Tim Tebow is the next Tom Brady?!

Tim Tebow

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Tim Tebow, drafted by the Denver Broncos in the 1st round of the 2010 NFL draft by Josh McDaniels. I think the one thing I took from that move by McDaniels is his thoughts about whether Orton can run his offense. Is Tebow, who is now starting over Orton when Fox saw what Josh did, the next Tom Brady? Please! Absolutely not. He does not have the accuracy nor the consistency or a team that will back him if he has a bad performance. I think that Tebow has some potential to become a decent Quarterback in the NFL but I’m not sure he is a Franchise Quarterback. If you use smoke and mirrors and have shorter routes by the wide receivers and yeah that hurts them but Tebow is a young Quarterback who has some issues throwing the deep ball. He can scramble, energize the offense, is becoming known as a 4th quarter Quarterback, throw the short routes and maybe some medium ones and from what I have seen will protect the ball. Look at what the 49ers are doing with Alex Smith. Instead of trying to mold him into someone he just simply is not, they decided to use what skills he possesses to their advantage and simplified the offense and are now winning.

What will happen to Tebow next season? This is all based on what he does this season and how much time Denver gives him. If they have passed on Kyle Orton and have determined that Kyle is not the future for them then I see them just going with Tebow for the rest of the season cause you spent a 1st rounder on the kid so you should just see what he can do. Maybe if you see that he can’t play Quarterback full-time then you move him to a different position and use Tim as a wildcat type QB. I don’t read much into what ESPN and others have said and I am waiting to see what he does on the field and if he progresses from week to week simply because they have been wrong before.

Tim Tebow will not be the next Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, Joe Montana or Steve Young. I see him, if he can get his accuracy to at least a respectable level, reading the defense better and making adjustments, being a Jason Campbell, Chad Pennington, Jon Kitna, Trent Dilfer, Kordell Stewart. Which is a Quarterback who can run your team, can win you games and even get you to the playoffs but probably won’t get you a ring and needs a very good defense. Anything can happen in the NFL however and who knows who Tebow will eventually become… maybe an above average QB, maybe a Game Managing QB, maybe a bust, maybe a Tight End or Wide Receiver. The Broncos don’t have anything to lose by playing him for the rest of the season cause I didn’t think they’d make the playoffs anyway and figured that Kyle was not in the plans for Fox or Elway.

 

Bottom line is that Tim Tebow has a lot to learn in order to become a viable NFL Quarterback and I do think that most of that comes with more playing time but I do not see him being elite nor will his throwing motion completely change. He might be best suited to switch his position or becoming a hybrid player. That is one thing that no player has perfected which names like Kordell Stewart, Brad Smith and some others have tried but no one has made it as dangerous as Tebow could.

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What can EA sports do to Madden 13?

Madden NFL 11

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What is the difference between sport video games and other video games? Well, for one, the one that is relevant to my point, is that they usually do not come out annually. This is why, I think, some sport games are mediocre but yet we still all buy them in hopes that it will be better than the earlier version. Most of the time some things do improve but in the end the complaints always outweigh the satisfied. Being a fan of the Madden NFL franchise and NBA2K I know this quite well, I however usually do not complain because after all it is a video game for me, just a way of entertainment and has nothing to do with my career or life path but yet I still had this idea that might, might just change the sport video game industry for a long time and thought I’d share it.

Now I know that I will be ignored and no one of import will actually read this but still I will write it. Okay, so to my idea before you all fall asleep or bash me for drawing this out. How about they stop putting out a new product every year. It seems to me that when the game comes out they spend the next 2 months, probably tops, fixing this addition but then a department from the creators has already started penning ideas for next year… moving on from the one that is still new on the shelves. I think that is the problem and will go on for some time until they have this epiphany. You want a quality game like say Batman Arkham Asylum or something like that? Then the companies, EA, 2K Sports, whoever should do this… spend a few years… improving on the earlier version. Instead of Madden NFL 13, skip over it and spend more time on 14 and I believe that if they do it that way they will have time to discuss key issues and put out a great video game. NBA2K11 was a unique situation but still had its flaws.

