Preparing for Tebow Time

October, 21, 2011
Tim Tebow’s promotion to Denver’s starting quarterback was big news last week when the Broncos pulled Kyle Orton and inserted the second-season quarterback in the starting lineup.

The AFC West has been dominated by the Carson Palmer trade to Oakland this week. But with Tebow getting ready to play at Miami, here are some things you need to know about Tebow Time.

Dilfer breaks it down: One of the best NFL analysts alive, in my opinion, is ESPN’s Trent Dilfer. The former NFL quarterback is the goods. He has some tremendous insight on what defenses will do to Tebow in an Insider piece.

Tebow will have support: The Dolphins have sold 20,000 tickets to Sunday’s game since Tebow was made the starter Oct. 11. Plus, the 2008 Florida Gators national championship team -- Tebow was the star -- will be honored during the game. It is basically going to be a home game for Tebow.

Expect Tebow to run: According to ESPN Stats & Information, Tebow has had 32 designed runs since the start of the 2010 season. He has played just three-and-half games. It is tied for the second most in the NFL behind Michael Vick, who has had 46 designed runs since the start of last season.

Expect Miami to Blitz: According to ESPN Stats & Information, Tebow was much better against the standard four-man pass-rush than when being blitzed by five or pass-rushers. Tebow has five pass play of 30 yards or more. All of them have come against a standard rush. He has completed 54.4 of his passes for with three touchdowns against a standard rush. He has completed 39.1 percent of his passes with one touchdown against a blitz.

Bill Williamson | email

ESPN San Francisco 49ers reporter



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