Saturday, February 2, 2013

Kaepernick is Tebow's Worst Nightmare

The Irony of this year's NFL Season with regards to Tim Tebow, is epic in the grand scheme of his career.  Last year Tebow not only shocked the world, he made nearly every NFL anaylst and player question their idea of greatness.  "All he does is Win" is the quote from Skip Bayless made into a catchy song parody almost 4.4 million people have viewed
on YouTube.

Tebow was drafted by the Denver Broncos 25th overall in the 2010 NFL Draft to a controversial and mixed response.  Most people thought he would be drafted in the latter rounds, but when former Broncos head coach Josh McDaniels decided to make Tim a first round selection, the football world was bushwhacked & had no idea what was about to materialize.  After a year riding the pine, Tebow took over the 2011, 1-4 Broncos to wide fanfare and media acclaim, but some of his peers were not so pleased.  Namely back-up QB Brady Quinn and ex-starter Kyle Orton.  Orton probably had no qualms about his demotion, but Quinn was definitely pissed-off by Tebow overtaking him on the depth chart.  You can thank your former fans and teammates from the Mile-High City for that Brady:)

Have you ever heard anyone say, "This guy is a terrible practice player" about an NFL QB?  Before Tim Tebow, no you hadn't.  Tebow was 3rd on the Bronco QB depth chart when the 2011 season began, but after five disappointing games and audible chants from the Denver crowds for "Tebow, Tebow, Tebow", the Bronco Brass caved to their Fan's demands and made Tim the starter.  He won 8 of the next 13 games, including the Earth-Quaking, First Round Playoff overtime victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Cut to this year.  Tebow rots on the bench and plays on the Punt team for the Jets.  Hyped and Publicized to the bitter rear end of the Butt Tackle, the New York Jets chose to ride it out with Mark Sanchez instead of giving Tebow a chance.  Meanwhile, Colin Kaepernick, Robert Griffin III, Andrew Luck, Cam Newton and Russell Wilson showed everyone what rushing ability combined with strong, accurate passing can do.  All the shine Tebow got in 2011, the 2012 QB Class took it and yes ran with it.

In 2011 Tim Tebow proved once again a mobile quarterback with questionable throwing ability is capable of winning in the NFL.  In 2012 the new class of QBs have made the case that you don't have to settle for poor throwing to have a good rushing QB.  While Tebow was running QB draws and fake punts for the inept Jets, 3 of the new class were making the playoffs and Kaepernick is in the Super Bowl.  Kaepernick is Tebow's worst nightmare.  Not only can Colin run faster than Tebow, he probably throws harder than John Elway (Kaepernick's Fastball was clocked @ 95MPH, he was drafted to play baseball) and is quite accurate.  You can make the argument that 3 once-in-a-generation QBs came along this year in Wilson, Griffin and Luck.  This is great for the NFL, but absolutely dire for Tim Tebow.  Everyone's Standards for QBs were lowered in 2011, but 2012 may have raised those standards to a level unequaled.

I do hope Tim Tebow gets another chance to be a starter.  No one can deny what he did in 2011, but the QBs from this year have made it a whole lot harder for him to even get an opportunity in the future.

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