Tim Tebow 5th best QB in league, not 5th worst, says Sports Illustrated

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It's yet another indication of how the Tim Tebow phenomenon has split so-called NFL experts.

Earlier this week, we noted that ESPN's Total QBR ranking system lists Tebow as the fifth worst quarterback in the NFL despite a 6-1 record this season that found him besting signal-callers all slotted above him on the roster. Days later, however, a Sports Illustrated scribe has rated him the fifth best.

Here's how SI's Jim Trotter justifies Tebow's placement above every hurler other than the Packers' Aaron Rodgers, the Saints' Drew Brees, the Patriot's Tom Brady and the Steelers' Ben Roethlisberger:

He looked so completely lost as a passer after his first two starts this season, I put him 31st in my midseason rankings. But Tebow is a different QB today. He has flourished since the Broncos adjusted their offense to take advantage of his read-option skill set.

Overall, he is 6-1 as a starter, with 11 touchdowns (nine passing) and only two turnovers (one fumble, one INT). But his incredible rise up the rankings is due to him coming up biggest when games matter most: at the end. Review the Broncos' last six wins and you will see Tebow was an integral factor in the outcome, particularly down the stretch. Will it last? Who cares? The rankings are about today, not tomorrow.

These last couple of questions give Trotter an out in case Tebow stinks up Mile High versus the Chicago Bears this weekend -- or if the Broncos' bubble really bursts the following week against the New England Patriots and the mighty Brady. To put it mildly, an enormous number of longtime NFL observers see The Chosen One's success as a combination of flukes and lucky breaks, and they expect him to falter in a big way soon.

All of which helps to explain why Tebow has become the league's most divisive figure -- and why millions of us will be watching on Sunday to see the latest chapter in the season's most improbable story.

One more thing: Back in the '70s, another Broncos team defied expectations and marched all the way to the Super Bowl (where they lost, but let's ignore that part of the story). And their theme song referenced a higher power: "Make Those Miracles Happen," warbled by one of the squad's running backs, Jon Keyworth. Click if you dare, true believers.

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My Mom wrote that song, and my Dad recorded it.  Thanks for keeping alive.

Dan Weyand


I believe the person who wrote this misunderstood the top 5 bottom 5.  They said he's the WORST QB in the first quarter, almost near the bottom in the second quarter but in the 4th quarter, he's one of the top 5 QB.  If there was a CLOSER in the NFL, he'd be your man.   Otherwise, he's going to be a one hit wonder.

Charles Hubbard
Charles Hubbard


Why are Christian athletes cashing in on endorsing products that honor the name of the pagan goddess Nike?

Christian athletes in all sports should HONOR GOD!

How can we go against God and expect to be fully blessed?

In Exodus 23:13, GOD says... “Be sure to do all that I have said to you. You must not even say the names of other gods; those names must not come out of your mouth.”

We are not even to mention the names of other gods and goddesses... and surely not to wear their names on us.

We shouldn't wear anything referencing any other religion either!

No, but the sacrifices of pagans are offered to demons, not to God, and I do not want you to be participants with demons.1 Corinthians 10:20

That's right... the pagan goddess Nike is a demon.

HONOR GOD!... not gods, goddesses or demons...

The BEST is God's love for you... It is free yet more valuable than anything in the world!


Numbers like 11 touchdowns, 2 turnovers don't lie.

I'm not a fan. But his ball protection is keeping the team out of trouble, allowing the defense to keep the team in the game for a late run.

And when given the stage late, he and his offensive team mates have been as big as the moment..........every time so far. 

There's no down arrow to this story. Everybody on that team is busting their asses and playing lights out. Tebow among them.

5th best is subjective, but the guy's quarterbacked 6 games at the highest level in the sport.   


That sums it up, he's a CD playing in a MP3 world.


I heard Love Sportwear is pretty awesome? 

Michael Roberts
Michael Roberts

Thanks for posting, Charles. We're going to make your entry an upcoming Comment of the Day. Congrats.


Are you kidding me?

Michael Roberts
Michael Roberts

Your four words prove the old maxim that brevity is the soul of wit. Thanks, Eric.

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