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.