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January 13, 2012

Trent Dilfer ranks Broncos' Tim Tebow among NFL's passers: 80th out of 80

   Former NFL quarterback Trent Dilfer spoke at the Hood Hargett Breakfast Club in Charlotte Friday, and he was complimentary of Panthers quarterback Cam Newton, who he said would "change the game" in the NFL with his skills and work ethic.

      He was not as kind in discussing Denver quarterback Tim Tebow, who has the Broncos in the divisional round of the AFC playoffs against the New England Patriots Saturday night despite a passing form that is the league’s worst. Dilfer said if there are 80 quarterbacks in the NFL, the 79th is “exponentially better” than Tebow as a passer.

     Dilfer, who said he has tremendous respect for Tebow, said the Broncos’ read-option package has allowed Denver to overcome Tebow’s flaws. With defenses first watching for a handoff to the running back or a Tebow keep, Dilfer said the Broncos’ receivers are often wide open when Tebow pulls back for a play-action pass.

-- Joseph Person

Posted by Observer Sports on January 13, 2012 at 06:28 PM | Permalink


I wonder where Dilfer would have ranked himself during his playing days.

Posted by: pantherpundit | Jan 13, 2012 6:56:22 PM

Says the guy who made a living handing the ball off.

Posted by: DS | Jan 13, 2012 7:00:55 PM

Says the guy who made a living handing the ball off.

Posted by: DS | Jan 13, 2012 7:00:56 PM

Bad career move Trent. ESPN will take these comments mainstream and the Tebowmaniacs will falsely label you as a hater because of his faith...and somehow slander Cam Newton in the same breath.

Posted by: lpdog32 | Jan 13, 2012 7:16:37 PM

Remind me again, how good a QB was Trent Dilfer... for some reason, I can't even remember who he played for... assuming he played.

Posted by: John - Harrisburg, NC | Jan 13, 2012 7:29:30 PM

Actually, Tebow ranks 81st out of 80 in passing.

Posted by: Bill Duke | Jan 13, 2012 7:34:44 PM

He can slam Tebow all he likes, but he and the Broncos are in the playoffs which makes me happy!

Posted by: Demisfit2000 | Jan 13, 2012 7:35:37 PM

Hey John-Harrisburg, Dilfer was only a Super Bowl winning QB so I guess he did play. How many super bowl rings do you have there Johnny boy?

Posted by: Bill Duke | Jan 13, 2012 7:37:04 PM

Let's see... 5 teams in 14 years (1 of which he never played)... 113 TDs and 129 INTs, He lost 35 of 82 fumbles, averaged less than 1,500 yds passing per year and had a 70.2 career rating. He started more than 8 games in only 6 of his 14 seasons.

To top it off, Tebow has more rushing TDs in each of his two seasons (6), than the 5 career total for Dilfer!

There is plenty of room to question Tebow, but NOT from a forgettable QB like Trent Dilfer!

Posted by: John - Harrisburg, NC | Jan 13, 2012 7:43:06 PM

I thought he played for the Bucs and the Ravens. Never an offensive threat. There "D" was the key to their wins. I don't believe that Tebow has the best mechanics but that TD pass in OT was right on the money and in stride. He wins games Dilfer. Your defense won the games for you when your butt was on the bench. I would rate Timmy exponentially better than you. Dilfer...I don't believe you ever made it to 3,000 yds a single year,and your biggest rushing season was 144 yds. Tebow had 660 yds rushing.

Posted by: Steve Gilmore | Jan 13, 2012 7:43:47 PM

Dilfer is undoubtably the worst qb ever to win a super bowl.

Posted by: Boo hour | Jan 13, 2012 7:54:25 PM

Trent Dilfer career:
Completion Percentage 55.5
TD-INT 113-129
QB Rating 70.2
Rushing Yards 853
Rushing TDs 5

Tim Tebow career:
Completion percentage 47.3
TD–INT 17-9
QB Rating 75.1
Rushing Yards 871
Rushing TDs 12

Hmmmmm, where would that rank Dilfer?

Oh, and that Super Bowl ring? Dilfer's stats:
12/25 for 153 yards 1 TD 0 INT

wow, impressive

Posted by: Cat93 | Jan 13, 2012 7:56:58 PM

Just pulled down both of their stats for their respective first two seasons. Tebow has the better record on 11 of 18 measures!

