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John Fox regrets interview about Tim Tebow

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Earlier this week, John Fox made some headlines for an interview he gave about Tim Tebow’s ability to run a traditional NFL offense.

Fox spoke with Jeff Darlington of NFL.com and said that “If we were trying to run a regular offense, he’d be screwed.” The comment was picked up far and wide and increased scrutiny of the Broncos quarterback.

Now that Tebow is 4-1 as Broncos starter and just won another game with heroics in the final moments, Fox is having some second thoughts about disparaging the quarterback in public.

It’s my fault,” Fox said Friday, via Mike Klis of the Denver Post. “What bothers me about that quote is I love the guy. All I was talking about was how this is a different way to run the ball. Everybody wants to put a name on it. All we’re doing is tweaking the running game so we match up with what Tim does well. And I’m telling you, he’s getting better as a passer. He is improving. But that was one time where I lost sleep over it. I don’t ever lose sleep over things like this, but I felt terrible about it. We were 1-4 and now we’re 5-5. Believe me, I’m Tim Tebow’s biggest fan.”

Fox’s comment must have been impolite, but nothing we’ve seen from Tebow at this point makes it incorrect. The Broncos aren’t running a conventional offense, but does that really matter when they keep finding ways to win games? You can be honest about Tebow’s shortcomings as a quarterback while also pointing out that he’s turned the Broncos season around in the last four weeks.

The destination matters much more than the journey, which is why Fox has gone from being reluctant to use Tebow to naming himself the biggest Tebowmaniac of them all. Should Tebow keep winning, he won’t be the last one to walk back his words.

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75 Responses to “John Fox regrets interview about Tim Tebow”
  1. thefnlimit says: Nov 18, 2011 5:10 PM

    of course you love him when he’s winning. Like the article earlier said, it doesn’t happen without Von Miller. Tebow makes me angry, likeable and all, makes me angry.

  2. danthman42 says: Nov 18, 2011 5:10 PM

    PFT: Tebow is 4-1 as a starter. He’s beaten NYJ, KC, OAK, and MIA.

  3. jackfnburton says: Nov 18, 2011 5:11 PM

    In my mind all this does it blow the whole “Elway and Fox Secretly Want Tebow to Fail” conspiracy theory out of the water.

    Yeah. A coach wants his starting QB to fail. Because the coach’s job doesn’t ultimately depend on wins, too.

    Fox was right, they switched to a more traditional look for much of the game last night when the Jets played the option well and Tebow was, in a word, “screwed”.

    He’s getting marginally better as a passer in games. I can’t see practice but he still throws terrible balls.

    Bottom line is, the kid needs to get better. People here in Denver are talking playoffs, but the teams who get anywhere in January will be the teams who can put together 60 minutes of consistently great football every week.

    They’re winning today, but right now the Broncos are not one of those teams. Their passing game needs to improve, and quick.

  4. huskersrock1 says: Nov 18, 2011 5:11 PM

    I am done Tebow bashing, he is doing what he needs to do to win, more power to him. Fox’s comments were honest and accurate however you can’t always be honest and accurate when you are ina position of power. I am sure he appologized.

  5. drexelvol says: Nov 18, 2011 5:11 PM

    Fox is right though. I watched some of that game last night and Tebow is absolutely horrible.

    Denver is running a total gimmick offense and are only beating bad teams.

  6. goldrush36 says: Nov 18, 2011 5:13 PM

    I like Timmy, but just like Miami and the wildcat….. it will only work for so long good luck though

  7. Chip Caray's Eyebrows says: Nov 18, 2011 5:14 PM

    Why apologize for speaking the truth?

  8. eaglesnoles05 says: Nov 18, 2011 5:16 PM

    The list of teams that would totally stuff that BS on the field is a lot longer than the list of teams vanquished by it.

  9. KIR says: Nov 18, 2011 5:16 PM

    Actually the Broncos defense is winning those games. Look at the scores of the other teams in those wins.

  10. woodyg says: Nov 18, 2011 5:17 PM

    Believe me …… The winning part will end ….. Sooner rather than later …… Then all this Tebowmania BS will finally cease to exist …. Gimmicks are short-lived in the NFL …….

