Boomer Esiason on D&C: Tim Tebow ‘has great flair for the dramatics, but it’s not pretty’
|12.19.11 at 11:09 am ET|
CBS Sports NFL analyst Boomer Esiason made his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show Monday morning to discuss the Patriots’ dominant 41-23 victory over Tim Tebow and the Broncos. The win brought up questions about how long Tebow will be Denver’s starting quarterback, and Esiason wasn’t sure if Tebow would survive past this season.
After a strong first quarter, Tebow and Broncos offense completely shut down and let a 16-7 lead quickly evaporate and become a 34-16 lead for the Patriots. Tebow was completely overshadowed in the game by one of the best performances of the season for Tom Brady, who ended the game with 320 passing yards and three total touchdowns. Brady even ran a score in, perhaps a gesture at Tebow who is known for his prolific ability to get in the end zone with his feet.
‘It kind of imploded a little bit and I don’t know what to take out of Tebow’s performance, it was a little bit better than I thought it was going to be and maybe not as good as everyone else thought it was going to be,’ Esiason said. ‘I don’t know if you saw the pregame interview with Jim Nantz, he tried to get John Fox to try to get some future assessment of Tebow and he wouldn’t do it. I understand why, when you watch Tebow he has great flair for the dramatics, but it’s not pretty. So I just wonder if the Broncos draft a quarterback in the first round next year and I think they will if they can get one. I know they love this kid Robert Griffin III out of Baylor, what does that mean to the future of Tebow and only time will tell.”
Added Esiason: ‘When you watch the way Tom play yesterday you saw a quarterback react to the momentum shift in the fourth quarter. And where other quarterbacks imploded, he marched his team right down the field and that’s the type of thing Tebow really hasn’t had to go against at all towards the end of the season. He’s gone up against a bunch of rookie quarterbacks, quarterbacks that haven’t been able to make the plays in the fourth quarter to put more pressure on him to win football games.’
What also stuck out to Esiason was the solid play by the Patriots offensive line, which had arguably its best game playing against one of the best defensive lines in the league while on the road.
‘Another thing that doesn’t get a lot of play and it should get a lot of play was the play of the offensive line of the New England Patriots, especially on passing situations. You know Von Miller and Elvis Dumervil are a pain in the ass to play,’ Esiason said. ‘I think Tom only got hit four or five times yesterday. And he had pretty much a clean game the whole game. ‘
Following are highlights from the conversation. To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.
On Aaron Hernandez being Brady’s main target: ‘What it comes down to when you’re a top-notch quarterback in this league you actually read your defenses and you keep your players happy and you spread the ball around and you never know who’s going to get the ball from week to week. And when you’re playing against any team, you’re trying to look for those matchups and you’re looking for the advantages yesterday. Obviously there was an advantage yesterday for Hernandez. … If you have a quarterback is on like Tom was on yesterday and he was competitive and he was reading the defenses, he’ll find where those mismatches are and he’ll throw accurate footballs in there.”
On the Patriots stomping out a fourth-quarter rally: ‘Bill Belichick has the luxury of seeing it on film the last four or five weeks so he knows he has to plan in the back of his mind that when he’s on the field in the fourth quarter that he’s going to follow that plan. To me, it still goes back to when the Denver Broncos scored their last touchdown. That place was rocking, the cameras were shaking, it was Tebow time, and everybody was going crazy. Then Brady goes out on the field and calmly moves his team down the field for a touchdown. It actually ate up a little bit of time, too, and calmed everyone down in the stadium. That’s truly where the game was won in my estimation because in previous games, quarterbacks or running backs in that situation didn’t put the game away when they needed to and they gave the ball back to Tebow and they were able to build on that momentum.’
On the Chiefs’ victory over the Packers: ‘One thing, though, that stuck out to me, and I don’t know if you saw this at the end of the game was the way the players reacted to Romeo Crennel. They must’ve really hated Todd Haley. That’s the only thing I can think of because the players’ reaction was priceless. Crennel as you know has been around Scott Pioli for a long time, and you know sometimes it works, and it doesn’t usually work that quickly in the NFL when you change coaches but I would imagine that Haley was a grinder out there and probably wasn’t a great guy to be around. The fact that they did have a healthy Kyle Orton playing against a very suspect defense of the Green Bay Packers was something that definitely worked to their favor.’
On the Ravens’ dismantling at the hands of the Chargers: ‘This is the NFL and it’s a completely unpredictable league as we saw yesterday, as it was upset Sunday, and to me it goes to Joe Flacco. Winning on the road requires a steady hand and Joe is still a middle-of-the-road quarterback. He’s not an upper-echelon player yet. You can’t win those games, and when your defense is struggling and that team has always been built around the defense, you need your offense to come in and support. You can’t throw interceptions, you can’t have three-and-outs, and you can’t look like you’re confused and overwhelmed. And as long as the Baltimore Ravens have him playing like that you’re going to have moments like yesterday. To me, the Chargers are healthy and Flacco isn’t ready for prime time in that spot on the road.
On the MVP race and if anyone can beat Aaron Rodgers: ‘I think Drew Brees can right now. I think Tom has had a fantastic year without question and will merit some consideration. And there’s a reason they play 16 games and there’s still two games left and there’s still a lot of football to be played. When it all shakes itself out, you look at the top seeds and how their quarterbacks are playing, but Brees was just unbelievable yesterday in Minnesota. It almost looked like to me that Sean Payton is trying to tell the New Orleans Saints, look you have one of the best quarterbacks in the league, pay him already. And I’m going to make sure he has his 4,700 yards and his 50 touchdowns so you have to pay him his money. And that’s what it seems like to me, and if he continues to play the way he has he’s going to be hard to beat in the MVP race.’
On the Giants and Tom Coughlin’s job security: ‘When you talk about the Giants and what the Giants were playing for — you know, even today they still control their own destiny if they beat the Jets on Christmas Eve and then beat the Cowboys in the last game of the season, then they’ll win the NFC East. That performance yesterday was about as bad as the Giants have played in recent years. The problem is that Coughlin has had three straight collapses at the end of the year, and as much respect as I have for him as a coach and as a person, always being prepared, this will not end well for them if they lose to the Jets.’