play the guy, and after a full season or two if he’s not good, then yeah he’s not good…until then it’s just two “journalists” looking for more air time.

  178. huddyk says: Aug 24, 2011 4:04 PM

    Let me add to the flame…..last year the cracks were on Big 12 QBs drafted too high and the gimmick pass happy offenses don’t translate to the NFL. Sam Bradford (I’m not a Sooner) was rightfully drafted number 1 and will be a nice starter in the league for a long time. Holmgren STOLE McCoy in the 3rd round. Starting to look like a very nice starter in the league.

    Tebow was drafted in the first round out of the mighty SEC and should be a linebacker/fullback/tight end or preacher. No offense. I wanted him to succeed but he sucks under center. No pun intended.

  179. buddycianci says: Aug 24, 2011 4:06 PM

    Boomer tells it like it is.

  180. sterilizecromartie says: Aug 24, 2011 4:06 PM

    luckynumberlucas says:
    Aug 24, 2011 3:49 PM
    Everyone who is bringing up Tebows numbers…

    Correct me if wrong, but didn’t he play these games against the Raiders, Texans and the Chargers?

    The Raiders, not a very good team, he got beat 39-23.

    The Texans, the worst pass defense in recent history, won by a single point.

    The Chargers, lost, but that isn’t something to feel bad about.

    So, he went 1-2, 2 of the teams he played had very bad defenses.
    ——–
    Raiders swept their division. I don’t think you can say they weren’t a good team. And they finished 11th in defense and 2nd in passing defense. Not too bad.

    Texans… Ok their defense did suck… but he won the game, didn’t he?

    Chargers had the #1 D in the league last year, and I believe he still put up a ton of yards and points against them.

    What was your point again?

  181. denbronx says: Aug 24, 2011 4:06 PM

    In Boomer’s 3 actual starts these are his numbers compared to Tebow’s first 3 starts.

    T.Tebow:
    651 yds, 4 passing TDs, 3 Ints, 2 rushing TDs

    Boomer Esiason
    517 yds, 5 TDs, 2 Ints

  182. stanklepoot says: Aug 24, 2011 4:08 PM

    prplpuzzetrz says: Aug 24, 2011 3:27 PM

    Fact-This kid has not even been giving an opportunity. He is a proven winner, and he may or may not even make it, but the worms that come out to shred him is embarrassing.
    _______________________
    I really don’t see the logic of your argument. On one hand, you say he’s a proven winner. On the other, you say he’s not being given an opportunity, and that he might or might not make it as a pro. The proven winner bit only works if you focus solely on his college career, and there are countless QBs who won at the college level and didn’t have what it takes to make it at the pro-level. Where are all of the proven winner comments about them? Oh, and let’s be honest. That proven winner Tebow was on a team loaded with talent on both offense and defense. He didn’t throw the ball a lot, and his running ability wasn’t based on speed and agility. It was based on his size. Well, players are bigger in the NFL. They’re also faster and hit harder. He might be able to run over some of the DBs, but not the D-linemen or LBs.

  183. halftermguv says: Aug 24, 2011 4:09 PM

    …said the WORST football analyst in television.

    Look, enough of the over the top criticism of a guy entering his second year. A second year devoid of any off season work with Bronco’s staff due to the lockout.

    In a time where a large number of college football “stars” are busy selling out for a few bucks or behaving like spoiled children; this guy is helping sick kids in deplorable conditions that most of us would run screaming from in a minute.

    Most QB’s drafted in the first round don’t turn out as a starting QB in the NFL. Give the guy some time before hoisting the “bust” tag, especially when it comes from the mediocre talents of Hoge and Esiason.

  184. anactualnflowner says: Aug 24, 2011 4:10 PM

    Random Thought:

    People say “Boomer’s stats as a player don’t qualify him for making these judgements.”

    I say that more than qualifies him to know what a crappy QB looks like.

  185. gacoltfan says: Aug 24, 2011 4:11 PM

    domeunit

    Are you saying only great players are able to analyze whether a player will be good? If this is the case, all GM’s (other than maybe Ozzie Newsome) should immediately be fired and replaced with Joe Montana, Emmitt Smith, Dan Marino (ooops that one didn’t work out so well), Troy Aikman, etc.

