1. The Broncos' victory Sunday night should serve as a permanent example of why it's so foolish to argue the extremes of a player like Tim Tebow. He'll never be an All-Pro quarterback, but he's not a bum either.

Personally, I'm fascinated by the Adventures of Tebow. There has never been an athlete this polarizing, and the strangest thing is, both his biggest critics and his biggest supporters continue to look foolish. He got a little too much praise during Denver's six-game winning streak when people claimed "all he does is win," and a little too much criticism during Denver's three-game losing streak when everyone snickered that he looked like a JV high school quarterback. The truth, as usual, is somewhere in the middle. He'll never be the player that Cam Newton is, but they both create matchup problems for defenses in similar ways. If you can scramble for six seconds, it's almost impossible to cover receivers for that long. And if you can run for a first down 70 percent of the time on 3rd-and-3, then you don't need to complete 60 percent of your passes to be successful. I don't know how he'll do in Foxborough next week. But I do think he deserves to spend an entire offseason -- a real offseaon, not one shortened by a lockout -- working with the Broncos coaches to see if they can continue to maximize his strengths and work on his weaknesses. The list of quarterbacks to beat the Steelers in the playoffs is short. But Tebow is on it, and always will be. Doesn't mean he doesn't have a lot of work left to do if he wants to have long-term success. He's kind of like watching Randy Johnson pitch when he first came to the major leagues. He can look awkward and wild, but he can suddenly harness greatness out of nowhere. Write him off and laugh at your own peril. It's obvious the Steelers did.
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