Players on the Steelers’ defense still think Tim Tebow can play

AP

If anyone in the NFL still believes in Tim Tebow, it would be the players on the defense that got shredded by Tebow in the playoffs after the 2011 season.

So it shouldn’t be surprising that multiple players on the Steelers’ defense told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that they still think Tebow can succeed in the NFL.

“He won some games, had some success,” Steelers linebacker Larry Foote said. “We know it first-hand. I think he should be somewhere at least competing for a job. I think he’s earned that.”

Tebow threw for 316 yards, with two touchdowns and no interceptions, when his Broncos beat the Steelers on January 8, 2012. One of the Pittsburgh defensive backs who was burned by the Broncos’ passing game that day, Ike Taylor, continues to think Tebow can compete, even though there don’t appear to be any NFL coaches or general managers who agree.

“Tim Tebow is real decent,” Taylor said. “But [his future] isn’t up to me. You gotta ask the owners and coaches and GMs. As far as being a competitor, he’s one of the best competitors I’ve seen.”

Steelers defensive lineman Brett Keisel also still believes Tebow can play.

“He beat us. You have to give him credit for that,” Keisel said. “I think he’ll get another shot.”

Tebow getting another shot seems like a long shot. But Tebow leading the Broncos to a playoff win over the Steelers once seemed like a long shot, too.

100 responses to “Players on the Steelers’ defense still think Tim Tebow can play

  1. Don’t you just hate when real players come out with positive things to say about Tim Tebow when we all know that the sportswriters really know everything.

  2. Tebow’s situation is the craziest thing I’ve seen happen in the league. Not just currently, but from the time he arrived. There is absolutely no logic or reason in the way these alleged football “professionals” have dealt with him. None.

  3. Well Tebow does deserve a chance but Skip Bayless and the media spectical from ESPN will not allow any team to give him a chance to be a backup or 3rd stringer. He should just get into politics and he probably can be governor of Florida in 15 years.

  4. If the Steelers say he’s horrible, then what does it say about the players that got burned by him? Of course they’re going to defend him.

  5. Players on the Steelers’ defense still think Tim Tebow can play ……
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    ……. better than their own quarterback And they’re right. Tebow way outplayed Roethlisberger when he beat him in that playoff game.

  6. Tebow’s main stumbling block to ongoing employment in the NFL is having only one praying pose. That equates to overexposure–like when a porn star gets too much exposure and people get tired of looking at it. He needs a new act.

  7. I love how we all stop at the ‘he beat the steelers’ but got plastered by the patriots. And lets not forget denver had to change their offence to suit him,not sure many teams really wanna do through all of that

  8. Tebow is a better QB than most NFL backups and at least several starters. He’s a proven winner and leader of men and he did every bit as well as Manning did with essentially the same team Given some reps and an imaginative coach he could easily do it again. All the Tebow hate is mostly just the mindless parroting the average NFL fan revels in. If you honestly think Sanchez is a better football player than Tebow you’re drinking too many breakfast beers.

  9. Tebow can play football. Why can’t someone talk to him about another position? There’s talent that’s going to waste.
    Maybe it’s just the sideshow (media) that comes with any deal with Tim.

  10. I hope the Rooneys don’t worship Elway’s owl god who hates Tebow and Jesus. They should pick him up when Big Ben goes down with annual hgh and ped problems.

  11. Someone should give him a shot but I think at another position.

    Read the quotes folks. It isn’t like the Steelers were saying he is Brady.

    Oh and JoeMontanaFlacco…question–do you have a life? My goodness you’re pathetic.

  12. You mean the Steelers don’t want people to think that they got beat by the worst starting QB this decade? Shocker.

    Frankly I hope some team picks him up. It just make makes the chances of my team reaching the SB that much greater.

  13. Tebow probably won’t get another chance because no coach wants to deal with the media circus that comes along. It’s unfortunate for him. He seems like a good dude and he is a competitor but he just isn’t good enough to justify the distraction. At the end of the day the media has as much to do with this as Tebows talent.

  14. He couldn’t be any worse than I hear Landry Jones is. I can’t imagine Gradkowski could beat him out either based on the athletic aspect Tebow brings to the table.

  15. Unlike some of the fans (you know who you are trolls), I couldn’t agree more with these players.

  16. The big shame here is that the media swarms him to excess which causes too big a distraction for coaches. Is he a good enough QB for the NFL, hard to say but he did win games, ugly but wins. If his name was not Tebow would he be on a team? Probably since a team would take a flyer on a guy with intangibles at the #3 QB that they could experiment with at different positions. But with that, your #3 guy should never be a headline, and that’s why he is unemployed.

  17. Tim Tebow is a great talent who will at some get his oportunity to shine. Men like Skip Bayless, whom I think has some internal issues, will never accept him because of his faith. I am sorry, Skip Bayless, that you are a sad and hurting individual. I’m praying for you. Peace.

