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Billick: "We're increasingly seeing what Tim Tebow is about. It was against a good pro defense. Where I question Tebow's style of play—the spread, run the ball along with throwing the ball—can you be productive? To a degree, against lesser teams, you can. Can you win in this league? Can you sustain it against good teams? No."
Taibbi, Rolling Stone: "When Tebow [turned] in one of the worst performances in the history of quarterbacking, there was something perversely satisfying about the spectacle. Witnessing the Tebowmania phenomenon get pulverized under a torrent of ruthless hits ... was a little like reliving Clarence Darrow's savage cross-examination of William Jennings Bryan at the Scopes Monkey Trial. In both cases you came away feeling sorry for the defeated, but it was just something that had to be done."
Fox, asked if Tebow is still his starting quarterback: "For this week, yes."
Tebow, on the relentless scrutiny: "You're walking by, you hear it. It's everywhere. You just can't pay attention to it because if I let what people say about me run my life, I'd be living a roller coaster, and thank the Lord I don't have to do that."
Michael Strahan, NFL on Fox: "There's only so much you can change in an offense. All of a sudden they have a new quarterback, and everyone is yelling to change everything for him. How many players are going to accept that?"
israelshgz, rated most-liked on the ESPN.com Occupy Tebow thread that launched more than 10,000 comments: "Knock knock? ... Who's there? ... Doesn't matter, it's › Tebow"
Nov. 6: Tebow and running back Willis McGahee combine for 281 rushing yards and Eddie Royal runs back a punt 85 yards for a touchdown in a 38--24 victory over the Raiders in Oakland. Tebow's line: 10 of 21, 124 yards, 2 TDs; 13 carries, 118 yards. Denver's record: 3--5, fourth in AFC West.
Woody Paige, The Denver Post: "The Broncos unveiled yet one more addition to the Tim Tebow Collection—a razzle-dazzle, spread-stretch, gator-bait, whup-'em good, Oklahoma old-school option offense... . Fox credited his offensive assistants for the game plan. He also could have credited Pop Warner, who conceived of the single wing more than a hundred years a years ago."
Tommy Kelly, Raiders defensive tackle: "They running that college s---, that zone s---, quarterback's gonna hold it s---. Man, we practiced that s--- all week."
McGahee, who had 163 yards against Oakland: "Tebow got the ball in his hands, and he's dangerous. When I have the ball in my hands, I can be dangerous too. We have a [two-man threat] as far as running the ball. Tebow is doing a great job."