  186. capslockkey says: Aug 24, 2011 4:12 PM

    Enough with the “he’s criticized because of his openness about his religion”. BS. He’s overly criticized because he’s way too overly exposed and anyone who isn’t a devout fan of his has gotten sick and tired of having him shoved down their throats. It’s the same kind of reason so many people who aren’t fans of the Yankees or Cowboys usually can’t stand them.

  187. berniemadoffsides says: Aug 24, 2011 4:12 PM

    @ usmutts :

    You completely missed my point. He was raised in an incredibly religious background – that’s who he is, that’ll never change. You ever notice how an athlete will go up to accept an award or has an interview after a game and starts off by saying, “I just want to thank God… etc, etc”? Ever hear the relentless criticism of such a player because of his religious beliefs? Reggie White was a preacher… did we slam him for that? Nope.

    Tebow is CONSTANTLY blasted for his faith. It’s ridiculous… and it’s a complete double-standard for when someone criticizes anyone that isn’t a white, Christian male. I’ve never, ever seen anyone singled out more than Tim Tebow. Who runs the media, anyhow…?

    Look, I’m not very religious at all, to be truthful. So don’t think I’m some church-going, Rosary-praying religious fanatic… not that there’s anything wrong with someone having strong religious beliefs. But I find the media’s constant need to bring Tebow’s faith into any mention of his ability as a PLAYER to be outrageously disrespectful and unnecessary.

  188. elvoid says: Aug 24, 2011 4:12 PM

    So Huddyk:

    A guy with a 82.1 passer rating and decent overall stats from the games he played in last year – the only measure of his performance as a professional that we have – “sucks under center.”

    Maybe.

    But his numbers don’t say that. I’ll wait until he plays a bit more – and he will. And then if he sucks, so be it. But for now, this “Tebow sucks” stuff is fairly baseless and contradicted by empirical evidence.

  189. denbronx says: Aug 24, 2011 4:13 PM

    I’ll believe Joe Montana anyday over Boomer Esiason.

    “If you look at what he did in college, he played in one of the toughest divisions there was . . . He had success throwing the ball. He got it away in time. I don’t remember a lot of balls knocked down at the line of scrimmage . . .

    “If you can throw it accurately and on time, I don’t care what your delivery looks like. Don’t change his delivery. Get his feet right, because he’s never taken a snap from under center. Let’s work on that part and see how the rest goes.”

    http://content.usatoday.com/communities/gameon/post/2011/08/joe-montana-tim-tebow-throwing-motion/1

  190. doctordirty907 says: Aug 24, 2011 4:14 PM

    Let him sit behind Orton for a year or two, then decide if he will ever be good. Does anybody remember Orton’s rookie year, when he was forced into play because Rex Grossman got injured? He was the worst QB i’ve ever seen. hes literally win the game with 50 yards passing with that bears defense.

  191. rubicon202 says: Aug 24, 2011 4:16 PM

    @ huddyk – totally agree, McCoy looked skiddish but Sam Bradford definitely has game..Tebow ah doesn’t…

  192. stanklepoot says: Aug 24, 2011 4:17 PM

    stull60060 says: Aug 24, 2011 3:37 PM

    The Tebow bashing by so many people is because he is a devout Christian. It’s just that simple. Very little energy has been put in to criticizing all the other NFL high draft pick failures in this league. There are a lot of them. Tebow doesn’t go around saying he’s great. He is a humble guy. I guess a lot of people like the dirt bags in this league more. I hope that he succeeds in the NFL or what ever other endeavors he pursues.
    _________________________
    Yeah, you’ve really hit the nail on the head there. In an overwhelmingly Christian nation, we all hate Tebow solely because he’s a devout Christian. Never mind the fact that many of us doing the “hating” are Christians ourselves. Oh, let me guess, we’re not real Christians right? To be a real Christian I guess you have to mindlessly equate a person’s faith with their personal value or level of ability.

  193. vietnambob2473 says: Aug 24, 2011 4:17 PM

    Tebow can’t play? He played in the final 3 games last year and played well. Last I recall he threw the ball pretty well in those games too.

