A certain percentage of Tebowmaniacs will continue to believe that the object of their affection has the skills to be a Hall of Fame quarterback, no matter how many times he plays as poorly as he did on Sunday against the Lions. And for many of the folks who are convinced that Tim Tebow has the skills to be truly great, the failure to achieve such results will be blamed on something other than the flaws inherent to his game.
According to an excellent summary of the situation by Arnie Stapleton of the Associated Press, the battleground has become the plays called by the Broncos. Some, such as former Bucs and Broncos safety John Lynch, think that the team isn’t doing enough to help Tebow. Lynch, who called the 45-10 trouncing of the Broncos by the Lions for FOX and also conducted an exclusive! interview of Tebow for the pregame show, argued during the broadcast that the Broncos needed to call some high-percentage passes to get Tebow in an early rhythm.
Raiders coach Hue Jackson, whose team will face the Broncos on Sunday, says he believes the team is trying to maximize Tebow’s talents. “I think they are trying to build an offense for him,” Jackson said. “They’re trying to move him around in the pocket a little bit. And then they’re using his legs in their running game so that he’s the primary ball carrier at times. So, I think they’re giving him opportunities to display his abilities.”
Either way, the Broncos are on the defensive.
“I mean, look at all the young quarterbacks in the league, how many come out right away and start lighting it up from the first game on?” offensive coordinator Mike McCoy said. “There aren’t many in the history of this game that do that. They all struggle early on, it’s an adjustment to them.
“He’s a young quarterback. So, there’s going to be growing pains.”
That’s fine, but if that’s the case, why is Tebow apparently on a short leash? And so the question remains whether the team is committed to Tebow, or whether the team is committed to simply giving Tebow a chance to get the team’s attention.
The most accurate assessment could be that the team simply wants to let Tebow play long enough to allow enough of the Tebowmaniacs conclude on their own that it’s time to find a new hero.