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The Case for Tim Tebow, NFL Quarterback

Cold, Hard Football Facts for Jun 11, 2013
 By Kerry J. Byrne

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The Cold, Hard Football Facts love Tim Tebow not because we suffer the weakness of human emotion. We don’t.

A pile of used Buffalo wing bones feels more emotion than we do.

Instead, we love Tebow because he’s a fascinating statistical storyline, a cultural lightning rod and a seemingly too-good-to-be-true off-field persona.

But mostly we love the fact that he so clearly challenges tired old conventional NFL wisdom and so routinely embarrasses the so-called pigskin “pundits” who openly mock him and refuse to give him a legit shot.

The reality is that Tebow deserves a shot to play quarterback in the NFL. He does not deserve that shot in New England.  He’ll never be good enough to replace Tom Brady. But few quarterbacks in history would be.

But he does deserve a shot to play the position even if we have little confidence that shot will ever come.

Tebow is certainly a better more productive QB than half the schmucks allowed to lead NFL teams today.

He should get that shot … somewhere. Here’s the case for Tim Tebow, NFL quarterback:

ONE – Tebow has started just 16 NFL games

People mock Tebow’s passing capabilities. He’s never going to throw with the pinpoint accuracy of Drew Brees or Peyton Manning.

But Tebow’s critics seem to forget that he is still a very inexperienced quarterback. Yes, he’s entering his fourth NFL season – assuming he makes the New England roster or any other roster for that matter.

But he’s started just 16 games in those previous three seasons. Essentially, he has just one year of experience under his belt. Few quarterbacks look like big-time players after just 16 NFL games.

Hello, Mark Sanchez is a laughingstock who clearly can’t play in the NFL. He posted a dismal 55.3 Real QB Rating in 2012. Yet he’s been given 68 starts to prove he can’t play. And Sanchez’s production is still light years behind what Tebow has shown in his limited time on the field.

Hell, Peyton Manning didn’t look like a big-time player after just 16 NFL games, either. Manning, in his first 16 starts, threw 28 INT, completed just 56.7 percent of his passes and posted a fairly dismal 71.2 passer rating for the 3-13 Colts.

Not saying that Tebow is Peyton Manning. He’s not. He never will be. But Peyton Manning wasn’t Peyton Manning after 16 NFL games, either.

Tebow has something in common with Indy’s newest QB phenom, by the way: Tebow led the most inaccurate passing team in the NFL in 2011, the Denver Broncos. Andrew Luck led the most inaccurate passing team in the NFL in 2012.

TWO – Tebow wins games

Despite that inexperience, Tebow’s teams have gone 8-6 in the regular season and 1-1 in the postseason. That’s 9-7, for those of you keeping score at home.

The history of the NFL is littered with great quarterbacks who failed to win nine of their first 16 starts.

The reality is that, in the short time we’ve seen him play, Tebow has proven that he makes his team better and the players around him better. That ability is the single most important factor in sports, and especially in a team game like football, and most especially for the QB position, which is judged by wins and losses.

To discount that ability is to discount the sole purpose for playing sports, period.

THREE – Tebow won games with a bad team and very bad defense

Tebow not only won in 2011 with the Denver Broncos, he won with a very bad Broncos team. Denver went 4-12 in 2010 and kicked off the 2011 season with a 1-4 record.

That’s a 5-16 team, for those of you keeping score at home.

Enter Tim Tebow.

That awful 5-16 team suddenly went 7-1 in its first eight games with Tebow at starter, reached the playoffs and knocked off the NFL’s best defense from Pittsburgh in the wildcard round before finally falling apart in the divisional round at New England.

The anti-Tebow crowd tells us that the Denver defense carried the Broncos to the playoffs in 2011.

The anti-Tebow crowd is filled with idiots, hucksters, transients and railroad bums.

The 2011 Broncos finished the year No. 24 in scoring defense and surrendered 40 or more points in four of Tebow’s 13 starts that season, including three of his last five. Tom Brady, Johnny Unitas and Joe Montana don’t win games when their defense surrenders 40+ points. It’s unreasonable to expect Tebow to win those games, either.

The 2011 Broncos also finished the year No. 28 in Defensive Passer Rating (93.12), a number which usually precludes teams from reaching the playoffs, and intercepted just nine passes all season. In fact, only two teams in the history of the NFL reached the playoffs with a Defensive Passer Rating worse than the one Tebow was paired with in 2011.

It was quite literally something close to a statistical miracle that the 2011 Broncos reached the playoffs with that defense.

By the way, it’s worth noting that Tebow carried the Broncos as far into the playoffs in 2011 as Peyton Manning did in 2012.

