Ever since the day Tim Tebow was declared the starter for the Denver Broncos, the experts have put an early expiration date on his days as a starter in the NFL. Like an hour glass had been flipped over on him and his time was running out as soon as it got started. His first 55 minutes of his first game almost sealed his fate, but then he showed with 5 minutes left he deserved his spot by pulling a victory from the jaws of defeat. Accomplishing an impossible comeback with the help of some great special teams plays and ensuring that would not be the last we would see of Tim Tebow.
The Detroit Lions showed everyone why Tebow couldnt be successful in the NFL. His elongated delivery got the ball knocked out of his hands during his windup, he couldnt get rid of the ball fast enough, got sacked more than any QB should, and looked like a deer in headlights. I mean its not like the Broncos had just traded away there best offensive weapon and leading WR right before they gave Tebow the nod as the starter. Then in only his 5th game as a starting qb hes up against one of the best defenses in the league, hes asked to run an offense that already is dysfuctional and lacks talent. And in spite of obvious inability to run the play action pass, and his weaknesses playing under center, the Broncos offensive coordinator continues to seemingly expose Tebow by his playcalling. So after that debacle of a game, Im guessing the Broncos staff were almost successful in proving their point to the Broncos fans and saying "I told you so". But they wanted to give the fans who were so un relenting in calling for Tebow to be the starter, one more game to prove there point, and this would finally put an end to Tebow Mania. But then something happened that they didnt plan for, Tebow had a good game, and the Broncos had now won 2 of 3 with Tebow as the starter and poured more fuel on the fire.So in my opinion there plan back fired on them and they got "stuck" with Tebow even though they still had doubts that he was there answer at the QB position for the future.
So now fast forward to week 16, after starting the season 1-4 with Kyle Orton, the Broncos are now 1 win away from winning the AFC West, after winning 7 or the first 8 games with Tebow as the starting QB, and having a 6 game winning spree that silenced or at least quieted down even the harshest of the Tebow critics. But now the Broncos have lost 2 in a row, and Tebow has just come off his worst game yet, throwing 3 interceptions and completing less than half of his passes yet again. Even in the games the Broncos were winning Tebow was still completing less than half of his passes, and usually playing sub par , until the final minutes of the 4th quarter where he would seemingly come alive saving his best for last and create more than a few game winning drives, demonstrating his ability to perservere.
Even now, with the Broncos having what some might consider a miracle season, and Tebow accounting for multiple comeback victories and helping lead his team to the top of hte AFC West with the chance to control there own destiny in the final game of the season, there is still doubt among masses. I am almost certain that if the Broncos lose this week, the season is going to be considered a failure and there will be more doubt on the future of Tim Tebow as the Broncos QB going forward as there ever was. In my opinion Tebow has shown improvemnent in every game thus far, with this last performance against the Bills being his first setback. In every other game I have seen improvement in his ability to keep his eyes downfield showing poise in the pocket, and showing improvement in his ability to run the offense and his effeciency as a pocket passser. His statistics dont really tell the whole story as to his effeciecy as the QB. The Bronocos game plan is to try and grind out as much clock as possible by running the ball, win the battle of field position, keep the game close by playing stout defense, and then win the game in the 4th quarter. This safe play calling limits the ammount of pass attemtpts he gets so every incompletion has a big impact on his overall completion %. This strategy works well for the Broncos largely because of Tebows ability to run the ball himself, and his ability to limit turnovers on offense. As well as the defense playing well, and great special teams play by the punter Colquitt, and a great kicking game with Matt Prater.
The problem with this strategy is when it doenst work it makes Tebow look completely ineffective due to his low completion %. And it gives the opponents a chance to gain large leads before the Broncos will open up the playbook forcing Tebow to make risky throws he normally wouldnt attempt and resulting in increased turnovers. In my opinon if the Bronocs ran a little bit more of a balance attack passing and running they would be much more efficient. It seems like they keep Tebow chained to running plays and QB draws until the 4 th quarter when they finally open up the playbook. The reason Tebow is so effective in the 4th quarter and in the final minutes is because he is playing on instincts without being confined to safe play calling, and giving him the ability to better see the field and make real time descicions. If they balanced out there offensive scheme more with more spread shotgun formations early, as well as running more bootleg, and roll out passes they would be much more effective in my opinion. But for some reason they are still unsure of there ability to pass the ball effeciently enough.
Just as responsible for Tebows low completion % has to be the Broncos sub par recieving corps. In every game thus far Tebows recievers have had numerous dropped balls. I would argue that the Broncos recievers are near the top of the NFL in numbers of dropped balls. Not including all the balls thrown to Eric Decker in full stride thrown perfectley where he has failed to get enough speed to get underneath the ball. So the ball goes right through his fingertips or right over his head. I would say that every reciever that Tebow had at Florida is better than the recievers he has now on the Broncos. When he had targets like Riley Cooper, Percy Harvin, Aaron Hernanadez, David Nelson, his completion % was amongst the best in the NCAA. If the Broncos can give Tebow some kind of speedy deep threat like he had at Florida he would be able to fully display his capabilities with his long ball. Which in my opinion is above avearage and despite his detractors saying he has poor arm strength he actually has one of the stronger arms and better deep balls out of the starting QBs in the NFL right now..
I know Tebow needs to improve his completion percentage regardless of dropped balls or poor play calling. I just think that win or lose this week against the Chiefs, Tebow has earned another crack at the starting job next season with the full confidence of the Broncos coaching staff, and the chance to get a full off season of 1st team reps. As well as the Broncos G.M. accquiring players through the draft and through the signing of free agents building a team up around him. I think the Broncos will pull it off this weekend and make the post season regardless, but I wouldnt want these last few games to take away from all that the Broncos and Tebow have been able to achieve this year already.