Monday, March 26, 2012
Tebow has no 'ill will' toward Broncos
By Mike Mazzeo
Tim Tebow arguably saved the Broncos' season in 2011.
Denver was 1-4 when Tebow took over under center, but the quarterback led them into the playoffs with several awe-inspiring comebacks and victories. The Broncos even upset the Steelers in the postseason before being eliminated by the Patriots.
But instead of being rewarded for his efforts and given another chance to be the starter, Tebow was traded to the Jets after the Broncos elected to sign future Hall of Famer Peyton Manning.
Many were upset about how things went down. Televangelist Pat Robertson said Tebow was treated "shabbily." Robertson even went so far as to say an injury to Manning would "serve [the Broncos] right."
But Tebow said he wasn't upset at all.
"They went in a way that they thought was best for the organization, and I'll never blame them for that," Tebow said Monday, adding that he'll always cherish that season and the friends and memories he made along the way.
"I wish the Broncos nothing but the best. They got one of the best quarterbacks to ever play this game in Peyton Manning. He's always been very classy and very supportive of me. I have no ill will toward the Broncos' coaching staff or Peyton. I wish them nothing but the best."
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Many believe the Wildcat offense can't be run successfully anymore because defenses have figured it out.
Don't count Tebow among them.
"I think one misconception is people think the Wildcat is just a direct snap to a running back and you fake it and run power, or outside zone or inside zone, and I think that's a big misconception," Tebow said.
"Because when you the ability to have five or six people that have the opportunity to touch the ball on every single play, then I think it can be confusing and make defenses play slow. And I think when you have a great offensive coordinator like Coach [Tony] Sparano that can put together packages and plays and not necessarily have tendencies, then I think it can be effective."
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Tebow said the main reason he picked the Jets over the Jaguars as the Broncos' trade partner was because of the New York coaching staff.
Tebow and Jets coach Rex Ryan have the same agent: Jimmy Sexton.
Tebow thinks he first met Ryan at a pro day. They also got to spend some time together at the the Super Bowl.
"I had a better relationship with the Jets coaches. I knew them," Tebow said. "I know [Jaguars] Coach [Mike] Mularkey and the coaches they have are great coaches, but I've never met any of them, I haven't had the opportunity to get to know them. And I'm sure it would have been exciting. It would have been fun to be home, but this is exciting and I'm so proud to be a Jet. I think it's going be a lot of fun."