  18. You forgot to put in the quote from Larry Foote where he says “”You guys are the reason he’s not in the league,” “It’s your fault.” referring to the media. If the media didn’t make a big deal out of everything Tebow, he’d probably be on a team. If Jamarcus Russell, one of the biggest bust in draft history can get another shot, there is no reason Tebow shouldn’t.

  19. Problem with Tebow is that the MEDIA CARES TOO MUCH ABOUT HIM! That’s why no team will sign him, because he can’t be a quiet backup…there always has to be some stupid story surrounding him,

  20. As much trash as some of the Steeler fan’s post they will never be able to live this one down.

  21. If you believe Tebow is a decent player because he beat you in the playoffs you should be embarrassed on a number of levels because he is anything but.

  22. They should have asked Steelers players if they would want Tebow on their team? Immguessing the answer would be a resounding no!

  23. Tryouts Scoreboard:

    JaMarcus Russell: 1

    Tim Tebow: 0

    —You have to believe there is some logic to this… Tebow is a complete sideshow. No team wants that distraction, apparently, because he has more to offer a team than JaMarcus Russell.

  24. He’s getting the Flutie treatment. All Flutie did was win games in his first New England tour, but since he didn’t fit the prototype, they ditched him.

  25. Dallas would be a good place for Tebow. It would solve multiple problems for the Cowboys…….a backup for Romo when their O-line continues to be inadequate and a backup for Murray and the rest of running backs who never can stay healthy.

  26. I like Tim Tebow but this IS crazy. That game the Steelers were a geriatric MASH unit and were missing players. Tebow’s 316 yards passing mostly came off of YAC yardage. Granted he still had to make those throws and it was in dramatic fashion but it just seems everyone of his games came with some sort of asterix next to it.

  27. Hopefully there’s an article coming up about the thousands of Americans (without 20 mil in the bank) still looking for work too. But I suppose Tebow’s tragedy is more relatable.

  28. I haven’t seen this kind of general prejudice against a particular player since Doug Flutie was unceremoniously exiled back in the 80’s. Same type of thing with Tebow now.

    Flutie was a great college player, got a couple of shots to player early on, and then after a bad playoff performance (for the Bears) in the 86 playoffs, he was essentially blacklisted and ended up in the CFL for a decade.

  29. Tebow and Favre must be brothers.The media shoves them down everyones throat until they vomit.I could care less what Tebow does and will read no more posts.

  30. On the plus side the Steelers went 8-8 missed postseason after that so that playoff loss looks desirable by comparison

  31. He does deserve another chance. What does Tebow have to do to get a second chance in the NFL – pile up a couple of DUIs?

  32. Coaches and GM’s would rather lose games keeping their own counsel on who should play, than win games while being forced into playing Tim Tebow. This scenario is what played out with the New York Jets.

    Tebow could have done no worse than Mark Sanchez did last season, yet Rex Ryan stuck with Sanchez because he didn’t want to take the chance of Tebow having success, and then being forced to stick with him.

  33. If you don’t like Tim Tebow, you must not like puppies, kittens or apple pie either. Most NFL teams would double their collective character by adding Tim as a backup QB. But if not that, why not put him on special teams and develop him as a TE or SOMETHING? Slamming the door on a guy of his caliber is just wrong.

  34. Poor guy! Im not a jet fan or a tebow fan but dam! The jets ruined him. Brought him in to join the circus and make it a bigger 1. He didnt deserve that. If anything he deserved a bigger shot than what they gave. Sanchez is the 1 who should have bin let go. Him and his dumb ass headband! Lol. Tebow deserves a shot with a team that knows what they are doing period. The jets…..well they will just continue ther circus. Next will b poor geno!!!

  35. When guys like Matt Leinart , who have never won anything , keep getting chances I cannot understand why a guy like Tebow doesn’t.

    He actually won a playoff game and basically carried that Bronco team into the postseason . Will he ever be a good NFL starter ? Probably not . Is he a great option coming off the bench or a guy coming in certain packages to mix things up ? Absolutely .

    He is better than many current NFL backups and if I had a team and could sign hi for a small contract it would be a no-brainer . I would want him on the roster . Oh yeah and sticking with Mark Sanchez turned out to be a real smart move . I hope Tebow gets another chance .

  36. Maurice hit the nail square on this head. The guy did nothing but turn a bad Broncos team into playoff contenders but there is such an outspoken following for Tebow that he is poison despite the biggest complaint about him being his throwing motion looking like a catapult.

  37. So much flap for simply being a Christian. 75% of Americans say they are Christian. He is a great kid and a great competitor. No, he isn’t a great quarterback. I think he should play another position. Either way, he’ll do well in life but several more yrs of earning $800K give or take isn’t bad if he would have switched positions. I wish him well in the future.

