Re: TEBOW'S MAKING THE PRO BOWL?
posted at 12/3/2011 5:19 PM EST
In Response to Re: TEBOW'S MAKING THE PRO BOWL?
[QUOTE]In Response to Re: TEBOW'S MAKING THE PRO BOWL? : I'm actually curious about this. Perhaps you can help me. Everyone I know keeps telling me how horrible Tim Tebow is, and I have to admit that he doesn't look like such a much to me (little as I know about football) . . . so if he's so bad, and everyone seems to agree, and yet Kyle Orton -- serviceable journeyman that he is -- couldn't win with this team, how do you explain Tebow's success, if it's not Jesus?
Posted by p-mike[/QUOTE]
I am a Christian, and I don't believe that for a moment.
Smarter coaching. Because of Tebow's lack of throwing prowess, John Fox committed to running the football
Everyone makes note that the Broncos were 1-4 in the games Orton started, but they lost three of those games by a combined 11 points, so they could just as easily have been 3-2 or 4-1. Some will counter with the argument that Tebow has won the close games, and they would be right. But the question is why.
Simply stated, the commitment to running the ball was not there when Orton was the QB, but that is what Denver does best, and it complements their good defense. In the first 4 games, the Broncos rushed for 38, 131, 59, and 119 yards. (In the game where Tebow replaced Orton in the 2nd half, they rushed for 162.) Since Tebow started, they have rushed for 183, 195, 299, 244, 125 and 208 yards.
In the five games that Orton started, the Broncos carried the ball 13, 36, 23, 23, and 23 times; an average of 23.6
times per game. In the games Tebow has started, they have rushed the ball 39, 30, 38, 55, 34 and 51 times; an average of 41.2
times per game. This throwback is reminiscent of the 1985 Raymond Berry Pats, and even more striking in today's pass-happy league.
Fox was smart enough to realize that he needed to run the ball to win, because he did not have a QB talented enough to carry a team; as you stated, Orton is but a serviceable journeyman. We'll never know what might have happened had Fox deployed a similar run-strategy with Orton; the results may have been much the same as under Tebow.