It’s over now. The Patriots completely decimated the Broncos last night, 45 to 10, and it wasn’t that close. They eased off the throttle in the third quarter and coasted in. They toyed with the Broncs: at one point Brady quick kicked on third down, a surprise tactic usually used by teams unable to get a real punt off due to defensive pressure on fourth down. In this case, New England was mocking the Broncos, giving them the ball back before they had to. Just for fun.
It was as thorough a beatdown as we have seen. And Timmy was completely overmatched.
So what did the Tebowistas learn? Nothing, probably.
The Tebowistas did not see the same game the rest of of saw. Last night, one analyst on ESPN was talking about all the dropped passes by Bronco recievers. As a general rule, QBs don’t worry about dropped passes, because for every one that is waist high and perfect that the reciever doesn’t catch, there is another at shoe lace level that a receiver does catch. At any rate, if Tebow’s receivers had caught all those bad balls, it wouldn’t have mattered much. His QB rating might have reached the twenties, where it lived all season, rather than the wretched 9.5 he achieved. Exactly 1/10th of Brady’s rating, 95.1.
What did the rest of us learn?
1. Tebow is not, and will likely never be a top-tier NFL quarterback. He is too inaccurate, his throws too wobbly, and his motion too elongated. He will continue to miss receivers and to fumble, as rushers strip him from the back side over and over and over.
2. Tebow is better than most of us ever thought he would be. He’s strong, has excellent judgment, and can read defenses, particularly when his scrambling causes coverages to break down. He is a lot of fun to watch.
3. Maybe Kyle Orton wasn’t so bad either. Yesterday was not all Tim’s fault. The O line was absolutely woeful. Orton looked very bad behind that line, and Tebow looked worse. Once the Patriots established a lead and the Broncos needed to pass to catch up, the team’s line deficiency was completely exposed. Nor was the defense as good as advertised. For the second time in a month, a defense that looked good against the mediocre teams on the Broncs’ schedule proved to be about as effective as rice paper against a competent offense. The Patriots scored 45 and could have scored 65 had they wanted. Even us T-bow haters can’t reasonably expect a first year QB to overcome that.
4. The Tebow offense is probably not destined for a lot of success in the NFL. Every decade or so, someone tries some version of this, has some initial success, and we all get excited. Then the defenses watch a little film and it’s over. It may be over now for the Denver Broncos.
5. John Elway is seriously screwed–his team has frittered away a good draft position and is stuck with the worst QB in the league. Now what, boys? Of course, it may not matter because they may still be able to fill the stands and sell a trillion jerseys to the true believers, but Elway came back to lead his team to the promised land. Instead it looks like it’s forty years in the wilderness.
6. John Fox deserves what he gets. He pandered to the masses putting in this offense and running Orton out of town. “…whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.” (Galatians 6:7) Oh well, at least Tim’s not completing passes to the other guys like his last QB, Jake the Shake Delhomme.
7. Even Jesus loves Tom Brady more than Tim Tebow. Well, duh.