In action against the Cincinnati Bengals, the world of professional football had its first glimpse of Tim Tebow. His performance wasn’t spectacular, nor was it unspectacular. Depending on your point of view, it was somewhere in between.
However, some definitive’s could be taken away from his performance.
In the quarterback positioning, Tebow fortified his roster position by outplayed Brady Quinn, said the article, “What Did We Learn about Tebow.” Tebow looked more confident than Quinn, and had a better grasp of Denver’s offense. Overall, Tebow performed better and finished the game with a quarterback rating of 87, compared to Quinn’s rating of 25.
Quinn seemed more bothered by Cincinnati’s defense, than was Tebow, and Tebow’s accuracy was better than Quinn’s. If this domination continues throughout the pre-season games, Tebow could very well supplant Quinn as the #2 quarterback, behind starter Kyle Orton.
Tebow’s Arm Strength
Tebow’s arm seemed strong enough by NFL standards, and his passes had zing on them. Too much in certain circumstances, as a sure third down completion was dropped, because the ball was thrown too hard. In fact, the Bengals dropped a couple of possible interceptions, because of the speed on the ball. Although his throws were more accurate than Quinn’s, he needs to work on his accuracy, too.
NFL Speed Bothered Him
Tebow held the ball too long, and on one occasion absorbed a huge hit as a result. From that hit, the Bronco’s learned he could take one, and bounce back. In the series after the hit, Tebow led the Broncos on a 72-yard drive for a touchdown.
Realistic About Himself
Although his performance didn’t hurt his standing with the Broncos, he was forthright in post-game interviews. He said, “There are a lot of things I can get better at. I have a long ways to go,” and he does.
His mechanics will remain a concern, because he still tends to hold the ball too low, and he has the long swinging delivery he brought from college. The slow delivery will lead to problems, when he faces speedier starters after the season begins.
A strong point in Tebow’s favor is his attitude and work ethic, based on both the reality of his position on the team, and the work he needs to do to improve. Hard work and the desire to learn, and excel, overcome many shortcomings, and on that alone Tebow is worth keeping around.
James Walker: What Did We Learn about Tim Tebow? Go.com