Have you seen enough to make a conclusion about Tim Tebow?

October 24, 2011|By Matt Vensel

Love him or loathe him, Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow was the biggest story on a pretty ugly Sunday of NFL football as he engineered a 15-point comeback in the closing minutes to overtake the Dolphins, 18-15.

Tebow had completed just four of his 14 pass attempts for 40 yards as Denver trailed, 15-0, with just over five minutes remaining in the game. With every Tebow pass that bounced off the Miami grass, hundreds of Tweets were chirped out into the blogosphere about how he was pretty much the worst quarterback in NFL history.

In a flash, Tebow led the Broncos on two touchdown drives, scored the game-tying two-point conversion with 17 seconds left and in overtime moved his team far enough down the field to kick the game-winning field goal.

It wasn’t pretty, but Tebow managed to silence his many virtual critics, at least for a nanosecond or two.

It fascinates me how badly some football fans want to see him fail, mostly because the media has hyped him up so much and portrayed him as a near-perfect human. To my knowledge, Tebow never asked for this kind of blanket coverage. And if you’re sick of watching it, the football gods gave us remote controls for a reason.

I may never relate to why so many people root against him personally. However, it is fair to evaluate Tebow based on his ability, of course. And as this writer, this writer and this writer have already argued, it’s hard to get a good read based on Sunday alone (which was his fourth NFL start, not his first; don’t forget that).

And no, it’s not because Tebow was playing the lowly Dolphins. Remember, the Broncos are brutal, too.

It was just one game. I need a larger body of work to figure out if Tebow has staying power, especially since his game is so different -- whether that’s a good thing or bad -- from what we are used to seeing from the quarterback position. It’s a cliché, one we hear often here in Baltimore, but it comes down to wins and losses.

I’m not saying Tebow is good enough to be a franchise quarterback, and I’m not saying he won’t be a bust. I just haven’t seen enough to confidently make a prediction either way. I can watch Cam Newton run around the Redskins and know he is going to be a good one. And it took those two interceptions on Kyle Boller’s first three passes on Sunday to refresh me on why he wasn’t poised enough to be a cornerstone for the Ravens.

But making a conclusion on Tebow? I’m going to need some time on that one.

Your turn: Have you seen enough from Tim Tebow to make any conclusions? If so, what are they?

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