Bickel’s Blog: I Love Tebow, But Not For My Team
I love Tim Tebow. I love his attitude. I love his work ethic. I love his desire to be the best he can be. I admire his refusal to attack his critics- of which there are millions. I love his athleticism. I love the way he competes.
I also respect his religious beliefs. Personally I would “tone it down a little” as the Jesus character suggested on Saturday Night Live. Religion is a more personal experience for me. But I completely respect his desire to be his own man and do what he thinks is right.
For the record, I don’t think he’s pushing his religion on anybody either. I don’t think he thinks God roots for the Broncos. Just like I don’t think Reggie White thought God rooted for the Packers or Hakeem Olajuwon thought God cared about the Houston Rockets. These guys just like to remind themselves and other’s that God should get credit for any of their on field achievements and I think that’s fine. I don’t think any of us should be offended by it. It’s their belief, so be it.
Beyond religion, he represents so many great things. The guy is willing to go foreign countries and speak to children. He’s helped with their medical care. Here in the United States Tebow has spoken in prisons and schools, to churches and youth groups. I don’t think he’s doing it to show off either. He’s doing it because it’s how he was raised. His parents have been taking him to the Philippines since he was a young child.
I wish I had that kind of giving heart. In fact, I’m probably the exact opposite of Tim Tebow. He’s everything I’m not. Maybe that’s part of why I like him. He’s got an incredible energy and desire to help others. I’m lazy and selfish. He goes to foreign countries. I never leave the basement. He’s a good looking world class athlete in the prime of his life. I’m an old washed up never was and look like death. He’s Brad Pitt. I’m Dick Clark.
But that’s ok. I still love the guy. More than anything I’m blown away at what a physical freak he is. Forget all the things he can’t do for a second. Just look at what he HAS done.
The guy has busted his ass to be one of the greatest college football players in the history of the game. He was a part of 2 national championships and threw 88 Touchdowns and ran for 57 TD’s in hello…the toughest conference in college football.
Nobody thought he could play quarterback in the NFL let alone get drafted high and he went in the first round. Even his toughest critics will acknowledge he played a critical role in Denver’s turnaround when he replaced Kyle Orton. Sure the Broncos wouldn’t have made the playoffs without their defense and running game. But they also wouldn’t have made the playoffs without Tim Tebow.
Still all that being said, I don’t want Tim Tebow to start for my favorite team, the Washington Redskins.
Everybody knows we’re in the market for a quarterback. Don’t get me started on Rex Grossman. In a perfect world the Skins find a way to select Andrew Luck or Robert Griffin III this April in the draft. But what if they can’t? What if the Skins decide to go for somebody already in the league?
If I love Tim Tebow so much, why wouldn’t I want him to play for my team?
It’s simple actually. I don’t think he’s ready.
Let’s be honest the Denver Broncos didn’t play Tim Tebow because they thought he was ready to lead the Broncos to the playoffs and play for ten years. They played him because Kyle Orton’s was horrible and they wanted to end the Tim Tebow worshiping from the fans. They wanted to throw him to the wolves and watch him fail. In fact, they went out of their way to unload their best receiver Brandon Lloyd right before his first start.
But it actually backfired. Something strange happened. The Broncos started winning. They were coming from behind with the most anemic passing attack in recent memory. Suddenly, the kid they tried to ruin, prospered.
Eventually, the winning had to come to an end. They had to regress to the mean. You can’t win in the NFL passing for 90 yards a game. It’s caught up to the Broncos and I expect they’ll take a good beating to the Pittsburgh Steelers this week in the first round of the playoffs.
So I don’t want him for my team. I don’t think he’s ready as a passer to drop back 30 times a game and complete 60% of his passes. I saw the same things you did. I saw the wild overthrows and underthrows. I saw the inconsistencies.
But here’s where I differ from most. I actually think he CAN do it consistently eventually. I believe in Tim Tebow. I believe in all the qualities that have gotten him to this point.
He’s a physical freak who can probably do most anything athletically if given the opportunity to learn and hone his skill. Despite all the TD’s in the toughest conference in the land, he wasn’t prepared to run an NFL offense and make the throws that you consistently need to make in the NFL.
However, I have seen him make all the throws. He can throw the hard outs. He can throw the deep ball. He can complete a swing pass. He just needs more reps to do it consistently. It’s still new to him.
I think he’ll get there IF you give him the chance to develop. Give him two more years. Matt Flynn had four years to hone his skill. Give Tim that kind of time.
I just don’t want him on my team. We need to win now.