If we Bronco fans have been craving more media attention, then certainly Tim Tebow, and specifically the “old fangled” offense that he is running has certainly opened the door. Is there really any team in the NFL getting more media attention just now? The Eagles, maybe…Green Bay, quietly going about their business en route to perfection…Who else is even close?…though some of the attention is poking fun at the Broncos, no one can argue that the national spotlight is trained upon Denver,particularly as the NFL Network comes to town for tonight’s game. And all the hyperbole about the “Tebow Option” offense got me thinking…are the Jets about to fall prey to the old switcheroo?
Even John Fox, normally close to the vest and a walking cliché factory seems to have bought in to the national round table discussion about the Broncos running game “straight out of the 1940’s”. Why would he so willingly discuss his team’s one dimensional approach? Why would he join in the snickering about Tebow’s inability to throw consistently? It is certainly “uncoachlike”. At some point, perhaps tonight, I expect the other shoe to drop.
Last week, I detailed in a FanPost the first drive of the second half against the Raiders. Without repeating the prose, it was basically a fond admiration of how the Broncos answered the second half bell with a nearly perfect drive which featured a great mix of pass and run (4 passes, 3 complete, 4 runs and one dodged holding penalty)…you can read it if you wish at:
Since that drive, Tebow has thrown all of 10 passes, completing 2 in just under 6 quarters of football. Yet that drive showed me that there is something else there—the ability to be multi dimensional, a mix of running and passing….his passes were all on the mark. Even in the 2 for 8 showing in Kansas City, though he only completed 2 passes, at least two or three of the other balls thrown were more in the realm of “drops” rather than missed targets. Why then, the open derision, the constant belittling of the quarterback’s technique?
I have a hunch that we will see a different team this week. Sure the Jets possibly spent their scant practice time focusing on the options stuff, but wouldn’t it be interesting if, on the first offensive snap of the game, Tebow dropped back and threw a pass? Not a home run ball, mind you, but a pass to help establish a rhythm, en route to a 18 to 20 pass evening. Sure, there will be some option stuff, some QB draws…but gradually now, I see the coach that has been laughing at his own passing game, ramp it up and return to the forward pass as a way of winning a football game.
How confounding it would be to be the opponents…to arguably have to prepare for two teams each week…an option team that is unlike anything else in the league, and a passing team with a mobile QB. If you ignore the option and therefore have no answer for it…guess what? you will see a steady diet of it…and if you opt to defend the option at all costs, doesn’t that open up some passing lanes for a young QB finding his way? In some sense, it is genius strategy…I could be dreaming, and maybe it is not possible or simply won’t happen…but somehow, all the talk from the coach about his intent to run the ball because his quarterback cannot throw seems to be disguising something…we will find out soon, but remember you heard it here first!