  194. Mr. Wright 212 says: Aug 24, 2011 4:18 PM

    Actually, I’m rather surprised they’re not lining up to kiss his hindparts like I expected the named parties to do. Glad he’s getting ripped like he should have been for being the overrated hack that he was at UF.

    As a Noles fan, this makes up for the insufferable BS we had to hear from UF fans who now look like imbeciles for still sucking Tebow off two years later.

  195. whatswiththehate says: Aug 24, 2011 4:19 PM

    Like I’ve been saying for a while, why does it seem as if these guys in the sports media are always trying to find ways to draw attention unto themselve via the “piling on route.”

    Also, the NFL must be the most testosterone filled sports I’ve ever seen. The older players always seem to be hating on the younger ones.What’s up with that.

  196. dorn09 says: Aug 24, 2011 4:19 PM

    Sorry for my previous post. I got boomer confused with Phil Simms.

  197. itsmammoth says: Aug 24, 2011 4:22 PM

    I used to hate Tim Tebow. Now I’m rooting for him to prove everyone wrong. I hope he turns out to be great.

  198. cardmagnet says: Aug 24, 2011 4:24 PM

    Because when I think of a winning QB to offer criticism, I think of Boomer Esiason….right.

  199. demoderbydoug says: Aug 24, 2011 4:24 PM

    @stanklepoot I was in no way defending Mike Brown he is a disgrace to his dad and Cincinnati, but you don’t see Chad Ochocinco constantly bash the team. Norman couldn’t even be respectful of Cincinnati and the fans when they were making playoff runs (as few as there have been thanks to Mike, Katie and crew)

  200. castleofcheese says: Aug 24, 2011 4:24 PM

    Why don’t we get hourly updates on where Matt Leinart stands among Texan QBs?

  201. melikefootball says: Aug 24, 2011 4:39 PM

    A lot of hope here on this articles, comments for a QB that has not shown he can do the job. This man has not shown his coaches as well as observers that know the game in a whole different light than us FANS. Sounds like a lot of fans that bought his jersey may not get to wear them.

  202. dave1961 says: Aug 24, 2011 4:40 PM

    Being a big bust himself…. Boomer probally has experience in this department….. Boomer sucked his whole career to…. boomer and the jets… were a great pathetic team of losers.

  203. seanyriver1 says: Aug 24, 2011 4:40 PM

    I dont usually agree with Boomer, he says some weird stuff. But I must agree with him here.Tebow cant throw and it was evident his game wouldnt translate to the NFL. … And another thing for some of you. You dont have to win a Super Bowl to have an opinion. and to answer one of the previos questios.. “What has Boomer ever won?” An NFL MVP and a Super Bowl appearance is more than most can throw on the table as far as “street cred” Read a book Junior.

  204. sullijo1 says: Aug 24, 2011 4:44 PM

    I think the Broncos should trade or cut Tebow…likely next off-season.

    That said, do you think Boomer is slightly pissed off that this 3rd/ 4th string QB made more money in 2 years than he made in his career?

    Seems like a bit of jealousy to me.

  205. mvp43 says: Aug 24, 2011 4:58 PM

    I could care less if he’s Christian, Jewish, Buddhist, athiest or whatever as long as he throws touchdowns………and if that’s not the opinion of every single NFL fan, you’re lying to yourself.

    The same people that can’t stand how professes is faith are the same ones that would cheer everytime he throws a TD pass. You people are hypocrites…..

    Actually most of us are hypocrites if you’re honest with yourself. Think of the players on your fav NFL team and how we love to find ways to justify their wrong doings.

    .

  206. deegizzle says: Aug 24, 2011 5:05 PM

    I love the “what has Boomer ever done” crowd. How about:

    4× Pro Bowl selection (1986, 1988, 1989, 1993)
    2× All-Pro selection (1988, 1989)
    1988 NFL MVP
    1988 UPI AFL-AFC Player of the Year
    1988 PFWA NFL MVP
    1989 Super Bowl Appearance
    1995 Walter Payton Man of Year

  207. adlent says: Aug 24, 2011 5:14 PM

    I’m not a Tebow apologist and only minorly concerned if he turns out to be good or not, but I do notice that Tebow in his short stint of starts has posted a higher QB rating than Mark Sanchez ever has. Maybe if Tebow had a solid offensive line, a great ground game and a stout defense he could also win a few playoff road games.

