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On Tebow, believing and beating Tom Brady

I covered the playoff game between the Broncos and Patriots Saturday and while this is a Dolphins blog, allow me to discuss with you something we rarely get to talk about on a Dolphins blog -- the playoffs.

Coming out of the thumping of the Broncos by the Patriots it's clear to me that while Tom Brady continues to play at his current level, the Dolphins have little chance of winning the AFC East unless they find their own franchise quarterback. I'm not talking about finding a nice quarterback or a fair quarterback or caretaker. I'm talking a Top 10 QB is necessary for Miami to compete with the Patriots.

Otherwise Miami is merely playing for second place in the division.

Coming out of that game, it struck me as odd one comment I heard in the press box from a journalist. Mocking the fact the Broncos were getting shredded, he turned to another writer and asked mockingly, "Where's Tim Tebow's God tonight?

Obviously, Tebow is a man of faith and he delivered an impassioned speech to his teammates before the game that was taken straight out of the Bible. It didn't work.

But does that diminish the power of faith?

I say not.

I say without faith we have nothing.

Now, some people put their faith in God. Some people put their faith in their abilities. Some put their faith in the greater group, as Vince Wilfork said following the game. But faith was at work all over the field last night.

Believing is important is important in sports. You cannot succeed unless you do not believe.

Today on Sportscenter the analysts discussed Tebow's future. It was interesting to hear their take -- even known Tebow hater Merrill Hoge who clearly has allowed his dislike of Tebow's game to blind his analysis.

The topic that came up was whether Tebow be the Broncos QB going forward. Tom Jackson made a troubling statement about Tebow when he wondered aloud if "Tebow's fansbase" would allow Denver President John Elway to make a change.

"Tebow's fanbase," seems odd phrasing to me. It makes the group sound like some cult or something. It makes them sound like drones that approve of everything Tebow does regardless of those actions. 

I'm a Tebow fan. I make no apologies for that because I like his approach off the field and appreciate his winning ways on the field. I identify with the fact Tebow's unorthodox. I love that he's gritty. And after he took a 1-4 team and helped it get in the playoffs, I cannot deny he wins.

But I'm not blind and I don't think "Tebow's fansbase" is blind. I'm not the spokesman for that fanbase, but allow me to tell you what I think Tebow's fanbase will allow, Tom Jackson:

They'll allow a legitimate quarterback competition for the right to start.

They'll allow the winner of that competition to have as much support as possible.

They'll allow for the idea that Tebow's mechanics are not very good, but mechanics can change and improve with coaching -- just ask Aaron Rodgers -- and in a lockout offseason, Tebow didn't get that coaching.

Tebow's fanbase understands that the guy they root for is not a complete player. But he's only 16 games into his NFL career. That's a bit early to throw up your hands and say, "Tebow's got no chance to improve, or Tebow absolutely positively cannot be a good NFL quarterback."

The statement is idiotic.

Perhaps you disagree. That's fine. It's America. But if you disagree, tell me how it is Drew Brees got two years of struggles knowing he would never be taller than 6-foot and a national outcry didn't ensue. Tell me how it is Mark Sanchez was awful his rookie season but the folks in New York thought him capable of improving because he went to the playoffs with his team?

No one said Sanchez needed to go after that terrible first full season as a starter. How is it that Tebow similarly takes the Broncos to the playoffs and he doesn't get the same room for growth?

Look, Tim Tebow is not Tom Brady. Nowhere close. Brady played Goliath to Tebow's David Sunday and Goliath clearly won. But I cannot discount Tebow's growth potential. I cannot discount that he was in a playoff game last night. And I cannot discount the fact that when the Broncos bring in competition for him next year, he just might do what he's been doing for a long time going back to college.

Win

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Green Bay is going to completely trounce the Giants today.

It'll be a slightly milder replay of yesterdays Pats/Broncs.

The Pack will Coast to Victory!

oscar generosity is one thing but simplicity can be quite hideous.

Giants 37
Packers 27

by monikering odin's bottom are you alluding to odin's asss?

Giants 37
Packers 27

Posted by: NY "G" | January 15, 2012 at 03:05 PM

Are you being facetious?

