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Does a Tim Tebow Start for the Broncos Help the Raiders in 2012? Fan Perspective
It doesn't look like the media hype and attention thrown on the Denver Broncos' quarterback Tim Tebow will end anytime soon. With John Elway, executive vice president of operations, declaring that one of the most talked about athletes has earned the right to be the team's starter in 2012, the Tebow Train will roll on.
While I can't deny that it can be a great source of entertainment, as in the hilarious "Saturday Night Live" skit, the pressure on Tebow by being thrust into the media spotlight can't be easy for the 24-year-old Heisman Trophy winner. Perhaps if he would pray or point to the sky just once or twice, maybe before and after a game, that would help too, but it doesn't look like that will stop anytime soon either. Evangelical Christians are taught to spread the word, and I'm sure he'll continue to do so, much to the delight of some and the dismay of many.
While it seemed Tebow did exceedingly well under pressure, helping his team to eight victories who some astounding last minute wins, when they faced a tough team like the New England Patriots in the playoffs, he and the Broncos crumbled, ultimately losing by a score of 45-10.
While Tebow can't be entirely blamed for the horrific performance by the Broncos, his 9-for-26 completion rate and quarterback rating of 52.6 tells a pretty good story on its own. Now many Denver fans are excusing him because of his injury at the start of the second half. There is no doubt that Tebow was playing through some pretty severe pain in the third and fourth quarter, but going into the half, the score was already 35-7. At that point the game was pretty much over, and if he was seriously injured he really shouldn't have been in it after that.
With 11 starts in 2011, Tebow had completed 126 throws in 271 attempts for just a 46.5 passing percentage. I don't think there is any other way to look at those numbers than bad. Yes, the Broncos went to the playoffs, and Tebow did a great job in the game against the Steelers. But had the Raiders won their final game against the San Diego Chargers, it's doubtful we'd still be talking about this quarterback.
I think for Raider fans, the news that the Broncos will continue to start Tebow as their quarterback can only be good. We'll face Denver twice, as always, and even though the 2012 season is still months away, I'm already looking forward to the Silver and Black taking them down for both.
K.C. Dermody grew up in the Bay Area of California, and has been an Oakland Raiders fan for her entire life; however, with friends and relatives who are New England fans, and with a serious dislike of the Broncos, she is rooting for the Patriots in the playoff game against the Denver. Follow her at www.facebook.com/KCDermodyWriter, Twitter @kcdermody, or www.kcdermodywriter.com.
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