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Whither Tebow?

Look, I know how this is going to sound. With the national phenomenon that is Tim Tebow, it's now become chic to divide the world into Tebowmaniacs and Tebow haters, the latter being anyone who breathes a syllable of criticism for the guy.

But the way the New England Patriots effortlessly took The Tebow down last night, you have to wonder if Tebowmania has the same tenuous shelf life virtually every other Mania does.

The Patriots figured out that the way to stop Tebow was to take away the option part of the Broncos' run-option, take away the deep pass and bring pressure off the edge, forcing Tebow to be what he's not: a pocket passer.

And he was, shall we say, exposed as a guy who simply isn't accurate enough to consistently hit the underneath route into tight windows. And since he was up against Tom Brady and not, say, Caleb Hanie, the outcome was inevitable: 9-of-26, 136 yards, a 45-10 loss.

And so now the question: What do the Broncos do with him?

After all, every team in the NFL is going to have an entire offseason to study last night's game tape. Think they won't have Tebow figured out by next fall, too?

So, you either pin your future to an enormously charismatic and popular figure who happens to have a skill set that isn't sustainable over the long haul, or you risk a full-scale fan revolt by making the smart move and going in another direction.

Wouldn't want to be John Elway right now.

Ben Smith's blog.

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