Will Tim Tebow Outlast the NFL?

BY: brandi
 
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Tim Tebow was on the Red Carpet the other night. He’s everywhere you look. Unless of course that’s an NFL Field. I’m far from the only one who has speculated on the NFL’s demise. Nobody’s speculating on Tebow’s.

If/when the NFL either closes its doors for good or restructures, how much of that should be attributed to the shunning of the league’s once Golden Boy?

To the 32 NFL Owners…was it worth it?

Tim Tebow’s not going anywhere. It’s clear he’ll be in the public eye for as long as he wants to. The NFL on the other hand has a hard Countdown Date. The next CBA which the league has less than a snowball’s chance in Key West of signing without the Players’ Union being willing to take a step back in Salary, Control, Benefits, Appeals Processes, just about across the board. This will come as a shocker to many. But it shouldn’t.

When the last CBA was being negotiated the list of things that needed to be fixed was long. The only thing that happened was the new TV Money was divvied up. Any hope of making significant corrections on the fly was killed with the BountyGate Battle.  As I’ve said many times, restructuring doesn’t in and of itself kill a league. Neither does taking a step back. Others have done it and come back stronger. But other leagues didn’t face all the issues the NFL and Football in general face. I first said 4 or 5 years ago the NFL needs to launch a huge IPO and make the league majority owned by the Fans. For two reasons. First, the pile of cash necessary to take on Soccer on the World Stage. Second, the public clout to fend off any coming challenges to the Game itself.

But we may have already passed the point where this will be successful. A large IPO at this point probably would be used as a forum for opposition to the Game and the league is still far too easy a target. Tim Tebow came along at precisely the right time in the NFL’s history. Whether it’s expanding the Domestic Fan Base, helping build International Appeal or helping fight off challenges to the league and the Game of Football. But the NFL blew it in every worst way it could.

As the NFL’s luster dulls, Tim Tebow’s star just keeps shining brightly. He’ll still be the Golden Boy to many millions as the NFL is gasping for its very survival as a league in its current form.

No Professional Sports League had ever run off its Most Popular Player. As we get closer to the possibly final ticks of the NFL clock, the reason why may become glaringly clear.

Tim Tebow Has Fun on the CMA Awards Red Carpet

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NFL Power Rankings: Week 10

Mike and Mike weigh in on week 10 of the ESPN.com NFL Power Rankings.

Cardinals or Patriots? That was the big question facing ESPN’s Power Panel (a group of more than 80 writers, editors and TV personalities) after an eventful Week 9.

 By crushing Denver, No. 1 the past three weeks, New England (No. 3 last week) made a strong case for the top spot. But Arizona (No. 2 last week) also bolstered its candidacy, improving to 7-1 after a convincing victory at Dallas.

 So who’s most deserving? In a close vote, the Patriots got the nod. The Broncos dropped to No. 3, with the Eagles and Colts rounding out the top five. The Steelers, up seven spots to No. 7, are the week’s biggest mover.

 Will we have another tough decision to make next week? Probably not. With New England on a bye and Arizona hosting the 3-5 Rams, signs point to our top two staying intact. That said, the season-long trend shouldn’t be ignored. No team has held the No. 1 spot for more than three weeks, so another shake-up is likely in the not-too-distant future.

 Note: The comments below are provided by ESPN Stats & Information.

2014 Power Rankings: Week 10
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2
Last Week: 3

The Patriots posted the second-largest margin of victory in the Brady-Manning series and scored more points in the first half (27) than Denver has allowed in a game all season.
2

Last Week: 2

Arizona recorded its first regular-season win in Dallas since the Gene Stallings era (1989). The Cardinals’ win also completed a season sweep of their former division (4-0 vs. NFC East).
3
 

2
Last Week: 1

Peyton Manning threw as many interceptions targeting wide receivers (two) in Sunday’s loss as he had all season. TE Julius Thomas received a career-low two targets.
4
Eagles
6-2
 

1
Last Week: 5

Mark Sanchez sighting! Sanchez was 15-of-22 for two touchdowns and two interceptions, his first two-touchdown performance since 2012 (Week 6). Could Sanchez’s success make 2014 even worse for Jets fans?
5
Colts
6-3
 