    Tebow is a gimmick ……

  11. talkintrashallday says: Nov 18, 2011 5:17 PM

    Who caught the post game interview where Tebow said he was building a hospital….LMAO. This guy is more fake than a $22 bill!

  12. eaglesnoles05 says: Nov 18, 2011 5:17 PM

    That said, it’s been fun watching him run over teams. Lol, it’s classic. That game winner, the jets dbs were scared to get in his way

  13. jakek2 says: Nov 18, 2011 5:17 PM

    What I don’t get is why Fox doesn’t run a 1940’s single wing. Bring in Orton and line him up in the backfield with Tebow and their other two backs. This way, Tebow will still take the shotgun snap and they can still run an option out of it and actually throw (with Orton) when they need to. Its crazy enough to work.

  14. brayden37 says: Nov 18, 2011 5:18 PM

    Actually, Tebow is 5-1 as a starter. Broncos beat Houston last year in a game he started.

  15. brayden37 says: Nov 18, 2011 5:19 PM

    5-3 that should say. He lost two of the 3 games he started last year.

  16. snarkzilla says: Nov 18, 2011 5:20 PM

    He is passing better. Long way to go, though. He’s not been helped by numerous drops.

  17. azcard says: Nov 18, 2011 5:20 PM

    i liked what steve mariucci said in response: “put tom brady in an option offense and HE’D be screwed”

  18. bigjdve says: Nov 18, 2011 5:21 PM

    Fox is/was right.

    The offense they are running is based off Tebow’s ability to run and not pass. When defense’s get the hang of what is happening, it will be over. Like someone above said, it is like the wildcat, it worked, now it works a little better than a flea-flicker.

    He is winning now, and hopefully he will learn enough to let him continue to win after people get caught up.

  19. wwttww says: Nov 18, 2011 5:22 PM

    Tebow always ends with a “W”

  20. trbowman says: Nov 18, 2011 5:23 PM

    Um….why? He would be screwed if he were supposed to run a traditional offense.

  21. snarkzilla says: Nov 18, 2011 5:24 PM

    >Who caught the post game interview where Tebow said he was building a hospital….LMAO. This guy is more fake than a $22 bill!

    Tim Tebow Foundation announced yesterday that it would team with CURE International and develop a surgical facility in the island nation’s Davao City.

  22. dvdman123 says: Nov 18, 2011 5:24 PM

    It’s sad that people have a hard time accepting the fact that this guy is actually a nice guy just doing the best he can to be the best he can….that’s it. Is it jealousy because he is succeeded that some people want to see if fail………probably so. Anyway at the end of last night’s game it’s pretty obvious that he is VERY welled liked by his teammates and coaches and to him that’s all that matters.

  23. mrplow3 says: Nov 18, 2011 5:24 PM

    Don’t you love how nobody called the Jets, Raiders, or Chiefs “bad” teams until Tebow beat them?

    I have read articles from SI, NFL, ESPN, and profootballtalk praising all 3 of those teams prior to their Denver loss. But now suddenly they are horrible teams, that’s the only reason tebow isn’t 0-5. Right.

    I’m tired of Tebow haters. Add me to the bandwagon list.

  24. trbowman says: Nov 18, 2011 5:25 PM

    This Tebow thing is a nice story, but it’s not sustainable. He needs to be able to throw, and he can’t.

    The Jets mind-boggingly played into his strengths on that final drive. Don’t blitz Tebow. Force him to beat you with his arm.

    Newsflash defenses – Tebow can’t throw the football. He can however, run with it.

    Tebow only completed, what, two passes on that last drive?

    And one of them was an ugly one where Rosario bailed him out.

    It’s a nice dream, a nice story, but a dream is all it is.

  25. drexelvol says: Nov 18, 2011 5:25 PM

    “PFT: Tebow is 4-1 as a starter. He’s beaten NYJ, KC, OAK, and MIA.”

    Which are a combined 16 Wins 21 Loses. Bad teams…bad.

