Twice in Tim Tebow’s first drive with the Philadelphia Eagles — his first football action since the end of the 2013 preseason — Tebow had to wave his arms for the crowd to quiet down. Eagles fans were cheering loudly for him, chanting his name the second time, and it was disrupting him calling out signals.
That sums up the Tebow experience. He’s always interesting, and still beloved by many. He quickly became the No. 1 trending topic on Twitter after he got in the game.
If Tebow could have called it a day after his first drive of Philadelphia’s 36-10 win over the Indianapolis Colts, it would have been a nice afternoon. Unfortunately, he didn’t do much after a good start.
His oft-discussed throwing motion, which he worked on while he was out of football, looked much more compact on that first drive. When he was with the New England Patriots in 2013 he struggled with holding the ball too long. He was more decisive on his first few plays with the Eagles. He went 4-of-5 for 43 yards on his first drive. The one incompletion was thrown way too high to a covered receiver in the end zone, but at least he didn’t hesitate to get the ball out.
Tebow has always had a strong arm, just not a very accurate one, and he threw a nice pass on his first drive to convert a third-and-12. He threw a couple of touch passes that were caught as well, including one to well-covered rookie Rasheed Bailey that Bailey pulled in with a one-handed grab.
He fell into some bad habits after that nice opening drive. On one read-option pass on his second drive, Tebow held the ball too long, didn’t see the tailback sneak out of the backfield wide open and threw the ball into the ground. On the next play he anticipated the rush too early and tried to take off, and couldn’t run away from the Colts and got dropped for a long sack. On the third drive he waited too long on a third down and took a sack. On his fourth drive Tebow took another sack when he tried to run as the pass rush got through immediately, though there was a penalty on the defense that play.
SOURCE: Frank Schwab