Tim Tebow made his first NFL start Sunday, and, of course, he attracts attention with every move he makes. Tebow was the most hotly debated quarterback — or player, really — entering the NFL this year. Without a doubt, he also was the most scrutinized.
Collectively, we — and I’m talking about fans, media, coaches, scouts, you name it — dissected the young man from the moment he ended his career at Florida. Even earlier than that. His throwing motion, the type of offense he played in, whether he could be a pro quarterback and everything else were dissected ad nauseum by everyone.
Well, the kid finally got his chance against the Raiders. He was 8-of-16 passing and had eight rushes with a long touchdown run.
Now the evaluation begins all over again. What type of quarterback is Tebow? What did he show? I really think Tebow is about exactly where we should have expected him to be.
When it comes to a young quarterback still making his first few starts, every coach will play to their strengths early to make them comfortable. With a quarterback who likes to use his legs, they’ll use the short passing game to get him involved by making easy throws, or at least throws he’s most comfortable with if it has to go downfield.
That’s what they want to emphasize. The Broncos did it with Tebow.
Now the evaluation will continue as Tebow gets starts and experience. I read an interesting piece that noted he missed the handoff to Correll Buckhalter on a draw play when he went on his 40-yard touchdown run. But what he did positively was follow the play through the designed hole to make it a big play.
I’ve seen Tebow more than most, going back to his college days, and I have yet to see anything that changes my mind on him. The work ethic continues, and he’s trying to improve his techniques and motion. But you don’t truly get better until you do it consistently in game action, which is where we are now. Now he gets a chance to prove the naysayers wrong.
There will be bumps on the road for Tebow. So let’s hold back the reigns a bit to see where this young man takes us.