Can the Tim Tebow Offense Last? Tony Dungy Says No

By now you all know that the New York Jets got Tebowed last night. Well, they actually got Sanchezed too but it’s more fun to talk about Tebow Time than it is to blast Sanchez for not making any significant strides in his third season as an NFL starter. With the Broncos trailing 13-10 and 5:54 remaining in the game, Tim Tebow took his team 95 yards for the game-winning touchdown. Naturally, it was Tebow himself who ran it in from 20 yards out.

Once again, Denver was able to win with a virtually nonexistent passing game.  Tebow completed 9-of-20 throws for 104 yards and no touchdowns.  He was particularly inaccurate when throwing from the pocket, missing at least three wide open receivers throughout the course of the game.  Per usual, none of that mattered.  The Jets could not find an answer for Denver’s spread offense on the game-winning drive and Tebow led his team to yet another comeback victory, improving his record to 4-1 as a starter this season.

Despite the Broncos’ success over the last five weeks, the Tebow-style offense — the one John Fox insists his quarterback would be screwed without — still has its doubters.  And it should.

“I don’t know how much longer it can go,” Tony Dungy said on the Dan Patrick Show Friday. “I don’t think it can go very long. They’re going to have to get some more passing game, some way. To win those big games you’re going to have to complete some third-down passes, you’re going to have to be able to get some explosive games in the passing game. But right now they’re winning, and I’d say they have to be happy.”

Dungy is right.  While the painfully boring offensive approach may be fun to watch during a fourth-quarter comeback, it is built for leads and close games.  If Denver’s defense falters early, it’s going to be difficult — if not impossible — for Tebow and company to claw their way back.  Defenders at the NFL level are much faster than those in college.  Until Tebow proves he can stand in the pocket and hit open receivers, opposing defenses can stack the box and rely on man-to-man coverage down the field.  Tebow’s flare for drama is certainly fun to watch at the moment, but there’s no way the Broncos will be successful in the long term without some sort of passing attack.

Around The Web

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Memo-Head/100001212135531 Memo Head

    Way to go Tebow and the Broncos!!! ” The Jets are simply just one more team among many more to come that  have been vicTIMizied by Tim and the Broncos.”   Keep up the great teamwork, Broncos!

  • Anonymous

    Young Mr Tebow is learning on the fly this year just as the coach is in learning how to use this asset.  Give him a full off season to learn and hone the additional skills he needs and with his already unquestionable leadership skills he too will become a quality QB.  It may not be pretty, but it will be a victory.  The more he is bashed, the greater his will to succeed.  It is rare when you find this type of individual, and when you do, your team can only rise.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2AKRNCYQJETUYKY2236QLBG6BU Randy

    Id like to think he’ll get better, but i’ve never seen a QB with as little basic skill as this guy.  Watching him throw from the pocket, and completely miss wide open guys is painful.  Plus he’s hurting the free agency status for his entire receiving corp.  

  • http://www.facebook.com/cmanudman Colin Gilmartin

    All I know is Tim Teabow is a beast.  The more people say he can’t do something, the more this guy will win.  With all the fan support, Teabows fenominal believe in himself and the team is winning.  Teabow is a winner, inside and out.  Bring on more doubters! 

  • Peter Elebash

    Could Tebow be the wave of the future as the prototype NFL Qback?? If your Qback can run like a fullback, defences will need to spy on him or suffer the consequences. Pure pocket passers are being intercepted with greater regularity as defensive backs are getting better( see Tom Brady). Every pick results in an extra possession for the picking team, and a possible score. If Tebow can improve his accuracy as a passer, and make better decisions, he may become every opponent’s worst nightmare. He seems to be improving with every game.

    As an aside, Denver should be happy to have a team leader least likely to appear in the sports headlines for unacceptacle behavior!