After weeks and weeks of hearing the 'Tebow' chants, of seeing his name plastered across signs and shouted across radio stations, Broncos head coach John Fox has finally bowed to the pressure and named Tim Tebow the starter of Denver's next game against Miami.
Of course, a 1-4 start coupled with the ineffectiveness of starter Kyle Orton also factored heavily into the decision. Orton won over Fox and Denver's new executive vice president of football operations, John Elway, with a strong showing in the Broncos limited practice time before the season but he failed to deliver on that promise when the games really mattered, throwing nine picks and failing to spark the team.
So, as much as Fox was loathe to do it, and trust me, the last thing that Elway and Fox want is Tebow starting and succeeding, he had no real option but to make the change.
"Well, I think 1-4 has a lot to do with it," Fox said. "We haven't gotten it done as a football team. It's not one guy. It's not all Kyle Orton's fault. But we do have to make adjustments, we have to change and we have to do something to win football games."
You've heard of peer pressure, well, this was a form of fan pressure as masses of pro-Tebow supporters cornered the brass in Denver to make the change. The teetering point for this came in this past Sunday's loss to the Chargers where, down 16, Denver nearly pulled off an epic comeback behind Tebow, who replaced Orton in the third quarter. Tebow scored once on the ground and once through the air before coming just one completion short, a thirty yard pass into the endzone, of beating the Chargers.
So, now that he has the chance, can Tebow succeed?
The short answer is yes. Tebow has that certain something that elevates the play of those around him. He has an infectious positivity that draws the best out of his team and while his mechanics may not always be the prettiest, he has proven he can get the job done. Tebow is never going to be John Elway, or Joe Montana, but he can do a fair Steve Young impression and that's what he has to strive for.
Running quarterbacks really don't get the respect they deserve because the quarterback position is seen as a pass first position, and rightly so, in a sense. But with a two-tool guy who can get it done through the air and on the ground, it opens up the offense and limits the opposing defense to the point where success can be had. It's honestly only a matter of identifying that line between running just enough and running too much.
Basically, like stated above, Tebow should model himself after Steve Young and avoid trying to be Michael Vick, who had a tendency of taking off too much and putting his body, and his team, at risk.
The real measure of whether Tebow is going to be a success, though, isn't going to come down to how he throws a ball or the amount of yardage gained by his feet, but to wins and losses.
Tebow needs to win, plain and simple, to prove to his doubters that he has what it takes to succeed in the NFL and that road starts in two weeks.
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