Let’s not speak or write about Tebow unless we can do better than this

21 Nov

This Tebow polarization has been…well, what’s the exact opposite of surprising? It’s totally been that, times a million. And for my money, far and away the best thing written about the Tebow phenomenon is this essay at The Classical:

Last night, Brad Nessler dropped the word “magical” at least twice to describe Tebow’s ability to scramble for 10 yards in a multi-option package that stretched the defense horizontally and created holes for him. The implication wasn’t even subtle: you could practically hear him yearning to say “miraculous” to describe the way Tebow kept resurrecting the 1st Down marker. You can hardly imagine it — perhaps because he so frequently doesn’t — but he executed some routine plays as if they were routine and, once relieved of having to act like an NFL-quality passer, unleashed fullback-ian havoc on a couple of bruising runs.

The whole thing is pretty great. And I’m sorry to play the role of fun-hater, but as much fun as it’s been to watch Tebow’s absurd variety of success*, I can’t help but notice the similarities between Tebow this season and Vince Young’s 2006 campaign, down to the low passing totals, crazy running skills, surprising W-L percentage and number of fourth-quarter comebacks. It’s downright eerie, and yet I fully remember Young being damned for his poor throwing ability and (presciently) written off as a flash-in-the-pan by the same type of people who are kissing Tebow’s feet every time he makes a remotely professional-looking play. It’s…strange? Let’s go with strange for now, with a fair bit of “sad” thrown in as well. And like I said, I’m not pumped about playing the race card but it seems pretty unavoidable at this point. Too bad.

*I’m on Team Tebow as much as I am any running QB; I guess it’s probably more accurate to say I’m on Team Positional Innovation.


2 Responses to “Let’s not speak or write about Tebow unless we can do better than this”

  1. Keith November 21, 2011 at 12:03 pm #

    Maybe it is due to the fact I have just been grading poorly written papers, but if a student remotely pulled race card and didn’t provide a source to support his claim I would unleash !!!!!!! You are a sourced away from having me.

  2. Spoon November 22, 2011 at 11:53 am #

    Vince Young was the talk of the NFL in 2006. In fact, with terrible passing numbers, he won the rookie of the year award. I have to disagree with you. This is not a race issue. It is an issue of the uneduacated fans in the NFL that love to see the college star make it in the big world. I remember being amazed at Vince Youngs popularity and am now even more amazed at Tebow’s. They are both well below average quarterbacks.


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