EA has already thought of this idea and maybe don’t know it, with NBA Elite and I think it could be a great idea because putting out a new product every single year makes it hard to discuss issues and still have it out on time. I think that if they put as much into Madden 12 as they wanted to we wouldn’t have even seen it until maybe October but they had to rush it so it could hit the shelves by the start of Week 1. So with my idea what happens with Madden 12 next season? Well they simply update the rosters and make minor improvements on the game with roster updates and patches and then can put out a great product with Madden 14 or whatever they want to call it. I came to this idea because I figured that most of the issues that were noticed in Madden 11 and 12 will probably be addressed in 13. Look at how long it took them to update, change and even make improvement to Franchise Mode and Superstar Mode, so with that said how many of you would want them skip over 13 and just focus on a very much improved 14? I would think with almost two years of time to spend on it, they’d make it the best Madden game ever made. Who knows what kind of game they could put out when given such time to work on it. This years Madden is definitely better than the last but still has its fair share of problems.

In some cases it seems to rain a lot, LB’s make better catches than WR’s, no matter what logic CPU computers use it’s still easy to build a better team than them, DL players when you’re them anyway seem to fall easily, and so I have a few add-on suggestions to them. I will admit that the logic has definitely improved versus the earlier years but still has a little ways to go.

Players should have an option for a second position, add more logos to making a created team… even current team logos and old logos, if a player has a potential of D or F and has a lower rating than 40 they should be automatically cut, players should not be eliminated from the game during roster updates. Also on created teams you should have more options for colors, uniforms, and like I mentioned more logos.

Just some ideas from a player, I do firmly believe however that coming out with a Madden game every other year would improve the game, like I said, because they’d have more time to make a better product overall and be able to update all the modes they want instead of just improving a few and then working on others in the next years. If not then maybe just delaying it once and working for an extra year will get things started.You look at what I think made the NBA 2K series get over the hump and become a great game to play is that they improved the offline gameplay and modes and then some of the other holes didn’t show up so much. Does it still have problems? Yes, but did you see the grade IGN.com gave NBA 2k11? NBA 2k12? That’s the potential Madden has if it just improves the gameplay. They made some REAL good first steps with this past Madden but understand that it may be until the release of Madden 13 that we see what they were really trying to do, so again my point, why not delay it? I know, crazy, but so many other players on boards have said that they won’t be playing Madden anymore.

I give Madden NFL 12 a solid 7.5 out of 10. but what will Madden 13 be? Can Madden NFL be a 9? I think so. Some of the mentioned issues have been fixed in a patch but it still has some annoying holes. One of them being that most of the players must spend some time adjusting the sliders so that the game is playable for them and you can get realistic stats on both offense and defense. Franchise Mode, for all the improvements it has opened up some new problems and pointed out a fact, to me anyway. The new problem is the free agency bid system, it was a nice idea but it’s not working really. Important though, for those who do not know, you can view the free agents before you even begin bidding in Player Management. I have found out though that Franchise Mode is not supposed to be played, but simmed. I enjoy playing the games, however it is time-consuming but fun but with the slider issues it becomes annoying. I think Madden has a chance to be a 9 but it has ways to go.

How do I rate the NFL QB’s?

Tony Romo (en) at a Dallas Cowboys (en) preseason.

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Quarterbacks leveling off

Joe Flacco– How come, with some weapons that he had and has including the running game and the élite defense they have, is this team not elite? I still think Flacco has some potential but could very well head down the “slighty above average QB” path as well. Let’s just say this, I know they have Anquan Boldin but sometimes I forget, and he is a great talent. You put him on most other teams and his name would be tattooed on other teams Gameplans and NFL Network broadcasts. He has had some good games since I began this but I still feel he is leveling off.

Mark Sanchez- Starting to see that he is a game manager and not a game changer and with the weapons he has around him that is not what the Jets need but it is efficient and will win you some games, even some key ones… just maybe not the big one.

