One superstar and his infinite ceiling.

How funny life is: rarely do people succeed when attempting to reach lofty pinnacles expected by others. Then you have this guy whose lofty pinnacle hasn’t even been determined by the so-called experts, and every week it keeps getting higher.

I think every week, Tebow raises his own ceiling, whereas we have people like Bradford who are struggling to meet the expectations they were supposed to exceed. I’m not saying that Bradford isn’t talented; not by a long shot – the kid has a solid arm and is a good passer, albeit a little fragile.

SHOUTOUT: I posted this as a comment to albertabronc's "Is Tim Tebow a Catalyst?" post, but after re-reading it, found that I'd addressed a few other things as well. Kudos to albertabronc for guiding my thought process by means of his article, and giving me fodder for one of my own.

We all have such great comparisons to make of Tim Tebow, the quarterback. We compare him to Randall Cunningham for the strange throwing motion and mobility.. We compare him to Roethlisberger for size and toughness. We compare him to various runningbacks for his vision, one-cut mentality, and stiff-arm. We even compare him to Kordell Stewart, who played on the defensive side of the ball. But I think what we've been lacking is the comparisons of Tebow to the people he resembles NOT as a complete work, but as bits and pieces of one.

As such, I also think that we really can’t determine how good Tebow can be. It’s like Peyton Manning – no one knew how much he brought to the Colts until he couldn’t anymore, and I think that’s the kind of strength Tebow brings to this team. I think he will become much better than he is now, but I also think he has the potential to become much better than any of us expected. A guy who runs like Hillis, and while running, protects the ball like Turner. Throws like Roethlisberger, reads defenses like Manning, plays out of the pocket like Steve Young, and protects the ball while passing like Brady.

These aren’t really that far fetched:

  • He already runs like Hillis, and hasn’t fumbled while running and protecting the ball.
  • He already throws kind of like Big Ben in the sense that he has a pretty good looking deep bomb, and he can hit some of those curl and sideline routes; but he needs to get a little better with timed passes. In addition, Big Ben is proficient at moving around within the pocket and being patient -- Tebow does this very well, especially after our concerns in this regard after the Lions game.
  • Tebow, in his 6th start, received a full complement of audibles. This means that he is already reading defenses and calling plays at the line. Is he elite at it? Not yet, but he has the football IQ and the tenacity to become very good at it.
  • He already plays out of the pocket like Steve Young – he extends plays, uses his legs to draw attention from coverage, and capitalizes when his receivers get open. He provides a similar threat as Young did, but he’s a much better runner.
  • If his performance in the last eight games hasn’t been enough, we can all see that his pick numbers are rather rare, and he already protects the ball when throwing it, akin to Brady — however he does need to get better about protecting the ball while in the pocket and under pressure.
Anyway, my point is, he has so many different qualities that different QBs excel in – and he is combining them to be a seriously scary athlete. If he can continue his growth in all of these areas, the fact is that he doesn’t have to be as good as Manning, Brady, Brees, or Rodgers. He may only improve *slightly* from week to week, but the fact that he has all of these skills in one package, makes even that slight improvement quite dangerous: Improving all of his skills marginally, improves him as a QB exponentially; he improves in all categories, not just one or two.

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