SIX Tebow BITS: Pass or fail as a starting QB?

By Adam Silverstein
October 13, 2011

1 » As quarterback Tim Tebow gets set for his first start of the 2011 season for the Denver Broncos against the Miami Dolphins on Oct. 23, everyone seems to have an opinion about how he’ll perform. Former Florida Gators head coach Urban Meyer spoke to about Tebow on Tuesday and said he is “really fired up for Timmy,” who he believes is capable of succeeding as long as he gets some help. “Will Tim be a success?” Meyer asked rhetorically. “The question is, will the Broncos be a success? That’s the question. Not so much Tim — will the Broncos improve their play where they can go win a game? […] I know one thing: A quarterback can only do so much. He’s a product of those around him. If everybody can play a little better, Denver could have a chance to win. Quarterbacks get far too much credit and far too much criticism. He needs to have those guys around him really step up their play as well.” Meyer had plenty more to say about Tebow, which you can read here.

2 » Tebow’s former teammate with the Gators and the starting center for the Pittsburgh Steelers, Maurkice Pouncey has all the faith in the world that his good friend can get it done against his twin brother’s team next Sunday. “Hopefully he goes out there and performs and kind of shuts everybody up,” Pouncey told The Florida Times-Union. Another former Florida player who played with Tebow last year in Denver, wide receiver Jabar Gaffney, echoed Pouncey’s sentiments. “I don’t know how they’ll do as far as wins, but I can tell you they won’t be disappointed in him,” Gaffney told Sports Illustrated. “You won’t find a guy who’s going to work harder out there and compete any harder than Tim. Last year I got to play with him as a rookie, and I got to work out with him a couple times over this past offseason. I could just see in our workouts that he was a bit more poised over the offseason. He changed up his throwing a little bit, and he was getting rid of the ball a lot quicker and making some great throws. […] Man, that dude can make every throw out there. It may not always be pretty, but he can make every throw out there and he can throw just as far as any quarterback in the league.”

3 » Asked to motivate Tebow by the hosts of ESPN‘s SportsNation, professional wrestling legend Hulk Hogan cut a promo on the show and tore a No. 15 Broncos jersey in half. You can check out a video of it below.

Three more BITS on Tim Tebow (including three videos)…after the break!

4 » Not everyone agrees that Tebow will succeed. Former NFL head coach Brian Billick, who is now an analyst with FOX and NFL Network, thinks Tebow has football talent but not enough to consistently win in the league. “I don’t believe, and I haven’t seen anything in him yet to recognize that he can develop to that level,” he told Sports Illustrated. “He can do some unique things. But to go back to the original supposition, can you win a championship with his skill set? I’m old, and I’m an old man, but until someone does it, I’m saying no. […] The analogy everyone’s making is, and everyone’s getting all hot and bothered about it, ‘Well, look what Cam Newton’s doing. Just give Tebow a chance and he’ll do that too,’ [Baloney]. I’ve seen Cam Newton. Cam Newton can throw. Now, can he evolve into that championship-type quarterback? We’ll find out. But at the heart of it, this guy can throw. We don’t know if Tim Tebow can throw.”

5 » Legendary Denver QB John Elway, now executive vice president of the Broncos, recently spoke with NFL Network about Tebow and what he is hoping to see from him going forward this season. “John [Fox] decided to make the move and see what Tebow could do for us,” Elway said. “It’s just a matter of him going out and doing the best he can. He adds that spark, he’s got great intangibles, he’s a great competitor, and I think this is going be a growing process for him.” He also spoke about helping Tebow make a transition to more of a pocket passer. “I think it’s going to come with time,” he said. “Timmy’s got that work ethic to get better. We’ve seen tremendous improvement this year compared to last year in his ability to throw the football and his accuracy. We expect that just to continue to get better and better. Obviously when we have an offseason this next year, I’ll be able to spend some more time with him.”

6 » ESPN, of course, has been all about Tebow since the very beginning and their talking heads have been debating whether or not he will succeed as a starter since the moment the decision was announced. Below are some videos from the network.

Merril Hoge on the decision to start Tebow after Denver’s bye week.

Antonio Pierce said he would rally behind Tebow if he was still a player.

Skip Bayless thinks the Broncos want Tebow to fail.


  1. Alex says:

    I agree with Skip. This is ridiculous. Did Matt Stafford win in his second year? How’s Sam Bradford doing this year? Did Aaron Rodgers win in his second year? Tom Brady? People need to give this guy time to develop. Hey may never be a hall of famer, but he’s not being set up for success.

  2. Ken (CA) says:

    In college, Tebow was more accurate with 20+ yd passes than Bradford was, people talking about his innacuracy is absurd. I was never a Bronco fan, but I can’t help but want Timmy to succeed, he is a great person and a harder worker than anyone I have ever known. He simply refuses to fail. He will have his troubles and learning curve, but as he showed last year given the chance, he can do it. In a real consistent opportunity, the sky is the limit!