Philip Rivers- If he has the same weapons that some other QB’s have/had then he could go back to being on the rise. He doesn’t have much help with Gates and Matthews injury problems and one real receiver. You take away the original trade and put him in Mannings spot I think he’d be back to being on the rise if not élite and a few rings.

Eli Manning- Has a good group around him, young and talented and is becoming, somehow, prone to turn the ball over. He is good enough I think to get them to the playoffs most of the years he is starting but winning another Superbowl? I don’t know, if he turns his habits around and stops turning it over then yes and he could off higher on this list as well.

Jason Campbell- He lives on the this list and I think that this is what Sanchez will be. Good enough as a starting quarterback but don’t expect him to win you a Superbowl.

Matt Cassel– Chiefs are still young and have some decent pieces but Cassel is definitely not surrounded with the same amount of talent that he was when he stood in for Brady the season Tom was out. What would he be with established targets and the same running game he had with Weis?

Matt Hasselbeck- He is getting older and he was always more of an above average QB anyway. I never felt that he was going to win you a Super Bowl, however he did get you to one.

Rex Grossman- He is just too inconsistent and all over the place from week to week. It’s why he didn’t work out in Chicago, he did do good enough to get them to the Super Bowl but the real Rex showed up and they lost.

Charlie Whitehurst- I’m still not sure what he can do really. He was a back up for Rivers and Seattle traded for him and it was a good move for maybe they saw as the QB of the future but now he is already on the bench waiting for his moment behind Tavaras Jackson? That’s not a good sign.

Still rising, some barely not counting rookies

Matt Ryan- I still think that the only targets he has is White, Tony, and now Julio Jones and they definitely are better in this area than last season but his consistency and lack of wins on the road hold him down a little. Still progressing though and making some key plays and is starting to get Brady/Manning like at the line. Falcons however needs a defense to help him out a bit. He can manage the game, keep from turning it over and put points on the board but if the defense can’t stop anyone, you’re in trouble.

Matt Schaub– He is not surrounded by much but still seems to make the best of it. Johnson, the élite WR is his key and almost only target. Schaub could still get you to “the game” if he had some other talents around him. Tight ends seem good, Tate and Foster seem are  headed that way thus far so we’ll see. I think they are just too reliant on the monster known as Andre Johnson. I think you need another dynamic WR to help out Schaub and also help the passing game. It seems that if you take away Johnson, double him and make him a non-factor than you beat them, not good.

Ryan Fitzpatrick- He is making some no name receivers look good and that is what a QB should do. If he continues this the rest of this season and into the next who knows what ceiling he has, could be a hidden gem or just a fluke.

Sam Bradford- Doesn’t have a lot around him, or really anything besides Stephen Jackson. He has done well with what he has, the only real good target I believe has been Amendola. They get some others around him and Jackson stays healthy and he could be the next elite QB in the NFL that could bring the Rams back to the promise land.

Matthew Stafford- A few shoulder issues has me instantly thinking of Chad Pennington but Stafford if he can stay away from the IR has a higher ceiling especially with the talent around him.

Colt McCoy– The game that really opened up some eyes in the NFL was the game against the Patriots at least in my opinion. He has some decent pieces around him but it could be better I think. Get an elite WR and let Hillis continue to improve and now you have a great QB.

Michael Vick- Yes he is on this list and not the elite list. I must admit he is probably very close but playoff wins and a trip to the superbowl hold him back for me. He is in between great and elite and it is up to him to get to that coveted position. He has the tools to become a unique quarterback and the blueprint for what a scrambling quarterback is suppose to be, minus the jail time.

Josh Freeman- An up and comer in this league and can become the next Donovan McNabb if he keeps up the pace and the Bucs plays their cards right. The team has some young pieces at each position and has revamped the defense so we will see where they go from here. Blount is also a nice surprise, especially since they picked him up as most likely a back up and now he has turned into a good running back, which helps Freeman.