  26. eleventyeight says: Nov 18, 2011 5:26 PM

    It’s especially expensive to build a hospital in the Phillipines, especially in the more remote areas. Plus, i’d imagine he’s doing it all with help from a faith-based organization. That helps cut costs in underdeveloped areas too.

    You’re just looking for reasons to dislike someone who cares more about other people than you most likely do.

    Stop it.

    Oh- and don’t pretend that he doesn’t appreciate his defense, because he does. He says it every time he speaks about the game.

  27. tritz32 says: Nov 18, 2011 5:26 PM

    Once the Bronco’s get down by 10+ you can kiss that game goodbye (i.e Detroit). But if the defense can keep it close and Denver doesn’t have to abandon the run game to throw the ball and catch up quick they will have a chance to pull out wins with the kid…

  28. bigcarguy1 says: Nov 18, 2011 5:26 PM

    this game is about wins and losses–period!

  29. pryor4heisman says: Nov 18, 2011 5:30 PM

    Whats so LMAO about the hospital? Oh yeah lets make fun of guy trying to better the world. Dbag. Cancer was invented to kill idiots like you, talkintrashallday

  30. dougltc says: Nov 18, 2011 5:30 PM

    “The destination matters much more than the journey”

    One needs to look no further than the 2000/2001 Baltimore Raven’s season that ended in a Superbowl championship to validate that statement…

  31. glac1 says: Nov 18, 2011 5:31 PM

    I wish my team had 52 guys with his attitude. It’s very refreshing……

  32. charlutes says: Nov 18, 2011 5:31 PM

    first he doest like tebows game, now he loves it…This is gonna make fox look like he’s just saying what he thinks people want to hear in 3 weeks when the Broncos lode a few and he changes tune again.

  33. dougltc says: Nov 18, 2011 5:32 PM

    @talkintrash

    “Who caught the post game interview where Tebow said he was building a hospital….LMAO. This guy is more fake than a $22 bill!”

    Really? You know this how?

    Athletes and famous folk build orphanages, medical care facilities and all sorts of stuff to help “3rd world” countries.

    Did he say he was building it all out of his own pocket? Because how it’s usually done, is someone like a Tim Tebow will get the backing of some wealthy “sponsors” and be the “spokesperson” for the project. And I wouldn’t be surprised if he was contributing some of his own money…

  34. canesfan56 says: Nov 18, 2011 5:32 PM

    The Broncos could be 6-4 if fox had not stubbornly refused to insert Tebow on 1st and goal inside the 5 earlier this year Orton was the quarterback and the coach refused to insert his “inside the 5 touchdown machine” so as not to disturb his starting quarterback’s fragile psyche.

  35. thereisalwaysnextyear says: Nov 18, 2011 5:33 PM

    Umm, Fox should look at his own record. 3 winning seasons in 9 and they were all after bad years when his team had powderpuff schedules. He should love Tebow. Tim’s his best chance to make it 4 winning season in 10 and not 3 for 10. Why he’d have a job after going 3 for 10 is beyond me, but some think he’s a good coach. We’ll see who lasts longer in the NFL from here. Fox or Tebow.

  36. tunesmith says: Nov 18, 2011 5:35 PM

    Fake? It’s true. His foundation is helping build a Children’s Hospital in the Philippines.

    http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/2011-11-15/sports/os-tim-tebow-foundation-hospital-1115-20111115_1_philippines-tim-tebow-foundation-hospital

    Or is your point that Tebow’s a fake because he’s not personally going out there to do it all himself as one man’s physical labor?

  37. scrotiemcb says: Nov 18, 2011 5:35 PM

    Crazy world when Von Miller’s unbelievable rookie season is a footnote.

    That said, I’m sick of of the self righteous Bronco fan/Tebow cynics who like to pretend like they’re the only ones who get that Tebow has to get better. That’s actually so freakin’ obvious that it doesn’t occur to most that its even up for debate. Honestly, Denver has to be the most pompous-ass blowhard ridden fan base in all the world.

  38. drunkenagitator says: Nov 18, 2011 5:48 PM

    The best thing about Tebow is how much he frustrates the NFL know-it-alls who, incredibly, are not living in Vegas making millions off their profound football knowledge.