4
Last Week: 9

The Giants blitzed Andrew Luck on 29 dropbacks Monday night, most by a Giants defense since 2006. It didn’t work. Luck was 25-for-46 for 354 yards and four touchdowns in the blowout.
6
Lions
6-2

Last Week: 6

The Lions’ offense didn’t exactly feast against the Vikings, Saints and Falcons (24 points or less in all three). It gets harder from here against the Dolphins, Cardinals and Patriots.
7
 

7
Last Week: 14

Ben Roethlisberger is the first player in NFL history with six passing touchdowns in consecutive games. Martavis Bryant and Markus Wheaton (three combined TDs Sunday) are complementing Antonio Brown well.
8
 

1
Last Week: 7

The Packers had won five straight games against the Bears at Lambeau before last season’s 27-20 Chicago win in Week 9. Aaron Rodgers is playing plenty well enough for revenge.
9
 

5
Last Week: 4

The Cowboys were 6-1 at one point this season with back-to-back home games coming up. They are now 6-3 and still have four games left against division rivals.
10

Last Week: 10

A six-point home win over the Raiders won’t exactly calm the nerves. Russell Wilson had a career-high 12 off-target passes Sunday, but Seattle escaped and hosts the Giants next.
11
Bengals
5-2-1
 

1
Last Week: 12

Cincinnati hasn’t lost a regular-season home game since Week 17 in 2012 (13-0-1). Against Jacksonville on Sunday, the Bengals rode Jeremy Hill (154 rushing yards, two touchdowns), who produced his first career 100-yard game.
12
Chiefs
5-3
 

3
Last Week: 15

Alex Smith has 10 touchdowns and one interception in his past seven games, yet somehow the Chiefs are the only team still without a receiving touchdown by a wide receiver.
13
 

5
Last Week: 18

The Charges are welcome in South Beach anytime (having lost six straight there). Sunday’s result was Miami’s first shutout in 123 games and the largest since a 42-0 win over the Chiefs in 1987.
14
Ravens
5-4
 

1
Last Week: 13

Joe Flacco couldn’t handle the Steelers’ blitz. Flacco finished 12-of-23 with an interception against at least five rushers, averaging a season-low 4.0 yards per attempt, and was sacked three times.
15
Saints
4-4
 

2
Last Week: 17

Has New Orleans finally turned the corner? Wins against Green Bay and Carolina are promising signs, but the Saints still have to face four straight opponents that are at or above .500.
16
49ers
4-4
 

5
Last Week: 11

Won’t try that again soon. Colin Kaepernick’s fumble on a QB sneak from the Rams’ 1-yard line was his first career rush from an opponent’s 1-yard line.
17
 

9
Last Week: 8

Philip Rivers was 8-of-17 for 110 yards and three interceptions Sunday on passes beyond the line of scrimmage, his lowest completion total on those throws under coach Mike McCoy (start of 2013).
18
Bills
5-3
 

2
Last Week: 16

Here are the quarterbacks with more touchdowns per game than Kyle Orton: Peyton Manning, Andrew Luck, Tom Brady, Ben Roethlisberger and Aaron Rodgers. That’s it.
19
Browns
5-3

Last Week: 19

Brian Hoyer has a 59.4 completion percentage on throws 10 yards or less, worst among qualified quarterbacks, but his 51.4 completion percentage deeper than 20 yards downfield is fifth-best.
20
Texans
4-5
 

1
Last Week: 21

The Texans are 1-7 against the NFC in the past two seasons, including 1-3 this year. Houston has also lost five straight games in November, including Sunday’s loss to Philly.
21
Bears
3-5
 

2
Last Week: 23

Jay Cutler has never won in Green Bay. Not only is he 0-3 against the Packers on the road, but he has never posted a QBR above 13.2 in those games.
22
Panthers
3-5-1
 

2
Last Week: 20

Cam Newton completed a career-low 10 passes with a career-worst 35.7 completion percentage Sunday. Newton totaled nine overthrown passes, tied for his second-most in a game in his career.
23
 

2
Last Week: 25

Sunday was Matt Asiata’s second game this season with three rushing touchdowns. No other player has more than two rushing touchdowns in a game.
24
Giants
3-5
 

2
Last Week: 22

Eli Manning was 0-for-7 on throws more than 20 yards downfield Monday. This season, he has completed 3 of 24 deep attempts (13 percent). The only quarterback with a worse percentage? Geno Smith (12 percent).
25
Rams
3-5
 

