Monday, December 19, 2011

Tebow, Broncos Fall Short vs. Patriots

A few thoughts:

*You can already tell this morning that Tebowmania has settled down a bit following the loss. This is a good thing.

*Tebow played well. The turnovers killed the Broncos -- Tebow contributed to that, and I think based on his postgame statements, he is naturally frustrated at himself for that.

*John Fox is still totally underminey. (See his "broad side of a barn" postgame quote.) And his decision-making remains so iffy -- knowing the game would be a shootout and having gouged the Patriots' run defense, why not go for it early on 4th-and-1 down near the Pats' end zone? Also, the Pats' coaching staff made plenty of adjustments after the 1st quarter -- Fox seemed befuddled about doing the same thing. (He seems content to blame the players/turnovers.)

*The Broncos still control their own fate as it relates to the playoffs. They meet Buffalo next week, in yet another match-up with a team that had the chance (and need) to draft Tebow but passed. The thing to focus on is that a playoff season represents a huge triumph for Tebow and the Broncos.

*Tebow being Tebow: A fantastic postgame story. Tebow doesn't do these things for the publicity -- he does them because they are the right thing to do... because it inspires Kelly Faughnan and maybe inspires other people to do the right thing, too.

*This was not a litmus test. Let me say that again: This was not a litmus test. Not for a coaching braintrust that figured that 6-10 was going to be a really successful season and that fully expected (and perhaps rooted for) Tebow to fail. There is not much shame in losing to the No. 1 team in the conference (even if there is a bit of shame in all the turnovers).

-- Dan

1 comment:

  1. 'You can already tell this morning that Tebowmania has settled down a bit following the loss. This is a good thing.'

    I agree. The media was only doing that b/c it gets such enormous ratings. Also yesterday, Merrill Hoge didn't seem any more fond of Tim than he ever has before.

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