Like just about everything else with Tim Tebow, the eye test has cut both ways. Or, as has so often been described about Tebow. It gives something for everyone.
The effort to say Timmy Tebow just isn’t up to it to play with the big dogs has managed only to convince more people that the NFL has just roundly rogered Tim Tebow. Fully 95% of Football Fans say he got a raw deal. The eye test convinces them. He Played. He Won. You called him a bum. And were afraid to put the Ball in his hands again lest he show you all up. Again.
On the other end of the spectrum. Tebow couldn’t hit the ocean with a pass to save his life. (To do some select quoting from Twitter.) Never mind he is one of College Football’s most accurate Passers. Or that every Pass he threw as a Jet…yeah, all 8 of them…went right where they were supposed to. And never mind that John Fox has tried a couple times to say don’t blame Tim. Blame him. Foxy’s the one who specifically told Tim to throw those worm killers and cheerleader headers. Foxy’s form of intentional grounding without the flag. Phil Simms’ CBS crew was assigned the Broncos Beat and tried to dispel the myth of Tebow the Poor Passer. He also put it all right on the Broncos coaching Staff and John Fox’s paranoia about Interceptions. Hard to blame Fox. Simms described John as a Coach who would throw “6 Passes a Game” if he thought he’d Win that way. And after Kyle Orton and his seeming ability to pick the worst moments to get picked, Fox was even more paranoid about airing it out.
Simms said the Broncos Coaches should get off Tim and let him play, let him pull the trigger, before Elway did.
The Broncos even broke NFL protocol and said, as described by Ian Rapoport, “to anyone who would listen” at the combines that the Jets blew it by not Playing Tebow. That he would have Won them games.
But none of this will mean anything to those who only want to see those dirt diggers.
This is the Tim Tebow eye test. He Won. Or he “can’t throw”. Nothing anyone says will ever mean anything when it comes to Tim Tebow because people saw what they saw and that’s it. Even as those who want to see Tim play and those who say he can’t will keep telling each other “I don’t care what you saw. It wasn’t the real Tim Tebow.” With Tebow what you get is whatever you want it to be.
In defense of some Teams that have passed on Tebow…
He’s not a Back-Up QB. For all but a small number of Teams, he’s your Starting QB or he might not fit in. Specifically, if it’s a System Program that likes to cut & paste, Tim’s not a piece you inject when needed. He’s a Leader and a Playmaker. He excels at both. It’s possible to try to make him more of a Game Manager. But even under Fox, Tim admitted he had to fight his instincts to try to make Plays. Except, of course, when the Game was on the line and the Broncos Coaching Staff put the Ball in his hands expecting him to go Win the Game. For some Teams, Tim could be a Swiss Army Knife. But for all but a very few Teams, that’s not the best use of his best abilities.
My problem is very basic and I’ve been pretty vocal about it. The Fans love him. ONLY in the NFL would that be a problem. That speaks to the NFL’s problem. NOT Tim’s. If your organization feels negative pressure from popularity the problem is your organization. NOT the person, product, whatever it is the Customers like. If you don’t get that, stay the hell out of Business AND Sports.
Tim’s popularity SHOULD convince a Team to hand him the Ball and see what happens. The worst case scenario is it doesn’t work, but you buy the organization time to build. The supposed worst case scenario is the Fans will scream if/when a failing Tebow is pulled. That’s just plain nonsense. And a piss poor excuse. If I was an NFL Owner I wouldn’t let the minute hand turn on my watch before I fired the people making it.
But then again, I wouldn’t preside over something nicknamed the “No Fun League”.