As this video underscores. Feel their pain!
As this video underscores. Feel their pain!
Apparently not so good, according to the Onion Sports Network.
These fellows seem to believe he can?
As he underscored 44 times during his introductory news conference with the New York media.
Or so believes Jimmy Fallon, via his excellent David Bowie imitation.
As this song underscores, some Broncos fans were glad to see him depart as Peyton Manning arrived.
If this doesn't trigger acid flashbacks, nothing will.
Tim Tebow is a great football player and, to this point, a mediocre quarterback. He might or might not be the long-term solution for the Denver Broncos.
He followed his heroic conquest of the Steelers with his horrific failure against the Patriots. These contrasting events fueled epic debates among NFL insiders, pundits and fans. Just what is Tim Tebow?
We know this much for sure: Tebow already reached pro football’s Pantheon of Unorthodox Quarterbacks.
Strengths: Charismatic team leader. Adept scrambler capable of making big plays on the move. Bulldozing runner who brought the option running scheme to the NFL.
Limitations: Odd throwing motion with a slow release, poor touch and inconsistent accuracy.
Rejection: New Broncos coach John Fox buried him in backup role at the start of his regime. Team “sources” leaked Tebow's poor internal training camp reviews to media types. Team president John Elway initially dismissed his value before grudgingly acknowledging him as the Quarterback of the Future in Denver.
Trademark: His prayerful pose, known generically as “Tebowing.”
Bottom line: He has been great, bad and ugly – often in the same game. His results varied tremendously from week to week. But he did rally an ordinary Denver team through one round of the playoffs.
Strengths: Tremendous leadership ability, like Tebow. Physically tough, like Tebow. Liked to scramble and run over defenders, like Tebow.
Limitations: Not a great pocket passer, like Tebow.
Rejection: Spent much of his career in the Canadian Football League with Calgary and British Columbia. Finally got his NFL opportunity when Vikings GM Jim Finks – Kapp’s old boss with the B.C. Lions – engineered a trade that crossed league boundaries.
Trademark: The jump pass, which Tebow totally ripped off while at Florida.
Bottom line: Earned CFL Hall of Fame honors north of the border and led the Vikings to Super Bowl IV. But his NFL career ended badly after a spectacularly unsuccessful stint with the Patriots.
Strengths: Ridiculous physical tools. Imagine Barry Sanders with, as actor Jason Alexander would say, “a rocket for an arm.”
Limitations: Passing touch, consistency, citizenship.
Rejection: The Chargers opted not to draft him with the first overall selection in 2001, dealing that pick to Atlanta instead. After a terrific run with the Falcons – and federal prison time for his dog-fighting conviction – he relocated to Philadelphia as a back-up quarterback.
Trademark: Invincibility with video games.
Bottom line: His successful comeback from doing hard prison time restored his standing as one of the most electrifying performers of his generation. But his inability to win the really big games still, ahem, dogs him.
Strengths: Elusive scramble capable of making big plays on the move. Flair for making game-breaking plays, like Tebow.
Limitations: Short, mobile quarterback during an era that favored tall pocket quarterbacks. Not nearly as tall as his listed 5-foot-10 height.
Rejection: Started his pro career in the USFL after winning the Heisman Trophy for Boston College. After back-up stints in New England and Chicago, he enjoyed a long run in the CFL before finally breaking through for Buffalo in the NFL.
Trademark: “Hail Mary” pass.
Bottom line: He earned the Associated Press named him its NFL Comeback Player of the Year award on 1998, but enjoyed only intermittent success at the highest level.
Strengths: Mobility allowed him to elude the rush and extend plays. Adept at making big plays on the move.
Limitations: Eagerness to run out of the pocket disturbed his original coach, Norm Van Brocklin.
Rejection: The Vikings traded him to the Giants after his unhappy time under Van Brocklin.
Trademark: Post-playing career as a self-promoting entrepreneur.