    Sure Tebow struggled with his accuracy as a rookie, as do many rookies. He posted 5 TDs with 3 INTs and had several rushing touchdowns. I think people should stop looking at him critically because he plays unconventionally and just let the kid play. Then you will see if he can make it in this league or not.

  208. packfaninpackland says: Aug 24, 2011 5:17 PM

    I have no idea if Tebow will be any good or not in the NFL, but he seems to be catching a LOT of heat for having only 3 starts in the NFL which resulted in 2 decent games and one bad game.

    By the way, please name all the “memorable” games (or even throws) by Norman Esiason.

    In 14 years had all of 3 playoff wins and a 71.1 QB rating in the post season. very mediocre.

  209. thompgk says: Aug 24, 2011 5:18 PM

    “Just because he’s God-fearing, and a great person off the field,”

    There is a reason this always accompanies the massive and hurtful criticism of a guy picked in the 20s in the draft.

    Did anyone berate Josh Freeman before his second year even started? Aaron Rodgers?

    This is just getting absurd.

  210. stealthjunk says: Aug 24, 2011 5:19 PM

    Luckylucas, instead of focusing on other teams’ defenses and the final score, I hope you realize that Denver’s defense finished 32nd last year. That’s why he lost those games — not because he did anything terrible on offense, but because the Denver defense was practically non-existent last year.

  211. Land Snark says: Aug 24, 2011 5:22 PM

    “Boomer’s career record as a starting QB was 80-93…

    66(Thumbs up) 6 (Thumbs Down)”

    Funniest thing I’ve seen on here yet, and that’s saying something considering some of the moronic things people post here.

  212. thenmoveback says: Aug 24, 2011 5:22 PM

    Im not a Tebow fan at all but we will never know what he can do until he get a fair chance on the field during real games. His 3 games last season weren’t that bad (ive seen worse qb play, i am a dolphins fan) just dont think what he shows at practice is what he brings to a game. On the right team in the right system anyone can be a winner.

  213. Land Snark says: Aug 24, 2011 5:23 PM

    Tebow is the most polarizing 3rd string quarterback since Vick signed with the Eagles.

  214. blitzthepig says: Aug 24, 2011 5:37 PM

    it was two years ago when Mr Norman Esiason said JMarc was missing meetings and would be let go. Raider nation went a hatin’. He’s right on again about Tebow. He was is not worth a first round pick! He will be a major distraction if Bronocs keep him. LET somebody else pick him off the waiver wire and groom him away from the spotlight.

  215. mrvikingsfan11 says: Aug 24, 2011 5:44 PM

    Lol I said this before he was even drafted lol hahahaha!!!!!!!!!!

  216. kspl1 says: Aug 24, 2011 5:48 PM

    It’s time to leave this dude alone. My god, he doesn’t deserve this much hate. He did absolutely nothing to deserve it. I hope he gets a chance to prove everyone wrong. A-holes

  217. bearsandjazz says: Aug 24, 2011 5:48 PM

    Ok nothing makes me more sick than to read people arguing about Religion and politics. The idiots on this blog who claim Tebow’s hated for his religion are the same idiots who think we didn’t land on the moon and that Aliens crashed in Roswell. You idiots who think he’s hated because of his religion are exactly what’s wrong with this country. His lack of Football IQ, His Throwing Motion, his footwork, inability to work under Center, etc is why he’s hated. He doesn’t have what it Takes to be an NFL QB, the differing opinions on him from retired NFL players is the least of this guys concerns. The fact that he came out of college without being NFL ready is what’s alarming. This guy isn’t just missing things he can pick up or change, his body and Technique is not what’s required of an NFL QB. The guy was great in college and has the heart, passion and love for the game that second to none but that doesn’t make him a good NFL QB, the technical aspects of the NFL game are just something he doesn’t have. IM sure the Broncos are now playing reach around with Orton with one hand and wiping their brow in relief with the other for not trading Orton to the Dolphins. Why else do you think there’s talk of Tebow being 4th on 3 man Depth Chart. They couldnt even talk him up enough to make him trade bait.

