Who Needs Tim Tebow When You Have T.J. Yates (Or Just About Any Other NFL Quarterback)?

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The only proper usage of Tebowing.
Vince Young was not who Jeff Fisher wanted to draft in 2006. His choice for the future quarterback of the Tennessee Titans was Jay Cutler. Bud Adams wanted Young, so Young became a Titan. Young was the 2006 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year as the Titans went 8-5 in the 13 games he started and made the playoffs.

The Titans reworked their playbook a bit for Young, simplifying it and basing it on the offense he ran at the University of Texas. This was an offense tailored to Young, who had an awkward throwing motion and had trouble with taking a snap from under center. He often had an option to run the ball, and at first, defenses had difficulties with figuring out his game. In the years since, Young's career has cratered and he's now a backup to Michael Vick on the Philadelphia Eagles.

This history lesson is a bit of a primer for Tim Tebow, the quarterback of the Denver Broncos. Like Young, Tebow is not wanted by the current coach or management of the Broncos, having been drafted by the previous regime. He's proven unable to run a pro offense, and the Broncos are running a simplified offense based on Tebow's college offense at Florida. He's got an awkward throwing motion, he can't take snaps from under center and his first option is usually to run the football.

Young was often called lazy and dumb by critics. It was said he was too stupid to learn a pro offense. Tebow, however, is referred to as a hard worker who wills his teams to victory after victory. Those who dare to criticize Tebow are referred to as anti-Jesus. John Elway, perhaps the greatest QB in NFL history and the president of the Broncos, was met with vitriol when he dared to suggest that perhaps Tebow wasn't exactly the best quarterback in the history of history. And even Kurt Warner, a man known for his strong Christian views, thinks Tebow's taking his act a bit too far.

Except for Tebow being a white Christian who is open in his desire to ban abortion, there's really no difference between him and Vince Young. For a supposed hard worker, Tebow has yet to learn how to take a snap from under center. He still hasn't learned the intricacies of a pro offense, and despite years of supposedly practicing on his technique, he makes Vince Young looked like a polished quarterback.

ESPN devotes hours and hours to discussion of Tim Tebow and about what a great person he is. Last week, they even devoted a whole SportsCenter to Tebow. Aaron Rodgers is having one of the great seasons of great seasons for NFL quarterbacks. He and the Packers haven't lost a game since November of 2010. He's won a Super Bowl. He's having an MVP season.

And unlike Tebow, who was heavily recruited out of high school and starred for Florida from the start, nobody wanted Rodgers. He had to play junior college football before getting a chance to play at Cal, then he had to watch as the likes of Alex Smith were drafted above him in the NFL draft. Yet strangely, ESPN has never devoted an hour to Rodgers.

And how about Drew Brees? He was a second-round draft choice of San Diego. And after suffering a shoulder injury, the Chargers chose to let him become a free agent. The Miami Dolphins passed on him to sign Dante Culpepper. The Saints, a team immersed in chaos with a new coach and playing in a city devastated by the aftereffects of a major hurricane, took a chance on him. He's won a Super Bowl, been an MVP. He's devoted to the city, he's supposedly a good Christian. ESPN's never devoted an entire SportsCenter to him.

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Dear ESPN, give this man some of that Tebow attention.
Don't forget Tom Brady, a sixth-round draft choice who had to battle the likes of Brian Griese and Drew Henson for playing time at Michigan. Eli Manning led one of the great Super Bowl comebacks of all time, and has driven his team to more fourth-quarter victories this year than Tebow. Neither has gotten the ESPN all-Tebow-all-the-time treatment.

Then there's the case of one T.J. Yates, the current starting quarterback of the Texans. Yates is a rookie. He's a fifth-round draft choice. He was a combine arm at the last NFL combine, meaning that all he did all day during the entire combine was throw passes -- bombs, screens, slants, fades, soft and hard -- to receivers, tight ends, running backs, linebackers and defensive backs. He was the Texans' third-string QB until Matt Schaub and Matt Leinart were lost for the season with injuries.

The Texans have won all three games he's played, including Sunday's thrilling 20-19 comeback over the Bengals. Gary Kubiak hasn't dumbed down his offense for Yates. Yates doesn't have the option of taking every snap in the shotgun. He's got to read defenses and find receivers. He's got to know when to check down. He's got to be able to get the ball to his receivers.

So stop shoving Tim Tebow down my damn throat. There are quarterbacks doing what he does every week in the NFL. Of course, Rodgers doesn't drop to his knee and pray to an invisible man in the sky for five minutes after completing a pass, and Brees doesn't need his kicker to bail him out in the fourth quarter every week. Then again, in about five years, Rodgers, Brees and Brady will be cementing Hall of Fame careers while Tebow will be hanging on as a third-stringer somewhere because, as Vince Young has shown, at some point, you actually have to be able to run a pro offense if you're going to start in the NFL.



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25 comments
Frankie
Frankie

Don't you wish you could take this article back?  Too bad you actually think you know something.

Jopa68
Jopa68

The problem with your argument is that we know how Vince Young's story has turned out after 5 years.  There are things in your story that were left out...such as the suicide watch on VY after he was boo'ed by Titan fans.  I do not think that will happen to Tebow.  Maybe..but to automatically assume that his path is going to end up at the same point in 5 years is a bit jumping the gun at this point.  If it does go that way, you will think to yourself in 5 years that you were a journalistic genious, but the rest of us will not give a Gators ass about it.  I am cheering for the guy because of the playa hating.  It might not be pretty, but I bet the 4th qtr ratings for Denver games are higher than any other team this year (Tebow Time). Vince Young did not get the kind of national media coverage saying he sucked every week. If he would have, he would have tanked the first year and never got the rookie award. 

