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Anyone a fan of art or artists? One of my favorites is Claude Monet. Monet lived from 1840 until 1926 and was the founder of French Impressionistic painting. I have seen several of his works in person, and one thing always came to mind. While a complete mess up close, Monet's paintings, when looked at from afar, and it their entirety, are a thing of beauty. See for yourself.
Tim Tebow performances over the past two weeks make him the Claude Monet of NFL quarterbacks. While easy to pick his game apart on a technical level, his game, when looked at in it's entirety, might just be what the Denver Broncos need moving forward. To me, that is a thing of beauty.
Much has been made of Tebow's awkward fundamentals - the throwing motion, the lack of proper footwook, the odd trajectory of the ball in flight. When you look at a Monet painting up close, it is hard to imagine what the blotches of paint are meant to represent. It is hard to understand how seemingly random strokes with a brush can come together and be a work of art. Yet, when looked at as a finished product, that is just what they all become.
It is the same for Tebow. Much has been made of Tebow's awkward fundamentals - the throwing motion, the lack of proper footwook, the odd trajectory of the ball in flight. During practice, or a training camp workout, it is easy to rip these apart. Easy to see everything wrong and hard to understand how all of this can come together and become a work of art, a thing of beauty, or more importantly, a win in the NFL. When looked at as a finished product today, that is exactly what Tim Tebow's game was. A work of art, a thing of beauty, a WIN in the NFL.
For all those who want to remind us that the Texans are a horrible defense, I say, I don't care. They are professionals, playing for their jobs - and likely that of their head coach - and the last thing they want to have happen is for a rookie with the hype of Tim Tebow lead a 4th quarter comeback against them. This is the NFL and the last I checked the Broncos have a pretty bad defense as well. So, with all due respect, I don't care about what the Texans defense could not do. No, I care about what Tim Tebow did, and the circumstances in which he did it.
With the man who drafted him already fired, and the front-office that drafted him about to undergo a complete restructuring, Tim Tebow, a guy with just one start under his belt, was playing for his Broncos life. The new regime has no loyalties to Tebow, nor should they. Whoever is brought in to coach the team, or decide on personnel, needs to go with the guys they feel are best - drafted or otherwise. Andrew Luck could have been sitting there for the Broncso to draft. John Elway, who could soon be running the football operation, starred at Stanford where Luck is breaking many of his records. Tebow knows this. He's been battling against the current his entire life. Why should that change now.
Tebow did what he always does. Face the challenge head on. Was he perfect? Of course not. His interception in the first quarter was brutal. How he responded, however, told me more about Tim Tebow than any Training Camp workout could. He responded by regrouping from a scoreless first half and leading the Broncos on four second-half scoring drives. Each drive was over 70-yards in length(80, 71, 74, 76). This wasn't a case of the Broncos getting a short field. They had to work for it. And they had to keep scoring. Houston answered two of the Broncos scoring drives with scores of their own.
Tebow's performance, specifically in the 4th quarter when he led the Broncos on two touchdown drives, was further example of what made him a great college player - and an excellent leader. He believe he will be successful and that rubs off on his teammates. They believe it to. Just as losing begets losing, success begets success and Tim Tebow has had plenty of success.
There is still plenty of growing that Tebow needs to do and still plenty of questions that will be asked and need answered. What I do know is that Tim Tebow has done this before - albeit in college - and today he did it in the pros. With an ever-growing divide between those that believe in him and those that don't, a poor performance by Tebow today could have directed his career in the wrong direction. This was more than two teams going nowhere playing out the string. Tim Tebow knew it, and when it mattered most he played his best.
To me, that is a thing of beauty and like Monet's paintings, a work of art.