  218. seanyriver1 says: Aug 24, 2011 5:51 PM

    Who said Tebow is not getting a fair chance? he gets snaps every day .. if he’s not as good as the guy he’s competing with then TOUGH —-!! he doesnt ge his “fair chance” in game action. not even the illustrious ans accomplished Christian Star desearves that. He’s got to earn it. and the only thing Timmy has earned is a pink slip.. I think he’ll become one of those celebrity evangelists everyones os so fond of.

  219. tdrizzle74 says: Aug 24, 2011 5:53 PM

    Hey, he’s entitled to his opinion. I think that Boomer is a journeyman, retread-scrub. The highest compliment that I can pay to Boomer is that he was his era’s Kerry Collins…Guys like Boomer and Hoge get more face-time bashing Tebow and disguising it as analysis than they do when they offer their opinions at their respective gigs…

    Can you say bitter?

  220. skins359 says: Aug 24, 2011 5:56 PM

    Lol, oh man, if Tebow was black Boomer would have Sharpton, Jackson, and Warren Moon on his arse in a heartbeat. Hopefully the sacrifice of the golden boy here and Cam Newton going number 1 overall puts to rest the idea that white people are out to get black QB’s.

  221. geo1113 says: Aug 24, 2011 6:02 PM

    iknowitallandmore says:
    Aug 24, 2011 2:16 PM
    I said it way before he was drafted. Tebow is not an NFL caliber QB.

    He should stick to charging kids $160 for autographs and conning naive and gullible christians out of their money cause his days of drawing anNFL paycheck are numbered
    _______________________

    Horrible, just horrible. Tebow charges $160 for his autograph then goes out and wastes money on stupidity like providing shelter, food, clothing, health care, education, and entertainment to underprivileges children.

    Tebow has done more for more people than a moron you will ever do. Come to think of it, his family was doing it before anyone knew the name Tim Tebow.

  222. kurb21 says: Aug 24, 2011 6:06 PM

    I have never seen any player face this kind of scrutiny at this point in their career. It is disgraceful.

    Everytime I have seen this kid play, he has never seen lost…he has never seen too far in over his head and he has kept his team competitive…as a ROOKIE!!!

    So…what has he done to not earn the OPPORTUNITY to play in the league?

  223. levingibbs says: Aug 24, 2011 6:09 PM

    I truly believe the Oakland Raiders need a QB like Tim Tebow to become a force in the AFC. Whether he plays in Denver or not, I just can’t see him failing as an NFL QB, regardless of how the ball comes out of his hand.

    P.S. I am a Satanist, and I support Tim Tebow.

  224. thejabronisayz says: Aug 24, 2011 6:17 PM

    The bottom line is this: Boomer Esiason saying that Tebow sucks holds no more water than Mel Kiper saying that Jimmy Clausen is a top 10 QB, nor does it hold any more water than a Tebow lover saying the kid is God’s gift to the world. We see it year in and year out, “experts” saying that guys like Tom Brady and Kurt Warner can’t make it in this league while at the same time proclaiming guys like Joey Harrington, Ryan Leaf, and JaMarcus Russel to be Franchise Qbs. The only way debates like these get settled is on the field. People should not praise Tebow anymore than they should bash him simply because his body of work at an NFL level is so minimal. I realize that bashing Tebow is seen as the “cool” and “hip” thing to do, which is why so many people have jumped on that bandwagon, but right now there is no basis for it. Give the kid a chance to play first.

  225. huddyk says: Aug 24, 2011 6:22 PM

    @geo1113 says: Aug 24, 2011 6:02 PM

    iknowitallandmore says:
    Aug 24, 2011 2:16 PM
    I said it way before he was drafted. Tebow is not an NFL caliber QB.

    He should stick to charging kids $160 for autographs and conning naive and gullible christians out of their money cause his days of drawing anNFL paycheck are numbered
    _______________________

    Horrible, just horrible. Tebow charges $160 for his autograph then goes out and wastes money on stupidity like providing shelter, food, clothing, health care, education, and entertainment to underprivileges children.