2
Last Week: 27

St. Louis scored its first win in San Francisco since 2007 and held the 49ers to 10 points. The Rams sacked Colin Kaepernick a career-high eight times.
26
 

2
Last Week: 24

Not a comfortable return for Robert Griffin III, who was sacked five times Sunday (one shy of his career high). Colt McCoy (80.8) has the best QBR of a Washington starter.
27
 

1
Last Week: 26

Back-to-back road division games await the 2-6 Falcons. Any hope starts with wins in Tampa Bay and Carolina in the next two weeks.
28
Titans
2-6

Last Week: 28

Tennessee’s next three opponents are all above .500 (Ravens, Steelers and Eagles). The Titans have to improve on their league-worst 29.5 third-down conversion rate.
29

Last Week: 29

The Bucs are approaching rock bottom. Mike Glennon has thrown an interception in all five starts this season. Tampa Bay lost to the Browns for the first time since 1995.
30
Jets
1-8

Last Week: 30

The Jets face the Steelers, Bills, Dolphins and Vikings in the next four games. Four more losses and they’ll tie a franchise-record losing streak (12 straight in 1995-96).
31

Last Week: 31

This season is Jacksonville’s third straight 1-8 start. The Jags will always have Week 7′s win over the Browns (though it could mean they’re stuck with the second overall draft pick).
32

Last Week: 32

Oakland was feisty in Seattle Sunday, losing by only six points and scoring 24 at CenturyLink Field. The Raiders’ reward? A Denver team coming off a loss to the Patriots.

Why Liberals Hate Football(TKS CK )

Written on Friday, August 17, 2012 by David L. Goetsch

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I am joined in writing this column today by my friend and co-author on several books, Dr. Archie Jones.  Not only do Archie and I team up to write books that keep liberals in an angry dither, we also share a love for the game of football.  Every year the two of us go into a kind of mourning at the end of football season, a condition that lasts until opening day of the next season.  For us, life without football is like good food without seasoning.  It’s still good, but it’s missing something.

Consequently, our ears perked up recently when liberals began to attack a sport that here in the South ranks just below religion.  Then to add insult to injury, the liberal anti-football crowd was joined in its misguided attacks by a well-known “conservative”: columnist George Will—an inveterate baseball fan.  We do not begrudge Mr. Will his love of baseball.  In fact, we like baseball too.  But when it comes to his opinions about football, Will strikes out.

Like many young men of our generation, the authors played high school football.  We can still remember the pep talks our coaches gave us every August before beginning the torture of two-a-day pre-season practice sessions in Florida’s stifling heat and humidity.  Those pep talks, paraphrased, always went something like this: Boys, football is just like life.  There are no free rides.  On the football field you get only what you earn.  Nobody makes the team because he or anyone else thinks he deserves it.  I don’t care who you are or who your daddy is.  If you want to play on this team, you’d better give me a 110 percent effort on the field and off.  On my team you have to re-earn your starting position everyday.

This brings us to why liberals hate football.  They hate it precisely for the reasons revealed in our paraphrased pep talk: football is not an egalitarian enterprise.  It is 100 percent merit-based.  Football rewards hard work, perseverance, performance, and the will to win.  It is a game where there are no entitlements, no handouts for slackers, and no hand wringing about hurting the feelings of those who don’t measure up.  Football honors winners, regardless of race, cultural heritage, socio-economic status, or worldview.  Further, it gives losers opportunities to learn that life can be hard and, at times, unfair—valuable lessons for young people.

Liberals know better than to attack football for being merit-based.  Consequently, they label it a “barbaric” and “violent” sport.  In fact, they can become downright overwrought in their righteous indignation when quoting statistics about injuries such as concussions.  How ironic that people who support the wholesale murder of unborn babies would show so much emotion over the comparatively small number of concussions that occur in football.  Do you ever wonder if liberals are, themselves, suffering from a collective moral concussion. At least football players are given helmets and shoulder pads for protection, which is more than liberals are willing to give innocent unborn babies.

