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NFL notebook: Opponents have cracked the code on Tim Tebow

Associated Press

Published: Wednesday, Jan. 4 2012 11:04 p.m. MST

Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow (15) stretches with teammates during NFL football practice in Englewood, Colo., on Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2012. The Broncos are scheduled to host the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday in a wild-card playoff game. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)

Associated Press

John Elway wants to see more aggression from Tim Tebow. John Fox wants to see more accuracy.

They trust he can deliver on both counts Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers (12-4) and the league's top-ranked defense.

Having won the Denver Broncos' starting job and the AFC West title by default, Tebow heads into his first playoff game mired in the worst slump of his life.

"The three losses haven't shaken my confidence," Tebow said after the Broncos backed their way into the playoffs at 8-8.

The results and his language on the football field suggest otherwise.

After watching him pile up comeback after improbable comeback, opponents seem to have solved the unorthodox QB, hemming him in the pocket with disciplined defense and daring him to beat them with his erratic left arm.

The result: back-to-back poor passing performances with a half-dozen turnovers and the first three-game losing streak of his career.

After turning the ball over four times at Buffalo on Christmas Eve, Tebow looked tentative Sunday in losing 7-3 to Kansas City and Kyle Orton, whom he couldn't beat out in camp but still supplanted after the Broncos benched and then released Orton earlier this season. Tebow held on to the ball, passing up wide open receivers or taking a sack. He completed just 6 of 22 passes for 60 yards and a career-worst 20.6 passer rating.

Elway told a Denver Post columnist Tebow just needs to "put everything behind him, go through his progressions and pull the trigger."

HURD INDICTED: Former NFL wide receiver Sam Hurd was indicted Wednesday on federal drug conspiracy and possession charges after he and another man were accused of trying to establish a drug-dealing network. The indictment handed up by a federal grand jury in Dallas accuses Hurd, cut by the Chicago Bears after his arrest last month during an undercover drug sting, and co-defendant Toby Lujan of single counts of cocaine possession and conspiracy to possess cocaine. It also seeks forfeiture of $88,000 in cash by Lujan and a 2010 Cadillac Escalade by Hurd.

JENNINGS TARGETING PLAYOFFS: Wide receiver Greg Jennings is back at practice for the Green Bay Packers and appears to be on target to return for the playoffs. Jennings missed the last three games of the regular season with a torn left medial collateral ligament. Jennings says he might have been able to play in Sunday's finale against Detroit, but he's thankful to have two extra weeks to heal.

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