Just sayin’.

FOUR – Tebow has a cannon

It may not be an accurate cannon, at least we haven’t seen accuracy yet in the NFL. But Tebow’s arm is a cannon just the same.

The world saw that cannon in Denver’s win over Pittsburgh in the 2011 wildcard playoffs.

Tebow set not one but two postseason NFL records that day (min. 20 attempts): his average of 15.05 yards per pass attempts was the best in NFL history; so, too, was his 31.6 yards per completion.

You don’t produce the most explosive passing day in NFL postseason history, against the NFL’s No. 1 defense that season, without a cannon for an arm.

The raw talent is certainly there to make big plays.

FIVE – Tebow is far more statistically proficient than he’s given credit for.

The average NFL fan or analyst judges a quarterback merely by his passing abilities. And we understand why: NFL games are won and lost almost exclusively by a QB’s ability to pass the football efficiently.

In fact, we’ve written about this phenomenon incessantly for years.

But Tebow clearly plays a different game: padding often inefficient days passing the football with highly efficient performances running the ball, while generally keeping turnovers at a very low rate.

His 2.7 percent turnover rate (15 in 559 touches) is not only good, it’s one of the best in the history of football. CHFF’s Captain Comeback looked at the career turnover rate of every QB in NFL history back in November.

Tebow doesn’t yet qualify for the list (min. 1,500 attempts). But among qualifiers, only Aaron Rodgers was better at protecting the football.

Tebow also rates much higher than just his passing numbers would indicate if you look at him through the prism of CHFF Real QB Rating, which measures all aspects of QB play, not just passing.

Tebow’s career Real QB Rating of 81.2 would have been good enough for 12th in the NFL last year – better than the Real QB Rating of every single team that fired a coach or GM.

Keep in mind that Real QB Rating may be the most important stat in football: Teams that won the Real QB Rating battle went 218-37 (.855) in 2012, consistent with year-after-year results. No stat in football has a higher “Correlation to Victory.”

Put another way: Tebow is better than anyone realizes in the single most important stat in football, other than final score.

SIX – Tebow is the greatest QB in SEC history; and maybe the greatest player in college football history.

We all know that great college success does not always translate to pro success. But we do know that the SEC is the best, most competitive conference in all of college football.

Year after year, the SEC wins the national championship and sends more players to the NFL than any conference in football. Hell, 1 of 4 picks in the 2013 NFL draft came straight from the 14 teams of the SEC alone.

And among all that talent, Tebow is the greatest QB in the history of the SEC. And not because he was a great runner. Tebow was, at the time he left the SEC, the highest rated passer in the history of the conference.

Here’s how Tebow’s college production, playing in the same tough SEC, stacked up against that of Peyton Manning




























 * Using the NFL formula for passer rating, not the college formula

Tebow was more accurate, got the ball downfield better, was more likely to throw touchdowns and less likely to throw INTs than Peyton Manning himself.

Tebow was, in other words, a much better college passer than Peyton Manning.

And it’s not like Manning was surrounded by chump talent at Tennessee. Three of his wide receivers went in the first round of the NFL draft and the Volunteers fielded enough talent around him on both sides of the ball to win the national title the year after Manning left.

Tebow, meanwhile, was a key player on two national title teams, the undisputed leader of one of them, won one Heisman trophy and nearly won a second. Hell, some say he’s the greatest college football player of all time.

The fact that so few are willing to give arguably the greatest player in college history a legit shot to play QB in the NFL says more about the close mindedness and tired old orthodoxy of the NFL than it does about Tebow or his talent.



Awesome news Tebow Fans….Report: Patriots signing Tim Tebow !




The New England Patriots are expected to sign quarterback Tim Tebow and have him in minicamp by Tuesday, according to ESPN.

Tebow spent last season with the New York Jets, but only saw limited action. He finished the season with just eight passing attempts for 39 yards and zero touchdowns, and the Jets cut him on April 29.

As weeks went by with Tebow still unemployed, it seemed possible he may never play in the NFL again. Yahoo! Sports reported in May that New England head coach Bill Belichick did not like Tebow and that he said there was “no chance” of Tebow coming to the Patriots.

Belichick later refuted that report, and told that he wouldn’t rule out the team signing Tebow.

“I wouldn’t get into the probability of us pursuing any free agent,” Belichick said. “Every single player has strengths and weaknesses but regardless of that, for anyone to have represented that is the way I feel about Tim Tebow is completely untrue, baseless and irresponsible. It is unfortunate that something so inaccurate was reported.”