The hypocrisy of the left in attacking football is almost too egregious to grasp.  More people are seriously hurt every day in the streets of this country by the uncontrolled violence of coddled criminals than by the controlled violence that occurs on football fields. Further, football is a game of rules that are strictly and immediately enforced. How different this is from our inept legal system in which handwringing liberals blame everybody but the criminals for crime.  Liberals excuse, encourage, and endorse criminal behavior and then whine about the supposed barbarity of football. The NFL and NCAA are taking positive steps to protect football players from concussions.  What steps are liberals taking to protect Americans from criminals?   I fear that if liberals get their way, the only sport still played in an increasingly feminized America will be curling.

Tim Tebow has started 15 games in the NFL. His accomplishments:

 
* 100.5 QB rating is best ever for a Broncos QB in his first start. 
* Longest TD run by a QB in Broncos history (40 yds). 
* Longest TD run by a QB in his first start in NFL history (40 yds.) 
* Third most passing yards in a game by a Bronco rookie QB. (308, in his 2nd start) 
* First 15+ point comeback in the final 3 minutes of an NFL game since the merger. 
* Longest TD run in the final minute of a game in NFL history. 
* Most carries in a game by a QB (22) since 1950. (Vs Chargers) 
* Most yards per completion (31.6) in NFL playoff history. 
* Longest overtime postseason TD pass in NFL history. 
* Most 30+ yard completions in one quarter in NFL postseason history. 
* Passer rating of 125.6 is highest ever in Broncos postseason history. 
* 7 come from behind 4th Q or overtime victories.

 

Is read option changing the game or a fading fad?

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Is read option changing the game or a fading fad? Lynne Sladky

Is read option changing the game or a fading fad?

FILE – In this Oct. 12, 2014, file photo, Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill (17) runs with the ball during the first half of an NFL football against the Green Bay Packers in Miami Gardens, Fla. While Tannehill haven’t missed a start since the beginning of his rookie season in 2012, risking the quarterback’s health remains part of the read-option debate. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)

Is read option changing the game or a fading fad? Stephen Brashear

Is read option changing the game or a fading fad?

FILE – In this Nov. 2, 2014, file photo, Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson scrambles in the second half of an NFL football game against the Oakland Raiders in Seattle. Wilson is averaging 49 yards per game and 7.6 per carry, both career highs. (AP Photo/Stephen Brashear, File)

Is read option changing the game or a fading fad? Mike McCarn

Is read option changing the game or a fading fad?

FILE – In this Aug. 8, 2014, file photo, Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera watches the action during the first half of a preseason NFL football game against the Buffalo Bills in Charlotte, N.C. Rivera has been instrumental in the resurgence of the read option. He sees the danger as minimal because of today’s restrictions on tacklers, making the quarterback keeper a safer proposition. (AP Photo/Mike McCarn, File)

Is read option changing the game or a fading fad? Ben Margot

Is read option changing the game or a fading fad?

FILE – In this Nov. 2, 2014, file photo, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) runs from the grasp of St. Louis Rams cornerback Trumaine Johnson during the second quarter of an NFL football game in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014. Russell Wilson of Seattle, Kaepernick and Ryan Tannehill of Miami are all on pace for career highs in rushing yardage while averaging more than 5 yards per carry.(AP Photo/Ben Margot, File)

Is read option changing the game or a fading fad? Alan Diaz

Is read option changing the game or a fading fad?

Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill (17) avoids a tackle by San Diego Chargers defensive end Tenny Palepoi (72) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)

 

 

Ronald Reagan, who was pretty good at debates, could offer an argument as to the staying power of the read option.

Some dismiss the package as a fad already fading from the NFL. But Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera says he watched the read option in the 1940 movie “Knute Rockne, All American,” which including Reagan as triple-threat halfback George Gipp.

“They were doing it back then,” Rivera says. “It’s interesting that it has kind of come back. I don’t think it’s a fad.”

Rivera has been instrumental in the resurgence by taking advantage of quarterback Cam Newton’s running ability. The package blossomed in popularity in the NFL in 2011, when Newton ran for 14 touchdowns as a rookie and Tim Tebow led the Denver Broncos to an improbable playoff victory.

Midway through the 2014 season, running quarterbacks continue to make an impact.

Russell Wilson of Seattle, Colin Kaepernick of San Francisco and Ryan Tannehill of Miami are all on pace for career highs in rushing yardage while averaging more than 5 yards per carry. Their teams and several others have used the read option with regularity.

