OK, it’s pretty well documented that I am a non-believer in the Miracle at Mile High. I think he is the second coming all right, but the second coming of Bobby Douglass and much of his success is due to the fact that Bobby Douglasses only come along every fifty years or so, and thus profit from novelty. Look at the old footage of Bobby reading the defensive end, and faking the hand off to the running back, then racing up the middle or throwing a wobbly duck twenty yards down the field, and it looks just like Timmy. Same size, same left-handedness, same same.
And that’s OK. It’s clear now that Tim is a fungible NFL quarterback. He threw for 316 yards (yes, yes, John 3:16 and all that) last week against a pretty good defense. 300 yards is 300 yards. The guy threw for 300 yards against a quality NFL defense. I was wrong. He is an NFL quarterback. A great one? Probably not. But Bobby Douglass had an eleven-year career. His teams went 13-31-1. His passing stats were never very good, but he was famous for setting up a quarterback rushing record which stood for over thirty years. That may well be what we see from Tebow: a solid career with a few bright and shining moments, and a bucket full of rushing records. If you’re a Denver fan,having Tebow as a QB probably condemns you to perpetual mediocrity, because 8 and 8 teams exist in NFL purgatory–not good enough to go to the SB and too good for high draft picks, but it sounds as if most Denverarians are OK with that. Good for them. There aren’t enough Staffords and Lucks to go around anyway.
One more thought on his Tebowness. I watched part of that game with a high school coach from southern California who coaches for a Catholic school and is devout himself. And he made a pretty darn good point. Many of those who don’t like Tebow don’t like him not because of his football skills, but because we don’t like his aggressive stance on religion (and the fact that he jumped several queues to get to where he is due to the evangelical-good-old-boy network.) But is Tebow’s stance on religion more objectionable than Roethlisberger’s off-field behavior. Probably not. Tebow may be a pain, but to the best of my knowledge he hasn’t been accused of sexual assault. Twice.
Tebow is probably not the great quarterback his believers think he is. But then again, he clearly not the disaster I thought he was going to be. And all things considered, maybe he’s not so bad for football either.