|Tim Tebow, Denver Broncos Starting QB|
Tim Tebow is not an accurate passer and he boasts a scant 45% completion rate. Most of the time when Tebow drops back, balls are grotesquely over or under thrown. Sometimes, he scrambles around the backfield in such a frenzy that he looks like a true college freshman sent out to execute the two-minute drill against a Ravens-Steelers all-star defensive squad. There's no denying it, sometimes it's ugly. But...
Tim Tebow is 3-1 as a starter, since taking over as quarterback in Denver.
- Tebow's NFL QB rating is 81.6. That's higher than:
- Phillip Rivers (80.2)
- Michael Vick (79.8)
- Joe Flacco (75.6)
- His 81.6 QB rating is also better than most other high visibility college QBs who recently entered the NFL including: Colt McCoy, Sam Bradford, and Christian Ponder.
- Tebow's 81.6 QB rating also exceeds anyone who has thrown a pass this year for Washington, Tampa Bay, Seattle, Miami, or Jacksonville.
- In his four starts with Denver this year Tebow has thrown 8 touchdowns and 1 interception. In the four Denver games prior to Tebow, Kyle Orton also threw 8 touchdowns but had 7 interceptions.
Oh yeah, and Tebow has run for 320 yards this season and averaged almost 7 yards per carry.
I won't bother going into the intangibles Tebow brings like leadership, guts, and a never quit attitude (and maybe an occasional extra set of downs, as the hand of God almighty nudges the first down marker back a yard or two).
I'm not saying Tebow is a rock solid NFL quarterback. I'm just saying we all jumped on this kid pretty quickly after seeing some sloppy and sophomoric execution in his first couple of weeks, and to be fair, now that there are some statistics to look at, they can't be ignored in evaluating him.