“It’s changing the face of football,” Rivera says.

Others disagree, comparing the read option to the wildcat, which created a buzz six seasons ago but has pretty much gone the way of the single wing — which is essentially what the wildcat was.

“The read option is fun to watch,” says former Detroit Lions coach Steve Mariucci, now an NFL Network analyst. “It can be dynamic at times. But it’s not necessarily a trend. I don’t think Tom Brady or Peyton Manning are going to run it. Defenses have really caught up to it a little bit.”

“It hasn’t been near the issue or as great as it was that first year,” former quarterback and CBS analyst Phil Simms said. “The telltale sign is you don’t see it being even close to as big in college as it once was. If the college game is adapting to it, what do you think the pros are going to do? They have the answers for it.”

Some teams have indeed weaned themselves off the package. The Oakland Raiders largely abandoned the read option when they switched quarterbacks from Terrelle Pryor to Derek Carr.

The Washington Redskins shelved the package when Robert Griffin III was sidelined with an ankle injury, and coach Jay Gruden wants to remold his quarterback into more of a pocket passer.

But in Seattle, Wilson is averaging 49 yards per game and 7.6 per carry, both career highs. Tannehill has run for a gain of at least 20 yards in each of the past four games, and has averaged 7.9 per carry this year while showing an ability to sense when the defense is geared to stop something else.

“I’ve had a few opportunities to run and get big plays for us,” Tannehill said. “You never know when those opportunities are going to show up. You just have to take advantage of them when they do.”

While Wilson and Tannehill haven’t missed a start since the beginning of their rookie seasons in 2012, risking the quarterback’s health remains part of the read-option debate.

“It’s not going to add to the lifespan of these quarterbacks,” Mariucci says.

Rivera sees the danger as minimal because of today’s restrictions on tacklers, making the quarterback keeper a safer proposition.

“If the rules weren’t as protective on quarterbacks, I think it would be a fad, because people would take more shots,” Rivera said.

It’s difficult for defenders to get a solid hit if they’re fooled by the play. And while teams brace for Newton or Wilson to run, other quarterbacks benefit from the element of surprise.

Even Manning has employed a variation of the read option, making a quick throw after faking a handoff.

“The read option is a very sound deal,” says Cleveland Browns offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, who was with Griffin for two seasons in Washington. “When teams aren’t expecting it, it causes serious issues.

“Now, when teams expect it, they can stop it. But sometimes that can open up some other stuff. If you can make defenses scared of it, then you can do some other things off of it.”

For the opposition, read-option packages can be a headache because they’re one more thing to prepare for, and difficult to anticipate, Dolphins defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle says.

“Those plays tend to surprise you,” Coyle says. “It’s not like they’re in a rhythm where they’re running it every three or four snaps and your defense gets into a mind-set of defending it.”

In the end, Coyle and his defensive colleagues in the NFL will decide the fate of the read option.

Until they can consistently stop it, quarterbacks will keep running it.

High school football player penalized for taking a knee in prayer like Tim Tebow

By Morgan Chalfant | November 3, 2014 | Comments
 

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Image via Getty Images

A high school football player just got penalized for “tebowing.”

Sam Turner, a 16-year-old senior at Fort Myers High School in Florida, received a 15-yard penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct after taking a knee in prayer in the end zone during a game, reports The News-Press.

 

Turner was merely celebrating catching his first high school career touchdown in much the same way former NFL quarterback Tim Tebow did during his college and professional football career.

“There’s been tons of support from my family and friends,” Turner said of the incident. “They are proud of me that I stood firm in my faith.”

“It’s very cool to see how everyone is taking it,” continued the high school senior. “I use my faith as a platform for my talents. My teammates are giving my tons of support. They all know I’m strong believer, even though it cost us 15 yards.”

Turner’s coach didn’t seem to want to take sides on the matter, though he certainly didn’t fault the player for his action.

“It comes down to a ref’s discretion,” explained Coach Sam Sirianni Jr. “To them, they try to follow the letter of the rules. You accept both sides. I have seen it happen at all levels. The officials have to toe the line.”

The coach also added that he didn’t “begrudge” the official.