Bottom line: Tarkenton later returned to Minnesota and led the Vikings to three Super Bowls – although they lost them all. Fran’s inability to “win it all” as a Vikings tainted a career that saw him pass and run for more than 50,000 yards.
Strengths: Mobility, huge left arm.
Limitations: Scrambling quarterback during an era favoring pocket quarterbacks.
Rejection: Started his career in the United States Football League with a monstrous contract. Moved to the NFL with the woeful Buccaneers and lost 16 of his 19 starts. Moved the 49ers as a back-up to Joe Montana and regrouped.
Trademark: Concussions – at least seven of them in his career.
Bottom line: He finally graduated into the starting role in San Francisco, forcing Montana out of town. He enjoyed great success in his own right, winning a MVP title and Super Bowl by demonstrating uncommon passing accuracy - unlike Tebow.
Strengths: Capable of throwing the ball a long way, like Tebow. Could run over would-be tacklers when he took off up the field, like Tebow.
Limitations: Passing inaccuracy, like Tebow. Many of his passes wobbled through the air duck-like.
Rejection: This second-round draft pick from Kansas was the starting quarterback in just two of his seven NFL season.
Trademark: Freakish size for his period. Also, lefty QBs were extremely rare to that point of NFL history.
Bottom line: He rushed for 1,493 yards and 13 touchdowns for the Bears in 1972-73. But he completed just 43 percent of his passes during a checkered NFL career and never passed for 1,246 yards in a season.
Strengths: Size and strength combined with elusive running ability. Once rushed for 942 yards in a season.
Limitations: Severe knee injury later diminished his mobility.
Rejection: Broke in as a back-up and situation substitution for the Eagles. Had a nice run as starter there, then lost his starting gig to Rodney Peete. Retired prematurely to work as a TV analyst. Enjoyed initial success in Minnesota, then lost his job to Jeff George. Finished out his career as a fill-in in Dallas and Baltimore.
Trademark: Athletic versatility -- he really punt the football, too.
Bottom line: He peaked as a QB in Minnesota, where he threw 34 touchdown passes while leading the Vikings to a 15–1 regular season record in 1998.
Strengths: Mobility allowed him to elude the rush . . . until Lawrence Taylor caught up to him late in his career. Was able to extend plays, like Tebow, and complete passes on the move.
Limitations: Short, mobile quarterback during an era that favored tall pocket quarterbacks.
Rejection: The Dolphins drafted him in the fourth round but didn’t sign him. He started his pro career in the CFL. He came to the NFL as a back-up quarterback and punt returner for the Redskins. He finally displaced veteran Billy Kilmer, who was a bit of an unconventional quarterback himself.
Trademark: Having L.T, snap his leg wishbone-like on "Monday Night Football."
Bottom line: Once he settled in as the Redskins starter, he led Washington to two Super Bowl appearances and one World Championship.
Strengths: Fiery leader, like Tebow. Lefty, like Tebow. Could scramble and make plays on the move, like Tebow.
Limitations: Passing accuracy wasn’t great. Threw more interceptions (141) than TD passes (11) in his career.
Rejection: Finished out his career as a journeyman back-up for the Seahawks, Packers, CFL Winnipeg Blue Bombers and Buccaneers after his early success in Seattle.
Trademark: Completion to Steve Largent.
Bottom line: He followed decent playing career with a similarly decent coaching career.
Tom Brady was clearly miffed about Tim Tebow getting all that media attention. And Bill Belichick was obviously jacked up by the defensive challenge the unconventional Tebow presented his team.
Their response was swift, thorough and brutal. The Patriots ended the magical Broncos run with extreme prejudice, vividly exposing all of Tebow’s quarterback flaws in the process.
Here is how the pundits responded in the Twitterverse:
Jennifer Floyd Engel: “New England was better team, Brady better QB. Happens a lot as far as I can tell, hardly a final verdict on Tebow as QB in NFL.”