    Tebow has done more for more people than a moron you will ever do. Come to think of it, his family was doing it before anyone knew the name Tim Tebow.

    I don’t think I or anyone else should challenge Tebow’s outside of football devotion and good deeds…He simply does not process the NFL game from the QB position like some of the other high draft picks recently taken(Bradford/Flacco/Ryan/McCoy/Freeman and others…. Great Athlete_Check, Great Guy-Check (perhaps), Hard Worker_ Check…..make him a wildcat/linebacker/tight end/fullback….Put “Stewart” on the back of his jersey and call him Kordell. It’s a better fit.

  226. theonlylivingbillindundee says: Aug 24, 2011 6:29 PM

    Give the guy a couple of years and some decent playing time then decide

  227. realdraftgm says: Aug 24, 2011 7:01 PM

    Boomer there is a reason the people you work with on that pregame show despise you because you are an idiot. I think the reason people like you say what you do is just to get a headline; Teebow is bigger stronger better looking and a better quarterback then you ever were. 11 touchdowns in his first three games started. Oh yeah horse face Elway had like three touchdowns his whole rookie year. If he cannot play then how is that the case 11 touchdowns in three games. How did he beat triple coverage with that deep ball in the preseason if he cannot throw. They did not let him throw the next game because they knew he would succeed again and they do not want to have a winner in Denver know Elway horse face is afraid the fans will like Teebow more after he wins super bowls. What is sick about you Boomer is that you are not being objective you are just jealous this kid is oozing with talent you never had. What people say is never gonna stop this kid from succeedign; Josh Mcdanials was right to draft him and if Miami was smart they would be calling Denver now and offering a first rounder for him yeah a first rounder because hi is the difference between the playoffs for the Dolphins and everyone getting fired this year with Henne in their. Matt Moore would be the perfect backup and helper for Teebow and Henne should be cut immediately. At the very least a second rounder and a fourth Miami wake up a lose the Henne and get the Teebow.

  228. gatorfan1 says: Aug 24, 2011 7:07 PM

    This whole situation with Tebow brings up many questions. I just recently read where an unnamed Bronco official was quoted as saying Tebow still can’t take a snap from under center. Funny, last year he started 3 games at the end of his rookie year and that issue seemed to be solved. Don’t remember during the off season that being mentioned or brought up. But it is now mysteriously mentioned.

    Considering he was a rookie last year he certainly looked good playing the last 3 games regardless of competition. We are talking NFL players, right? What’s interesting is the pundits who think Tebow can’t play point to the fact that Houston had such a horrible secondary; but these same pundits use Quinn’s decent playing in preseason against guys who many never play in the NFL as proof that he is better than Tebow.

    Also I find it curious that no one on the team is saying much. As a matter of fact, the idiot (Hoge) made mention that “players know who deserves to be on the field”. Curios since Champ Bailey did nothing but talk about Tebow. his leadership and how the team would follow Tebow because of his work ethic. Curios that we don’t hear from Bailey anymore! Mmm I wonder why…gee you think that is from the head coach and management. So I guess Tebow HAS actually taken steps back in terms of leadership and work ethic!!

    I could care less if Tebow makes it to the NFL, but considering his last 3 games of his rookie year you can’t dismiss him. It’s also curious to keep hearing how inaccurate Tebow is but goes 8-9 in his only real chance this summer.

    Something is going on in Denver no doubt. Not sure if this is Elway betting that his popularity will hold off the fans but the bottom line is if the Broncos don’t do well and the management refuses to give Tebow a chance; there is going to be some heavy fan dissatisfaction with Fox & Elway. It mystifies me since Orton has shown great difficulties in the red zone that this coaching staff doesn’t design something for Tebow. Fans won’t be happy with Tebow on the bench and the Broncos kicking field goals all year because Fox & Elway are trying to prove their point about Tebow. And if they cut Tebow and he does go to a team that allows him to work on his mechanics and he does become a good qb, Fox, Elway & Hoge better take the next train out of town, because it will be embarrassing and their reputations will never recover, especially Hoge.