I had forgot about Ross's Tebow honoring. Is the Mark Sanchez honor day next at Sun Lifeless?

NY "G", Jeff Ireland is what I call idiot #2. The champion of idiots is Steve Ross! Just look at his track record since becoming the owner of Dolphins.

Where do we go from here?

NY "G" you are so welcome.

by monikering odin's bottom are you alluding to odin's asss?

Posted by: felix | January 15, 2012 at 03:06 PM

I'm just trying to be clear on where Ross and Ireland can kiss me.

PFT says Packers “unlikely” to use franchise tag on Flynn The Packers would have to offer Flynn a one-year salary that is expected to be in the range of $14.5 million which would guaranteed.

That’s $6.5 million more than Aaron Rodgers‘ base salary for 2012.

oscar - by acquiescing as such don't you think that supposition becomes irrelevant?

Texans and Ravens are good, solid teams.

Still, if the Patriots continue on as of late, it's all just a formality.

Hmm..

Jim

Sorry but but you are gravely mistaken, Baltimore won with Trent Dilfer, how many years ago!!!!!
Todays game even more makes it obvious a great/elite QB is needed. Yeah those guys ypu mentioned brought the pass rush against Brady and achieved good results, we did it for half a game this year and then Brady/Belichick adjusted which is what a great coach and QB does. We cannot bring that pass rush all the time it just does not happen unlike a great QB who is nearly always a difference maker and we flat out need one.

oscar - by acquiescing as such don't you think that supposition becomes irrelevant?

Posted by: oszckar | January 15, 2012 at 03:11 PM

Hey! This is a Football Blog!

Dumb down them thar big words, sow's I can understanding em.

The Texans are fighting til the end...Good stuff..I hate the Ravens, I hate Cam Cameron...But Ozzie Newsome is a genius...

Mortgage the future for Andrew Luck because without a franchie QB, history has already shown us we don't have a future!!!
Mr Ross, Mr Ireland I really hope you take note!!!

Harbaugh must be extremely confident that his D will respond to do what he did.

The Colts won't trade the Andrew Luck pick...No matter who offers what...


Giants 37
Packers 27

Posted by: NY "G" | January 15, 2012 at 03:05 PM

Are you being facetious?

Posted by: Odin's Bottom | January 15, 2012 at 03:07 PM

OB,

FACT is that four years ago, the path to Super Bowl XLII traversed through Tampa Bay, Dallas and that football-crazed Wisconsin outpost as the Giants won three straight postseason road games.

The G-Men will come up big.

I predict a Superbowl Rematch G-men vs Patriots with the same outcome with the G-Men being crowned Super Bowl Champs.

Probably not but we can always try and hope, if not then Griffin isn't a bad fall back option and Fisher now no doubt knows Miami's plans to grab a QB

Some great sticks in this Game.

It comes down to one of two things...

Either Ireland is an acorn, or Ross is a nut.

NY "G",
Below is what I posted yesterday in reply to a post you made on Armando's other blog. Wanted to make sure you saw it. The only thing YOU HAVE EVER SAID agree with is Ireland sucks. He is an immature GM, but a decent scout. Keep him as a scout, fire him as a GM. Now, below is my opinion on some things you said yesterday:

"Your 6:44 PM post makes no sense? Total negativity. Is this how a businees succeeds? I an not at all happy with how Ross and Ireland are runnin ght coaching search, but your negative comments like:

1) "Bowles is exactly what Soprano WAS and still IS. Same O and Same D and SAME Asst with a title of Interim HC."
How are you qualified to read Todd Bowles future? Are you a psychic?

2) "The TEAM would have had the SAME results with or without Todd Bowles."

Ok, all seer of the future. Bowles went 2-1 in his 3 game interim stint, so that means a minimum of 10-6, 0r 11-5 season under Todd Bowles. Pretty good, so with your psychic ability proving it, Bowles will have a real good record next year. Based on your card -reading, why don't you advocate Bowles?

