John Fox: Tim Tebow would “be screwed” running a regular offense


John Fox on Tim Tebow: “If we were trying to run a regular offense, he’d be screwed.” (Ed Zurga/AP)

After a few frustrating weeks of the new Tebow era, Broncos first-year coach John Fox quit trying to morph Tebow into a traditional quarterback and let him do what he did so well for four years at Florida: run the option.

Is it pretty? Nope. But it got the job done on Sunday, and, at least for now, a Tebow-led option offense may be the best...option... the Fox and the Broncos have.

“I mean, what the hell?” Fox said Monday in an interview with NFL.com reporter Jeff Darlington. “You don’t get points for style in this league. Let me tell you something: My man is really good in this offense. You know what I mean?

“If we were trying to run a regular offense, he’d be screwed.”

Well there you have it. No more trying to turn Tebow into Kyle Orton or Cam Newton or Rich Gannon or anyone else with an un­or­tho­dox style. Tebow has excelled at his own quirky way of doing things and as long as the Broncos keep winning — they’re 3-1 in his starts this season — why mess with what’s working?

Eventually, you have to figure NFL defensive coordinators will overload the box, keep backs pinned inside the numbers and force Tebow to beat them with his frequently-debated arm. Maybe the Jets will put the kabosh on things on Thursday night, or maybe they won’t.

The Wildcat was fun in Miami for a brief window, but Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams are long gone from South Beach and the Dolphins have recalibrated their offense to something closer to the NFL norm.

How long will the Tebow option show last in Mile High?

“At the end of the day, if you coached in college football, you saw the option every week," Fox told Darlington. "It's just been taboo in the NFL. Everyone is looking for that prototypical quarterback. And the truth is, there aren't very many of them.

“Hey, Tim thinks he deserves to have these plays in this offense. And you know what? After watching our games the last two weeks, it's hard to argue with him.”

(H/T Jeff Darlington)

Matt Brooks is the high school sports editor for The Washington Post. He's an Arlington native and longtime District resident and was previously a high school sports reporter, editor for several blogs and Early Lead contributor with The Post.

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