Tim Tebow: A Glimpse into the Future?

DENVER, CO - NOVEMBER 17: Quarterback Tim Tebow #15 of the Denver Broncos eludes Eric Smith #33 of the New York Jets and rushes 20 yards for the game winning touchdown in the fourth quarter at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on November 17, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. The Broncos defeated the Jets 17-13. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

No, this won't be about the idea that the Denver Broncos Tim Tebow is starting a revolutionary trend amongst NFL offenses, despite Brian Urlacher's view on the Chicago Bears under Caleb Hanie. There probably won't be many NFL offenses switching to the spread, run option or any of those types of formations that you haven't seen since you played High School Football. 

The view around the NFL is that the offense the Broncos have put into play simply won't work long term, if you asks the front office in Denver it may appear that some in that office (specifically John Elway) feel the same. Those that would like to feed into this theory need only look to where Elway and general manager Brian Xanders spent this Saturday.

Elway and Xanders were in Waco, TX watching one (probably two) projected first round quarterbacks battle it out in Baylor's Robert Griffin III and Oklahoma's Landry Jones. If Denver continues to win, both of those quarterbacks will likely be gone by the time the Broncos have a pick in the first round of the 2012 draft anyway... So what gives?

For that let's look at what happened today.

Much has been said about Elway's comments during The John Elway Show on Denver's KXDP-FM this morning when Gary Miller asked if Elway was anymore convinced than he was a few weeks ago that Denver had the quarterback of the future on the team Elway did not simply stated, "No."

Elway went on to say that, "[Tebow] is making progress week in and week out, but when you look at our third down numbers those have to improve. I mean when you look at our third down numbers those have to improve, we can't go three for 19 [on third downs] and win world championships."

"Tim Tebow did exactly what we thought he could do Thursday night," Elway continued, though he didn't stop there, "Nine series were three and outs in the middle of the football game."

"We've got to get better in the passing game," though not damning, these quotes could certainly be viewed as less than an endorsement.

When pressed by Vic and Gary as to why John Fox had not turned Tebow loose earlier in the football game, Elway said, "I'm not going to question that, I just know that they turned him loose at the right time and we won the football game. Any time you have nine series and eight of them are three and outs you're not executing on the offensive side."

Elway book ended that by stating, "We'll continue to work on balancing that offense and getting a little pressure off that run game."

Elway went on to credit both the defense and Tebow as having turned around the Broncos, he shortly sent another backhand towards the second year quarterback again referring to him as a, "Great football player."

Vic Lombardi brought up something that former Pittsburgh Steelers' head coach Bill Cowher suggested Sunday morning on CBS' The NFL Today, that being inserting a, 'Orton Package' into the Broncos offense Elway confirmed that he too heard the suggestion and stated that the team wanted to listen to everything and wanted to consider anything that would help Denver get better on third downs.

"I'm sure that will be something that is thought about in the game planning that goes on in the next two days, I was with you (Lombardi) in that it got me thinking that maybe it is a possibility," and with that Elway capped off his weekly show.

Now for all of that doom and gloom and before fans begin a giant debate as to whether or not Tebow is better than Elway is allowing himself to say, I have to bring up another article that was published on Friday by ESPNNewYork.com's Ian O'Connor.

As Elway all but sprinted through the winning locker room, his chest bursting through his suit jacket, he said, "Just give him a chance to win the game." Asked what it was like to watch Tebow perform an endgame act he himself had mastered, Elway said, "It was great. Awesome."

Sounds like a pretty bold proclamation to me, "Just give [Tebow] a chance to win the game." There is a game of chess being played here and it is hard to tell whether Tebow is an insider or an outsider. My belief is this, that as much as Elway would like the NFL to believe that he believes that Tebow is not the answer, he just might think that Tebow is in fact the answer. The proof is in the doing, not in the saying.

Just look at the ridiculous idea of having an. "Orton package," or a "Quinn package," Elway knows the name of the game and the only positive outcome of that game is winning. If a team spends even fifteen minutes preparing for either Kyle Orton or Brady Quinn that will be less time spent on figuring out how to stop Tebow from driving the ball ninety-five yards and knocking your team deeper into watching the playoffs from home.

And for the record during his show Elway stated that there are a total of 21 positions on the team in reference to why he and Xanders attended the Oklahoma vs. Baylor game and wondered allowed why everyone assumes that he's always looking at quarterbacks.

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