PCP: Would you want Tebow as your starting QB?

first_imgElliot HughesFirst off, unless you’re someone who’s seen Tim Tebow perform at a Denver Broncos practice, I don’t want to hear anyone say with an air of certainty that Tebow can’t and won’t ever become an NFL quarterback.It’s truly remarkable how little of a chance sports pundits – namely Merril Hoge of ESPN – have given Tebow. It’s just incredibly irrational.He’s in the first half of his second year in the NFL, playing the game’s most difficult position. Sports analysts coddle young quarterbacks like they’re infants learning how to walk and talk, and now after seeing Tebow play in the limited amount of playing time he’s been given, we’re just going to label him a failure? Come on.It’s time to take on this Tebow controversy (which, in the whole, vast galaxy of sports, is strangely one of the most divisive these days) with some rationality.Here’s what we know so far:Kyle Orton is not cutting it as Denver’s signal caller. Not counting last week’s 29-24 loss to San Diego, in which he was benched for the second half, Orton led the Broncos to a 1-3 record with a flaccid 75.7 passer rating so far this year.Tebow, who we still need to keep in mind is a young quarterback, played fairly well in the three games he started in 2010. His passer ratings in those games: 100.5, 89.4 and 58.2. His completion percentage was a poor 49 percent, and he threw four touchdowns and three interceptions (he also rushed for three more scores).In the second half of last Sunday’s game against San Diego, Tebow completed four of 10 passes for 79 yards and one touchdown, good for a passer rating of 101.7. And let me point out that several of his passes Sunday were dropped.All told for Tebow’s short career: 48.9 completion percentage, six touchdown passes, three interceptions and an 84.2 passer rating.Those numbers aren’t exactly impressive, but is it a disaster like Hoge would make it out to be? Far from it. It seems to me like Tebow’s had a relatively positive entrance to the NFL when compared to other quarterbacks. And considering Tebow’s famous work ethic, I feel confident he can build off of it.And don’t give the argument about his mechanics. Brett Favre’s were miserable. For 20 years, he held the ball near his stomach and threw off his backfoot. He may be the league’s all-time leader in interceptions, but they still kept him in the starting lineup for a reason.So should Tebow be the starter right now? Sure. I honestly don’t know how well Denver’s coaching staff would say Brady Quinn has performed lately in practice, but Tebow’s played well enough as a young quarterback to warrant a starting nod for now.Ian McCueSorry Elliot, but Tim Tebow is possibly the last man in the NFL I would want to start for my team. While I don’t agree with Merril Hoge on much, I do share his not so favorable opinions of Tebow.Call me callous, but I don’t buy the idea that heart and hard work can be used to build an NFL career. When down by three touchdowns, I can’t see a halftime speech about heart and a strong work ethic going over so well in a locker room full of large, angry men. His whole “good guy” mantra may have worked at Florida, but his career at quarterback should have ended in the SEC. The guy was made to be a college quarterback – elusive and the type of player every Gators fan loved – but nothing more.Tebow simply doesn’t have the physical tools or skills to be a professional quarterback competing against the likes of Tom Brady and Peyton Manning. It’s not like the guy hasn’t had a chance to prove himself – he played in nine games last year, and his stats weren’t exactly mind-blowing. The so-called quarterback completed just 50 percent of his passes and threw five touchdowns and three interceptions, so it’s not like he wowed the Broncos with his rocket-powered arm (that’s a joke – Tebow actually has a very weak arm).The most overrated player in the league doesn’t rack up yards on the ground, either. Admittedly, his six rushing touchdowns in 2010 are impressive, but Tebow averaged just 5.3 yards per carry. He’s a run-first quarterback, and the only problem is that run-first quarterbacks rarely, if ever, work in the NFL. His speed on the ground carried him in college, but the speed and agility of defensive players at the professional level will keep Tebow from picking up big gains on the ground.The guy gets more attention then any other player in the NFL who hasn’t done anything of note, and I don’t understand why. While I realize his appeal, he in no way deserves the amount of hype and attention he gets when he has (mostly) been a backup.Tebow has enough trouble taking a snap from under center and throwing the football correctly – he’s in no way ready to be a starting NFL quarterback. Kyle Orton is not exactly an All-Pro signal-caller either, but he has proven himself much more than Tebow and deserves the starting spot.Part of me believes the Broncos know they aren’t going anywhere this season and are making the change at quarterback solely to fill seats at Mile High Stadium. Why else would John Fox put Tebow under center?last_img

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