So for fun I did a search for "Tim Tebow Experiment" which as you doubtless know was a shorthand the critics used for denegrating any snaps Tebow might have thought about taking even in practice. Results are below:
Opponent: Tebow experiment is ‘embarrassing’
Michael Silver, Oct 31
DENVER – During more than two decades of covering the NFL, I’ve heard players disparage opponents on numerous occasions. As a journalist who has yet to be crushed by the proliferation of trash-talk, I’ve happily facilitated this dastardly dissing and shared it with the masses when given the chance.
Usually, these statements are designed to rile a rival, or to send a message that a player and his team won’t be intimidated. On Sunday at Sports Authority Field at Mile High, however, Tim Tebow(notes) was disrobed and demystified by a superior team – and then the young quarterback got low-blowed with a degree of disrespect that blew my mind.
"Can you believe ’15’?" one Detroit Lions defender asked after his team’s 45-10 immolation of Tebow and the Denver Broncos. "Come on – that’s embarrassing. I mean, it’s a joke. We knew all week that if we brought any kind of defensive pressure, he couldn’t do anything. In the second half it got boring out there. We were like, ‘Come on – that’s your quarterback? Seriously?’ "
In fairness, Tebow’s 18-for-39, 172-yard performance – numbers padded considerably by garbage-time completions, if you can believe that – wasn’t solely the product of dubious choices. His limited skill set was also on display, from an acute lack of accuracy, to a deliberate delivery (Avril dislodged the ball while Tebow was extending his arm backward before attempting to pass), to an apparent uncertainty about where to go with the ball..
Yet it’s hard to imagine that Elway, one of the greatest quarterbacks in football history, saw anything he didn’t expect on Sunday. It was as if, by starting Tebow, he said to the 74,977 fans at Mile High, "You wanted this guy? OK, then … Heeeerrrree’s Timmy!"
Said one Lions offensive player: "It was like, ‘See? Here’s why …’ "
Mike Tanier, Nov 17
Tim Tebow’s performance over the past two weeks has fans asking important questions.
Can the Broncos win with almost no passing game? Is the option a viable NFL offense? Were we wrong to bury Tebow after his embarrassing effort against the Lions? Has Tebow’s running ability changed the way pro football will be played?
Observers took the wrong lesson from the Raiders game. Those long zone read runs by Tebow and touchdowns by Willis McGahee were great, and 18 Tebow Plays — a little more than a quarter of the offense — is a fair mix for a team trying to highlight a running quarterback. The Broncos passing game has to develop from that point, not the running/option game, and the Broncos need to scale back on the Tebow Plays, not increase them, because they are losing effectiveness. Every defender in the league has been watching read choice, and far more sophisticated option plays, since high school. The Chiefs had most of them snuffed out. The Jets will snuff more of them out. And with Willis McGahee banged up and Knowshon Moreno out for the season, the Broncos are stuck with Lance Ball and converted linebacker Spencer Larsen in the backfield.
So forget Fox’s “what the hell” approach to his new offense. Forget Rex Ryan’s kind words about Tebow’s competitiveness. We know platitudes when we hear them.
Tim Tebow is truly a one-of-a-kind quarterback. He’s Benjamin Button. He is going in the wrong direction, not blazing a new path.
Kenneth M Nov 8
Until Tebow admits he doesn't belong behind center, or until we get a free-thinking coach with the ability to create a new offensive scheme that is designed to get the most out of the available players, then Tebow is just a bad quarterback who can't throw consistently in the pass-happy NFL.
A bad quarterback with a very large, vocal and uneducated fan base. A football player who is famous for doing nothing. A guy whose light will shine as bright as Kim Kardashian's, with much ado about nothing.
Kim Kardashian is famous for being a celebrity. Tim Tebow is the same. Sure, his athletic accomplishments are much more extensive than hers. Well, maybe not...she did sleep with Reggie Bush, Miles Austin and Kris Humphries.
Anyway, at least Tebow has a reason for being famous. He was a great college football player, one of the best ever. But college stardom does not usually lead to a national cult following once the college career is over. Tommie Frazier anyone?
So while Tebow lucked out to be drafted by McDaniels, that same ‘'lucky'’ move could now lead to the demise of him. Fox and Elway want nothing to do with him and are only playing him because they have no alternative and they want to show the fan base just how bad he is so they can go and draft another QB next year. Because Tebow was selected so high, his ego and that of his fan base believe he is an NFL quarterback.
Now, before you Tebow-lovers spew hate, hear me out. The guy sucks at QB. Hands down, bar none, he is not an NFL quarterback and will probably never become one. However, that does not mean he is not a gifted football player.