4) Lastly, walk, no, don't walk, run, run real fast down to Dolphin HeadQuarters in Davie and apply for the job of "All-knowing Seer of the Future and sometimes TarotCard reader". Trust me, with this skill you will make millions and take away all the uncertainty we Dolphin fans have about our team's future.

(PS) Your post before the final Dolphin-Jets game below, which just proves how accurate you are with your predictions (Oh, wait, didn't we beat the Jets that game?):

"Which brings me to the Jan 01, Jets vs Miami.
Snowbirds will be filling the seats as Ross will have to give the tickets away for free as we suck so much and it will sound like a Jet home game.
He also will bring out those bootleg Jet jerseys."

Posted by: NY "G" | December 07, 2011 at 07:43 PM

NYG, keep your day job!
Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!!!!!

Dolfan fan in montreal...no they won't, but they may trade Peyton, and If they do, and Ross allows the jets to get him like they want, then we are done for the next five years. Guaranteed.

The best way to defeat a great QB is by putting pressure on him constantly. The Giants did it in what many people consider the greatest SB ever. The Patriots had one of the greatest teams in NFL history. The best way to defeat a great offense is still great defense. The Dolphins have a great pass rusher in Cameron Wake. They need more. Armando, you're absolutely right about that. I remember how Dan Marino always struggled against the Buffalo Bills. Bruce Smith, Cornelius Bennett, Phil Hansen...They were a major pain in the neck. You can't let Tom Brady stand in the pocket and have time, he'll kill you. It was the same thing with Dan Marino.


stillhardcoredolphinsfan, hate to break it to ya but NY"g" is most probably right with this comment.

"Bowles is exactly what Soprano WAS and still IS. Same O and Same D and SAME Asst with a title of Interim HC."

I saw no difference in the team at all whilst he was in charge and Bowles philosophies and the system he is using is all developed from Sparano, who by the way is now the OC at New York, the biggest reason Bowles will NOT get the coaching job here is Sparano knows his system inside out and Bowles inside out.

Bowles shows no emotion, passion on the sidelines and made no adjustments at half time in the Patriots game, more proof that he was just more of the same Sparano crap

Tebow lost to a team that Sanchez beat to get to the Championship game.

Sanchez got his team into the playoffs while playing in the same division as Brady.

Tebow got into the playoffs with a choke-job by the Raiders that cost them their coach's job.

Just sayin'

Any talk about needed to up our defense is ridiculous. We have a great defense. It's the offense, mainly qb an wr, and they new fixed before anything else. And if we do anything on defense. It's a shutdown corner and free safety. And then the line.

TEBOW! TEBOW! TEBOW! TEBOW! TEBOW!
TEBOW! TEBOW! TEBOW! TEBOW! TEBOW!
TEBOW! TEBOW! TEBOW! TEBOW! TEBOW!
TEBOW! TEBOW! TEBOW! TEBOW! TEBOW!

First off, didn't you dump on Ross for honoring Tebow? Now you are hear giving us the update on the future or God or whatever.

Secondly, if you believe that you can create a franchise quarterback, Moore is a heck of a lot closer talent wise than Tebow will ever be.

What were Moore's bigger faults? Where could he improve? I like Moore. I think he is the guy for now and if the potential Dan Marino comes then so be it. We can't sit here dreaming of the return of Dan the man. The team has to win right now.

I like the calm cool collected Bowles. He won 2 of the last 3 games. And was close with Brady and the Pats.

The rest of you turds that can't recognize what this team did in the second half of the season are blind.

Mr. Ross, You said you were looking for a young Don Shula. Well Fisher was never a Don Shula. I think you have your guy on your team. I don't know the politics of what is going on with the OC and DC but if they can get along for 3 why not 16 more? I like how calm he was and what he did for a this team.

Jesus Walks among us in TEBOW!!!

A great defense? Please...You're kidding right?

inimounts said:

"Dolfan fan in montreal...no they won't, but they may trade Peyton, and If they do, and Ross allows the jets to get him like they want, then we are done for the next five years. Guaranteed.
Posted by: inimounts"

Wouldn't it be ironic if Manning goes to the Jets and Sparano becomes a genius. I have always maintained Sparano's #1 fault was clock management. I don't know if he could have gotten better at that, but if the jets get manning and his offense suceeds, he may get another head coaching shot. I firmly believe the BEST HEAD COACHING CANDIDATE FOR US (key words are - for us) is Todd Bowles. Bowles offers CONTINUITY1 We have the best chance to succeed with continuity. 6-3 to close out the season gives us a chance to get better next year.

