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Even in victory, Tebow just can't seem to win over critics

  • By Simon Samano NFL.com
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NFL Network analyst Jim Mora evidently isn't of the same opinion as Bill Romanowski.

Whereas Romanowski won't quite ready to give up on Tim Tebow as an NFL quarterback because of his chaste lifestyle, Mora strictly sticks to Xs and Os. That's why the former Falcons and Seahawks coach doesn't see a bright future for the Broncos with Tebow as their starter, even after he led them to a 38-24 victory over the rival Raiders on Sunday.

The problem for Mora is that Tebow's 10-of-21 passing for 124 yards, even with two touchdowns and 118 rushing yards, just isn't going to do the job long term.

"It's a formula for beating bad teams is what it is," Mora said Monday on "The Coaches Show Podcast". "It's a formula for being 5-11, 6-10, and maybe you get to 7-9, but for winning consistently and winning the big games in this league, no, it's absolutely not a formula."

Mora even went so far as to insinuate that Broncos coach John Fox feels the same.

"I think if you just look at John Fox in his postgame press conference, he certainly didn't seem overjoyed and thrilled," Mora said, "and they've won two of their last three games. But I think that John probably realizes that there are going to be limitations with a quarterback like Tim Tebow. You know he was great in college, and he's a great kid, and we all love everything about him, expect for the fact that he can't throw the football well enough to win consistently in the NFL."

Now that, ladies and gentlemen, is what we call brutal honesty. On the flip side, the word out of Denver is about what we expected.

Broncos executive John Elway, whom we think might not be completely sold on Tebow either, echoed some of Mora's sentiments -- just not as brutally.

"I think (Tebow's completion percentage) has to get higher," Elway said on KDSP-FM, per The Denver Post. "I don't think you can win consistently throwing 50 percent. (But) Tim made some really good throws yesterday."

Meanwhile, running back Willis McGahee was being a good teammate in his assessment of Tebow (what's he supposed to do, throw his quarterback under the bus for no reason?).

"There is no concern right now because we have a couple of wins up under our belt as far as him quarterbacking," McGahee said on NFL Network's "Around the League". "But there is going to come a point where we need him to make those key passes. I know the coaches are going to work with him from here on out, and we just have to wait and see. It's a waiting game."

Clearly, these Tebow super fans are willing to wait as long as needed. But are the people who matter willing to as well?

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