  38. Tebowites act like the steelers were some sort of iron curtain, defensive juggernauts that season. They weren’t. Plus a starter sad out because of his medical condition. That only added to the already beaten up defense. The Steelers backed into the playoffs and lost….*on the road.*

  39. “Coaches and GM’s would rather lose games keeping their own counsel on who should play, than win games while being forced into playing Tim Tebow. This scenario is what played out with the New York Jets.”

    It’s no different that the ABC, CBS and NBC nightly news shows. They are philosophically the same – liberal and pro-Obama. If any of the three broke from the mold and either became truly objective or conservative, they could significantly increase market share. But, no one wants to break the mold.

  40. I have said it a thousand times, if Tebow went to a team like the Patriots, Steelers, Packers, or ANY team that has a TRUE legitimate starter, then he would become a decent player.

    Teams that have a Franchise QB, one that is set at the position, would be able to take him, and not worry about fans saying they want Tebow in the game.

    Look at the Jets. They brought Tebow in, and Sanchez sucks, so of course there were distractions. Teams like Jacksonville, Buffalo, Cleveland and Oakland (among others) would have distractions.

    Tebow needs to be with a team that could put him at the bottom of the depth chart while they show him how to be a QB. Work on his mechanics, timing, reading defenses, and all the other things that can be taught.

    Like him or not, he is a winner. Won in college and even did better in the NFL than a lot of people that got more chances than he did.

    As a Steelers fan, I would be all for signing him.

  41. He is a tremendous Quarterback, who is at least as good as half the starters and all of the backups in the league. He is only being persecuted because of his ethnicity and religion.

  42. Hey, wait a minute, the “Stillers” could get rid of Rottenberger and pick up Tebow! The more I think about it, the more I like it.

  43. Ah so many would be GM’s here willing to sign Tebow…

    It must surely blow your minds that the professional GM’s are “passing” on him given all of your NFL qualifications… smh

  44. Tebows ultimate test. Can he overcome this current struggle and accomplish his goal of being a starting franchise quarterback in the NFL?

  45. Blaming the media for Tebows problems is silly. First off, the media is just responding to what sells. Stop obsessing over him, and the media will also. Second off, the media and his rabid fans are the real reason Tebow has gotten as many NFL chances as he has so far. Would he have started in Denver without the fan/media pressure? Denver coaches sure didn’t seem to like the idea, including the one who drafted him, and the one who reluctantly started him and then traded him at the nearest convenient offseason. And as far as I could tell, media and fans were the only ones in Tebows corner for the Jets.

  46. If you where a broncos fan that year you got to watch one of the most amazing seasons ever played . Every game tbow played was exciting to the last minute. Took the team from losers to the playoffs.

  47. God Bless Tim Tebow…….I wish him well…….As a trusting man of God….He will be well taken care of……All you people who hate on Tebow will feel the wrath of God..

  48. On the plus side the Steelers went 8-8 missed postseason after that so that playoff loss looks desirable by comparison

    Spoken like a raven troll good job.

  49. How dare gutter religionists and secularists call Christian fans a ‘spectacle’ ‘sideshow’ or ‘distraction’? If your faith was referred to as that or a Qb of your ilk was put at punt protector you people would be whining about ‘hate’ and ‘intolerance.’

  50. How’d Tebow do the week after the Steelers game against the Pats, who statistically had one of the worst defenses of all time?

    Are those crickets I hear?

  51. There are a lot of Tebowmaniacs, evangelicals, and Gator fans on PFT apparently. You are the reason why there is a circus wherever Tebow goes and why no teams want to deal with your fanaticism.

  52. If Manning doesn’t get the Broncos past the first round of the playoffs this year then maybe their fans will begin lamenting for Tebow.

  53. 4th quarter comebacks only last so long. Tebow is a small ball QB. They matched up well against the Steelers. Pittsburgh keeps games close. They don’t blow teams out. They lost in a small ball contest. Good for Tebow. But small ball doesn’t stand up to Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, upcoming Andrew Luck. As bad as Sanchez was that year, he was second to last in completion percentage. Last was Tebow. 60 percent is the standard. If you aren’t completing 60 percent, you don’t last long. 48 percent won’t get it. Not even for a number 2 or 3 QB. Elway knows this, so bye Tebow. And yes, the media does have something to do with this. If it didn’t, why is there a story about a QB who doesn’t have a job? Lots of QBs out there who who threw for less than 60 percent out of a job. Its the media trying to start up Tebowmania. Sorry, no GMs interested. Not in Tebow, Vince Young, or any other QBs that can’t complete the ball. Tebow does have a role, but only for the right team, and not at starting QB.

  54. The funny thing is… What qb does Tebow most resemble? Roethlisberger! He can shed tackles and buy a ton of time. He does t have the best vision, mechanics, or accuracy. But he knows how to play football and does everything he can to lead his team to wins.

