I think the lesson we learned this year was simple: Extremes are bad. All season long dudes told other dudes that Tim Tebow doesn’t belong in the NFL because he “can’t throw.” Then other dudes would fire back by saying “he’s an unbelievable quarterback because he just finds ways to win.”
Both are wrong.
Tim Tebow is an NFL quarterback who throws the ball less well than some other quarterbacks, and scrambles moderately well against marginal defenses. He also has a competitive gene that allows him to perform well in late game situations. Sometimes he wins, and sometimes he doesn’t.
On the other hand, Tebow relies a ton on his defense, and struggles against elite teams. He fumbles more than a quarterback should, and on occasion has a hard time hitting open receivers.
It’s perplexing why Tebow is such a polarizing individual. In the end he is a decent quarterback with some tools for success and some restricting flaws. He helps his team beat other teams that he’s supposed to beat, and fails against teams he probably has no business beating.
In a word, he’s pretty normal.
Let these NFL playoffs be a cautionary tale about jumping on super-moderate bandwagons. Get hot and cold on guys like Aaron Rogers, Drew Brees, or even Tom Brady. Those are the guys that merit arguing about. Leave the .500 guys to wallow in mediocrity. Otherwise you find yourself feeling really empty after a gut-shot-blow-out-playoff loss—you’re caught wondering why the heck you got behind a guy who kind of sucks against tenured, upper-echelon teams.
And if you say you like Tebow because he’s a Christian, fine, then by that same standard it means you’re also a huge fan of David Eckstein, Lance Berkman, Kurt Warner, Vince Carter, Dave Dravecky, Mark Price, and Randall Cunningham—all outspoken evangelical athletes.
My suggestion, though, is to avoid extremes. Try something simple and truthful, like, “Tim Tebow is a young quarterback who is not ready to compete with elite teams, but he’s athletic and has some potential. I’m not sure what his ceiling is, though. Maybe a poor man’s Doug Flutie? And he’s a really nice guy—handles the media with a ton of class.”
That’ll help you be less of an obnoxious person.