Think about it. If Tebow had had this kind of game against the Chargers, or the Raiders or the Jets or Patriots, we would have been steamrolled out of the stadium. But instead, it happened in a winnable game that we ultimately stole out from under Miami. And even after three and two thirds quarters of hideous play, Tebow sucked it up and reached down and played out of his mind when the game looked out of reach. He didn't quit and he made Miami pay.
I am going to say it plainly. I am ecstatic with the way this game went. Here's why. Tebow is for all intents and purposes still a rookie QB. He has all of 4 starts, not even a quarter of a season, and he had no offseason in which to prepare, and this was the first game he's played this year after getting reps with the first team offense. This game was always going to happen. Tebow was going to have a lame duck game where nothing went right and he played as ugly as the QB position can be played. And I am delirious that it happened against the Dolphins.
Seeing his determination and fight filled me with hope for the coming years. Not only that, but the team didn't quit either. If this had been an Orton led team that was down 15-0 with five to play, we would have been shut out. Forget winning. We wouldn't have scored. Tebow's attitude is infectious and the rest of the team is beginning to believe that when Tebow is in the huddle, anything can happen. You can see it in the body language. Look at the offensive huddle late in the game. They don't look defeated. They believe they can win.
What I saw in the first three quarters and change was a Tebow that was trying too hard. Yes Tebow has grit, heart, determination, and character, but remember, he is still a kid. You are kidding yourself if you think he wasn't feeling the pressure leading up to this game. He knew he was expected to deliver against a terrible Miami team. He knew if he failed he was opening himself up to massive criticism both outside and inside the organization. Of course it affected his play. But you know what? Where Orton folded under the pressure time and time again, Tebow did not. Tebow shook off the previous three and 2/3 quarters and played the last five minutes like a man possessed, thus demonstrating one of the most important traits to have in a QB and team leader: a short memory.
This is not a fluke people. Two weeks in a row, Tebow has led a tremendous comeback, as he has done in four of the last five games he played significant time in overall. He led the team to wins in two of those games and put the fear of God into the opponents in the other two games, both of them against the Chargers oddly enough. The NFL is being put on notice. No lead is safe against the Tebow led Broncos. And before anyone starts to comment about the Broncos' opponents in those games I just want to say this. I don't care who they played. This is the NFL. Any team can beat any other on any given Sunday, as the cliche goes. But it is true.
TT is going to catch flak win or lose because his style of play just does not conform to what everyone seems to want in their QB. There will always be someone who looks at a Broncos' win and says "Yeah, but....." But speaking for myself, until and unless the Broncos send him on his way, Tebow is my QB. He has proven to me at least that he is the one I want under center. He knows he played poorly for much of the game today. He is intelligent and driven, so he will watch the game films with the coaches, figure out how to fix what went wrong and become a better QB for it. As far as I am concerned, the future is now. You may think I am wrong, but I firmly believe that Tebow will do what I have seen him repeatedly do; defy the critics. Tebow will prove me right.