Tebow gives self-evaluation after Patriots debut

Tebow gives self-evaluation after Patriots debut
August 10, 2013, 1:00 pm
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PHILADELPHIA – Tim Tebow was his relentlessly positive self Friday night in Philadelphia.
Despite a performance that was – for a four-year NFL veteran – not even close to so-so, the Patriots third-string quarterback warmly answered the media throng at his locker.

“I think I did some good things tonight and then I saw some things I would like to improve on,” said Tebow. “I think that is what these games are.  They are there to make improvements on your own play and do better.”

“Some good things” aren’t enough when the bad plays look so awful. Actually, Tebow needs to improve his awful plays into bad ones and then make those bad ones rare. Right now, anything can happen when the ball is snapped.

It’s fortunate Tebow is blessed with the perspective he has. Good plays, bad plays, both are part of God’s plan for him, he seems to believe. He will detest the bad but not be broken by it. He does set an example of grace in the face of adversity.

When Tebow did shine, he was running with the ball. He had four carries for 31 yards.  
His best carry was a third-and-8 rumble for 12 yards.

“We have been practicing that play and we liked what we saw on defense.  I liked that they called the run play and had the faith that we could convert on the play,” he said, later adding, “There are a lot of moving parts though that are involved and everyone does have to do their part. We are still working on some things but it is going well.”

While his work as a passer is a source of amusement, at least one of his teammates won’t let that diminish his opinion.  

“Tebow is special,” said running back Stevan Ridley. “For him to come in there and we change from [QB Tom] Brady and [QB Ryan] Mallet as pocket passers to go to an option quarterback and somebody who can make it happen on the ground, is making nice changes is our playbook. Tim is a winner and for us all he’s done is come in here and done his job. He’s quiet, he works hard and the coaches seem to be putting more play in that fits his style. He’s not Brady, he’s not Mallet but he does bring a special feature to the game and he does it well.”