Pretty good Game.

Totally agree with you Mando as I am a huge Tebow fan and for a Huge Cane fan to support a Gator, is not easy! Look how many years some of todays great QB's sat as backups while they learned the pro game and changed their machanics (Rodgers) while Tebow got thrown to the fire. I don't know if Tebow will start next year or ever or will become an ALL PRO, but I wish he was on the Dolphins because young leaders at the QB spot that have won under the circumstances he has are uncommon.

Will the Dolphins win a SB this century?

A. YES


B. NO

Harbaugh was correct.

stillhardcoredolphinsfan | January 15, 2012 at 03:31 PM

stillhardcoredolphinsfan,

Well thank you for all the compliments, that was very thoughtful of you to go through 68 thousand blog postings since December to just find mine.

Oh, BTW... I love your suggestion that I go to HQ and apply for the "All-knowing Seer of the Future and sometimes Tarot Card reader". Trust me, with this skill you will make millions and take away all the uncertainty we Dolphin fans have about our team's future.

That pretty sums it up with the current ownership and GM doesn't it? The BIG word is "uncertainty"

I wouldn't do it for the money as it's not about the $$. I would do it to bring back the respect of which this organization lost through the last few years.

In closing, I see in your future a post in response to my post. lol

Ed Reed...Who else?? Future Hall of Famer...Another great Florida talent that somehow, someway didn't become a Miami Dolphin...Sad.

This Baltimore defense is what you call a great defense. Ed Reed, Ray Lewis, Ngata, Suggs...We don't have any of that. Not even close.

The Patriots better be ready. This Baltimore team is no Denver Broncos...

Nothing new about those two, but Ray is also that type of Player that can will to win a football Game.

Well!

I think the Ravens are like 144 and 0 against rookie QBs......

A true testament to the way they are coached....

Let's see the end...

Having said that, this Texans team fought with everything they had...So many key players not playing, what a year for them. Arian Foster has got to be the most underrated player in the NFL...

143-0

Great...Reed hurts a knee...No Reed against Brady is NOT GOOD...

Does Ray Lewis EVER miss an open field tackle?? Just amazing...

Arian Foster has got to be the most underrated player in the NFL...

Posted by: #1 Dolphin Fan in Montreal | January 15, 2012 at 04:09 PM

PriceMaster says Henne is the most underrated player.

Yeah, I get it now. Harbaugh knew that he could take the run away from Houston and that would force the rookie to throw. And that's what happened.

My bad.....

143-0......

Oh, my darling Oscar. When I woke up this morning and felt your nude body pressed against mine I felt so full of love and passion for you. I know you'll have dinner ready for me when I get home. I'll provide the 'dessert' (wink, wink). xoxo

Many of the same Ravens players that kicked our @ss 4 years ago... Are still kicking @ss today....

That continuity....

Many of the same Ravens players that kicked our @ss 4 years ago... Are still kicking @ss today....

That continuity....

Posted by: Kris | January 15, 2012 at 04:16 PM

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The buiscuit Dodgers of yore. It's almost medieval isn't it?

I guess they reward thugs for their behavior, nowadays..

The Seattle Super Sonics became the Oklahomo City Thunder. This happened three years ago.

Tebow is garbage

I just watched the Texan's lose to an inferior Raven team, because of their problems at quarterback.

I'm betting the Texan's retain their coach, something the Dolphins have failed to do for ten years.

Miami is getting the reputation of destroying coaches. We fire them or lose them before they are here 4 years.

It's like we get a program started then change course. Who needs a franchise quarterback, when we can't even settle on a coach?

Chad Henne? LOL!! Enough of that...He's just a bad memory, like Fiedler, Culpepper, Feeley, Frerotte, etc etc...

Has Ireland been fired yet?

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