Tim Tebow misses opportunities against Ravens

  • By Conor Orr
 There will always be two camps in the Tim Tebow debate: One camp which does not see him as a viable NFL starting quarterback, and the other, which feels like the former Heisman Trophy winner is simply not being used in the right way.

Perhaps both sides are right. If an NFL team was serious about building an offense around Tim Tebow, it could be done despite the impracticalities. They could load up on size, bulk up the offensive line, find him two great running backs to work with and plan on controlling the clock.

Then again, Tebow, like we’ve seen already this preseason, struggles when it comes to reading defenses. The experts at Around The NFL are not the only ones who think so.

His called-back touchdown run from Saturday’s preseason game (above) serves as a fine example, and as a collision course for both sides of the argument. Yes, Tim Tebow can move the ball — he finished third on the team with 31 yards rushing, including a 26-yard breakaway on Saturday. But in the process, he missed some wide-open opportunities.

Luckily, this is not our problem to solve. Eagles head coach Chip Kelly will have to decide between Tebow, who connected on 2 of 5 passes for 13 yards, and Matt Barkley, who finished 6 of 14 for 86 yards.

Barkley is reportedly drawing some trade interest and rightfully so. His summer has been fantastic and he continues to grow as a quarterback.

If he doesn’t go anywhere, though, Kelly will be left to settle the debate for us. He can pick a quarterback who has shown an increased proficiency in reading NFL defenses, or he can pick a quarterback who can provide a skill set completely unique to the position.

After two preseason games, the needle might be leaning one way, but Tebow has proven time and time again he is not one to be counted out.

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16 Responses to “Tim Tebow misses opportunities against Ravens”

  1. Sage says:

    I wonder if on his third season with the Eagles Tebow could show “increased proficiency” in running the team’s scheme. Hmmm.

    Hey, hope no one minds me filling up all the empty space here with prattle. Tebow’s career is something I get obsessed with. So much up side with his talent, and so much hot air opposing him.

    • ck says:

      Sage: Haven’t heard that word in awhile…”prattle” and believe it is inconsequential venting to which I fully ascribe, ha!

  2. David says:

    Chip Kelly confirms that the receivers were not open when Tebow took a sack. Says Tebow missed an opportunity in the zone. Barkley and Tebow were up and down in their play.
    He was right not to force the throw. Most QBs would have thrown it to save themselves from being hit, which is why they have more interceptions that Tebow.
    See the video at 6:10

  3. TheMascotArmy says:

    It’s one big echo chamber in NFL-land.

    “That sounds plausible, I’m going to think and repeat that too!”

    • jp says:

      Phil as a strange vibe… a guy with a 18-30-1 who is breakable is considered the second coming…. the most charismatic and exciting payer of his generation is considered a dud… watch the 2009 bcbs champ on youtube… fascinating to see Brad and T …. T with a good back will grind a defense into the ground… you posters have noticedthis against the Ravens… If you want Murray to run 2000 yrds
      play T you want to make the playoffs play T… with a third and 12 during crunch time on the biggest stage TEBOW to RILEY COOPER first down
      T five for five and a TD pass to win the game Perfect comment by the announcer”superman strikes again”. All Phil. can talk about is a med to light hit on Bradford

    • ck says:

      TheMascotArmy: Appears they are incapable of “thinking outside the box” and what good is a pocket passer if they are ALWAYS GETTING INJURED B/C THEY CAN’T RUN?!!!

  4. Kimhenderson says:

    What I would really like to know why the don’t let Tim Tebow play with the First or second string he would play so much better if they had the better players block for him then he would do so much better

  5. Bubbaelvis says:

    I think Coach Kelley knows what he could do with the first string. My theory is he is taking his time with Tim and letting him learn the offense. He will unleash him when he feels the time is right. Sounds good anyway.

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