Gregg Doyel: “Can anyone name a Denver receiver besides Demaryius Thomas? Tebow playing with 2 WR tied behind his back.”
Sports Pickle: “Tebow is eliminated. Is there still an NFL season? Tune in tomorrow to find out.”
Gilbert Gottfried: “Jesus heard the phone ringing, he said ‘Don't (freaking) tell me that's Tebow again!’”
Jeff Passan: “Hopefully Merriam-Webster updates its dictionary: ‘Tebow (verb) \Tē·bō\ 1: To bend on one knee and praise God. 2: To stink at football.’”
Les Carpenter: “Looks like the Patriots just cancelled Fantasy Island.”
Eric Stangel: “Tim Tebow. All he does is win... And lose...”
Mike Wise: “It's literally Christmas for every idiot in my profession who said Tebow wouldn't amount to nothing. Poor bastards, it's all they live for.”
Jennifer Floyd Engel: “I weep for a sports world that celebrates the failings of a man whose biggest crime is profess what he believes. #tebowmelancholia.”
Clay Travis: “Newsflash: God REALLY loves Tom Brady.”
Brian Hoorn: “#Bradying - the act of throwing td's from the qb position.”
Chris Kluwe: “Tom's really bringing that whole ‘wrothful vengeance’ thing today. I think he's going to use the Plague of Locusts play next drive.”
Gregg Doyel: “Whether he throws another TD or not, Tom Brady goes home to Giselle. Which means he's running up the score.”
Sports Pickle: “With this outstanding performance, I can't imagine what outfit Brady will try to get away with postgame. Probably a miniskirt and tiara.”
Jeff Schultz: “Darth Belichick just reported that the Clone Army is ready.”
Gregg Doyel: “Belichick just has too many loaves of bread.”
Darren Rovell: “Rob Gronkowski was taken 17 picks after Tim Tebow in the 2010 Draft.”
Darren Rovell: “In 2 seasons, the Patriots have paid Rob Gronkowski a total of $3.36M. Tebow has earned more than $10M.”
Sports Pickle: “Does anyone have footage of Brady running the 40 at his NFL combine? I bet he ran 2 yards and then slid.”
Chad Finn: “I'm beginning to wonder whether Josh McDaniels was working on Patriots schemes and game plans his entire time in St. Louis.”
Sports Pickle: “Patriots must have seen something in last week's tape. ‘What if we don't have our safeties in the d-line? Okay. Film session dismissed!’”
Sports Pickle: “If Bill O'Brien can find some extra NCAA eligibility for Tom Brady, Penn State will be tough to beat.”
Jeff Passan: “Every time Tebow gets pissed, I picture what he actually says. It's always either ‘Dang it!’, ‘Geez Louise!’, ‘Jiminy Cricket!’ or ‘Phooey!’
Rick Chandler: “This means Tebow is free to pair with Tiger Woods at PGA Humana Challenge next week. Wheee! (kill me).”
Eric Stangel: “We're about to coin a new phrase, America. "Quinn Time" #Broncos #Tebow.”
Richard Deitsch: “BREAKING: ESPN has traded Tim Tebow for LeBron James and a storyline to be determined in 2012.”
Peanut players reenacting plays? Perfect!
Even the animators in Taiwan are all over his heroics.
People still can't figure out how this happened.
We'll find out soon enough. Tebowmania is back in full force.
Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow set Twitter on fire last night with his heroics. Here is a sampler:
Kurt Warner: “Tebow... Tebow... What a game! The magic lives on... Or is it Faith? I know what I believe! #fb”
Tim Reynolds: “So in short, the new NFL playoff overtime rule is this: Tebow gets one play, and Twitter goes beserk.”
Peter Schrager: “Tim Tebow really IS the Chinese Truffle! Consumers are delighted by it, but the traditionalists fear and detest it. Confuses and confounds!”