Kevin Kolb– Disappointing season thus far for Kolb but he is still on this list, barely but he still remains. I do believe that he is still getting down this system due to coming to the team late and I think when he does have it completely down, he’ll be very good but that is up to him.

Tim Tebow- Is only on the rising list cause he is not declining and not leveling off. This could very well go badly but not because of him, not completely anyway. The Broncos have no running game really and traded Brandon Lloyd the current number 1 receiver. Decker, Royal, Thomas and others are promising at WR but are still young and mostly unproven. Eddie Royal looked to have promise and was probably one of the main reasons why McDaniels felt comfortable enough trading Marshall, I bet drinking helped as well JUST KIDDING but anyway Royal did not come through after the trading of Brandon Marshall. What is with Denver and trading the only developed WR they have? Note to others on the depth chart, want off a losing team? Just become a known commodity and a viable receiver and you’ll be traded. Again, I’m kidding, trading Lloyd makes sense to me honestly and gives the young guys a chance to develop.

Alex Smith- Surprising that he is on this list cause of all of his earlier seasons but in Harboughs system he is shining which is to the 49ers benefit. He is becoming a good game manager and now it is up to him to keep it up and for now it is his job to lose.

Elite

Tom Brady
Peyton Manning
Drew Brees
Ben Roesthlisberger
Aaron Rodgers

Declining

Tony Romo– Seems to collapse in crunch time where even average QB’s are decent in. He plays paranoid, rushed and makes bad decisions during these times. His WR talent doesn’t help but QB’s, especially elite ones, are supposed to make no names look good. Anyone heard of Reche Caldwell before or after his season with the Patriots? No, but Brady made him look good. You have to think that if the Cowboys either don’t get into the playoffs or lose in the first round, are the Cowboys going to try to replace Tony? It’s not a crazy thought, and that’s why Romo is here.

Tavaris Jackson- Probably shouldn’t be starting anyway but his play with the Vikings pre-Favre was okay and had some potential but when showed what an elite QB could do with the same offense you saw why Vikings let him walk to Seattle. I think that he is just a bridge until Carroll can find his starter, maybe his name starts with a C? Pete is a smart coach I think, he’ll find his man, but I don’t think either are on this roster.

Jay Cutler- His lack of time, lack of talent surrounding him at all spots except RB could be the reason he is on this list. His whining in Denver didn’t help his reputation at all and neither did the injury during the playoffs last season. Give him some time and an elite receiver or two and maybe he jumps up to leveling off. I wonder what the Bears see in some of the WR’s they have, because I sure don’t see what they do. You give any QB time and some good receivers around him and he’ll give a chance to win, example Curtis Painter and the Colts. Orton did not do as bad as Cutler with the Bears, it’s almost as if both of these guys were better off where they were.

Carson Palmer- I just think that his issues with the Bengals and the owner Brown has made him look bad, even if he is right by doing it. He should know his owner is stubborn and honestly should just play. Now he has lost leverage since Dalton is playing well and the team is winning so even if he came back, he’d be #2 or 3 on the depth chart. Could also be ego driven and Palmer could be in the wrong. He has recently traded to the Raiders so hold your hats everyone, we’ll see if he goes up or down on the list.

David Garrard- Inconsistent and might be a decent game manager but I think he hit his ceiling already and is only the down side already, then again maybe Jacksonville didn’t give him the pieces to win with, but, I don’t see that as true. They haven’t had a good QB since Brunell and now are showing they are attracted to the same type of QB, was expecting them to go after Vince Young in the off-season. Gabbert is kind of the same type, but he is rookie, hard to judge him.

Kyle Orton- Can make the throws, put up the stat numbers but can’t seem to put points on the board. You can throw for 400 yards a game but if you end up with just 7 points by the end of the 4th, you did something wrong. Even in Josh McDaniels offense, which made Cassel look like Brady, he couldn’t stay consistent in the win column.