  39. rudegger says: Nov 18, 2011 5:52 PM

    Tebow is a gimmick. At the end of the NFL season he will be sacrificed to Ba’al.

  40. nomoreseasontix says: Nov 18, 2011 5:53 PM

    I absolutely hate to admit it but the kid is growing on me.
    And I hate the Broncos.

  41. jjbadd says: Nov 18, 2011 5:59 PM

    All people will remember next year is your record, so keep winning Tebow! I have been a supporter from day 1. I absolutely agree that it’s ugly! But so was watching Orton fail miserably in the 1st five games! I honestly prefer this ugly than the 1st ones! These end with a W, & thats what teams strive to do. Imagine if Tebow does get better with his accuracy? If he can win games without throwing, he’s going to be very dangerous when he gets some practice throwing! Don’t the rule “practice makes perfect ” apply to him too?

  42. dixon29 says: Nov 18, 2011 5:59 PM

    Bottom line is Tebow is 4-1 as a starter.

    “You play to win the game!” Herm Edwards.

    The fact that only Aaron Rogers and Alex Smith have a higher winning percentage than Tebow speaks for itself.

  43. nightwalker43 says: Nov 18, 2011 5:59 PM

    He’s sorry for now. If Tebow loses a couple of games we’ll see how loyal Fox is to this guy. Hey Coach Fox, OWN IT! Don’t play this double game where you have 1 foot in and 1 foot out.

  44. bearsstillsuck says: Nov 18, 2011 6:00 PM

    if the broncos new style of offense beats the bears, ill officially stop making fun of tebow.

  45. kglee54 says: Nov 18, 2011 6:01 PM

    I didn’t used to be a Tebow believer, but I converted. I’m now a Tebovah’s Witness

  46. ajferraro says: Nov 18, 2011 6:03 PM

    ESPN reported on Tuesday “The Tim Tebow Foundation and CURE International are teaming up to build a children’s hospital in the Philippines, where the Denver Broncos quarterback was born.

    The Tebow CURE Hospital in Davao City on the island of Mindanao, a particularly poor area of the Philippines, will be a 30-bed surgical facility focusing on orthopedics.

    The groundbreaking will be held in January and the $3 million hospital is expected to open in 2013.”
    —————————————————-
    You dont have to like the guy or his play, but this is what he is doing in his spare time. What are you up to?

  47. phillysports25 says: Nov 18, 2011 6:04 PM

    The only game that the Broncos won (and not because of the D), with Tebow at starter, was against Oakland. 38-24.

  48. fmwarner says: Nov 18, 2011 6:08 PM

    He isn’t only beating bad teams. Oakland and the Jets are not going to win the Super Bowl, but they’re not bad teams. If you want to say everyone is a bad team except for the very elite teams, fine. But realize that Tebow isn’t the only guy that can’t beat those teams.

  49. dclogicatlast says: Nov 18, 2011 6:08 PM

    talkintrashallday,

    Could you stereotype more?

    We could certainly use more of it around here **sarcasm**

  50. nathanbetz91 says: Nov 18, 2011 6:25 PM

    You know I don’t like tebow nor do I not like him so basically I have no opinion of him . But I like how he’s building this hospital because it shows you can be in the NFL and not be an idiot who wastes his money and acts responsibly in society. I.e Jerome Simpson stockpiling weed in his house. Or any other NFL player ending up in prison. So good for Tim tebow

  51. gdeli says: Nov 18, 2011 6:48 PM

    act in haste, repent in leisure. I learned the hard way too. think before you act guys.

  52. thegonz13 says: Nov 18, 2011 6:55 PM

    Look, he said it because it’s true. Tebow played in the spread in college and he seldom dropped back like they do in the pros. He’s used to run first, then use a dink-and-dunk passing game where he dumped short throws to fast wideouts.

    He can’t do reads, he can barely throw deep. In a traditional offense, he’d be really and royally screwed!

  53. staffordsyear says: Nov 18, 2011 6:57 PM

    I thought it was the journey that matters most?…….huh.

