Will Tim Tebow Start For The Denver Broncos Next Year?
Love or hate Tim Tebow, you have to admit that this guy knows how to win football games. No, not in the conventional sense of how a quarterback is thought to win football games. You know, by being extremely accurate with his arm and making excellent decisions for four quarters of football. Tim Tebow likes to make you panic by giving you 3.5 quarters of some of the ugliest football you’ve seen. It’s the type of position play that would make some of the great NFL quarterbacks sick to their stomach. But somehow, someway, Tim Tebow has gone 4-1 since taking over under center for the Denver Broncos. They’ve gone from a team hoping to land Andrew Luck in the 2012 NFL Draft to a team hunting down the AFC West division lead and a playoff berth.
It’s pretty amazing when you think about it. We’ve all been waiting for Tebow to fall flat on his face. In several occasions, it appeared that he was going to self-implode with his wretched play. Everyone has been critical of his play and stated that he should never, ever be a starting QB in this league. Unless you are Skip Bayless and a squadron of Tebow fans in Denver or believers in his days as Florida’s QB, you’ve likely felt this way too.
But is Tebow really as bad as we think he is?
He has a 78.4 QB rating this season. Yes, he’s only thrown a whopping 125 times for 709 yards, but he does have 7 TDs to one interception. He currently has a higher QB rating than Joe Flacco, Josh Freeman, Sam Bradford and Tavaris Jackson while being striking distance away from Michael Vick and Mark Sanchez. He’s led his team to more wins with arguably less talent around him than Cam Newton – who has gone 2-8 despite a monster fantasy football season.
With all of his mechanical flaws, he’s undoubtedly a leader who knows how to win. Isn’t that what being a QB is all about?
According to John Elway, not really.
The Broncos chief of football operations flatly said “no” when asked if he felt like he had his quarterback. The 4-1 record may seem more like a fluke than a player commandeering his team to wins. With that answer, you can assume that Elway is taking a hard look at QBs like Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III, Landry Jones, Case Keenum and Kellen Moore.
That doesn’t really bode well for Tebow’s chances to start for the Broncos next year. However, with Denver sending Kyle Orton packing, they have put the keys to the Broncos 2011 season in the hands of Tebow and are willing to ride this thing out. If Tebow keeps winning, no matter how bad he is for 44 minutes of football, can you really dismiss him as not a real NFL QB?