Posted by Uncle Rico 6:25 PM ET
AP Pro Football Writer Arnie Stapleton got it right when he wrote “Tim Tebow wasn’t on one knee in prayer this time. He was on the ground in misery.” En route to a 45-10 shellacking of the Denver Broncos the Detroit Lions sacked Tebow seven times, forced him to fumble three times (the Broncos maintained possession on two of the fumbles) and intercepted the second year quarterback once. The Lions capitalized on the two turnovers, turning each into a touchdown – a 24 yard fumble return by Cliff Avril in the 3rd quarter and a 100 yard interception return by Chris Houston in the 4th quarter.
The game highlighted the value of a top quarterback to an NFL team. Per ESPN, Matthew Stafford led the way in quarterback play in Week 8, posting a career-high Total QBR of 94.6. On the other end of the spectrum was Broncos starter Tim Tebow, who had the lowest Total QBR of the week. In fact, Tebow’s Total QBR of 3.4 on 59 action plays was the lowest by any QB with at least 50 action plays in a game since 2008.
Even the hometown newspaper seems resigned to the fact that that Josh McDaniels hand picked quarterback is not long for the NFL (unless a position change is in No. 15’s future):
Mark Kizla of The Denver Post wrote that “Tebow played as ineptly as any sorry excuse for a pro quarterback possibly could. He was laughably bad. Those five wonderful minutes against Miami now look like an aberration. Right here, right now, he is the worst quarterback in the NFL.”
Dave Krieger acknowledges that “McDaniels got the last laugh after all, leaving the Broncos with an awesomely popular quarterback who can’t throw the ball with the consistency required in the NFL.”
The Lions gameplan on defense was simple… make Tebow be a quarterback. According to Chris Houston “[the Broncos] had been giving us kind of the same routes. And you could kind of see when Tebow was going to throw to that side because he would kind of look over there and see how I was playing. The D-line knew coming into this game that if we could stop Tebow’s feet and make him be a quarterback that we got a pretty good chance of winning.”
It gets worse. An unnamed Lions defender shared this assessment of Tebow with Mike Silver of Yahoo! Sports: “Can you believe 15? Come on – that’s embarrassing. I mean, it’s a joke. We knew all week that if we brought any kind of defensive pressure, he couldn’t do anything. In the second half it got boring out there. We were like, ‘Come on – that’s your quarterback? Seriously?’”
When an defense can dominate by making the opposition’s quarterback be a quarterback and then publicly mocks the quarterback’s play after the game, the writing is on the wall. Thankfully for Broncos fans, John Elway knows with little doubt that the Broncos must find a new quarterback this offseason.