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Tim Tebow has impressed Detroit Coach Jim Schwartz

December 13, 2011 | 10:51 am


Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher may not be impressed with Denver quarterback Tim Tebow, calling him a "good running back," but Tebow has impressed at least one person: Detroit Lions Coach Jim Schwartz.

“I think there’s a lot of different formulas for winning in the NFL,” Schwartz told the Detroit Free Press. “Some people are going to outscore people, some people are going to win pitching duels. Some people have different formulas. Their formula seems to be hang in there for 58 minutes and then win it in the last two or overtime.”

The Lions are the only team to beat Denver since Tebow took over at quarterback from Kyle Orton, sacking him seven times in a 45-10 rout.

Many experts thought that game would be the end of the Tim Tebow express, but the quarterback has gone on to become the most popular quarterback in the league, at least among fans. Sunday, Tebow rallied to Broncos from a 10-0 deficit late in the fourth quarter to defeat the Chicago Bears in overtime, 13-10.

“They’re finding a way to keep it close, finding a way to win the game and, again, with the scrutiny that everybody’s under in this league and the interest in this league, people need stories other than who won and who lost,” Schwartz said. “But I think that probably the biggest thing that the Tebow story does for me is it just says, 'Hey, what’s the most important thing? Winning.' And that’s the only stat that truly matters in every aspect of this game.”

Indeed, it is easy to bash Tebow's unorthodox throwing style, but you don't go 6-1 as a starter in the NFL by accident.


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Photo: Tim Tebow kneels on the sideline during Sunday's game against Chicago. Credit: Julie Jacobson / Associated Press.