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John Fox: We didn’t do anything different other than execute better

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So what did Tim Tebow do differently that allowed him to have his best passing game yet when it mattered most against the Steelers?

According to Broncos coach John Fox, the Denver offense didn’t do anything differently except make the throws they needed to make.

“There wasn’t really much different other than we executed better,” Fox said at his press conference today. “There wasn’t any new, state-of-the-art plays. This thing’s about players making plays when you have success, and we did it better yesterday than we did it the week before.”

Fox’s comments may seem to contradict what the Steelers said after the game about Tebow doing things that the Steelers hadn’t seen on tape. But what really happened in Denver on Sunday wasn’t that the Steelers left the deep throws open because the Broncos called plays the Steelers didn’t see coming. It was that the Steelers left the deep throws open because the Steelers didn’t think Tebow could make those throws.

And it’s easy to see why the Steelers didn’t think Tebow could make those throws. After all, the Steelers had just spent a week studying tape of Tebow’s terrible game in Week 17, when he went 6-of-22 for 60 yards, with an interception and no touchdowns. No one could have expected Tebow to execute so much better a week later that he would go 10-of-21 for 316 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions. The Steelers certainly didn’t expect it.

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44 Responses to “John Fox: We didn’t do anything different other than execute better”
  1. newenglandsports11 says: Jan 9, 2012 7:19 PM

    Or maybe because John Elway threatened to axe their starting QB in favor of Brady Quinn who might be the worst quarterback on the planet right now.

  2. donz0 says: Jan 9, 2012 7:31 PM

    Tebow threw better than usual.

  3. hanktheking says: Jan 9, 2012 7:33 PM

    During the last 2 games of the season Tim played like he was afraid of choking it all away. Last night he played like he wasn’t afraid of anything, because they made it to the playoffs. Funny how pressure can make even professionals act differently.

  4. raylewis96 says: Jan 9, 2012 7:35 PM

    Tim Tebow>Ben Roethlisberger

  5. bearsstillsuck says: Jan 9, 2012 7:42 PM

    The steelers just made poor half time adjustments. But I’m glad they did.

  6. someidiotfromouthereintheprojects says: Jan 9, 2012 7:43 PM

    he just wasn’t throwing as many grounders last night. but seriously, tebow was a lot better last night than he has been all year. he was almost unrecognizable. i am no longer a doubter. he will definitely be a decent starting qb

  7. noeffinway says: Jan 9, 2012 7:47 PM

    10 outta 21 is pretty sad. How many of those 316 yards passing were actually receiver running yards after the catch?

  8. wadecounty93 says: Jan 9, 2012 7:49 PM

    sure was a crazy game, i dont care for the steelers so I was happy to see them loose, i hope the pats loose also and then baltimore will beat tebow and prob not beable to score enough to win the superbowl against any remaining team in the NFC besides the 49ers who I think will loose to NO!
    go Fins2012!

  9. earthtopft says: Jan 9, 2012 7:51 PM

    Well, Tebow actually threw the ball once less time this week as compared to last. So, it doesn’t sound like Denver threw out the old playbook or anything.

  10. nightrain42 says: Jan 9, 2012 7:53 PM

    @bearsstiisuck….correction, they made great adjustments after halftime, liting them to 3 pts. Denver made the OT adjustment and they won. Actually Pitts won 3 of 4 qtrs, but the one that they did killed Pitts 20-0.

  11. thomasjonesbicep says: Jan 9, 2012 7:58 PM

    Chiefs cb’s > Steelers cb’s.

    Ike Taylor and Co. got embarrassed using the same gameplan as KC the previous week (when Denver scored 3).

  12. der6495 says: Jan 9, 2012 8:01 PM

    Sorry, (21 of 23 first down plays were RUN plays).

  13. pleasantsurpriselefty says: Jan 9, 2012 8:01 PM

    Tebow had no pressure on him because everybody assumed he would suck so he had nothing to lose. What I really want though is a little of what they gave Roesthlesberger at halftime. First half he looked like Stepin Fetchit and the second half he was in the lead for Dancing with the Stars. God bless chemistry!

  14. stopthehate15bowdown says: Jan 9, 2012 8:02 PM

    Tebow was just on! They run so much on early downs to get the big play. He under threw decker in the KC game that would have iced that game. Dude was ballin against Pitt . Not a fan of this style. Puts too much pressure on the defense and the qb. No doubt Tebow can handle pressure but our defense is playing above its talent this year

  15. jumpinjoebuck says: Jan 9, 2012 8:03 PM

    The Steelers were just too injured to push past an emotional Broncos team. Can’t wait for next weekend to see the Patriots vs. The Team Josh McDaniels Built.

  16. jebsta16 says: Jan 9, 2012 8:05 PM

    Denver stuck with the run even when it wasn’t working, that was the difference. They made the Steelers stack the box and hit them over the top like they were doing when they were winning. Sure Tebow is going to have a low percentage when most of his passes are deep down the field. I did see a few easy ones he completely missed on though.