JGG
JGG

I don't care how good or bad Tebow is as a football player. He lost me when he decided to shove his beliefs down the country's collective throat with that bs super bowl ad. Religion is like a penis, it's fine to have one, it's perfectly ok to be proud of it, but don't whip it out in public and do NOT shove it down my kids throat. Fuck that prick.

Ken
Ken

Its whinny jealous sports writers like you that make people like me and ESPN like Tebow that much more! Only a true JERK would put someone down that is leading their team like he is. Tebow is a true role model that you could learn from. It never ceases to amaze me how critics like you can find work and get paid for their slander.

Backstop21
Backstop21

Wow... this author obviously knows nothing.  He is driven by hate and jealousy for someone who is actually having success and who is one of the only good role models in sports.  Its pure jealousy and thats it.

And btw... no one's "shoving tim tebow" down is throat ... you are choosing to listen to the coverage, and your the one writing this article, I could say the same thing about you shoving your hate down my throat, but i chose to read this article.

Im sorry that there are people like you in the world who have to hate on others who win and give glory where glory is due, to God. 

So shove your hate back down your own throat

YO
YO

bro...i'd hate to be your wife...!angry? hurt? bad home life?come on man!tebow sends his love!and when you are out of a job as a writer (which will be in the near future if you keep writing bitter/hateful articles like this)...tebow will still be winning games and making a difference in the world! and...i'm an agnostic!

Mort D
Mort D

John Royal - TURN OFF THE TV OR CHANGE THE CHANNEL IF YOU DON'T WANT TO HEAR ABOUT TIM. Geez - how bitter can you get toward a person who didn't do anything to you? Did he touch you when you were younger like Sandusky? You can feel the hatred from this worthless blog.

Byronhawthorne
Byronhawthorne

This essay was a waste of time and energy to write and read. If he could, the author would rent a time machine and undo Tebow's career by making sure he was aborted. Just because some nutcase atheists are offended by God-talk it doesn't mean the rest of us need pay attention. Further, Tebow's numbers in the fourth quarter are better than almost anyone in the NFL meaning he is best when the games are toughest. But please stop crying about how the league is changing because of an original player. It doesn't matter if he "runs a pro offense" when he is beating the pros, now -- does it? And if you don't like Jesus, feel free to move to the USSR where you can mourn the demise of the failed Worker's Atheist Paradise.

Soren Kay
Soren Kay

I'm not a Tebow fan, but you're being a whiny little bitch.

Tebowite
Tebowite

If you don't think that Tom Brady and Drew Brees have gotten their dues then you have a very short memory.  Maybe you remember all the controversy surrounding Vince Young?  It was very similar to this, but not to the same degree as Tebow.  This only happens because in reality there are few talented journalists that cover sports.  It's for journalists who explain to fans what they already know. 

Joeschome
Joeschome

I seriously think you put forward the best "shut the fuck up about Tebow" argument I have heard to date. Thank you. Thank you.

guest
guest

Tebow is a good man. And you're butthurt. We get it.

But thanks for keeping the Tebow train a-moving with your article!

Charles Hubbard
Charles Hubbard

God does not like Tim Tebow's shoes. God is a bigger competitor than Tim Tebow... and He is insulted when Christians wear a shoe in honor of the pagan goddess Nike for victory that false demonic goddess inspired.  If you think God is pleased with His children honoring his evil competition... think again!!!  Consider this a message from God.

Candace
Candace

Let them keep talking about Tebow.  The Texans don't need the attention, we are going to quietly work our way through the rest of the season and show the NFL what we are all about.  The Tebow attention is not needed here...we have always been underdogs.

ribalding
ribalding

Tim Tebow is to quarterbacks as Graceland is to Memphis architecture.

(They share the same fans, too.)

Smith
Smith

Tim Tebow isn't just good for the NFL he is good for SEO.  The reason everyone (including you) is writing about Tim Tebow is so you can meta tag your article with his name.  I like Yates, I went to UNC and am pulling for the guy.  I don't care one way or another on Tebow.  I don't mind him saying what ever he wants.  Ever seen a Nascar victory speech?  They thank Tide, Sprite, Lowes, etc...and again I could care less.  If you want the Tebow madness to stop, quit writing about it.  

JB
JB

Hear hear!

YO
YO

with comments like this, your kids will be, have been harmed alot more by YOU than any commercial that Tebow could ever do...your kids, like all kids, catch way more than we can teach them...and they are "catching" this sick attitude!  and concerning tebow's commercial, all he did was tell HIS story of how his mother did not choose to murder him in her womb....why is that beautiful story so offensive to you? there is an OFF button on your remote ;) 

Mort D
Mort D

I think you should stop being so bitter at someone who you really don't know.

Megan
Megan

Tebow may be a good man.  But there are other QBs that are doing a better job than him.  The only reason he's getting good press is because he has a good defense and a kicker that can perform in the clutch.

Mort D
Mort D

More like consider your message from a moron.

mbkeever
mbkeever

Holy shit. Who are you? And is this supposed to be a satirical comment, or are you legitimately bat-shit crazy?

Mort D
Mort D

This blog/article (or whatever you want to call it) is to writing as Obama is to fiscal discipline.

Mort D
Mort D

Or more importantly, he's winning in the clutch. Obviously you overlooked that fact.

Jerry Jones
Jerry Jones

Mort D - SCROLL DOWN OR UP IF YOU DON'T WANT TO READ THIS KIND OF STUFF ABOUT TIM. Geez - how bitter can you get toward a person who didn't do anything to you? Did Charles Hubbard touch you when you were younger like Sandusky? You can feel the hatred from this worthless reply.

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