    The bottom line is you cannot take those 3 games away from him no matter the reason. Those 3 games gave him the leeway to prove whether or not he can play. And ANY rookie qb who showed what he did at the end of their first year would have a lot more support from general football fans to be given a fair chance. The Tebow situation unfortunately HAS nothing to do with Tebow as a qb in the NFL, and is more an indictment about the sad state of affairs, that socially, this country is in.

  229. radrntn says: Aug 24, 2011 7:16 PM

    @deegizzle says:
    Aug 24, 2011 5:05 PM
    I love the “what has Boomer ever done” crowd. How about:

    4× Pro Bowl selection (1986, 1988, 1989, 1993)…whiippdee do!
    2× All-Pro selection (1988, 1989)…….politics
    1988 NFL MVP …ok 1 decent award
    1988 UPI AFL-AFC Player of the Year…wtf
    1988 PFWA NFL MVP..wtf..
    1989 Super Bowl Appearance…who cares
    1995 Walter Payton Man of Year…sorry walter this guy disgraced you with these comments
    _______________________________

    No Rings, No Canton… that is how you are measured in the nfl

  230. Pacific Moderate says: Aug 24, 2011 8:43 PM

    It’s clear, it’s all part of God’s plan for Tebow to be born so he can honk in the NFL.

  231. stampnhawk says: Aug 24, 2011 9:16 PM

    Good call on comparing Esiason to Tebow as rookies. Dont have any opinion on Tebow but the piling on is getting well out of control.

    Fully agreed with the need for commentators looking to make themselves appear as in depth analyzers of talent and try and scrape out another 10 minutes of fame to pump up their egos. Its the only explanation for it.

    Who is next on their soapbox to try and get people to remember they exsist? Tim Hasselbeck? Daryl Johnson? Theismann?

  232. lunchbox92 says: Aug 24, 2011 9:48 PM

    Boomer Esiason though bubble: “Wow, look what this Tim Tebow criticism did for Merril Hoge. Now people remember who he is again. Maybe I should try it.”

    By the way, how many Broncos practices did Hoge or Esiason attend this summer?

  233. lunchbox92 says: Aug 24, 2011 9:48 PM

    Boomer Esiason thought bubble: “Wow, look what this Tim Tebow criticism did for Merril Hoge. Now people remember who he is again. Maybe I should try it.”

    By the way, how many Broncos practices did Hoge or Esiason attend this summer?

  234. abmoe says: Aug 24, 2011 9:50 PM

    I have always said that he was a less talented more hyped Eric Crouch.

  235. hendeeze says: Aug 24, 2011 11:03 PM

    the Tebow dilemma.. Should I spent an extra hour reading the good book, or my playbook…..

    Hint: The playbook will make you a better QB

  236. rodericksilva says: Aug 24, 2011 11:53 PM

    we are talking practice… ha ha.

    Hey, some guys become legends when the clock is really running and they are paying for all the marbles. He seems to be a guy like that. No mechanics, not gifted physically, Doug Flute-like.

    Let the kid live out his life. What has he done to you?

    I’m not a Broncos fan and I hope he wins a Super Bowl. Then everyone will talk about how they knew he was a natural born leader.

  237. axespray says: Aug 25, 2011 12:46 AM

    Not a big tebow guy, but I am starting to sense what everyone’s talking about when it comes to Merril Hoge.
    Earlier on Mike & Mike In The Morning, He was given an option of “Who he thinks is the best QB” out of a group that included Brees/Rodgers/Rivers/Brady/Peyton and the dude picked ….Ben Roethlisberger.

    Why?….
    “Cause he can scramble better than those other guys…..”

    After ripping on That Tebow dude for weeks for not being a “Pocket Passer.”
    The dude picked Big Ben cause “he can scramble better than Rivers/Brees/Rodgers.”
    smh.

  238. bullethead527 says: Aug 25, 2011 1:00 AM

    All these people defending Tebow, but these same people are talking bad about Cam, Cam will have a better career than Tebow, especially Tebow has Fox as a HC and Cam has Chud as his OC with a Def minded HC who will let his OC run the offense…. Bronchoes suck, especially with Fox as the leader!!!