Donovan McNabb- At one time was one of the elite QB’s in the game and I do think that the Eagles squandered his prime years away with low quality talent at the WR position but you could see that after drafting Jackson and Maclin that McNabb already started to level off and now he has lost a step. Just got to wonder why Vikings didn’t resign Sidney Rice and give McNabb a better chance to go back in time but with Ponder waiting behind him he might just be a teacher/bridge.

Chad Henne- Came in with question marks this season and before his injury he was on the verge of getting sent to the bench, especially since his coach is most likely on the hot seat and now his season is over cause of a shoulder injury. Something that Dolphins fans are all too familiar with when talking about quarterbacks. So when next season starts where will Henne be? Miami? Or somewhere else either starting or backup? I guess his time is over starting in Miami unless he comes out of the gate next season during off-season and exhibition games and plays like the quarterback they thought they were getting.

Regardless of my opinion of these quarterbacks my analysis won’t change after just a game or two. It would have to take a few games playing at the same compete level and getting better with each game. At the beginning of the season, for example, I would bet that Ryan Fitzpatrick would have been on my declining or leveling off section but to my surprise he is getting better and now a part of the on the rise section after 3-4 games with great performances.

Next  elite QB’s?

So who is the next class since Brady and Manning are getting older. Who will step in and join that class?
Matt Ryan, Sam Bradford, maybe Philip Rivers.

Surprising move at Quarterback?

Cutler/Romo traded or benched. I would see Romo traded if Dallas felt he was not there man going forward just cause of his contract, that kind of money can’t just be sitting on your bench. Cutler, who in Denver was a borderline Franchise QB, most actually called him that, has not been able to duplicate such a label with the Bears and if he doesn’t improve they might just move on. I see them trying to trade Cutler if they don’t see him in their future plans but with so many teams with quality starting QB’s I’m not sure they’d find someone able to bite. It depends where Luck goes and what happens with other teams with question marks at QB.

Teams with QB issues

Miami Dolphins
Seattle Seahawks
San Fransisco 49ers- depending on how Smith develops this season
Denver Broncos- Just because the front office doesn’t believe in Tebow.

I think that some other teams are comfortable with who they have going forward, but might not have the Franchise Quarterback they want and one of two others have Quarterbacks who are doing very well but can they keep progressing? I will also mention that I wrote this list after Week 5 in the NFL and I have made a few changes on my thoughts and I will update them again soon. Any of the names on this list can go up or down depending on performance.

Why hasn’t Chad Ochocino played well for the Patriots?

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The Chad Johnson experiment has not worked thus far for many reasons but the one thing I look at might be largely overlooked by everyone, probably for a reason, but anyway it’s still on my list and close to the top if not the number one thing. Coming into the season I did not think that we needed WR help really at all. Also when talent is acquired from another team you often hear the phrase “can he adjust to not being the guy, the man.“ However I think that the other element of that statement, not said, is that not only do the players have to make this adjustment but also the fans must make this adjustment as well. Okay, anyway, back to my main point. You look at the depth chart we had coming into this season and we had this:

Wes Welker
Deion Branch
Julian Edelman
Brandon Tate
Taylor Price
Matthew Slater

We also had two young Tight Ends who we just drafted who had GREAT first seasons in:

Aaron Hernandez
Rob Gronkowski

So I am not even taking into account the RB’s we had who could catch out of the back field, so explain to me why we needed a WR? I see it this way and call me crazy, dead wrong or an idiot on the topic of football I’m okay with that. You are going to have 4 main guys pretty much who are targeted most of the time, or at least on the top of the depth chart for receivers (counting TE’s) and Welker, Hernandez and Gronkowski were always in the top 3 of that list so that leaves you with one real spot for someone who will see a good amount of playing time and everyone else below number 4 are parts that will be in the games sparingly at the most. So I always assumed that the spot would be Branch’s to lose basically and I didn’t see Tate or Price really winning it from him. You can say that the Patriots needed a 3rd WR and I will rebuttal that Hernandez is that player. When I heard of the trade with the Bengals to bring in Chad Johnson I was so happy but I still understood that he still needed to beat out Branch for the last of the significant playing time. Either Chad or Deion was going to be living on the bench for most of the games since the title of 3rd WR really doesn’t mean that it is a WR that holds that label. If I had to tell you what the depth chart for receiver is including TE’s it’d look something like this and it has nothing to do with how they line up on the field but rather value and the order in which Brady will look when on the field.

