If This Play “Is” Tim Tebow, Then Tim Tebow Is Not Very Good
Today in the Denver Post, lovable scamp Woody Paige takes a largely innocuous play from last night's Broncos-Cowboys preseason game, and turns it into a larger symbol for Tim Tebow's essence. The play, it may or may not surprise you to learn, was not very good.
With 43 seconds left in the first half, the Tebow-led Broncos were threatening in Cowboys territory. Tebow took a shotgun snap on 3rd and Goal, and immediately took off towards the left sideline. After stiff-arming a Cowboys defensive back (good!), he doubled back towards the other sideline (exciting!), and then, despite being quite a long ways past the line of scrimmage, he flicked the ball to an open receiver (gutsy! Instinctive! Completely against the rules of football!).
Paige described it thusly:
Well, everyone, including even Kyle Orton and John Elway, would have to admit that was an unusual — almost from another galaxy — kind of play.
That was not a first down or a touchdown or a Freedom 7 splashdown, but that was entertainment.
That was Tim Tebow.
Indeed it was: although it was "Fran Tarkenton-like," the play resulted in a blocking below the waist penalty, an illegal receiver downfield penalty, the aforementioned illegal forward pass, and the Broncos having to settle for a field goal.
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