    I’d say Pittsburgh would be a perfect spot for Tebow to backup the QB. I mean when is the last time Ben played all 16?

  55. It doesn’t matter what he did against the Pats. He isn’t trying for a starting position. He is trying for a backup spot.

    98% of the nfl backups out there are worse than Tebow. He should get a shot on a team with a set starter. Saints, Pats, Giants, or Packers…even the Ravens would be good.

  56. the bottom line and the only stat that matters is the broncos playoff record. Tebow 1 manning 0. whine and cry and give all the reasons as to why it happened but the Tebow led broncos won a playoff game and the st. payton led donkeys did not. I look forward to them having less success this year. could not happen to 2 nicer guys like elway and fox for the way they treated Tebow.

  57. I might take some umbrage with Mr. Smith’s verb “shredded” in the lead paragraph.

    Before the 80 yard pass which was really a short crossing route that Thomas turned into a spectacular run, Tebow was 9-20 for like 230 yards against a pass defense without Polomalu
    and Ryan Clark (with his medical condition) and down to three linemen in rarified air.

    Had they won, the Steelers would have gotten killed the next week.

    That said, he got it done but not by shredding the Steelers defense.

  58. He should be in the NFL, I’m shocked at the way things are going for him, stupid Jets didn’t even give him a chance and their front line was horrible!!!

  59. Well he’s certainly better than Flacco, considering he’s beaten the Steelers in the playoffs which is something that seems to elude Flacco, over and over. Maybe the Steelers should bring in Tebow. I’m sure he could win a Superbowl with the Steelers. Don’t need a good QB. Just help from the refs. Ask the Seahawks. Unfortunately, the Steelers won’t smell the playoffs ever with Worthlessburger or Tebow. The only way the Steelers get to the playoffs is by licking the shoes of Ravens or Bengals players. Tebow is proof that the Steel Curtain defense is a joke. #1 defense couldn’t make the playoffs. It’s only going to get worse for the piss yellow towel waving common white trash bandwagon Steeler fans.

  60. granadafan, there have been fanatics for other teams and against other teams way before there were Tebow fans. And those prior fans were the true fanatics. They were dangerous, giving out death threats if their players didn’t perform to the fanatics’ fantasy football standards, because those fanatics’ religion is money. So don’t let your hate for Christianity get in the way of objectivity. Tebow fans are decent, and they’re only looked at in a warped way as fanatics because they’re alone in their support of Tebow, which they only are, because outside of that circle is total irrational negativity toward Tebow. As Einstein said..an action causes an equal and opposite reaction. That’s nature. Who, in their right mind, doesn’t want to legitimately defend the victim of scurrilous negativity(Which Tebow is)? Seems the moderator likes deleting this. Would denote moderator has anti-Christian sentiment. I’m just answering granada fan, which shows prejudice, which, apparently, is allowed, here. *waiting for latest deletion.

  61. Actually, I think the purple chickens in Baltimore should go after Tebow, considering that he’s beaten the Steelers in the playoffs. Something Flacco isn’t capable of doing. Just goes to show how superior Tebow is compared to Flacco.

  62. Tim Tebow showed the world just how weak the bumblebee convicts are. Then, eight other teams showed the world the same thing. Personally, I feel sorry for bumblebee convict fans. You’re going to spend a lot of time and money cheering and waving those ugly towels only to be humiliated week after week, and half the time it’s going to happen in that giant ketchup bowl by that stinky, polluted river. P-U!!!

  63. Pats, Brady, and coach B… or Steeler backup for Big Ben are a good match for Tim Tebow. These players and coaches are wise. They are Champions. Tebow is a champion. Underachieving critics pretend he was just lucky. Winning national championships… Heisman Trophy… helping Broncos reach the NFL Playoffs… All of this really happened. This is the true testimony of Tim Tebow :0) Traditional weights and measures often miss the champion. Bart Starr – Joe Montana – John Unitas – Collin Kaepernick – Lamonica – on and on goes the list… Experts misjudge many many NFL players ha ha ha – Maybe Pats stole Tebow :0) Maybe the Steelers missed a perfect backup for Big Ben – and the Oakland Raiders… oh well, asleep at the switch is not new for the heart break Raiders.

  64. Notice how “Joemontanaflacco” won’t go near the fact that Tebow has been able to do something Flacco can’t.

    I hope Baltimore never signs Tebow, because I want them to keep their current QB who has shown he can’t beat the Steelers when it counts most, in the playoffs. Obviously this makes Tebow superior to Flacco.

  65. Keep thinking Steelers in the playoffs are somehow Flacco’s Achilles heel. I guess you can hold on to that fantasy for a long time because the Steelers won’t be getting into the playoffs with so much mutton dressed as lamb. Cheers, mate!

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