FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 14: Tim Tebow #15 of the Denver Broncos looks on against the New England Patriots during their AFC Divisional Playoff Game at Gillette Stadium on January 14, 2012 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
I've been reading a lot of twitter feeds and watching a lot of sports coverage since the Broncos epic beatdown on Saturday night and I must say... there are a lot of pessimists in the sports world.
I have to tip my cap to Tom Brady and the Patriots. They played lights out for 30 minutes and then strobed those lights for the rest of the game. The better team won. A few people came up to me and said "sorry about last night. That looked rough."
I woke up Sunday morning and felt great. I smiled. I was proud to be a Broncos fan. This team did the unthinkable. At the week 6 mark, this season, his team was 5-16 over its last 21 games. Just a few months later, the Broncos were celebrating a playoff victory over the NFL's best defense.
Last year, we drafted Von Miller with the second overall pick. Think about that. We were the second worst team in the NFL. But here we are playing games in the second week of January, vying with the AFC's best team for a chance to continue our playoff journey. In August, I told myself that I'd be super excited to finish the season close to 8-8. Anything between 7 and 9 wins would make me a very happy person.
The Broncos did that, despite starting the season 1-4.
If you woke up Sunday morning with anything less than a small grin on your face, I truly feel sorry for you. This was a successful season, regardless of the conclusion. The Broncos defied anyone's expectations and beat the Steelers in a wildcard playoff, while the Chiefs, Raiders, and Chargers watched from the couch. That's a great feeling.
But for whatever reason, I'm seeing a lot of debate about whether or not Tim Tebow will start next year. Why? He had his most impressive performance just a week ago against the NFL's number 1 defense. The flashes are there. It's not consistent, yet, but I think we'd be remiss if we gave up on Tim Tebow right now.
I don't see John Fox sending Tebow to the curb. He's not that kind of coach. There are far too many other things that the Broncos can and should improve on. How about.... I don't know... maybe working on the defense that gave up an NFL record 5 TD passes in a single half of football?
Just a thought.
I think we should be patient with the offense. It's a young group. Eric Decker, Demaryius Thomas, JD Walton, Zane Beadles... the list goes on. These guys need time to become professionals. Just look at the Patriots. Wes Welker and Tom Brady are a combined 64 years old. Tim Tebow and Eric Decker would be a combined 48 years old. Tim Tebow and Demaryius Thomas would also be a combined 48 years old.
My point is that their careers are just starting. The best is yet to come. The routes will develop. The timing will improve. The Broncos offense will be better.