We have all undoubtedly heard one piece of the subjective Tebow media craze that has overtaken not just the Denver Broncos, but the NFL as well. His ability or inability to play the quarterback position has been spun so many ways that his only option is to second guess his "throwability"....or"passability"; I second guess my own work on a single suggestion or correction, what is not to suggest that Tebow (a normal human being) does the same. Now I don't mean to say you always need to rethink your work as those who are successful carry the confidence that eludes them past these tendencies; however, there comes a point where it evolves from background noise to a loud speaker hovering outside your ear.
Anyone can say that all quarterbacks coming into the league will endure some condition of hype and speculation, but no one has come into the league with so much predisposed criticisms and elevated expectations. It is like walking into your first job and your boss says "You are not going to succeed or receive much training but when we call on you I expect you to exceed expectations"; unfortunately that is not far from the truth in corporate America today but that discussion is for another day. Tebow walked into the NFL thinking of it as a chance to prove the doubters he has faced all of his life wrong, only to find that he is starting to doubt himself. If you look at his starts in chronological order his play, decision making skills, and pocket poise only suggest this...Sure he has never really had much pocket poise to begin with but his ability to make a play within the pocket (with more then two on the clock) was noticeably better in his 2010 starts as he successfully made the Broncos competitive against two superior teams.
During his 2011 campaign we have seen a player who has not only lost the decision making ability he had but also the instinctive nature that made him so prolific in college. We saw a glance of it during our wild South Beach comeback but we forget he carried this swagger through much of the second half against Houston and the San Diego game last year....Sure they guy looked rough against the Lions and that is being generous, but the skill needed to lead a team is there and was evident during his first matches as a NFL Quarterback in 2010.
I am not suggesting that Tebow was meant to or will succeed as an NFL Quarterback; however, I am suggesting that the analysis of him as a person and player was so polarizing that Broncos vs Raiders coveragehe at times lost who he was and what he needed to work on. We may never know how the media skepticism and elation affected Tebow as he presented himself as well as anyone could under these circumstances but I think it is safe to say that it only hindered his ability to achieve his potential.
Please ignore the rough nature of this post as it is my first in quite some time but I look forward to working my way back into the daily grind and contribute to this great Bronco community.
- Justin Seyfarth