Asked about the Denver Broncos' surprising turnaround, quarterback Tim Tebow gave praise to a higher authority: coach John Fox.
''Every week he always brings something new to our team meetings and a new outlook, just in his speeches,'' Tebow told Chicago-area reporters via teleconference Wednesday. ''He's always encouraging guys, and he's just upbeat, very positive, and players feed off of him.
''It's been kind of a feel of just do your job and count on the person next to you doing his job, and believe in everybody, be resilient and keep fighting. We want to start fast but we want finish faster. He's just been very positive and I think guys have really responded well.''
Tebow, of course, has been at the center of the Broncos' resurgence. Since Tebow replaced former Bear Kyle Orton at quarterback, Denver is 6-1, with five consecutive victories.
Tebow's reliance on the run has been ridiculed by many NFL observers. But his passer rating of 87.9 is higher than Jay Cutler's 85.7. And Tebow had a career-high 149.3 passer rating in a 35-32 victory over the Vikings last week at the Metrodome -- he completed 10-of-15 passes for 202 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions. In fact, Tebow has only been intercepted once this season. He has thrown 10 touchdown passes.
"Every week I feel like we're getting better and improving -- timing,
everything that goes into it is getting better,'' Tim said. ''As a team our goal is
just getting better and I know it sounds cliché, but consistently
get better every day. That's what coach Fox is preaching and what we
believe: Stay focused, focus on one day at a time, get a little
better every day and the rest'll take care of itself."
For the record, Tebow referenced his lord and savior Jesus Christ only when prompted by questions about the sometimes-negative reaction to him being so openly spiritual.
''It doesn't necessarily frustrate me. At the same time, people are talking about it, and it may be having an impact on people. Not only what my faith is about, but how I carry myself and more than me saying 'I thank my lord and savior Jesus Christ,' I think it's important to show your faith.
''One of my favorite quotes is: 'You share the gospel in everything
you do. And every once in awhile you can use words.' That's something I try and live by, I try and show my faith by my actions, how I treat people, how I live my life, how I handle teammates, how I handle just people in general, and
especially how I handle the people who can't do anything for me. And then, after that, your words back it up.''
''That's my outlook and my focus on how I want to be
looked at. For people to talk about my faith, the coolest thing is just showing
it. And me praying, and me on a knee, that's not something I do for that ... When I say in a interview 'I want to thank my lord
and savior Jesus Christ,' that's just as much for myself or more than anybody
else. It's acknowledging and humbling myself that he gives me the opportunity, the platform and the ability to do this. I'm just thanking Him and honoring Him.''
One of Tebow's strengths is his ability to keep his composure. But he says he gets upset just like other people. He just doesn't let it get the best of him.
"I'm human just like everybody else,'' he said. ''I definitely get upset or fired
up. A lot of emotions go through me. I just try to handle it the best
way and I think my faith helps me handling different types of
emotions because it gives me a bigger perspective on different issues.
''One of my favorite quotes is, 'I don't know what the future holds
but I know who holds my future.' That's something that gives me peace
and a greater outlook and really puts things into perspective."