The Patriots’ signing of Tebow will reunite him with Josh McDaniels, New England’s offensive coordinator and former head coach of Tebow with the Denver Broncos.

McDaniels and the Broncos drafted Tebow in the first round of the 2010 NFL draft, and made him the full-time starter in 2011. Tebow led the Broncos to the playoffs and a first-round upset of the Pittsburgh Steelers after an 80-yard game-winning touchdown pass in overtime.

The Patriots will have Tebow study with the team’s tight ends, according to’s Mike Freeman. “Tebow won’t exclusively study TE. But he’s also not just going to study QB,” Freeman tweeted.

The Patriots have a history of using versatile players at multiple positions. Mike Vrabel was used as both a linebacker and tight end, while Troy Brown saw time as a wide receiver and defensive back.

Belichick also has shown a willingness to bring in players who had been off-field distractions in the past. Among the players he acquired that few other teams were willing to: Randy Moss, Chad Johnson (known as Chad Ochocinco at the time), Corey Dillon, Aqib Talib, Albert Haynesworth and Bryan Cox.

The Patriots have not officially announced the signing of Tebow, but did announce that they cut backup quarterback Mike Kafka. New England’s quarterback depth chart also includes Ryan Mallett, who attempted just four passes last season.

Source: and ESPN

ESPN Report Patriots signing Tim Tebow !

8:00 PM ET

(3) Alabama (4-0, 1-0 SEC)


(12) Florida (4-0, 2-0 SEC)


Few Clouds

Coverage: CBS

8:00 PM ET, October 1, 2011


Alabama Leaders

Passing: McCarron – 63-95, 779 yds, 4 tds

Rushing: Richardson – 67 car, 441 yds, 8 tds

Receiving: Maze – 20 rec, 226 yds, 1 td

Florida Leaders

Passing: Brantley – 55-86, 752 yds, 4 tds

Rushing: Rainey – 63 car, 411 yds, 2 tds

Receiving: Rainey – 11 rec, 214 yds, 2 tds




W-L 4-0 4-0
Avg Points 38.5 40.3
Avg Points Allowed 8.0 9.0
Home Record 3-0 3-0
Road Record 1-0 1-0
Division Record 1-0 2-0
Conference Record 1-0 2-0

Team Averages & NCAA Ranks

Offense Team Per Game Average / NCAA Rank
Total Yards

456.0 / 26th

461.8 / 22nd

Passing Yards

235.0 / 66th

207.3 / 86th

Rushing Yards

230.8 / 19th

259.0 / 9th

Points Scored

38.5 / 20th

40.3 / 14th

Full Team Stats: Alabama | Florida

This Week’s Line

Favorite Spread Underdog Over/Under

Passing Leaders

A. McCarron 66.3 779 4 2
P. Sims 59.1 122 0 2
J. Brantley 64.0 752 4 2
J. Driskel 50.0 59 0 2

Rushing Leaders

T. Richardson 67 441 6.6 8
E. Lacy 41 365 8.9 4
C. Rainey 63 411 6.5 2
J. Demps 34 320 9.4 4

Receiving Leaders

M. Maze 20 226 11.3 1
T. Richardson 9 121 13.4 1
C. Rainey 11 214 19.5 2
D. Thompson 7 93 13.3 0

Research Notes

Jeff Demps has eight rushes of 20-plus yards this season on only 34 carries. That is the most such rushes and highest percentage in FBS.
Alabama has forced a “3 & Outs” on 27 of its opponents’ 56 drives this season. That is the most “3 & Outs” and the highest percentage forced in FBS.
Alabama has only allowed four plays of 20 yards or longer this season, tied for the second fewest in FBS. The Tide are also one of eight FBS teams whom have not allowed a rushing play of 20-plus yards this season.

ESPN Stats & Information

Alabama (4-0, 1-0) and Florida (4-0, 2-0) are virtually mirror images of one another. The Tide are third in the FBS in rush defense at 45.8 yards, while the Gators are tied for fifth at 56.5, and Florida leads the SEC in rushing at 259.0 yards, while Alabama is second at 230.8.
“A lot of teams want to run on us” Muschamp said. “So we got to defend the run before we can defend the pass.”

