A chance to miss on Tebow once again

Posted by Darren Urban on November 29, 2012 – 4:20 pm

The last time the Cardinals played against a Tim Tebow team in the regular season, they probably should have seen him play — but he didn’t.

You remember that game, at the end of the disastrous 2010 season. The Cardinals crushed the Broncos, 43-13, in rookie quarterback John Skelton’s first start. Skelton didn’t play well (15-for-37, 146 yards) but he didn’t turn the ball over, and the game was dominated by kicker Jay Feely (25 points, including a touchdown run on a fake field goal) and running back Tim Hightower’s 148 yards rushing on only 18 carries.

(Looking back on my story, I forgot about then-rookie Daryl Washington pulling a Leon Lett. Oops.)

Anyway, not only did the Broncos get throttled but quarterback Kyle Orton was bad, completing just 19-of-41 passes for 166 yards and three interceptions. The Broncos were going nowhere. Kind of seemed like a natural time to give backup QB Tim Tebow a chance to play. But interim coach Eric Studesville decided against it.

Flash forward to Sunday, when the Cardinals play the Jets, and Tebow again is the backup. Tebow is dealing with bad ribs, bad enough to the point where third-stringer Greg McElroy may be the wiser choice to have as Mark Sanchez’s reserve option. Coach Rex Ryan isn’t committing to anything, although he said he thinks Tebow will be able to be active Sunday. Tebow playing, in some way, would certainly add a storyline to a game that could use an extra boost. Clearly Sanchez isn’t going anywhere as the starter.

The Cardinals aren’t taking chances. “You have to prepare for (Tebow),” coach Ken Whisenhunt said. “Whether he plays or not, we’ll see. But you’ve got to be prepared for him. When he’s in the game, it’s different.”

Another side note: That win against the struggling Tebow team also snapped a seven-game losing streak. Maybe history has a chance to repeat itself Sunday against another struggling Tebow team.

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23 Responses to “A chance to miss on Tebow once again”

  1. By ross on Nov 29, 2012 | Reply

    Hightower’s finest game as a card. Miss that guy. 🙂

  2. By brad oneill on Nov 29, 2012 | Reply

    forget preparing for tebow, Prepare for the starter, when you start beating the starters you can waste time preparing for maybes.

  3. By jocards on Nov 29, 2012 | Reply

    Oh my goodness if Tim Tebow comes into the game and burns us it might be more than I can stand! The guy already gets way too much airtime for a guy that rarely plays at all….Imagine if he were to actually do something on the field! NFL Network would likely schedule a special called, “The Big Tebowski” or something. Ugh!

  4. By nycardinals212 on Nov 29, 2012 | Reply

    Brad Oneill,

    You are right. He should just get the team prepared for only one possible scenario. That way, when Tebow plays and the defense fails to stop him, the same fans can cry, “Come on, he’s an NFL head coach, and he can’t get his team ready to play two different style quarterbacks?”

    Yes, yes, that is surely the way to go.

  5. By NJAzCardsFan on Nov 29, 2012 | Reply

    Cards beat Jets 6-5…..

  6. By rodgerscromartie17 on Nov 29, 2012 | Reply

    Last time the team went to NY to play the Jets was ugly. The Jets team the Cardinals faced that day was not very different than todays Jets other than Favre was better than dirty Sanchez. Hey Darren, the doctor said I have been suffering some severe brain damage from all the sidewalk face diving I have been doing weekly, so any word on Miller leaving town soon???

  7. By Scott H on Nov 29, 2012 | Reply

    It’s been reported that tebow’s own teammates think he’s horrible. Now, that may be a reflection of just how far out of control the Jets situation has become but…that is telling, nonetheless. Fact is, Tebow has done NOTHING of note in New York this year. They may have had a plan when they brought him there, but…he is barely seeing any action at all at this point.

    And, really, who cares? The Cardinals have to worry about being able to get out of their own damn way before they worry about ANYTHING else. Therefore, they are a LOOOOOONG way from needing to worry about anything else. If this game looks like anything, it looks like an opportunity for the Jets to find themselves against a hapless team with a rookie QB that tends to struggle when they come east.

  8. By AB on Nov 29, 2012 | Reply


    The 2 newest Cards Daily videos won’t play for me.

    Thank you for reading! Have a great day! Hear from you soon!

  9. By Chuck 1 on Nov 29, 2012 | Reply

    I don’t agree with Whiz inserting Lindley for Skelton in the Falcons game.
    However, now that he is “auditioning” Lindley for next season (IMO), I think that Whiz should start him in the next two games to see what he has to offer for next season.

    Then, if Kolb is 100% healthy, start him in the last three games to see whether he should be kept for next season, traded or released.