  54. tombradyallday says: Nov 18, 2011 7:09 PM

    al davis said it best just win baby. thats what tebow is doing. 95 yard touchdown drive on rex ryans defense case closed

  55. prmpft says: Nov 18, 2011 7:10 PM

    …wow – only DBs usually backpeddle that fast!

  56. snarkzilla says: Nov 18, 2011 7:14 PM

    Tim Tebow 4th quarter passer rating: 107.0

  57. staffordsyear says: Nov 18, 2011 8:01 PM

    @ajferraro

    In my spare time I’m usually throwin back some brews.

  58. crubenst says: Nov 18, 2011 8:16 PM

    The best thing for Tebow about winning these games is that it will allow him to continue to start, get all the reps in practice and improve. He has everything you need to improve: work ethic, honest self-evaluation and an attitude of continuing to pick himself up and try again every time he fails. If its possible to make yourself better, Tebow will.

  59. yalemoney says: Nov 18, 2011 8:24 PM

    Orton had the same defense as Tebow… Why do people not get this.

    You can dislike him all you want but he’s a good kid ACTUALLY trying to make a positive difference in the world.

  60. Spencer says: Nov 18, 2011 8:47 PM

    He should regret it. Good coaches don’t gift wrap negative soundbytes about their players for the media.

  61. sdffa11 says: Nov 18, 2011 8:58 PM

    i really want tebow to do well and root for him but there is no way in hell that i would want him as the qb of my favorite team.

  62. goindy2006 says: Nov 18, 2011 8:58 PM

    What if Tebow continues to improve…? Passes much better and can still make DB’s fear to put their body on the line? What if he changes the game… I think most people are afraid of change more then anything else.

    I’m becoming a big Tebow fan… how bout you? If your reading this thread ask yourself… Am I a Tebow fan?

  63. slickmarine says: Nov 18, 2011 9:35 PM

    @talkintrashallday: I’ve been reading/writing this forum for a long time and yours is the stupidest statement I’ve EVER read here.

    True fact: the young man who credits his line, his defense, his mentors, his coaches, and his God for his success is building a hospital. And you want to trash that kind of action in a world as fouled up as the one we live in today?

    What have you ever done to make this world a better place? What have you ever done PERIOD? No answer necessary; just something to ask yourself in a moment of reflection.

    ..not that you have any of those…

  64. jjbadd says: Nov 18, 2011 9:51 PM

    Someone made a comment earlier that Orton had the same players to work with that Tebow does now, & couldnt win a game (except 1). Not true. Orton had more, because they traded off the best wr, probably in hopes Tebow would fail, and quiet the fans! But now its backfired, & winning has made Fox a believer, that sometimes you have to think outside the box!

  65. spellingcops says: Nov 18, 2011 10:05 PM

    slickmarine says: Nov 18, 2011 9:35 PM

    @talkintrashallday: I’ve been reading/writing this forum for a long time and yours is the stupidest statement I’ve EVER read here.

    True fact: the young man who credits his line, his defense, his mentors, his coaches, and his God for his success is building a hospital. And you want to trash that kind of action in a world as fouled up as the one we live in today?

    What have you ever done to make this world a better place? What have you ever done PERIOD? No answer necessary; just something to ask yourself in a moment of reflection.

    ..not that you have any of those…
    —————————————————-
    thumbsup x1000

    And if you are truly a marine, thank you very much for the freedom!

  66. shempnet says: Nov 18, 2011 11:03 PM

    Elway looked really happy when Tebow scored..kind of looked like someone was holding a cat turd under his nose.

  67. goldrush36 says: Nov 19, 2011 12:15 AM

    dixon29 says: Nov 18, 2011 5:59 PM

    Bottom line is Tebow is 4-1 as a starter.

    “You play to win the game!” Herm Edwards.

    The fact that only Aaron Rogers and Alex Smith have a higher winning percentage than Tebow speaks for itself.