“We talked to Sam,” he continued. “What he did wasn’t selfish. He didn’t understand it at first. He said it shouldn’t have been a penalty. He would never do anything disrespectful or do anything that would hurt the team. You don’t punish or get mad at a kid for his intent.”

Despite Turner’s penalty, his team won handedly 49-0.

Tim Tebow popularized the mid-game prayer when he played for the University of Florida and later for the Denver Broncos and New York Jets. Many even began to call it “tebowing.”

Undoubtedly, Tebow would take issue with the penalty handed to Turner.

It’s not only during high school football games that players are receiving penalties for prayer. In September, a Kansas City Chiefs player was slapped with a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for bowing in prayer after a touchdown. However, the NFL denounced the penalty after the game.

Tim Tebow News: NFL Career No More? 5 Reasons He Failed

By Maria Myka (media@latinospost.com) | First Posted: Nov 03, 2014 06:09 AM EST

 

(Photo : Getty)

 
Tim Tebow may be a good footballer in college, but that does not mean he can automatically stay with the pros.

According to blog Panther Lair, there is little chance that Tebow can have an NFL comeback, and here are some reasons:

1)    His biggest hurdle in the sport is that he has terrible pass, completing only 173 of 361 passes. That’s only 47.9% completion.

2)    He could change position, like a tight end or running back, because he did manage 12 touchdowns during his time, but it’s actually difficult to switch positions in the NFL, so there is little chance that he can make it work.

3)    The media frenzy about his career also puts a lot of pressure on whichever team he’s on, so he has to play, but he rarely gives good results. Any team to get him may have a liability in their hands.

4)    He seems to flourish more outside of the NFL instead of in it. According to Inquistr, the quarterback has job offers all over the place – mostly for sportscaster positions. He was recently welcomed as sports anchor on 1010XL and is currently a college football analyst for the SEC Network. He is also a contributor on “Good Morning, America” for the “Motivate Me Monday” segment.

5)    Finally, his good games all seem to be flukes. Panther Lair said that every once in a while he could “pull a magical play out of his backside and win a game,” but for the NFL, flukes don’t work as well as having actual good players.

Inquisitr said that Tebow had good numbers in college, but did not translate as well while being in the NFL. However, he has been praised for his objective analysis of the SEC network, making him  more of an asset outside the field than inside, playing.

Tebow’s career in sports is far from over, but by the looks of it, he’d be better off taking other job offers than be a quarterback known to not be able to throw a good pass.

What do you think should be Tebow’s next move for his career?

Tim Tebow News: Cowboys to Sign QB? No, But they Should

 
By Staff Writer (media@latinospost.com) | First Posted: Oct 31, 2014 12:39 PM EDT

 

(Photo : Getty)

 Twitter has recently been bombarded with a lot of posts requesting for Tim Tebow to return to the NFL.

Current starting quarterback for the Cowboys, Tony Romo, went down with a back injury during the game between Dallas and the Redskins, and fans immediately resorted to social media to ask for the former Heisman trophy winner’s return.

Tebow is currently working for ESPN as a football analyst and remains positive that he will be returning as a top quarterback in the NFL. In a report by SportsBlog.com, a lot of NFL teams are also avoiding the media and fan frenzy that popular players like Tebow bring with them everywhere.

Some fans actually believe that Tebow is a better choice than Dallas’ other quarterback Brandon Weeden. Even without Romo, the Dallas Cowboys are a contender for the Super Bowl, because of their good offensive line and excellent running back. Tim Tebow managed to lead the Denver Broncos to the playoffs and actually won, despite the lack of team talent before. His type of play could actually work for a team that employs a run-based offense. Even if Dallas preferred to make Weeden starting quarterback, Tebow can still be efficient as a playmaker and run the ball well for the team off the bench.

According to ChatSports.com, quarterback Jon Kitna is planning to retire. Even after the Cowboys signed Weeden, they would still be short on quarterbacks with game experience. They are reportedly eyeing on names like Josh Freeman and Alex Tanney. Tim Tebow has also been mentioned plenty of times but the Cowboys are allegedly concerned that he has not played professional football in over a year.

In a report by Sports World Report, Tebow can be a wild option for Dallas, no matter how slim the chances are. Jerry Jones, however, is known for displaying a good show and he might make a decent offer to Tebow. Tebow previously said that he is in the best shape and the Cowboys can benefit much if turns out to be true.

