Lets get this out of the way. Mike Vick will be a starter somewhere in the NFL next season. We will find out soon where that destination will be. In the meantime, there are still lots of haters out there, understandably so. Vick paid his debt to society and for four years in Philadelphia he was more than a model citizen. He will get another chance because he is intriquing as a quarterback and he poses multiple threats.
During the Andy Reid years Vick was not used correctly and Marty Morningwig had him throwing way too many passes. Furthermore, the O-Line was terrible. Vick got beat up every single game. Also, the reps did not protect or police the game by calling unnecessary roughness. They wanted Vick to get hurt. Here was a man knowing that he had to make the most of this second chance because of what he did. He had no choice but to take it. It was not easy. Living in the Philadelphia market I saw the beating that Vick took on the field every Sunday. One thing I know about Vick, He is one tough Football player and person. He got no help from anyone in Philly.
He also evolved into a model citizen whether people want to give him credit or not. Philly is a tough market. If you can suirvive there, anywhere else in the country is a piece of cake. If he gets protection and he plays in the right system running a balanced offense and a system that embraces his athleticism, Mike Vick will thrive once again. In my opionion Philadelphia was not the right market for Vick. However it made him stronger.
Okay, I don’t follow Peyton Manning’s exploits, but I think we all got to give a shout out to the guy. Can’t say I know a lot about him, but I do know this is the only man who can literally control an entire football game and orchestrate the outcome. He’s like a conductor on the field. He can instantly read defenses and counter the play with audibles, some times multiple or triple audibles.
His accuracy is unbelievable when he throws the ball. And he barely breaks a sweat when he’s on the field. Yesterday the guy had no third downs! No third downs. That’s just like playing a basketball game to 50 points and spotting the guy 40 points and still beating him.
Oh did I mention that he probably averaged 8 to ten yards per possession yesterday in a 52-20 win over the Eagles? And he’s 38 eight years old playing with against and with players who who are possibly 12 to 15 years younger than him. To be blunt we are probably looking at the greatest quarterback in NFL history in Peyton Manning. A certain Hall of Famer!
It sort of takes the air out of the sail when the New England Patriots play. Tom Brady usually does it single handily. Don’t get me wrong, I believe he is a great quarterback. However I get a little tired of hearing how great he is. I know that’s not fair, and I know that he is good and he will probably go down as one of the top quarterbacks in the entire history of the game. But to me the wow factor eludes him. I believe the coach is more important in devising the strategies that have contributed to Brady’s success more so than the talent of Tom Brady. That cannot be said about all coaches.
Frankly, Bill Belichick is a brilliant coach period. There is certainly no way around that statement. When we take a look at a partial resume; Belichick spent his first 15 years as an assistant coach in the league. Apparently there is something to be said about apprentice positions (Donald Trump would be proud). Belichick got his first head coaching job with the Cleveland Browns in 1991. There he proceeded to coach the team to only one winning record in 5 years (apparently he learned an awfully lot about winning by losing in Cleveland). He finally got a shot at the head coach job at New England and he proceeded to win three Super Bowl and experienced a loss in Super Bowl XLII. He was named the AP NFL Coach of the year for 2003, 2007 and 201o season.
Now to me, Belichick is the real reason the Brady has flourished, notwithstanding the Super Star status that Brady now enjoys. In short Belichick is in the opinion of many brilliant, quirky, and a winner all in one. Belichick was tabbed as the New York Jets next head coach by Bill Parcells, but Belichick resigned before ever taking the job. Soon after this turn of events he took the Patriots Job, New England paid a fine for tampering and the rest is history. Tom Brady is good, but he is not bigger than the man who put him a position to succeed within the system, Bill Belichick.
It has been a long road for Tebow as he transitioned to Professional Football. Despite confronting and understanding adversity Tebow will get his first start this year for the Denver Broncos. Tebow Was drafted by the Denver Broncos, by a coach that believed in him. This year that changed. Tebow did not start for Coach Jim Fox, the new Broncos coach who works with John Elway, who one could say is not exactly endured with Tim Tebow. The thing is Tebow is loved and revered by the Denver fans and fans around the country, this was enough this season, coupled with a terrible start for the Broncos, that Tebow is getting his chance.
Because of providence, Tebow, will probably never give up this opportunity, whether he is with the Broncos or some other NFL team. Tebow has always been scrutinized, but now he is more scrutinized because of the NFL’s penchant to changed quarterback mechanics. Because of the their belief an NFL quarterback, must have a muscle memory attribute of 90 degrees. Personally, I believe the NFL is too focused on this not only with Tebow, but with other quarterbacks. They literally tried to makeover Tim Tebow. As the did they did with Michael Vick in Philadelphia. I say let the quarterback, be who he is.
Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow has been under the microscope so much lately it’s a wonder he’s not encased in glass.
So it is then, that the view of his preseason performance in Thursday’s 24-23 loss to Dallas at Cowboys Stadium depends through what lens that effort is viewed.
Entering the game one series after starting quarterback Kyle Orton departed with a field-goal drive in his pocket, Tebow was 6-of-7 passing for 91 yards in four first-half possessions. More than half his passing yards came on a 46-yard strike over the middle to receiver Matt Willis. He was at the helm for six Broncos points against the Cowboys’ second-team defense.
“He put points on the board, that’s the key,” Broncos coach John Fox said. “And we didn’t dump the ball to the other team, so I think for a young quarterback he did very well.”
Tebow had a 118.8 rating while working nearly as much from the shotgun (eight snaps) as under center (13). Tebow, starting his second NFL season, also saw a seven-yard TD scramble over the left side wiped out by a holding penalty, an interception nullified by a pass interference call and a 10-yard loss on a sack in which he had no escape.
Tebow also had some of the hiccups that drive his critics batty. He seemed to take off a tick too quickly on a few occasions. His accuracy—another emphasis—wasn’t pinpoint, despite the high completion rate.
The Willis catch might have been a long score had it hit the wideout in stride. Another red-zone pass was behind Willis instead of leading him on third down, sending out the field-goal unit.
Still, after no organized offseason and barely two weeks of practice under intense media heat, Tebow’s work was a stepping-stone.
“I felt more confident in my reads and decisions,” Tebow said. “There’s a few I’d probably change but for the most part I felt like I did the right thing the rest of the plays. Definitely room for improvement.”
Brady Quinn continued to keep the heat on Tebow for the No. 2 job with a strong second half, in which he was 8-of-14 passing for 120 yards, a TD and 109.2 rating.
Half of Quinn’s four series culminated in TDs, including an eight-yard bullet pass to Eron Riley in the back of the end zone with 5:44 left,
“I think we all felt good on offense,” Quinn said. “We’ve definitely come along.”
All the hating on Tim Tebow is mean spirited, simply because in my opinion he is a Christian, loves Jesus Christ and lives his life accordingly. We live in a fallen world and the world will not embrace that.
1 John: 4:4- You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.
Here’s an article expressing support from Lebron James from USA today.
The Broncos’ Tim Tebow had a simple response to ESPN’s Merril Hoge, who was critical of the second-year QB on Wednesday.
Tebow broke a nine-day Twitter hiatus to say: “Hey Merrill…… ‘ppreciate that”
Later, the oft-criticized LeBron James chimed in and fired back at Hoge.
“Guys get on that TV and act like they was all WORLD when they played,” he said. “How bout encouraging him and wishing him the best instead of hating!!”
Both athletes were responding to Hoge’s words on Twitter and television Wednesday after the ESPN analyst studied game tape from last season. Hoge tweeted and reiterated on SportsCenter that Tebow’s accuracy hasn’t improved, and his throwing motion is still as bad as it was when he was a Heisman Trophy winner at Florida.
In a series of tweets, Hoge wrote:
“It’s embarrassing to think the Broncos could win with Tebow!! …That throwing motion he changed? You can’t change who you are!… College credentials do not transfer to NFL, rah-rah speeches do not work! You must possess a skill set to play! Tebow struggles with accuracy!”
Appearing on SportsCenter, the eight-year NFL veteran added:
“He is awful as far as accuracy goes and what’s kind of even more disturbing, he’s probably worse moving and running around with the football and throwing than he is from the pocket. Can you get better there? A little bit. If everything is perfect, the pocket, your feet are good, all your fundamentals come into place, the coverage is what you want it, you can be successful. But that doesn’t happen at the National Football League. Rarely does that happen.”
All of this comes on the day that ESPN and NFL Network reported that the Broncos QB job was Kyle Orton‘s, despite rumors that the veteran would be dealt to make way for the popular Tebow.
But don’t tell James that Tebow won’t make it.
“Tim Tebow will succeed in the NFL,” James tweeted. “He’s a hard worker, a student of the game, a natural born leader and most of all a WINNER! It takes time and he’ll be nice.”
On Monday night Brett Favre and Packer coach, Mike McCarthy, met for almost four hours discussing his future with the Packers, no one knows what was said, but it was reported by NFL TV that Brett Favre said he did not know if he would be allowed to compete. One thing is certain, someone related to the Packers, better get their house in order and resolve this situation before the season starts or they can kiss championship aspirations goodbye. It is entirely too much of distraction to deal with at this late date. But this soap opera can continue and both sides look like they cannot possibly have a clue. Perhaps some mediation is in order.