Boomer Esiason, the former, non-Super Bowl winning Quarterback who had an 80-93 record on teams he led, has blasted one of the league’s newest quarterbacks, Tim Tebow. In his official capacity as a football analyst for CBS Sports, Esiason shared his latest thoughts on Tebow during a CBS Press Event on Tuesday in New York:
“He can’t play. He can’t throw. I’m not here to insult him. The reality is he was a great college football player, maybe the greatest college football player of his time. But he’s not an NFL quarterback right now. Just because he’s God-fearing, and a great person off the field, and was a winner with the team that had the best athletes in college football, doesn’t mean his game is going to translate to the NFL.”
At least he didn’t say that Tebow throws the football like his mama. If Esiason wasn’t insulting Tebow, I can’t imagine what he would have said if he intended to insult him. However, no one should be surprised at the idiotic comments that Boomer Esiason makes, particularly when it comes to another left-handed gunslinger. I previously wrote about Esiason’s and Dan Marino’s mocking remarks (which they both thought were not being broadcast) after Tebow scored his first NFL touchdown. Tebow had the temerity to run the ball in for a score instead of passing for the six points. You would think that these two former quarterbacks — now “professional” analysts — would have something positive to say about this accomplishment. You would, of course, be wrong.
Both Esiason and Marino can be heard (although not seen) joking about Tebow having to run the ball because he couldn’t throw. I’m quite sure that neither of these elite quarterbacks — who between them have zero Super Bowl rings — would have had the same snide remarks about a Michael Vick running the ball in for a touchdown. Isn’t it amazing that a convicted felon who killed dogs for sport is held in higher regard by the NFL East Coast elites than someone like Tim Tebow?
No rational person — especially a former quarterback who didn’t exactly light it up on the football field in his first starts for the Cincinnati Bengals — could possibly say that Tebow can’t play or throw. Is Esiason insane or is he showing his hate for Tebow? And, like so many others, including Merril Hoge, who have jumped on the “trash TT bandwagon,” Esiason just looks petty and foolish with such inane statements. It’s one thing to say that Tebow, who has only three starts under his belt and who had a shortened pre-season, needs work. It’s quite something else to say that the two-time National Champion, Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback “can’t play and can’t throw.”
Why would someone make such patently ridiculous statements? I can only conclude that Esiason not only has an irrational hatred of Tim Tebow, but he, like many others, has a disdain for Tebow’s Christian faith. How else to explain the words Esiason chose to use to trash former Broncos’ Head Coach Josh McDaniels, all the while taking a not-so-subtle jab at Tebow’s Christian faith:
“What (former Broncos coach) Josh McDaniel saw in him God only knows. Maybe God does know — because the rest of us don’t,” Esiason said.”
Maybe Josh McDaniels saw a fierce competitor with the heart of a champion. Maybe McDaniels saw in Tebow a two-time National Champion who won the Heisman Trophy as a Sophomore. Perhaps Coach McDaniels saw in TT one of college’s all-time best quarterbacks who broke every record for his position in arguably the best conference in college football — the Southeastern Conference. Maybe Josh McDaniels saw a young man whose character and work ethic would make the Denver Broncos and the city of Denver proud.
I’m not sure who Esiason has in mind when he says “the rest of us don’t (know).” Is he speaking for all former NFL quarterbacks? If so, the quarterback who beat Esiason and the Bengals in Super Bowl XXIII — Joe Montana — didn’t get the memo. Montana, who led the San Francisco 49er’s to three Super Bowl victories in the 1980’s, said of Tebow:
“If you can throw it accurately and on time, I don’t care what your delivery
looks like. Don’t change his delivery. Get his feet right, because he’s never
taken a snap from under center. Let’s work on that part and see how the rest goes.”
I hate to break it to Boomer, but there are many reasons why Tim Tebow was drafted in the First Round and why he should at least be given a chance to succeed or fail on his own. Three starts (although good) does not a chance make. Boomer Esiason may not have a clue as to why Tim Tebow was drafted by the Broncos last year. But, I’m pretty sure God knows. When it comes to Tim Tebow, I think I’ll take God (and Joe Montana) over Boomer Esaison every day of the week and twice on Sunday!