  3. Reimlaw says:

    This is what I don’t get. They all talk about how Tebow’s in his “second year”. They talk about how he hasn’t improved and that his “stats” are terrible. What they DON’T say is that he’s only had 3 starts (through this point in his second year), had to play with 3rd string guys in his pre-season appearances and that he had 2 snaps in a game this season up until his second half start. They fail to make the public statement that he improved in each one of his starts last year, had a 300 yard passing game and had a comeback win. With that said, he may never become a franchise quarterback. He may end up failing. BUT, until he goes out and performs one way or another, it’s purely speculation. I know it’s been said before but it’s becoming more and more evident that these, so called, “experts” want him to fail so that their egos and opinions are stroked by everyone for being right. I’m glad he’s getting the chance to perform on the field and have a chance to either prove them wrong, prove them right or find a new home where they will allow him to play without “in-house”scrutiny. GO GATORS!

  4. ncgator says:

    I smell a rat in Denver and his name is Elway. He has no faith in Tebow and doesn’t care what he does the rest of the season. This team stinks as a whole and it wouldn’t matter who was under center. Elway wants his Stanford boy Luck and he hopes Tebow will play well enough so his trade value rises. I hope Tebow does play well enough so he can go to someone who is really going to give him a chance. I can’t believe I actually bought a broncos cap.

  5. Bobg says:

    Billick pretty well sums up the anti-Tebow crowd. If I read him correctly, he knows Cam can throw, because he has seen him; he doen’t know if Tebow can throw because he has not seen him.

    Hey Brian baby. I watched your Ravens, you offensive genius, you. If it had not been for your defense, you would have been out of work a long time ago. Your offense stunk; and nothing stunk worse than the line of QBs you brought in and presumably groomed to abject mediocrity. Can anyone say Trent Dilfer?

    Hoge, of course, is in another class. He is obviously an expert on QB play–in his own mind.

    • Reimlaw says:

      Billick was an announcer for the Sugar Bowl where Tebow went 31-35 for 482 yards, 3 touchdowns and no INT’s. He saw him live and in color. NO EXCUSES. I swear these guys just stir up controversy just to get hits on their blogs, tweets, posts, articles or whatever other digital media’s out there.

      As far as Denver and Elway are concerned, I have been a Bronco fan longer than I’ve been a Gator (dare I date myself and say….nearly 30 years compared to 20). I was thrilled when they drafted Tebow but at the same time, I was nervous for the both of them. I know if he fails, they fail. As a fan of both, I hope he does well enough to get them off his back and that he finds a permanent home in Denver. I would hate to see him have a hiccup or two and they ship him elsewhere but, in the end, that may be the best thing for him.

  6. SC Gator says:

    Any time I see the whole “he can’t throw” bit I always shake my head and wonder if they have ever actually seen him. If you want to raise concerns over him taking snaps under center or how long he holds the ball before he gets the throw off then that’s fine, those are legit concerns that anyone reasonable should have until proven otherwise. But “he can’t throw”? Please… he can fire the ball anywhere he needs to.

  7. Aligator says:

    I think that the fact that everyone loves him so much is the reason that there seems to be so much push back. Tebow has never said anything other than he just wants to play. He does not talk smack, boast or act arrogant in any way. He was a very accurate passer in college and will be in the NFL. It may take him a year or two to be a good quarterback, but this league on has a few elite or even functional for that matter QB’s. He can at least be on par with Grossman, Smith and two thirds of the other NFL QB’s. I mean look at JP Lohman or Patrick Ramsey?? It is not like they were lights out.

    People just really like him and everyone else is hating. I have watched a lot of the NFL network lately and they are very hard or harsh on people when they are not playing an a Pro Bowl level. Well Duh???

  8. SB says:

    Talking heads like to talk. Ignore them. Tune into CSS for actual sports coverage.

  9. ChocoGator says:

    Gaffney’s comments really impressed me. He is no longer a teammate of Tebow’s and didn’t play with him at UF, yet still spoke so highly of his ability to play QB. When all is said and done, Timmy will have the last laugh, whether it’s in a Denver uniform or not.

  10. Andrew says:

    Skip is right for once. Doesn’t happen often. The new Denver management is terrible. Your team is terrible. Face it! You have a veteran QB who will never be better than mediocre and a young guy who could be an absolute flop or could be the second coming of Steve Young. What do you have to lose? You’ll lose the fans by playing Orton. Put Tebow out there. Let him play HIS game. Not Tom Brady’s game or Peyton Manning’s game. Tebow is a cross between Aaron Rodgers and Michael Vick without the injury factor. He’s the kind of guy that could absolutely bomb, or he could change the way the game is played, just like he did on the college level. Tim Tebow made Cam Newton possible.

  11. Chris says:

    somebody needs to call these “experts” out with their ridiculous expectations of a new QB in this league. Using the almighty Elway himself, his rookie stats were garbage and he didn’t crack 60% completion rate till his 11th season, that’s right his ELEVENTH SEASON!!!

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