Friday, August 30, 2013

Final Tebometer of the preseason (and maybe forever?)

Having a windup like a baseball pitcher definitely doesn't help.
A quick look at Tim Tebow's stats from last night (or reading this morning's headlines) might suggest that he gave a somewhat encouraging performance: 6-11, 91 yards, 2 TD passes, 1 interception.  But, if you actually saw him play, you know differently.  His first touchdown (which went for 52 of the 91 yards) was actually a 15 yard pass over the middle that was late, and much too high; the kind of throw that gets receivers killed.  But because Quentin Sims had to stop and jump backwards to get it (traditionally WR's like to catch the ball in stride, and somewhere in the area of their hands) the defender missed the tackle, and Sims sprinted 37 yards to the end zone.

Tebow's second TD was as garbage as a garbage time score can get. Trailing by a point with 10 seconds left, the Giants went for it on 4th and 8 from their own 17 yard line.  The QB was sacked for an 8 yard loss, giving the Pats the ball on the doorstep of the end zone with 6 seconds remaining.  Tebow's ensuing score came on what normally would be a kneel down play, in the closing seconds of the final preseason exhibition contest.  I defy you to draw up a less meaningful situation in an NFL game.

And don't forget about the interception, on which Tebow's deep ball was so badly underthrown that the cornerback even had to slow down and wait for it to come to him.

Here are his final preseason numbers: 11-30 (37%) for 145 yards, 2 TD's, 2 INT's, and 7 sacks.  As a quarterback he has no business being on an NFL roster.  Unless they have other plans for Tebow, New England should cut him, and the rest of the league would be wise to never give him another opportunity to throw the football again.

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