    ______________________________________

    I still have a hard time wrapping my head around that last sentence. Big fan of Alex as a stand up team first type of guy, but I never thought I’d see the day he would be the starter of an 8-1 soon to be 9-1 team. I always figured Tebow would be a winner, but they really need to get him the coaching and talent around him to succeed for the long term. Maybe they can pick off Turner as OC after he’s inevitably fired this year. He had Alex looking promising before taking the San Diego gig

  68. snarkzilla says: Nov 19, 2011 12:40 AM

    This team is rebuilding from the McDaniels disaster.

    One formula for winning is old school. Staunch D to keep opponents’ scoring down, running offense that can score points supplemented by a low risk, low use passing game, produce as close to 0 turnovers as possible on O.

    Since Tebow took over, they’ve had one turnover on O, D is stepping it up, and the passing O while ugly – is actually getting better. Tebow has a 99 PR in Q1 and a 107 PR in Q4. If he improves significantly over the off season and Denver does well in next year’s draft, they could contend in 2012.

  69. sshameless says: Nov 19, 2011 3:46 AM

    The most amazing aspect of Tebowmania is the inexplicable ineptitude of opposing coaches. The Detroit game film shows how easy it is to completely shut down and stop the one dimensional, run first, can’t throw Tebow.

    Put 9 on the line of scrimmage, jam and cover his receivers one on one. Stop the run, make him throw. Tebow can only very rarely complete a second option pass that requires lift, touch and precision.

    If opposing coaches would simply do what Detroit did, they would have a 40 point lead by the time they put the second string in during the 4th quarter. And Tebow would have a QB rating of 3.4.

  70. gimmeabruschi says: Nov 19, 2011 4:52 AM

    Who the hell cares how he’s doing it? He’s doing it on a not so hot team. That’s the bottom line.

  71. philrat says: Nov 19, 2011 5:22 AM

    The question is can Tebow continue to improve as a passer or is he about maxed out in his ability? Is he a backup quarterback or is he a starter? This is what John Fox has to determine this year.

  72. orangeflh says: Nov 19, 2011 5:35 AM

    I remember one time, San Francisco brought on a new coach that did all kinds of weird stuff. Instead of running the ball, he’d have his backs catching short passes out of the backfield, or a guy in the slot would run a quick slant. Lots of short passes, heavily dependent on timing.

    This was no “pro” offense. Nobody’d ever done anything like this in the NFL before. I wish I could remember his name, and I wonder what ever happened to that old goofball…

    Oh yeah. His name is Bill Walsh. He’s in the HOF and sent many, many players to that same hall. He also sprouted the biggest coaching “tree” ever.

    Go get ‘em, Denver, and much success to you, Mr. Tebow.

    ~A Packer fan~

  73. som1com says: Nov 19, 2011 7:18 AM

    For all those who say Tebow “can’t throw” All you have tp do is look at his college career stats:

    66% completion rate, (661/995) for 9285 yards, 9.3 yards/Attempt with 88 touchdowns 16 ints. and a career 170.8 passer rating

    http://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/players/tim-tebow-1.html

    Matt Ryan:
    60% completion rate (807/1346) for 9313 yards, @6.9 yards per attempt with 56 touchdowns 37 ints. with a career passer rating of 126.3

    http://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/players/matt-ryan-1.html

    This year’s dreamboat Andrew Luck (this years stats not included):

    66.4% completion rate (646/973) for 8608 yards with a 8.8 yard per attempt with 74 touchdowns to 19 ints with a 161.9 passer rating

    http://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/players/andrew-luck-1.html

    So, for all those saying that Tebow “can’t throw”, his previous body of work contradicts that. Sure, the NFL is a different game, but I think that with his determination, and a willingness to be coached, an offseason of OTA’s and a full training camp’s worth of practice, I believe that he can develop into a complete quarterback who will be able to win with both his arm and his legs.

  74. CKL says: Nov 19, 2011 10:10 AM

    Someone pointed out the lack of turnovers by Tebow and that is HUGE. It’s amazing how much better your defense is when they are fresh from the O being able to run the ball effectively AND…they aren’t defending short fields or getting put in bad spots by pick sixerations via their QB.

  75. thridandlong says: Nov 19, 2011 3:53 PM

    Wouldn’t want to be Tebow when he plays the Bears.

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