  239. tatum064 says: Aug 25, 2011 9:46 AM

    dasportsninja says:
    Aug 24, 2011 2:13 PM
    There are 64 other backup QB’s inthis league, yet Tebow is the only one I ever read about. Why is that. Many of them were highly touted colelge prospects, drafted higher than they should if been.
    =============================
    I agree. There’s more stories on Tebow, but lets be clear; Tebow is the greatest QB ever to play college football. He is just unorthodox in his play, so he’s the greatest “athlete” playing QB…he has a belief in our Lord and savior, Jesus Christ and he occasionally is a bit of a self promoter.

    He is a vision of what athletes should be, and he is a leader. He just wasnt drafted by John Fox, and he got caught in a change at the top. He is owed 6 mil in salary, so he isnt going anywhere.

  240. captaintriumph says: Aug 25, 2011 12:23 PM

    Being from Minnesota, I’m just thankful the Gophers had Adam Weber and not Tim Tebow – just think how bad we’d have been.

  241. rollerino1 says: Aug 25, 2011 7:37 PM

    And who asked him? Please fade back into bad analyst obscurity………

  242. granadafan says: Aug 25, 2011 7:48 PM

    “dave1961 says:
    Aug 24, 2011 4:40 PM
    Being a big bust himself…. Boomer probally has experience in this department….. Boomer sucked his whole career to…. boomer and the jets… were a great pathetic team of losers.”
    ———————————————————————————————

    Boomer was a bust??? Please stop posting immediately, @dave1961. It’s clear you’ve never watched an NFL game in your life.

    Matt Leinart had one of the best college careers on great teams, as did Tebow. Look where they are now. Look at all the other Heisman Trophy winning QBs who failed in the NFL. Boomer is right, winning in college when you’re on incredibly talented teams in a good offensive system does not equal winning in college.

  243. bittersportspills says: Aug 26, 2011 7:19 AM

    This cuts both ways, but the reality is, Tebow hasn’t received any more criticism than any other first round bust. His supporters weep over ANY criticism. What’s the list now? Hoge? Esiason? Two whole national analysts this pre-season say Tebow can’t play? How dare they!

    Anyone remember JaMarcus Russell? What about Matt Leinert? Brady Quinn? All first round busts.

    All those guys received lots of hype, but got dumped on once they couldn’t perform like stars. Tebow can’t beat out Quinn, much less Orton. If Tebow were showing any signs of life, Orton would be a Dolphin. And this “time to develop” thing is nonsense. Teams are going to demand a 1st rounder to perform, and quickly.

    If anyone else should take heat on this one, it’s Josh McDaniels. He drafted Tebow at least a round earlier than he could have.

    Much is made about s getting the criticism because he is a Christian. You’ve got to be kidding! Orton practices and a ball doesn’t hit the ground. Tebow practices and every ball hits the ground. The people saying this haven’t seen the guy play in the NFL.

  244. gadzod says: Aug 26, 2011 9:07 AM

    gtorlone says:
    Aug 24, 2011 2:11 PM
    Not a fan of his, but Tim Tebow has as many Super Bowl titles as Boomer and Hoge combined. Just sayin’.
    ———————————————-

    What does that matter? So does Dan Marino and Jim Kelly?

  245. laeaglefan says: Aug 26, 2011 11:53 AM

    Headlines about 3rd string quarterbacks aren’t so unusual. Ask Matt Leinart.

  246. biblehawk75 says: Aug 27, 2011 10:04 AM

    You should really talk Boomer considering the only reason you have any records is because your a left hand QB. I don’t seem to recall you ever winning any kind of national title, state or NFL. In fact you could be known as Mr. Second Place, seeing how that’s how your career went. Tebow has been beating the odds since before he was born. I’m betting that before his career is done he going to make you look like the rookie. Still beat me how you made it in the hall of fame.

  247. Derty Ernie says: Aug 31, 2011 9:25 AM

    First this is not shocking news analysis. When Tebow was a senior many analist were saying why he could not be a QB in the pros and maybe needed to become a tight end or something else.

    Many teams passed on him in the draft,but Denver took a chance, and its not paying off yet.

    So anyone who thinks Tebow is being treated unfair or picked on needs to read the whole book as it were.

    If he wouldn’t have been a first round pick he probably would be playing in another position or on the chopping block. He’s a great kid but his skill set doesn’t transfer to the level of the NFL.

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