Can Tim Tebow Save The Denver Broncos’ Season?
Finally. That’s the one word that so many Denver Broncos fans were saying yesterday. After months of chanting his name at home games, calling into sports talk radio shows to rave about him, and even putting up billboards in his honor, the Broncos fans got the chance to see Tim Tebow start at quarterback for their team. Finally. And, in dramatic fashion, they saw him basically win a game for the team against the Miami Dolphins, despite playing poorly for the first 55 minutes or so.
If nothing else, Tebow’s first start for the team—or, rather, his first meaningful start, considering he started three games at the tail-end of last season—should give Broncos fans some peace of mind. They’ve been clamoring for him to play for months now because they’ve wanted to see what he can do on the field. Rather than hear NFL analysts talk about everything that he can’t do, they got to see for themselves what their 2010 first-round NFL Draft pick can do. But, can he really save the Broncos season now?
It depends on what your definition of the word “save” is. If you’re expecting Tebow to make it fun to attend Broncos games again, then yes, he can save the season. If you’re expecting Tebow to give the team a chance to stay in some ball games like he did yesterday, then yes, he can save the season. If you’re expecting Tebow to put up some decent fantasy football points, then yes, he can save the season. And if you’re expecting Tebow to dominate ESPN’s ticker and SEO-friendly blog titles for the next three months, then yes, he can save the season.
But, I hope Broncos fans aren’t hoping for much more than that. Now that the Broncos have shipped their star wide receiver Brandon Lloyd out of town, this team isn’t going anywhere. They’re not going to make the playoffs. They’re not going to win their division. They’re not going to finish over .500. Hell, they might not even win more than two or three games the rest of the season. So, in that regard, Tebow cannot save the season.
Still, this was a move the Broncos had to make. For all of the distractions that he’s caused during the first few weeks of the NFL season, Tebow is the very reason that anyone is talking about the Broncos right now. Without him, they’re just another bottom-dwelling team that doesn’t get mentioned outside the state of Colorado. With him, they’re a talking point on just about every sports talk radio show throughout the country.
But more importantly than that, the Broncos have to continue to start Tebow and ride out the wave of media attention that he gets because they absolutely need to see what he can do as the team’s quarterback. If they want to avoid the backlash that most of their fans are sure to bring if they keep him on the bench for much longer, they need to give him a shot. They need to let Tebow either sink or swim and they need to give him ample time to prove it one way or another so that they don’t continue running into this problem in the future.
At this very moment in time, there are a whole bunch of ways that Tebow can save the Broncos’ season. But, there are also ways he can save the Broncos next season and the season after that and the season that’ll be played five years from now. And he can do it by showing the Broncos coaches and owners what he can do on the field so they can decide whether to cut him or keep him next season.
After all that he’s been through, Tebow is getting his chance to show the world what he’s got. He’s getting the opportunity of a lifetime and, so far, he’s making the most of it. And I think I speak for all NFL fans—and, specifally, Broncos fans—when I say the first and only word that comes to mind as a result of it. Finally. Now keep showing us what you’ve got.