SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – The unconventional play of second-year quarterback Tim Tebow brought more success to the Denver Broncos Thursday night as his 20-yard TD run in the final minute beat the New York Jets 17-13.
Tebow was generally ineffective through most of the game before running the Broncos to victory.
“Some purists think you know that’s not fair, you can’t do that, he’ll never be an NFL quarterback, you have to be a passer, this kid doesn’t have a chance,” John Madden told the KCBS morning crew. “I’m as much a purist as anyone, but I kind of enjoy someone that gets the job done anyway you can get it done… I think we’re going to see more and more of this where when you bring a college quarterback in, you’re going to have to bring part of his offensive scheme with him if he’s going to be successful.”
Why is Tebow the object of so much criticism?
“All the pundits have to tell you what’s going to happen before it happens,” Madden said. “Once they make a statement, then they start routing for that to happen. And then when it doesn’t happen, they get defensive, and then they get mad.”
The 49ers and Raiders are both favored in their Sunday games against teams with lesser records, the Arizona Cardinals and Minnesota Vikings.
But Madden said it’s never as easy as it looks.
“I think both the 49ers and Raiders could both walk into one this weekend,” Madden said. “Not that they’re going to lose, but (to say) ‘Minnesota’s not very good, Arizona’s not very good, therefore they’ll be blowouts…’ not so fast. I don’t think that’s going to happen.” (7:30)
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