Spending time in Colorado this last weekend it’s hard not to notice – in bars, restaurants, on the streets, supermarkets and ubiquitous on TV and radio – the effects of Tim Tebow.
From jerseys at every turn to constant chatter of the man, he is the subject right now.
The thing is, though, is that he is so polarizing. All people want to do is see your take on Tebow. Love him or hate him? Are you Tebowing or not? No middle ground. Choose a side. As Danny Ocean told Linus Caldwell in Ocean’s 11 at the pub in Chicago – “You’re either in or you’re out, right now.” No thought process. Pick how you feel and discuss.
How can one player, who has been utterly successful in the only column it matters, be so reviled by some, so loved by others?
Like the DJ Khaled song says “All I do is win, win, win!” That’s all Tebow does – win. And, really, isn’t that what sports is all about?
No coach is measured on the effectiveness of his blitzes, or the precision of his running attack. He is retained for winning, canned for losing. How can John Fox be putting this kid down in the press?
“If we were trying to run a regular offense, he’d be screwed … After the loss to Detroit (a 45-10 blowout), we decided if Tim is going to be our guy, we can’t do that other crap. We had to tweak it.”
All Tebow has done is bring the Broncos back from extinction under Kyle Orton and thrust them into the playoff picture.
What we don’t understand is how fans can hate Tebow. No one watches Tom Brady for his arm action; people don’t tune in to Drew Brees to see how he orchestrates a drive (although both are appealing). They do it because those two are terrific at their craft and win more than others. They have that “it” factor. So does Tebow. Can we just accept it already?
Mechanics are something to be discussed and broken down ad nausea by the NFL Network during the Combine. That’s the only time they should be brought up. After that, everything is decided on the field.
The kid isn’t go to wow you with his footwork, his arm angle, his reads or his completion percentage.
But he is the reason the Broncos are winning. You think the defense would play balls-out for Kyle Orton? They know if they keep the game close on their side of the ball, Tebow has the ability in the final quarter to put up another W.
The one thing is that while Tebow wins ugly, at least he wins.
Tiger Woods knew – emphasis on knew – how to win when it mattered. He looked good doing it, though.
Derek Jeter is referred to as a winner. Yet, he also does a lot of things fundamentally sound.
But, Tebow kind of reminds us of a player that had the “it” factor, someone who just knew what it took to win. It wasn’t pretty, but it worked.
Trent Dilfer. Yup. Trent Dilfer.
True, Dilfer had great size (6-foot-4, 250 pounds) and a strong arm and was a solid pocket-passing quarterback. But, he wasn’t Brett Favre. He wasn’t Peyton Manning. He wasn’t even Warren Moon. Those guys could use their supreme skills to engineer drives and rocket throws between defenders and had so much talent it was damn near impossible for them not to win.
However, Dilfer and Tebow aren’t Ryan Leaf. Or JaMarcus Russell. Or David Klingler. Those QB’s had great arms and were physical beasts. They just didn’t have that “it” factor. They couldn’t get W’s.
Dilfer played on some bad teams and he played on some good ones. He retired with a 58-55 overall record, which isn’t great, but it’s better than most. He stuck around the league because he was a good enough quarterback, he wasn’t going to kill you, and he had that intangible. Plus, he guided a team with a terrible offense to a Super Bowl win.
Who knows if Tebow will win a Super Bowl or make a Pro Bowl (Dilfer made one), but right now, the kid shouldn’t be filleted. He should be celebrated. He wins. And, as Nuke LaLoosh famously screamed on the bus in Bull Durham “I love winning, man! I fucking love winning! You know what I’m saying? It’s like, better than losing!”