  17. liljpeezy says: Jan 9, 2012 8:07 PM

    sure was a crazy game, i dont care for the steelers so I was happy to see them loose, i hope the pats loose also and then baltimore will beat tebow and prob not beable to score enough to win the superbowl against any remaining team in the NFC besides the 49ers who I think will loose to NO!
    go Fins2012

    For about the 432nd time…..the word is “lose”, as in “not win.” Not “loose”, as in “not tight.” Is it really that difficult of a word?

  18. earthtopft says: Jan 9, 2012 8:53 PM

    The charred remains of “FakeMeIke!” will be served to needy members of the public by tailgaters outside the stadium. With sauerkraut and donated bread. Peace.

  19. dachozen1 says: Jan 9, 2012 9:15 PM

    Steelers get the title of #1 defense every year only to come up with a sub par performance when they need it the most. The Giants played great against a great O in Patriots but the Steelers allowed Green Bay to move the ball in the Super Bowl. In the Super Bowl against the Cardinals the defense failed. This year Flacco drove the ball 92 yds in 2 mins for game. This #1 defense stuff doesnt count unless they show up in big games. Dick Labeau is past his prime and OCs have figured him out.

  20. justsayin70 says: Jan 9, 2012 9:20 PM

    Whether the steelers expected Tebow to make those plays or not, they were the #1 ranked defense; they should have made better adjustments throughout the game.

  21. roamingabriel says: Jan 9, 2012 9:23 PM

    John Fox > Mike Tomlin

  22. clamnewton says: Jan 9, 2012 9:24 PM

    noeffinway says:
    Jan 9, 2012 7:47 PM
    10 outta 21 is pretty sad. How many of those 316 yards passing were actually receiver running yards after the catch?

     Not a Broncos fan, but Wes Welker and Jordy Nelson rack up quite a few of Brady’s and Rodgers’ passing yards with their legs as well.

  23. dw394 says: Jan 9, 2012 9:26 PM

    at least Tebow didn’t throw any worm burners

  24. grogansheroes says: Jan 9, 2012 9:28 PM

    Well, get ready for your execution Saturday night!

  25. commandercornpone says: Jan 9, 2012 9:32 PM

    actually there wasnt much yac till the end.

    316 yards on 10 completions is ‘beast’, as u kids say.

    316 yards on 21 passes is also damn good.

    who cares how much yac, again?

    when the 9ers had their big game to move past dallas in the mid 90s… steve young went 15 for 33. for a helluva lot of yards.

    the objective is TO WIN. not just rack up star system stats.

  26. 6ball says: Jan 9, 2012 9:33 PM

    .

    Tebow was 11-22-194 with 93 yds rushing in a week 14 loss to the Patriots . Thomas was 7-116 while working against a stacked secondary .. They essentially have the same numbers in regulation vs. Pitt and New England

    .

  27. jtchernak says: Jan 9, 2012 9:40 PM

    I think the steelers were being arrogant by putting no safety help every play and it cost then the game

  28. jleone71 says: Jan 9, 2012 9:43 PM

    Bearsstillsuck said ” the Steelers made poor halftime adjustments”.

    What are you talking about! Steelers held Broncos to 3 points in second half. Big Ben started playing much better, must have taken a shot for his ankle. They gave up the big play way too often, which they didn’t do all season. Underestimated Tebow and should have made a simple adjustment of putting their safeties in deep middle of field, especially in OT when a TD ends game.

  29. dmobey says: Jan 9, 2012 9:57 PM

    Spell police!

    Loose the attitude.

    ************************************
    liljpeezy says:
    Jan 9, 2012 8:07 PM
    sure was a crazy game, i dont care for the steelers so I was happy to see them loose, i hope the pats loose also and then baltimore will beat tebow and prob not beable to score enough to win the superbowl against any remaining team in the NFC besides the 49ers who I think will loose to NO!
    go Fins2012

    For about the 432nd time…..the word is “lose”, as in “not win.” Not “loose”, as in “not tight.” Is it really that difficult of a word?

  30. savagenation2011 says: Jan 9, 2012 10:28 PM

    SIMPLE

    They let him throw on first or second down.

    NO QB IN THE LEAGUE will succeed only throwing on 3rd down

  31. briscocountyjr says: Jan 9, 2012 10:30 PM

    Somewhere, Tomlin is in the bathroom hearing Tebow sportcenter highlights…

  32. quadya says: Jan 9, 2012 10:51 PM

    After all, the Steelers had just spent a week studying tape of Tebow’s terrible game in Week 17, when he went 6-of-22 for 60 yards, with an interception and no touchdowns.

    ##################################

    Or…Or…they got together to watch the 6 games in a row he won and what he was doing right there. Which would be the smart thing to do. LOL…if they were preparing for say…Philip Rivers, would they go back and look at all his crappy games or would they go back and look at all the tape of the games he was effective in thoughout the year? Come on MDS….