8:00 PM ET, October 1, 2011 on CBS


Stats: GameTracker
TV/Video: CBS |
Radio: GRN/WEB | Sirius: 220 | XM: 199

Source: ESPN, Gatorzone

Blue’s Comments: Watch for some awesome Football played tonight guys. I see Demps and Chris Rainey getting out earlier, But you the Tide Defense will be bringing their A game tonight as well…Great Match up on these 2 teams here..We will see who has what it takes to win a Championship tonight…..I say the Gators on top by 3…what do you say????……Blue

AP Top 25
1 LSU (42) 4-0 1471
2 Oklahoma (12) 3-0 1422
3 Alabama (5) 4-0 1413
4 Boise State (1) 3-0 1280
5 Oklahoma State 4-0 1209
6 Stanford 3-0 1205
7 Wisconsin 4-0 1177
8 Nebraska 4-0 991
9 Oregon 3-1 985
10 South Carolina 4-0 950
11 Virginia Tech 4-0 883
12 Florida 4-0 820
13 Clemson 4-0 744
14 Texas A&M 2-1 734
15 Baylor 3-0 659
16 South Florida 4-0 585
17 Texas 3-0 466
18 Arkansas 3-1 434
19 Michigan 4-0 417
20 TCU 3-1 338
21 Georgia Tech 4-0 298
22 West Virginia 3-1 280
23 Florida State 2-2 239
24 Illinois 4-0 179
25 Arizona State 3-1 112
  • Dropped from rankings: USC 23
  • Others receiving votes: Michigan State 51, Houston 38, Auburn 25, Iowa State 21, Ohio State 15, Kansas State 14, Utah 12, Penn State 9, Georgia 8, Washington 4, Tennessee 3, Notre Dame 3, Navy 2, USC 2, Mississippi State 1, Missouri 1
USA Today Poll
1 Oklahoma (32) 3-0 1434
2 Alabama (7) 4-0 1404
2 LSU (20) 4-0 1404
4 Stanford 3-0 1225
5 Boise State 3-0 1223
6 Oklahoma State 4-0 1172
7 Wisconsin 4-0 1156
8 Nebraska 4-0 1040
9 South Carolina 4-0 976
10 Virginia Tech 4-0 935
11 Oregon 3-1 914
12 Florida 4-0 817
13 Texas A&M 2-1 681
14 South Florida 4-0 631
15 Clemson 4-0 598
16 Baylor 3-0 528
17 Texas 3-0 525
18 Arkansas 3-1 432
19 Michigan 4-0 414
20 TCU 3-1 364
21 Georgia Tech 4-0 333
22 Illinois 4-0 181
23 West Virginia 3-1 158
24 Florida State 2-2 157
25 Michigan State 3-1 153
  • Dropped from rankings: North Carolina 25
  • Others receiving votes: Houston 70, Ohio State 61, Arizona State 57, Penn State 34, Iowa State 33, Kansas State 13, North Carolina 13, Texas Tech 13, Utah 11, Northwestern 5, Washington 3, Tennessee 3, Auburn 2, Temple 1, Air Force 1

ESPNCollege Football

Texas A&M officially accepted into the SEC

Texas A&M has officially been accepted as the 13th member of the SEC. Sunday, the SEC announced that Texas A&M will join the conference effective July 1, 2012, and will begin competition in all sports for the 2012-13 academic year.


Blue’s Comments: Awesome news..Looking forward to my Gators playing A&M..Blue



Shrimp, Prawns, and Shellfish

 Prawns, shrimp, scallops, and small pieces of fish work nicely on kabobs, which can be marinated–or not–and cooked directly on the grill. Be sure to keep a close tabs on the process–seafood tends to require less cooking time than meat.

Prep Time: 30 Min…….Cook Time: 10 Min……….Ready In:  2 Hrs 40 Min

Servings  6


  • 1 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 2 tablespoons hot pepper sauce
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 pounds large shrimp, peeled and deveined with tails attached
  • skewers


  1. In a mixing bowl, mix together olive oil, parsley, lemon juice, hot sauce, garlic, tomato paste, oregano, salt, and black pepper. Reserve a small amount for basting later. Pour remaining marinade into a large resealable plastic bag with shrimp. Seal, and marinate in the refrigerator for 2 hours.
  2. Preheat grill for medium-low heat. Thread shrimp onto skewers, piercing once near the tail and once near the head. Discard marinade.
  3. Lightly oil grill grate. Cook shrimp for 5 minutes per side, or until opaque, basting frequently with reserved marinade.
  • Pre soak skewers in water for 30 mins prior to using…
    Also try marinading the Shrimp in  White Wine (Chardonnay)
    Keep a water spray bottle near by when Grilling to help keep your fire at bay if using Charcoal and to moisturize the meat…Blue

Barbequed Ribs Recipe

Prep Time: 30 Min  ………….Cook Time: 3 Hrs……Ready In: 11 Hrs 30 Min…

Servings 8


  • 4 pounds baby back pork ribs
  • 4 cloves garlic, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup chili sauce
  • 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons onion, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1 clove crushed garlic
  • 1/2 teasp liquid smoke


