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John Elway to Tim Tebow: ‘Just pull the trigger’

View Photo Gallery: Tim Tebow has struggled in three consecutive losses. (Doug Pensinger | Getty Images)

John Elway is getting the jump on his promise to share his quarterback knowledge with Tim Tebow in the offseason.

Tebow enters the Denver Broncos’ wild-card playoff game against the Pittsburgh Steelers on a three-game losing streak in which his play as been tentative.

Elway’s advice? Pull the trigger.

“That's human nature, especially when you're young, to become more cautious,” Elway, Hall of Fame quarterback and the Broncos’ vice president of football operations, said (via the Denver Post). “He had a tough week before [the Chiefs regular-season finale] against Buffalo. The key thing ... is to go out, put everything behind him, go through his progressions and pull the trigger.

John Elway (Derek Gee / AP)

Greg Cosell of NFL Films took a good, long look at Tebow agreed, using that “T” word again. Among his observations:

“Tebow needs to learn wht open is in the NFL. Right now he is not pulling the trigger on primary read throws that are there

“Tebow needs major technique and lower body work throwing the ball; Bad tendency to lift his back leg off the ground before he delivers the ball, That dramatically slows down his arm speed and limits velocity.

“Chiefs approach was to keep Tebow in the pocket and make him throw the ball, They featured a controlled 4 man rush and very little blitzing.

“Tebow at this point is not an anticipation passer, Waits too long to deliver the ball when receivers break open”

Tebow led the Broncos to six consecutive victories — with five fourth-quarter comebacks — but had a poor December. During the Broncos’ three-game losing streak, he completed 30 of 74 passes for 439 yards and one touchdown. He was intercepted four times, lost three fumbles and was sacked nine times.

Elway won 14 of 21 postseason games, most importantly his last seven and in describing the ultimate goal for Tebow in the 4:30 p.m. EST wild-card game Sunday in Denver (CBS), he sounded a little like a modern Al Davis .

“It doesn't matter how you win it,” Elway said, “as long as you win it.”


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After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.


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