SportsBlog.com also wrote that even if Tebow might lack accuracy in his passes at times, one of the Cowboys’ main strengths is their wide receiver so they can deal with the situation properly. Jerry Jones, owner of the Dallas Cowboys, also likes to be in the spotlight so it would be a plus for him to have Tebow. An offensive team like Dallas can also be an opportunity for Tebow to redeem himself and make an official return to the NFL.

 

2014 NFL Power Rankings: Week 9

Updated: October 28, 2014, 2:55 PM ET

 

NFL Power Rankings: Week 9
Mike & Mike weigh in on week 9 of the ESPN.com NFL Power Rankings.

NFL Power Rankings: Week 9

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Didn’t see Dallas, Arizona and Detroit soaring to first place in 2014? Neither did we.

 

After eight weeks, these NFC stalwarts have a combined 18-5 record — yet not one made the top 10 in our initial 2014 hierarchy. Once the season got going, however, ESPN’s Power Panel (a group of more than 80 writers, editors and TV personalities) was quick to embrace the Cardinals and Cowboys, who have been among the league’s steadiest risers.

 

On the heels of a dramatic Week 8 win over Philadelphia, Arizona now sits at No. 2, its highest mark of the season. Dallas dropped slightly to No. 4, the result of its Monday night loss to Washington.

 

The Lions’ rise to prominence wasn’t nearly as meteoric. Last week, they cracked the top 10 for just the second time this season, and Matthew Stafford & Co. now sit at No. 6 — a considerable jump from their Week 1 spot (No. 18).

 

Week 9 will keep two of these teams in the spotlight, as Dallas and Arizona meet Sunday (Detroit has a bye). With No. 1 Denver facing a tough test (No. 3 New England), opportunity could be knocking for the Cardinals, who could conceivably vault to the top spot with a victory.

 

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2014 Power Rankings: Week 9
RANK TEAM / RECORD TRENDING COMMENTS
1

Last Week: 1

This should be fun. Peyton’s Broncos, fresh off a 35-point performance against the Chargers, head to Foxborough, where Brady’s Pats just dropped 51 points on the Bears. Tackling optional.
2
 

3
Last Week: 5

The Cardinals gained 193 yards after the catch Sunday, their most in a game this season and their second most in a game in Stats & Info’s dataset (since 2006).
3
 

5
Last Week: 8

Tom Brady finished 20-for-20 Sunday targeting Brandon LaFell and Rob Gronkowski for a combined 273 yards and four touchdowns. October was very friendly to the Patriots (4-0).
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2
Last Week: 2

DeMarco Murray gained an incredible 5.2 yards before contact on his average rush Monday night. Somehow, with Tony Romo injured in an overtime loss, Murray had a season-low 19 rushes.
5
Eagles
5-2
 

2
Last Week: 3

Sunday was a missed opportunity for the Eagles, the kind they should take advantage of now before a Week 13-15 stretch against the Cowboys, Seahawks and Cowboys again.
6
Lions
6-2
 

4
Last Week: 10

After starting 0-for-5 on throws at least 15 yards downfield in the first half, Matthew Stafford was 3-for-5 during the second-half comeback. All three completions were to Golden Tate.
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1
Last Week: 6

Eddie Lacy had a career-high 182 yards from scrimmage Sunday night, including a career-high 123 receiving yards. The Packers got plenty of yards, just not enough points.
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1
Last Week: 7

Even with Peyton Manning’s productive game Thursday night, the Chargers still have allowed only one quarterback (Carson Palmer, 304) to throw for at least 300 yards in a game.
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Colts
5-3
 

5
Last Week: 4

The Colts entered Sunday with the league’s best third-down defense (26 percent). Then the Steelers converted eight of 13 attempts in Sunday’s offensive explosion.
10
 

1
Last Week: 11

Russell Wilson went 4-of-4 for 53 yards and a touchdown on the Seahawks’ game-winning drive after completing 57.1 percent of his passes on the Seahawks’ first seven drives.
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49ers
4-3
 

1
Last Week: 12

Go big or go home for Colin Kaepernick. His QBR in every game this year has either been below 50 (four) or above 80 (three).
12
Bengals
4-2-1
 

