Tim Tebow is a terrible NFL quarterback ability-wise but has one of the strongest senses for survival and perseverance demonstrated in pro sports.
Sometimes faith in one’s self and ability to carry a group of likewise individuals that share the same goal is enough to win.
Simply put, right now who do you want to lead your football team?
A. Tim Tebow
B. Caleb Hanie
Watch these two in their post game press conferences. One is confident and grateful. The eternal can-do positive attitude that most people hate because they themselves are procrastinators and lazy. The other? Head down, mumbles and the eyes of a deer in headlights.
The Broncos did not panic. The Bears did.
In the 4th quarter, the Broncos played to win. The Bears? Played not to lose.
I did not watch quarters 1-3 so I cannot personally comment. But I’ve read enough to understand it was terrible football.
It is also clear that more and more NFL players really don’t understand the game. Marion Barber is hardly the only one but simply the player in the current spotlight. These guys rely on physical ability. Most GMs rely on physical ability when drafting players. The mental component is undervalued.
And it is that mental component that provides an edge to guys lacking physical exceptional performance. It is what enabled Tom Brady to become the league’s elite quarterback.
Tim Tebow is no Tom Brady. But Tebow’s survival in the NFL depends on what is between his ears more than his throwing arm.
And in the NFL, all that matters is wins. Tebow wins. End of story.
But his coach John Fox has been around the league long enough to know that this is not a long term solution. As does Elway.
Tebow must adapt or die next season. It is that simple. The NFL jungle evolves incredibly fast.
People have bet against this kid and keep losing. He has already accomplished more than what most skeptical followers thought possible. And the naysayers will continue. The question to ask is it because of his quarterbacking ability or faith?
The difference yesterday was quite obvious. Two NFL teams lacking ability. One believed in itself and found a way to win. The other disintegrating into a bunch of individuals making costly errors out of fear of losing.
Lovie Smith said the Bears need to win out. That was 3 games ago. The Bears are 0-3 since that statement.
Cutler’s thumb is not going to heal any faster. Neither is Forte’s knee.
What the Bears need right now is their own Tebow. The status quo lineup for next week is not going to cut it, whether Smith likes it or not.
And believe in him. For whatever reason. Because that is all they have left.
Welcome back to the NFL, Josh McCown.