Tim Tebow led the Denver Broncos to an upset win Sunday by being an average passer of the football. If he keeps that up, Tim Tebow could be a quarterback in a class all his own.
For as long as pro scouts have analyzed Tebow, they have made that comparison – they have put him up against proverbial the bedroom door of quarterback legend and measured him next to the marks left by Tom Brady, Drew Brees, or Aaron Rodgers.
That measuring stick makes sense, after all. The National Football League is in its Golden Age of the Quarterback. An elite passer is the one indispensable integer in pro football’s current winning formula. And by that measure, Tebow is a kindergarten quarterback.
His mechanics are a mess. His accuracy is more shotgun than sniper. His passes often wobble like wounded clay pigeons.
But on Sunday, Tebow took the first real steps toward telling the football world that there might be another measuring stick. One that applies only to him.