  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C). Place ribs on a rack in a shallow roasting pan. Scatter 4 cloves of sliced garlic over ribs. Cover, and bake for 2 1/2 hours. Cool slightly. Just a little under cooked.
  2. In a small bowl, mix together white sugar, paprika, salt, black pepper, chili powder, and ground cumin. Rub spices over cooled ribs well. Cover, and refrigerate overnight.
  3. In a small saucepan, mix together brown sugar, cider vinegar, ketchup, chili sauce, Worcestershire sauce, lemon juice, onion, dry mustard, and 1 clove garlic. Simmer over medium-low heat, uncovered, for 1 hour. Reserve a small amount for basting; the remainder is a dipping sauce.
  4. Preheat grill for medium heat.
  5. Place ribs on grill. Grill, covered, for about 12 minutes, basting with the reserved sauce, until nicely browned and glazed. Serve with remaining sauce for dipping.

Florida Gators

3-0, 1st in SEC – East

Sat Sept 17

Tennessee  (2-1, 0-1 SEC)
#16 Florida     (3-0, 1-0 SEC)
1 2 3 4 T
TENN 0 7 6 10 23
FLA 10 6 14 3 33

Recap »Box Score »

SatSept 24


7:00 PM ETCommonwealth Stadium
Kentucky Wildcats


Sat, Sept 3 1-0 (0-0)
Sat, Sept 10 2-0 (0-0)
Sat, Sept 17 3-0 (1-0)
Sat, Sept 24 7:00 PM ET ESPN ESPN 3 Tickets
Sat, Oct 1 TBD Tickets
Sat, Oct 8 8:00 PM ET Tickets
Sat, Oct 15 TBD Tickets
Sat, Oct 29 3:30 PM ET CBS Tickets
Sat, Nov 5 TBD Tickets
Sat, Nov 12 TBD Tickets
Sat, Nov 19 TBD Tickets
Sat, Nov 26 TBD Tickets

AP Top 25
1 Oklahoma (37) 2-0 1471
2 LSU (14) 3-0 1424
3 Alabama (7) 3-0 1402
4 Boise State (2) 2-0 1309
5 Stanford 3-0 1212
6 Wisconsin 3-0 1170
7 Oklahoma State 3-0 1092
8 Texas A&M 2-0 1043
9 Nebraska 3-0 911
10 Oregon 2-1 899
11 Florida State 2-1 896
12 South Carolina 3-0 891
13 Virginia Tech 3-0 830
14 Arkansas 3-0 781
15 Florida 3-0 669
16 West Virginia 3-0 579
17 Baylor 2-0 521
18 South Florida 3-0 496
19 Texas 3-0 402
20 TCU 2-1 273
21 Clemson 3-0 272
22 Michigan 3-0 266
23 USC 3-0 260
24 Illinois 3-0 106
25 Georgia Tech 3-0 59
  • Dropped from rankings: Michigan State 15, Ohio State 17, Auburn 21, Arizona State 22, Mississippi State
  • Dropped from rankings: Ohio State 16, Arizona State 18, Auburn 19, Mississippi State 25


Tennessee 23

(2-1, 0-1 SEC)

(16) Florida 33

(3-0, 1-0 SEC)

    Light Rain

    Coverage: CBS

    3:30 PM ET, September 17, 2011


    1 2 3 4 T
    TENN 0 7 6 10 23
    #16 FLA 10 6 14 3 33

    Scoring Summary

    TD 10:45 Trey Burton 1 Yd Pass From John Brantley (Caleb Sturgis Kick) 0 7
    FG 01:10 Caleb Sturgis 28 Yd 0 10
    FG 11:57 Caleb Sturgis 30 Yd 0 13
    FG 08:31 Caleb Sturgis 46 Yd 0 16
    TD 01:43 Marlin Lane 8 Yd Pass From Tyler Bray (Michael Palardy Kick) 7 16
    TD 11:41 Trey Burton 1 Yd Run (Caleb Sturgis Kick) 7 23
    TD 08:08 Chris Rainey 83 Yd Pass From John Brantley (Caleb Sturgis Kick) 7 30
    TD 04:25 Da’Rick Rogers 14 Yd Pass From Tyler Bray (Two-Point Pass Conversion Failed) 13 30
    FG 13:33 Michael Palardy 20 Yd 16 30
    FG 07:19 Caleb Sturgis 42 Yd 16 33
    TD 04:46 Mychal Rivera 18 Yd Pass From Tyler Bray (Michael Palardy Kick) 23 33

    Team Stat Comparison

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