  10. By Jesus on Nov 29, 2012 | Reply

    forget preparing for Tebow or the starters!

    We have got to prepare for Mike Miller, he is the one thats been beating us the past three years.

  11. By Credit Card on Nov 29, 2012 | Reply

    I find it very interesting that Whisenhunt mentioned that you have to prepare for Tebow. Meaning Tebow is a scambling / running type QB, and thus presents another dimension the Cards must study and prepare.

    How ironic that the Cards have virtually three QB’s that are clones of each other.

  12. By Peter in Canada on Nov 29, 2012 | Reply

    That year (2010) Tebow was the 1st round Bronco pick and we took Dan Williams. I have only seen 3 Card games this year so this got me to wondering how Williams is progressing. Your thoughts Darren?

  13. By Darren Urban on Nov 29, 2012 | Reply

    Peter —

    RE: Dan Williams

    Funny you should ask. I will have either a note or blog post tomorrow.

  14. By suspence716 on Nov 29, 2012 | Reply

    Its gonna be another disastrous performance as the cards fly across country to play in a morning game. It would be a good time to pick up the Jets def in fantasy football. I’m sure the team will come out flat, unprepared and looking of jetlag. How many ugly games and losses in a row will it take to chase this disgusting coaching staff out of town? Even the defense and special teams arent even showing up to the games anymore. Defense keeps giving up the long ball to guys like givens and hartline. When was the last time the special teams had a field goal or punt block or a kickoff or punt return. On kickoffs they have a hard time even getting the ball to the 20. I’m just gonna sit back n watch the game n laugh while clapping saying yes whiz, you are the best!!!!!!!

  15. By Campbells on Nov 30, 2012 | Reply

    Wishful thinking. We’re not going to see Tebow unless Sanchez gets knocked out of the game. As for Sanchez going nowhere, Ryan hasn’t given up on him. Jets haven’t given up on playoffs. As a matter of fact, most teams (aside from Cardinals, and KC) haven’t given up on making the playoffs. 4 and 5 record, and our season suddenly becomes an experiment on next year. Jets are going to make every effort to humiliate the “Experimental Cardinals.” Where did I put that brown bag??? Is “Coaching free-agency” before the playoffs???

  16. By Dynosoar on Nov 30, 2012 | Reply

    I thought from the headline that some dark cosmic scheme had resulted in Tebow being considered as a Cardinals QB and we had missed on him and I was shouting Hallelujah!

    I so enjoy trying to guess the true meaning of the morsals in your headlines. Missed this one badly which made the reading even tastier to chew on than normal. (Sorry, couldn’t resist some word plays of my own.)

    Love you writing!

    Looking forward to the Williams piece.

  17. By Lou on Nov 30, 2012 | Reply

    Interesting how similar the 2010 and 2012 seasons are. In that piece u included Skelton made his debut and his numbers (completions %) are very close to what they are for him whenever he plays. Also in that 2010 article the Cards were struggling to score touchdowns and we were ending a 7 game losing streak with that win over the Broncos.

    Have the last few seasons not taught us anything? QB play unresolved, offensive struggles to score TD’s and another lengthy losing streak? Who is to say things will get better next year? I am sure we all felt the team was ready to turn the corner and compete for the division and a playoff spot especially how we closed out last year but we you look back on the last couple of years bottom line is we never really progressed! Change is needed… fool me once shame on u fool me twice shame on me!

  18. By wnycardfan on Nov 30, 2012 | Reply

    I picked up the jets D yesterday for Fantasy………..they are the START EM pick for DEF on NFL.COM………………….I think we all know why
    Perhaps this will be the game that breaks the streak, like in 2010, but I”m not holding my breath. Not with a cross country flight, new center, rookie QB, Miller still play calling, RB’s not really producing, WR’s dropping balls, etc…
    Perhaps the DEF can win this one for us

  19. By clssylssy on Nov 30, 2012 | Reply

    I’m curious about who will be our backup if our third stringer QB gets knocked out?

  20. By Darren Urban on Nov 30, 2012 | Reply

    Clssy —

    RE: Emergency QB

    Usually it is Early Doucet.

  21. By Campbells on Nov 30, 2012 | Reply

    THAT would be interesting! Can you imagine Whiz claiming Early gives us the best chance to win (over Skelton)??? At this point, I’d love to see the fallout after such a bold statement. Fingers crossed.

  22. By Scott H on Dec 2, 2012 | Reply

    Kolb…Skelton…Lindley…does it even matter at this point? Lets face it, folks – the QB we need to be a better team is NOT on this roster right now.

  23. By Eazy E on Dec 5, 2012 | Reply

    A lot of y’all saying Tebow this and Tebow that, I and the cardinals would love to have Tebow as opposed to the mess we have.

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