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.