  33. someidiotfromouthereintheprojects says: Jan 9, 2012 10:57 PM

    raylewis96 says:
    Jan 9, 2012 7:35 PM
    Tim Tebow>Ben Roethlisberger

    roamingabriel says:
    Jan 9, 2012 9:23 PM
    John Fox > Mike Tomlin

    you guys gotta be in the same classroom. i can’t believe they have computers in there!

    no, i’m not a steeler fan, just kind of been conscious for 10 years straight

  34. slickmarine says: Jan 10, 2012 12:04 AM

    @noeffinway says:Jan 9, 2012 7:47 PM

    10 outta 21 is pretty sad. How many of those 316 yards passing were actually receiver running yards after the catch?
    ___

    What does that matter? Do you think Brees’ record stands for “yards in the air”? Tebow doesn’t have a different counting system for his performance.

    Man, you didn’t think about THAT one long before you posted it, did you? Haters….

  35. muelfuel says: Jan 10, 2012 3:38 AM

    Dealing with the 316 thing, consider that Tim’s left handed. It’s obvious he’s the devil, not Geezis…

    http://muelfuel.wordpress.com/2012/01/10/tim-tebow/

  36. blackqbwhiterb says: Jan 10, 2012 5:33 AM

    Steelers got out coached. They dared him to throw because they didn’t think he could make those passes. Belichick will take the running game all day long, and not let him throw, and win huge. Like Super Bowl 25… Unless the Denver defense comes up big and stops Brady, the slow scoring run game of Denver won’t be able to keep pace…

  37. sschmiggles says: Jan 10, 2012 6:39 AM

    What a joke. In the other article, MDS says the film on Tebow throwing deep balls “wasn’t there.”

    Um, yes it was. He’s been throwing it all year long. The Steelers just didn’t think he could do it to them. They stacked 9 guys in the box, played man on the outside with either 1 deep safety or none, and got burned again and again. It’s that simple.

    They failed to adjust because they didn’t respect Tebow’s passing game.

  38. redrew says: Jan 10, 2012 7:07 AM

    316 yards
    31.6 yd average
    31.6 TV rating
    …And John Fox thinks it’s execution….
    Think about the audience for Saturday night’s Pats/Broncos games
    1) Fans of each team
    2) Pats haters
    3) Tebow haters
    4) the New right wing Tebow fans
    5) degenerate gambling audience
    6) Sports junkies
    7) Women in love with Brady
    8) the Curious

    This game will be a HUGE ratings coup

  39. quittsburghstoolers says: Jan 10, 2012 8:08 AM

    “John Fox: We didn’t do anything different other than execute better”

    ———————————————————-

    In other words, they took advantage of the fact that Pittsburgh is “old, slow, and DONE”!

    lol!

  40. theytukrjobs says: Jan 10, 2012 8:44 AM

    The Steelers were simply too aggressive. They played safeties near the line on too many plays, such that the Broncos always got the look they expected on deep passing plays. The also were too aggressive in playing their corners under the WR’s, even with no safety help. To beat the Broncos you just want to limit McGahee and force Tebow to hit passes over the middle and short. The Steelers left it open deep which is just stupid.

    After watching Tebow play for a while he is wildly unpredictable in his accuracy. Some passes are on, and some are way off. You have to force him to string together 5 and 10 yard passes. You are letting him off the hook if you let a WR get behind you. His odds of dropping a 50 yarder within reach of the WR and a 5 yarder are really about the same.

  41. mitchitized says: Jan 10, 2012 9:05 AM

    The Steelers were down to only 3 defensive linemen (two were backups) before the second quarter was up. Combine that with the high altitude, and LeBeau had zero opportunity to change the game plan.

    In that situation, they either had to give up the short-and-medium game to the top-ranked rushing offense, or stack the box with everyone they had left and hope the CBs could take care of the backfield.

    They gambled, and chose not to adjust too much, but not due to poor planning. Gassed defensive line means you gotta plug in more bodies, leaving an open backfield.

    Give credit where credit is due, nobody picked Tebow to throw so well, or Denver’s wideouts to be so physical after the catch.

  42. casophonic says: Jan 10, 2012 9:21 AM

    Here’s what Fox was thinking….
    “Jesus guys (sorry Tim), I went to the Super Bowl with Jake Delhomme, a 5′ 9″ rag-armed QB. While Tebow is an upgrade, shouldn’t you guys all be giving me credit for being able to win without a real QB? I’m today’s Brian Billick, without the self-promotion, for God’s sake (sorry Tim).”

  43. broncobeta says: Jan 10, 2012 9:27 AM

    noeffinway says:

    10 outta 21 is pretty sad. How many of those 316 yards passing were actually receiver running yards after the catch?
    ———————————————

    You know there’s such a thing as highlights, right?

    The only toss where there were a lot of the yards came after the catch was the final 80 yarder.

  44. olcap says: Jan 10, 2012 12:24 PM

    “The Steelers certainly didn’t expect it.”

    The Steelers are a joke, and how they got to be the number 1 defense in the league is certainly a mystery, considering the beyond awful performance of their “vaunted” # 1 defense (lol). Do you think Tebow will throw for 300 yards against the second to WORST defense in the league? Not likely. The players on that defense will likely be MOTIVATED to play their best, not like the sedentary slackers on the #1 defense (lol).

    I’ll bet the Steelers don’t even make the playoffs next year, and they won’t have a winning record. The jig is up.

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