For the first 3+ quarters, I was incredulous when it came to Tebow. Yes, he was pressured. Yes, the play-calling was suspect. Yes, Prater missed two field goals. And, of course, our RB fumbled to kill tremendous momentum. But Tebow looked awful. Not bad. Not disappointing. But awful. He had some protection, yet he overthrew. underthrew and misthrew our receivers. I told my buddy before the game that Tebow only seems to perform when the odds are against him. When we're down by a TD or two. When there's seemingly no hope. That was, and still is, a huge concern. But I have to say, I haven't been this excited for the Broncs in a long time. To be sure, Tebow was only part of the equation. The onsides kick was key, as was the play by the defense. But also remember the key fumble and the two missed field goals. This game wasn't all Tebow, nor would it have been if we lost. Having said that, here's the takeaway:
- Tebow is raw. Really raw. But he's shown more play-making ability than most veteran QBs in the league. He is young, so he has immense potential to learn. We've seen that his accuracy can be horrendous and top-notch, all in the same game. The key is for him to play at an elite level all game long. This will take time, but there's no reason to believe he can't do that (remember, fourth start). He deserves the start for the remainder of the season.
- Tebow shot himself in the foot numerous times, missing open receivers, almost throwing interceptions and taking too long to throw. But for all his faults, other players played a role in our sluggish game. We just weren't in synch for most of the game, in part due to Tebow and in part due to the rest of the players.
- This was a team win, not a Tebow win. We had plenty of chances to lock the game up, but we failed. We only won because everyone kept playing until the very end.
Will this end the Tebow debate? Hell no. Maybe he is the answer, maybe he isn't. But he lived to fight another day. And for now, that's all we can ask for