1
Last Week: 13

Cincinnati is in good shape moving forward. The Bengals get the Jaguars, Browns, Saints, Texans and Buccaneers from now to Week 13, a stretch that should produce a few wins.
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Ravens
5-3
 

4
Last Week: 9

Joe Flacco was 0-for-2 targeting Torrey Smith Sunday, throwing interceptions on both attempts. Flacco has thrown five of his seven picks this year targeting Smith.
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1
Last Week: 15

Ben Roethlisberger finished 40-of-49 for 522 yards and six touchdowns Sunday. He’s the first quarterback in NFL history to throw for 500 yards in a game twice.
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Chiefs
4-3
 

1
Last Week: 14

Alex Smith is the first starting quarterback since Ryan Tannehill in Week 8 of 2012 to win a game without attempting multiple passes deeper than 10 yards downfield.
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Bills
5-3

Last Week: 16

The Jets blitzed Kyle Orton at the highest rate of Orton’s season Sunday, and Orton finished 6-of-8 for 184 yards and three touchdowns against at least five rushers.
17
Saints
3-4
 

5
Last Week: 22

Even at 3-4, the Saints are tied for first in the NFC South. New Orleans has won 11 straight at home, including 3-0 this year.
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Last Week: 18

Does anyone know what to expect from Ryan Tannehill at this point? He has as many games with a QBR above 90 (three) as below 30.
19
Browns
4-3
 

1
Last Week: 20

Brian Hoyer was blitzed at the second-highest rate of his season Sunday, and finished 9-of-12 for 101 yards and a touchdown when the Raiders sent at least five rushers.
20
Panthers
3-4-1
 

3
Last Week: 17

Cam Newton was 3-of-10 for 61 yards and an interception on straight dropback passes (no play-action fake), the fewest completions and lowest percentage in his career.
21
Texans
4-4
 

2
Last Week: 23

J.J. Watt had two sacks Sunday, his 10th game with multiple sacks in the past three seasons, most of any player in the league.
22
Giants
3-4
 

1
Last Week: 21

This is a brutal stretch for the Giants, facing the Colts, Seahawks, 49ers and Cowboys in the next four weeks. New York must beat good teams for a playoff berth.
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Bears
3-5
 

4
Last Week: 19

The Bears allowed 38 points in Sunday’s first half, most in a first half in franchise history. Jay Cutler was 3-of-9 for 35 yards and an interception targeting Brandon Marshall.
24
 

2
Last Week: 26

QB controversy! OK, probably not, but Colt McCoy was 6-of-7 for 136 yards targeting DeSean Jackson. McCoy’s 7-yard quarterback draw touchdown looked like a Robert Griffin III play call.
25
 

2
Last Week: 27

Cordarrelle Patterson was targeted 10 times Sunday, the second-highest total in a game in his career. When Patterson has at least seven touches, Minnesota is 2-0-1.
26
 

1
Last Week: 25

A fifth straight loss means problems for coach Mike Smith. Not sure what’s worse, the 2-6 record or the fact that the Falcons are only two games behind in the NFC South loss column.
27
Rams
2-5
 

3
Last Week: 24

Austin Davis entered Sunday ranked seventh in completion percentage on throws deeper than 10 yards downfield this season. Davis was a brutal 2-of-7 with an interception on those throws Sunday.
28
Titans
2-6

Last Week: 28

Zach Mettenberger posted a 22.7 Total QBR in his first start. Mettenberger was 27-of-41 for 299 yards, two touchdowns, an interception and a free social media lesson from J.J. Watt.
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1
Last Week: 30

The Buccaneers have allowed an 81.2 Total QBR this season (31st in NFL). For context, Peyton Manning’s QBR in his record-setting 2013 was 82.9.
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Jets
1-7
 

1
Last Week: 29

The quarterback situation is still a mess. Geno Smith and Michael Vick were a combined 1-for-9 for 11 yards and four interceptions on throws deeper than 10 yards downfield Sunday.
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Last Week: 31

Blake Bortles threw two interceptions that were returned for touchdowns Sunday. Bortles is the second quarterback since the start of last season to throw two pick-sixes in a game (Geno Smith).
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Last Week: 32

The Raiders are 0-7 and have games coming up against the Seahawks, Broncos and Chargers in the next three weeks. Should Oakland trade or use the first overall pick?
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