Monday, December 31, 2012

If You Want To Win, Put Tebow In!

When the New York Jets traded to acquire Tim Tebow, it raised plenty of eyebrows in the football world. There were other teams in far worse need of a quarterback, with the Jets paying a lot of money to Mark "The Sanchize" Sanchez. Did the Jets want an insurance policy in the event Sanchez faltered, or did they simply want to sell jerseys to the army of Tebow fans? As this season has unfolded, Sanchize has gotten progressively worse; throwing 18 Interceptions in 15 games, fumbling the ball 9 times. It was ugly, just about as bad of a season as a QB can possibly have, including one fumble after running head first into a lineman's ass.

And yet despite the spectacular futility of the starter, Tim Tebow started zero football games for this team (attempting just 8 passes, completing 75% of them, rushing for 102 yards on 32 attempts). It makes you wonder why they traded for him in the first place. 80% of the times he touched the ball, it was a running play. When Rex put Tebow in (never for more than a few plays at any one time), he quite often did the same thing. That's called predictable.

Tebow has been a winner at every level he's played, despite problems with throwing accuracy. He starts games slow, then in the 4th quarter miraculously transforms into an unstoppable force. They call it "Tebow Time", and it is quality entertainment. Last year he beat the Pittsburgh Steelers in a playoff game with an 80 yard touchdown pass in overtime.

I'm not a fan of the guy on a personal level, as I find him to be too preachy about his religion. I don't hold a grudge against people who are religious, unless of course they get unwantedly talkative about it. It's not that I want him to succeed, but absolutely he's entertaining to watch. He'll play about as poorly as a QB can play for the first 3 quarters, then he goes bananas. It's awesome. I don't like the guy, but I watch the sport to be entertained. He entertains me. It's like after he pulls off a miracle win in "Tebow time" after sucking for most of the game, I expect him to pull a Russel Crowe from Gladiator "are you not entertained? Is that not why you're here?"

The best guess puts him in Jacksonville next season, and that he's done in New York. That's where he needs to be. That GM needs Tebow. They already have Maurice Jones Drew and a good young hands guy in Justin Blackmon. Unfortunately Jacksonville's defense sucks, so unless they improve, it will be that much tougher for Tebow to pull off 4th quarter miracle comebacks. Perhaps Tebow's religion made him a social/figurative lightning rod in the dressing room, but I do remember him single handedly beating the Jets the year before. Unnamed players on the Jets Defense said that he sucked this season. Well if he sucks, and he beat you the year before, what does that say about you?

If you play the "missed tackles" drinking game, you'll be passed out before the touchdown.

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