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All this Tebow mania is too much for me

I'm sorry, I just can't catch the hype with Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow.

Maybe I can't catch it because Tebow can't throw it without it bouncing to me. I watch him play quarterback, a position that usually requires the player to throw the football, and I see a first baseman.

The reason I make that comparison is not because Tebow reminds me of a power hitter capable of hitting 40 home runs in a season. I see him as a first baseman throwing groundballs to infielders between innings, because that's what his passes look like.

Look, Tebow seems like a fantastic person. He has high morals, strong convictions and doesn't come across as a phony individual.

That doesn't mean he can play quarterback or is immune from criticism.

Last Thursday he led the Broncos on a game-winning drive to beat the New York Jets. Then the hysteria began.

Denver Post columnist Woody Paige immediately jumped on the bandwagon. Tebow's 95-yard march drew instant comparisons to John Elway's drive to beat Cleveland in the AFC Championship Game.

Yeah, Tebow won the game. But this was just a game in November. Elway's drive took the Broncos to the Super Bowl.

You shouldn't compare the two, unless you're trying to create a legend instead of letting one happen.

Tebow's wins have come against a 3-7 Dolphins team, a lame Chiefs team (4-6), a Raiders team (6-4) that was breaking in Carson Palmer at quarterback and a reeling Jets team (5-5). Faced with a tough opponent -- the Lions -- the Broncos were routed.

Tebow hasn't passed for 200 yards in a game this season and his completion percentage is awful. He's so bad at quarterback, the Broncos have had to dumb-down the offense and resort to a college-style offense.

Faced with a quarterback that makes Kordell Stewart look like Joe Montana, people still believe Tebow is the answer in Denver.

The Miami Dolphins tried running a Wildcat offense with short-term success. Look at them now. The Broncos will find out that having Tebow at quarterback will hurt them in the long run.


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