Resurrected defense puts Tebow in position to succeed

  • Article by: MARK CRAIG , Star Tribune
  • Updated: November 30, 2011 - 6:31 AM

Sure, Tim Tebow is 5-1 as a starter. But most of the credit should go to the Broncos defense, not the quarterback.

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jmandinoNov. 29, 1110:23 PM

You don't get it. THEY are winning not Tebow. He isn't taking credit for the wins, he is either being discredited for the victories or being held up as a winner in spite of the fact that there are so many detractors. You and others like you want him to lose so you can say "Told you so", but until then you will say "oh yeah?, but there are other reasons why the team won". Go talk to yourself in the mirror. The rest of us see a team winning that just happens to have a quarterback that inspires them by his personal drive to win at everything he does.

ropedinNov. 30, 11 8:12 AM

Playing the Vikings will improve their winning record. (It won't take much defense either.)

dewarfNov. 30, 1110:51 AM

jmandino: right on! The media wants Tebow to be a loser (for the first time in his life), so they're struggling with his ability to win. And sure, every winning NFL team has a pretty good defense. Tebow isn't bashing his defense, he's saying it's been a real team effort. When Favre won his only Super Bowl in Green Bay, the REAL REASON was that Reggie White decided to suck it up and be the first quality free agent to agree to live and work in a town of 75,000. Their defense finally gave Favre a chance to win and, to his credit, he did. It's exactly what's happening in Denver today. Do you think Ponder could win in Denver today? Lame CYA article, but not unexpected. Just win, baby, win!

nickbrown79Nov. 30, 1111:27 AM

The Broncos Defense is MARKEDLY better for 2 reasons (one to do with Tebow): 1. They're healthy with Dumerville and Champ back. 2. Tebow hasn't turned the ball over. When the ball is turned over by int/fumble that's 40 yards the opposing offense is given for free. That means your defense now has to hold the other offense for 40 or less yards instead of 80 or more. Of course, when having to go the length of the field, the defense is more likely to hold. If you give any team an add'l 100 yards of offense for free on turnovers, they should win. That's why Orton was losing. Turnovers/sacks/fumbles/negitive plays. One other minor reason is because Tebow has fewer zero or negitive plays (sacks or throw aways). When no one is open or he's under pressure, Tebow is more likely to move the ball forward with his legs than to take a sack or throw it away. He has more positive yards. Plus, unlike a-hole McDummy, they want to play for him. They love him. The defense quit on McD last year cause he's a piece of dung. Yes, the defense is playing better. Some of that credit goes toward Tebow.

mrknowitallNov. 30, 11 1:45 PM

Reminsicent of Joe kapp and the Vikings in the late 60's. Kapp was a solid leader, but a terrible QB in terms of stats. The Vikes defense was the best. Tebow actually turns it over less than Kapp, so maybe he is a slightly new and improved version. However a team can do it, the object is to win. However, this cannot and will not last a lot longer. Balanced teams win division titles, playoff games and championships.

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