So it’s now official, Tebowmania has taken over Sideline Scholars. I was really hoping to have never said that and would never be making this post, yet here I am — I’m defending Tim Tebow and Tebowmania, brother (Only one from me, I swear). This is going to be a collaboration between Pat and myself where we come from each side and will be defending our arguments.
With that said, take a look at where we have Tebow ranked this week in fantasy football. Also take a look at where we each have him for the rest of the year in our Top 25 QB rankings. While you’re at it, take a look at our power rankings and see where we have Tebows Broncos.
So let me start out by telling you I am by no means a Tebow fanboy. I’m not even a big Tebow fan, period. I do not, however, believe that all the criticism he has received as of late is completely justified. He has the chance to be a star in Denver. His completion percentage is not great by any means and is well below his career at Florida. But not all has been bad. In his career, he’s turned the ball over only 5 times, he has a 9:4 TD:INT ratio and is averaging 5.6 yards per rush attempt. Now what I would really like to do is compare his numbers with a another players first few years in the league. Before I go to far to tell you who it is, check out the compared stats.
|Yards per attempt||5.6||7.4|
Not terrible. Yards aren’t up there, but TD’s are well on their way to catching this anonymous player, not nearly as many turn overs and despite the 4% completion percentage lower, Tebow owns a better QB Rating. I wanted to keep this short and sweet, so I will reveal who this mysterious player is. Could Tebow be as good as Player A one day? Time will tell. Give him the right group of players around him and anything can happen.
Player A = Michael Vick
I would like to start by mentioning that to decide on this player this early is wrong, but from what I have seen, I don’t think he will ever make it as a QB in the NFL. As a starter in the NFL he has thrown 7 TD’s and 4 INT’s. With a whopping 7.65 yards per completion. and 49.2 completion percentage.
But those are just stats. The real story is watching a young man throw inaccurate balls all over the field. The only time he looked ok was right out of the gate against the Lions (but they adjusted quickly) and in garbage time. To examine the game of Tim Tebow he looks like somebody who is simply not ready, every game looks like his first action, I don’t think 5 starts is when it becomes time to make final judgements but at what point do you have to say enough is enough?
Now let me tell you a story of two players
|Yards per attempt||5.6||6.7|