Dilfer's biggest passing year was season 3 at 2,859 and he only exceeded 100 yds rushing in 4 seasons.

Dilfer only started all 16 games in 4 of his 6 years with Tampa. He started only 10 games in his final year in Tampa and never started more than 8 games for the rest of his career except for one year with the hapless Browns. What more needs to be said?

Posted by: John - Harrisburg, NC | Jan 13, 2012 8:03:17 PM

113 td's from dilfer. 129 interceptions. nuff said. he is also one of the WORST announcers out there. what a tool.

Posted by: john holmes | Jan 13, 2012 8:07:30 PM

Go Cam. Go Tebow. As for Dilfer, I recall that during the year the Ravens won the SB, he wasn't even the starter for half the year and that the Ravens actually went five straight games without scoring a touchdown. They're the only SuperBowl champs to ever do that. That tells you how great the D was and how horrible the offense (with Dilfer leading it half the time)was.

Posted by: pantherd | Jan 13, 2012 8:15:58 PM

Don't you love when people in glass houses start throwing rocks? :)

Posted by: John - Harrisburg, NC | Jan 13, 2012 8:18:10 PM

lol, Trent Dilfer. Even if I were into football when he played, I would've never rooted for that tool. Tim Tebow is the man! Can't wait to see him tear up those Patriots and see John Fox get his revenge for that 2003 Super Bowl

Posted by: el | Jan 13, 2012 8:42:50 PM

Dilfer sucked back then and Dilfer sucks now. Tebow has rifled more rockets in the last 6 games that Dilfer did in is whole career. Sure he has flaws, but he improves every game and has a winners determination.
Keep your pie-hole shut Dilfer. Your wrong again.

Posted by: Dave | Jan 13, 2012 9:02:42 PM

Dilfer rides the Ravens' coattails to one Super Bowl and spends the majority of his career handing out overrated balloon juice on cable TV. Figures. Maybe he needs to take a quick poll as to how many of those "80 quarterbacks" are currently in the playoffs and how many are home watching TV. Tool.

Posted by: Nathan | Jan 13, 2012 10:11:37 PM

Dilfer is an idiot. ESPN keeps him on air just to stir the pot. Tebow isn't the best quarterback, nor is he the worst.

Posted by: Johnny Unitis | Jan 13, 2012 10:20:50 PM

Are the Sports networks that desperate? Tebow is not bad, nor that particularly good.

So why get so worked up about him?...oh, that's right...RATINGS.

Posted by: ycrucifyhim | Jan 13, 2012 10:26:08 PM

I'll take Tebow over Clausen.

Posted by: Ben | Jan 13, 2012 10:32:33 PM

When did insulting Tebow become journalism! ESPN has nothing worth reporting! Let's talk bad about Tebow to get people to watch! I'd rather watch the women in short skirts who are sports experts!? Howard Cosell is burning in hell covering the Curling champiomships and we get Trent Dilfer!

Posted by: joe cool | Jan 13, 2012 11:17:56 PM

Hmmmmm, let's see. Dilfer would rank . . . . #99 out of 80. What a joke he was as a QB! An even bigger joke, if that's possible, as an "ESPN commentator!!!!"

Posted by: dbigcat | Jan 13, 2012 11:18:19 PM

That's what I love about the media. He covered Trent's almost one hour speech in a paragraph. I attended the same breakfast... Having never heard Trent except on ESPN, I found him an excellent speaker, funny and extremely knowledgable about football. He gave a great look behind the curtain of the NFL and was very humble when talking about himself as a QB. He picked on himself as a QB many times in his speech. He said he felt like he himself wasted a lot of his career not working as hard as he could especially in taking care of his body. On the Tim Tebow topic, to comment on 80th best passer was quoted slightly out of context. He said it but more in line with Tebow as a thrower from a pure thrower, mechanics, etc, etc. He spoke about how the read option helped Tebow be successful. He was very complimentary of Tebow being successful using his skill set. I'm not a Trent Dilfer fan one way or the other but the article is slightly misleading.

Posted by: Tom | Jan 13, 2012 11:32:50 PM

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