So what does he have that Kyle Orton does not?
I’d like to refer to something that Bill Simmons mentioned in one of his blogs. He was talking about Mathew Stafford, Mark Sanchez, Josh Freeman, and Sammy Bradford. Simmons pointed out that if they were all in the same vehicle, Sanchez would be driving. That’s what makes Tebow stand out above Orton. Despite Tebow’s unconventional playing style and lack of a rifle-esque throwing arm, he provides a certain something that Orton simply does not. If they were both rolling in a 2012 Chevy Corvette, Tebow would have the keys and Orton would ride shotgun.
As some of you may know, I’m somewhat of a sports purist. I believe that the tactics of old can still be successful today. Give me the coach who knows how to handle people over the coach who handles numbers any day of the week. Seriously. Sports is all subjective – changing with each different personality and psyche. That’s what makes it fun, right? I am currently reading Moneyball, and really enjoying it, but I disagree with that approach to sports. If we could exactly determine who would succeed and who would fail, why would we even watch? Football, in particular, is a sport pitting guts against guts, willpower against willpower, teamwork against teamwork.
Tebow’s teammates want to go to war with Tebow (besides Brandon Lloyd, of course). Doesn’t he radiate the emotional state that you want from your signal caller? He’s gritty, he has a good (and highly publicized) moral compus, and relishes playing the game. The rest is all chitter chatter. His mechanics are not proficient. He is turnover prone. He runs too much. He doesn’t sit still in the pocket. He has happy feet.
I don’t care about any of that. Tebow wins football games, and at the end of the day, that’s all that matters, right? Darryl Strawberry once said, “winning doesn’t show up in my paycheck”. If this is true, then Tebow won’t be successful. He doesn’t appeal to the likes of Jon Gruden and Ron Jaworski, who cherish field generals in the ilk of Brady and Manning. He instead appeals to the passionate, arm chair sports fan like myself who knows the difference between winning and losing is basically the difference between Tim Tebow and Kyle Orton.
And that’s that.