I was so excited to watch all the Monday talk shows to hear them just lambaste Tim Tebow after his embarrassing performance against the worst defense in the league—a defense that lost Andre Carter (it’s lone star) and was using Julian Edelman in the secondary. Surely, if Tebow couldn’t even put up 200 yards passing against this team, everyone would put Tebow in his place…right? Wrong.
Tim Tebow is in a nice spot right now: His detractors have basically given up arguing the plain and simple fact that he is not a legit quarterback, and his boosters have argued his case so fervently that even when he has a bad game AND LOSES, they still give him credit.
Answer me this: When did completing 50 percent of one’s passes for fewer than 200 yards with zero TDs, while rushing for 93 yards and scoring twice (even if one of those runs was a two yard score), all while having a boneheaded, crucial fumble, AND including four sacks for negative-53 yards, become a good game?
On ESPN First Take, Around the Horn, PTI, and Mike & Mike, most everybody either said that Tebow straight-up played well, or that he “played well for Tim Tebow”. THE PATRIOTS HAVE THE WORST DEFENSE IN THE LEAGUE!!! Dan Orlovsky threw for 353 yards against this secondary and Vince Young put up 400 yards! And the Patriots were without Andre Carter, who was carted off the field on the last play of the first quarter!
Are these people watching the game? They keep on talking about the rushing yards (37 of which came in the first quarter when the Patriots allowed a staggering 167 yards on the ground; and a 30 yard run when the Broncos were down by three scores with 3 minutes remaining in the game) and that he didn’t have an INT. Why don’t they make a bigger deal out of that massive fumble? [Note: I had to correct an inaccurate comment that Tebow fumbled the snap on the extra point. Please see comments section below.] They say 98 yards rushing…but don’t mention the 53 yards lost on sacks—with each sack coming when he held the ball far too long.
I actually heard that complete idiot Ryan Stewart on ESPN First Take say that Tebow “threw the ball great” down field…he was airing it out. I didn’t remember that, so I went and looked at the play-by-play. Here’s what I found:
Tebow had a 22 yard completion and a 34 yard completion that began “on a short pass”. He also had four completions between 14–16 yards that began “on a short pass”.
According to the play-by-play, Tebow only completed two “deep” passes…and I remember both. One was a nice one to Eric Decker for 22 yards (deep? really?) and the other was a 39-yarder to Demaryius Thomas. Now, on that play, Thomas was WIDE OPEN and had to wait on the ball. So, yeah, Tebow throws a great deep ball, I guess.
And what happened in Tebow Time—the fourth quarter? Well, he went 5–12 for 110 yards. It should be noted though, that he was 4–5 for 95 yards on Denver’s LONE fourth quarter scoring drive. So on his three OTHER fourth quarter drives (mind you, down by three scores against the worst defense in the league) he was 1–7 for 15 yards…let me repeat that…down three scores in the fourth, he only completed one pass for 15 yards during his THREE other drives.
In the fourth quarter he also had four rushes for 47 yards, including that two yard TD. But, let’s not forget that he was sacked three times for 43 yards. So he had a net gain of 4 yards. Tebow Time, muthafuckas!
This was a bad game, people. Why can’t we just say that? Why are we giving him grades of “B+” but Philip Rivers gets (justifiably) ripped after every loss? Why do we absolutely dump massive amounts of praise on Tebow after every fourth quarter comeback, but ignore the fact that he put them in the hole to begin with? Why when he loses a game and plays shitty in the fourth quarter, do we not justifiably put him in his place?
I don’t get it. I just don’t get it.—Anthony Malakian