DENVER, CO - NOVEMBER 17: Tim Tebow #15 of the Denver Broncos prays during the final minute of the game against the New York Jets at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on November 17, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Garrett W. Ellwood/Getty Images)
11 days ago, I asked a question about whether or not the Broncos would make the playoffs. I was called a hack (and things and stuff), but here we are not even a full 2 weeks later and the Broncos are sitting pretty at 5-5. The Denver Broncos, who started 1-4, are a half game out of first place in the AFC West.
After the game, I was too excited to sleep. I found myself watching highlights and post-game interviews until about 4 in the morning. What an exciting win!
Now, before I pose a poll question, I'd like to share a couple of thoughts. First, I'll address what Pat Bowlen said after the win.
"He's a quarterback, and believe me he's going to learn. I believe he'll be a great one. Better keep him around."
Who am I to say any differently? Tim Tebow and the Broncos offense put together a 95 yard drive with the game on the line. What more could you ask for? Yeah, a blowout would have been nice, but a win's a win. A 45 point win and a 3 point win both count the same in the win column. Tim Tebow, flat out, got it done when the chips were down.
"Better keep him around" is an understatement. If you've never seen emotion win a football game, you've either never seen a John Elway 4th quarter comeback or you have been living under a rock during Tim Tebow's past 5 games.
Is there any doubt that Von Miller is a stud? If you're watching the game and can't find him, just look for the ball and Von Miller will be soon to follow. Not only is he a menace in the backfield (becoming a recurring nightmare for Mark Sanchez), but he chased down Plaxico Burress from behind at the beginning of the 3rd quarter. It was in an area of the field that the safety usually makes a play, but Von Miller did it, instead. The motor is unstoppable.
When he sacked Mark Sanchez with under a minute to play, he absolutely MAULED the Jets right tackle. I couldn't see the name on the back of the jersey to see who was responsible for allowing the sack because he was flat on his back before I could blink. Unbelievable.
Von Miller is something special.
Who says the option can't work, long term? Why can't it? Because nobody has done it before? Innovation doesn't happen if you always do things the same way "it has always been done". A society that doesn't let their food go past the expiration date never develops penicillin. Think about it. Just because you shouldn't, doesn't mean you shouldn't.
Do we need to mix in some more passing? Absolutely. However, I assure you that there's absolutely nothing wrong with running the option as your base offense. The passing game needs to develop and I believe it will, over time. As these players spend more time together and can gel as a unit when these wrinkles are being installed, the passing production will improve. We're off to a good start, in my opinion.
What I enjoy, most of all, is the fact that this team is winning, while they're developing the offense. 4-1 beats 1-4, any day.
Now, to my question. I caught a lot of flack for suggesting this poll question, but after winning 4 of the last 5, I think it's a fair discussion to bring up, once again. Will the Broncos make the playoffs? Yes or no. Explain your answer in the comments section.
Will the Denver Broncos make the playoffs?
Yes (1655 votes)
No (453 votes)
2108 total votes