Patriots coach Bill Belichick, in his weekly appearance on The Big Show, said that the Broncos team that he will face in the AFC divisional playoff game on Saturday night is particularly challenging to defend given the versatility of quarterback Tim Tebow. Belichick suggested that Tebow's ability to both run and throw the football from the same offensive formations allows Denver to disguise its plays in a fashion that makes it hard to get the right personnel groupings and play calls onto the field.
"Whatever it takes to win, he’s done a good job of doing that," said Belichick. "I think whenever Tebow is in the shotgun, then you have the possibility of him running their regular shotgun passing game and you also have the possibility of them running the ball, whether he’s the runner or it’s a dive and he keeps it.
You really need another defender in the running game but it’s hard to get that defender when five guys, at least four guys and sometimes five guys spread out the passing game.
"You get into a disguise game or you get into taking one thing away and seeing if you can. ... They put a lot of pressure on you," Belichick added. "He can hurt you in a lot of different ways: Throw 50-yard-passes or carry the ball on inside-zone power plays. It’s hard to defend."
That is, in no small part, because Tebow represents a different kind of runner that virtually any other quarterback.
"He’s really strong. He’s got great lower body strength. He takes a lot of hits and can stay up, has good balance. He’s strong. He’s like a running back – 235, 240 pounds. Very strong and well built. He can take a pounding," said Belichick. "He runs the ball with good power. It’s not like a quarterback back there. It’s like a running back. He adds the element of a Wildcat running game to a spread out passing game, all in the same formation, all in the same play, really, because they can check from one to another. It’s hard to defend, and he’s a tough guy to defend."