Kenny Mayne: “Tim Tebow is going to get his name in the paper.”
Steve Politi: “Maybe now, at long last, ESPN will give the Tebow story the attention it deserves!”
Sean Leahy: “Tim Tebow didn't have a 300-yard passing game all season, until the first game of the playoffs against the No. 1-ranked Steelers defense.”
Mike Bianchi: “316 yards passing for Tebow? And there you have it: Tim: 3:16”
William Leitch: “Ordinarily, watching sports and reading about those sports provide me almost equal measures of pleasure. Tim Tebow is the marked exception.”
Jason McIntyre: “Tim Tebow's 2032 Presidential Campaign will definitely feature that game-winning TD pass. #Tebow #Legend”
Mark Kriegel: “Remember way back, Sunday morning, when the chorus of geniuses had #Tebow being replaced by Brady %$#@*&! Quinn?”
Peter Schrager: “As @alexmarvez pointed out, Tebow now has more career playoff wins than Matt Ryan and Tony Gonzalez. Then again, so does Frank Caliendo.”
Jim Gaffigan: “Congrats @TimTebow !!! What a game. If you want you can open for me next Fri and Sat in Salt Lake City!”
Stewart Mandel: “This whole Tebow thing has completely overshadowed the http://GoDaddy.com Bowl. I'm seeing almost no tweets.”
Pat Forde: “I will say today was the best day to be a Bronco fan since John Elway's last play. That was sweet.”
Mitch Goldich: “John Elway once had The Drive. Tim Tebow now asks, ‘What took you so long?’”
Jason McIntyre: “Tebow should walk into the presser: ARE YOU NOT ENTERTAINED?”
Mike Freeman: “Brady versus Tebow...the government better add some DefCon, emergency bandwith to the Internet.”
Trey Wingo: “Reminder: in the post game handshake in Denver last month Tom Brady told Tim: ‘we'll see you again’. The Prophet meets the Messiah Saturday.”
Peter Schrager: “And now Tebow and Thomas go up AGAINST McDaniels? The guy that drafted them? In New England? Oh, this is too good.”
Darin Gantt: “Tim Tebow's the Elvin Bishop of the NFL. He ain't good looking, but he sure can play.”
Mark Whicker: “Yeah, but when is Tebow going to beat a good team?”
Jose Bautista: “I guess this #tebow guy is for real #notgood4steelerfans.”
Jimmy Rollins: “Tebow Tebow Tebow Tebow................”
The Sports Pickle: “Ike Taylor believed that if you got burned on the first play of overtime, you win.”
Ike Taylor: “First off congrats too Tebow and the Broncos.”
Ike Taylor: “Second I apologize for playing the worst game at the wrong time apologize to my teammates Steelernation and family. Luv y'all to def.”
Joe Strauss: “Wonder if Tomlin, Steelers will catch half the heat Tebow would have felt in loss.”
Oney Guillen: “Tebow said he real victory is hanging out with a little girl who has had 73 surgeries. This guy is amazing. And he is dead serious.”
Jason McIntyre: “Tebow's humble. An underdog. Religious. Doesn't get arrested. Keeps football in perspective. Is respectful. Tell me, what's not to like?”
Chris Vernon: “YOU ARE WITNESSING THE DEATH OF ATHEISM”
Real Joe Namath: “Can anyone picture Tebow goin out and havin a few tonight?!”
Eric Stangel: “Tim #Tebow is going to get so not laid tonight... #Broncos”
Tucker Max: “Women in Denver are not happy--Tebow wont (court) any of them, and now a pissed off Ben Roethisberger is real drunk in their city.”
David Gonos: “God officially hates rapists. #steelers”
Jason McIntyre: “Consensus: Media coverage of Tebow is nauseating. But it's because people tune in/click. Cliche, but...Don't hate the player, hate the game.”
Now that it appears Denver is NOT the recipient of divine intervention? "Saturday Night Live" broke it down for you.