Usually this time of year songs like "Frosty, Rudolph, and Sleigh Ride" are music to my ears but John Elway saying "Tim Tebow is not going anywhere" and "Do I think he'll get there, yeah, I do" is bringing me plenty of joy this holiday season. Tim Tebow is developing week after week and slowly winning over even the most cynical critics. No, he didn't bring back the Broncos over the Patriots this past week but he dodged, darted, ran, and threw the ball well down the field, gaining positive kudos from Phil Simms throughout the game.
Yes, it appears Tim Tebow is a pretty darn good quarterback. He currently ranks 14 in the NFL in QB rating and ranks 3rd in the NFL in fourth quarter quarterback rating. The thing that impresses the most about Tebow is his touchdown to interception ratio. He has 11 TD passes and only 2 interceptions. Looking at some other young quarterbacks you don't see that type of success. Christian Ponder has 13 TDs and 12 interception, Blain Gabbert has 11 TDs and 10 interceptions, Andy Dalton has 18 TDs and 13 interceptions, and Cam Newton has 17 TDs and 16 interceptions.
And its not just young QBs that are struggling with interceptions. How about those rival Oakland Raiders, who traded away their 2012 first round pick and and 2013 second round conditional pick for Carson Palmer who currently has 10 TDs and 13 interceptions. Not only that, outside of Cam Newton and Michael Vick how many quarterbacks in the NFL can potentially give you 100 yards on the ground? Tebow finished the game with 93 rushing yards and 2 TDs. He would have had well over 100 yards had he not scrambled and gotten sacked for a loss of over 20 yards on a 4th down play where he was forced to try and do something.
In the meantime, Tim Tebow has become the most talked about player in the NFL. He was been discussed on Fox News, CNN, every news and sport publication in the country and made the covers of NFL The Magazine and Sports Illustrated. Heck, he is even been teased on Jay Leno and having skits done about him on Saturday Night Live. Last year, you had to go four pages deep to find a Broncos related article outside of Denver and when you did it was usually something bad about Josh McDaniels, Spy Gate, or a Bronco player being arrested. The ratings for the Broncos-Patriots game was off the charts. The 2nd most viewed regular season game on CBS since they began covering AFC games 13 years ago.
What a difference a year makes. The parking lots of Sports Authority field looked like ghost towns last November and December and these past two games against the Bears and Patriots have been over crowded with paid lots sold out. Thousands of people are parking miles away on side streets and walking in. A new dawn has arrived in the Mile High City and it couldn't have come any sooner.
This Saturday the Broncos have a legitimate chance of getting back to the playoffs for the first time in a long time. A Broncos win and a Raider loss to the Chiefs will secure them the AFC West title and you will hear bottles of champaign and white grape juice ( in honor of Tebow) popping off all across this country. The impossible would have happened. A 4 and 12 season followed by a 1 and 4 start and the Broncos and Tebow find a way to win the AFC West.
It is so close i can smell it. Victory is at our front door Broncos fans. Let's just hope this relatively young team is up for the challenge. We know one thing for sure, their scrappy young quarterback will be!