Wes Welker
Aaron Hernandez
Rob Gronkowski
Deion Branch
Chad Johnson
Matthew Slater
Taylor Price

So to people saying that Chad is the 3rd WR they are looking at it differently than I am, I see him as the 5th now and he is playing like he is the 5th. Has he been disappointing and making some bad mistakes that someone of his caliber shouldn’t? Absolutely. Is he close to being labeled a bust as a Patriot? Definitely. Is he washed up and a has-been? No.  The plays that the Patriots call just simply need the top 4 main players and he is not one of them now. I think that Chad is at a fork in the road and he could go one of two ways. One way is he does great in practice, better than any other week, and cracks the top 4 or he will remain the 5th guy and catch just about 40 catches. Also Chad I think is great in the red zone and has not been used much or at all in red zone situations, which I find weird. Based on this analysis if the Patriots wanted to get rid of Chad they can and it wouldn’t impact the offense very much at all because he was not high enough on the chart to make that impact. I don’t blame Chad for his ineffectiveness in this system at all nor do I place any sort of blame on Bill either it was just going to happen because of how good the two young tight ends have become and the exceptional hands of Welker and the trust/familiarity Brady has with Branch from years past and that’s it. I do think though that he can he valuable in the future, especially playoffs if/when he can ever show that he can/has learned this system.

You can not compare him to another WR in another system really, I mean you can but I don’t think it’s a fair assessment. Teams have different schemes, different situations and different loyalties by the starting QB and that is why when someone claims or points out that WR (enter name here) has more catches than Chad and is an undrafted free agent. Okay, so what is the situation on that team? What is “the list” of that QB? Is the coaching staff putting more time in this rookie because they see something in him? Also saying that we should have Randy Moss back and that would be an improvement, well would it? Randy Moss was here in different circumstances, no young TE’s, Welker was still proving himself, so Moss was the 1st guy on Brady’s list than Welker. If Moss is back? Well he’d probably be getting just about as much time/looks/reps as Chad or Branch. Remember what happened when Randy was here and the young TE’s started catching on and Brady was looking at Welker and them more than Randy? Yeah me too and he went to the Vikings and the rest is history.

Believe me or not, look at this like me or think I’m a complete idiot but I still think that the opportunity is still available for Chad to explode and end up with a decent season but with that being said I wouldn’t at all be surprised if Chad was a bust here. I don’t blame him, I don’t blame Bill or Tom or even the offensive scheme… just a perfect storm really with the lock out cutting into the off-season, Chad basically having to learn football all over again due to the differences in the systems, the “Patriot Way” weighing on him, filling Moss’s shoes in fans’ eyes and living up to the productive seasons he had in Cincy. Other players and teams are kind of having the same problem, Derrick Mason who was just traded by the Jets to the Texans, the Eagles roster, McNabb and the Vikings situation and some others I’m sure just elude me now so Chad… you’re not alone… technically. So Chad Ochocinco Johnson Riviera Snickers bar whatever you are calling yourself, play smart like we know you can, don’t be afraid of being you and just do what you do best on the field because I think that some Patriot fans still believe in you, I do anyway.

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Welcome everyone to Ssli’s Two Cents. This blog will cover a variety of topics, mostly random but a lot of sports and entertainment but not strictly those genres. You will have to keep checking back for new posts to see things through my eyes. I’ve been writing for most of my life thus far, obviously we all write everyday but I mean creatively. The name of this blog actually is more of an honor to my first “column” I wrote in my early mid teenage years and sent to some friends of mine, mainly about professional wrestling, or sports entertainment as they are currently calling it but now it has grown into a new beast but you got to remember where you came from. So keep checking back for new content, I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.