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Friday, April 23, 2010

And on the 1st day of the NFL draft, he is risen

Let me start off by saying that I am not a Broncos fan. In fact, being inundated with Bronco-fan homer-ism the past 8 years had made me rather loathe the team. But, the topic du jour in Colorado Sports today is the dude that said this:
"To the fans and everybody in Gator Nation, I’m sorry. I’m extremely sorry. We were hoping for an undefeated season, That was my goal, something Florida has never done here. I promise you one thing, a lot of good will come out of this. You will never see any player in the entire country play as hard as I will play the rest of the season. You will never see someone push the rest of the team as hard as I will push everybody the rest of the season. You will never see a team play harder than we will the rest of the season. God Bless." (-link)
What a ego-maniacal douche! Those are the words of the Jesusback, Tim Tebow after he lost some random game a few years back. (Seriously, if that's how he reacts after 1 loss, what happens when he drops multiple games?) And lo! The faithful took upon themselves these words and did maketh a placard of them; for his is the word, and the word is truth.

(Thank you Tim Tebow for dying for our sins..... wait what?)


At first, I couldn't believe that the Broncos did this. Seriously, after 2 years they have gone from the Jay Cutler and Brandon Marshall combo(regardless of my feelings towards Emo Jay, that's one hell of a QB/WR combo) to the the Neckbeard/Quinn/Jesusback-trifecta and not-Dez Bryant combo. WTF?

But then I settled down. As everybody in the main-stream media tried to use some version of "leader" in their description of the circumsizer, I tried to look at it from a different perspective. If any team was going to take a chance on Tebow, the Broncos put themselves in the best position to do it. They obviously felt like grabbing a WR early in the 1st round was a waste of money, so they traded down (multiple times) to get in slot position to grab the guy they wanted. This frugality gave them the pieces to grab another 1st round pick. With this extra pick, they were given the opportunity to be bold. They already got the piece they really wanted from the 1st round (Demaryius Thomas), so this extra pick was, almost, on the house. Obviously, they should've spent that extra 1st rounder on almost anything else, Jimmy Claussen or Sergio Kindle for example, but they didn't; this is certainly a blunder.

But, you have to give Coach McDaniels a little credit; at least they didn't blow their only 1st round choice on him.


All kidding and Bronco skewering aside, Tim Tebow was a waste of a first round pick last night. For a team with a need for either a NFL-ready QB or no QB at all to draft a project QB is ridiculous. If you're going to pay someone 1st round QB money, then they'd better be ready to go. Almost immediately after taking Tebow, McDaniels was in front of a camera saying that Neckbeard was still the starting QB. Why spend the money then? In terms of Tebow's "flex-back" possibilities: this guy is essentially Bradlee Van Pelt with a little more size and speed (and an IQ over 25). He's not going to be able to run past defenders, and he's not going to be able to run them over. Again, why pay him 1st round money?

Many people, including Coach J-Mac, said that Tebow "has all the traits you`re looking for in terms of toughness, competitiveness, he`s intelligent, he`s won a lot of games, he`s a leader, he works hard, he`s got all the intangibles you look for in a player at that position."(-link) O.K., whatever. You draft and play talent in the NFL, not character. I know everyone is afraid of character issues right now, but practicing hard and being nice guy doesn't win games; just ask the Colorado Buffaloes.

1 comment:

Rico said...

Show me we can deprogram him of 4 years worth of v-back brainwashing in one year and that he deserves a first round paycheck and I'll be the first one to say McD is a genius.

Until then, I'll continue being a closet Broncos fan here in SD. I did get a ton of crap at work for that pick.