Wow! What a game yesterday afternoon by the Oakland Raiders. Not many people picked Oakland to win the game, let alone drop 59 points on the Broncos in the worst blow out of the season. After seeing the score 24-0 at the end of the first quarter, and then 38-7 at halftime I thought for sure Tim Tebow would see significant playing time in the second half – since the game was out of reach. So did all the fans in the stadium, who started a chant “We Want Tebow! We Want Tebow!”
But Coach McDaniels never put him in there to run the offense. Tim did play, but was limited to just handing the ball off – he didn’t record a rushing stat or pass. “It was just the situation of the game,” Tebow said. “I just try to do the best I can with my role.” With the game out of reach almost the entire second half, why not throw Tim in there and let him sling the ball around to see what he can do. Also, you remove the risk of starter Kyle Orton getting hurt.
When asked about why Tim Tebow didn’t get more playing time, Coach McDaniels said “We were just trying to run our offense and made a decision not to do that in that kind of a game. That’s not really the time that I’d want him to get work, anyway.” I guess it would probably be better for Tim to get a lot of game-time experience if it were the Broncos who were winning by 30 points. You don’t want to throw a rookie QB into a really bad situation that could force him to make mistakes and hurt his development / confidence.
What would you have done if you were the coach? Would you have played Tim the entire 4th quarter?
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