Posted Wed Dec 15th by Ian Henson
No, I am not joining the ranks of anti-Kyle Orton, not at all. However, if Tim Tebow’s ever going to be worth anything to the Denver Broncos it will have to be this season.
Other writers have commented that it would be, ‘Throwing Tebow to the wolves,’ to start him against the Oakland Raiders. I look at it differently, I look at it like the Broncos not going quietly into the night. It’s Denver giving every effort they possibly have forth to win the game, if Tebow’s a miserable failure, well there’s an incredible backup in Orton to replace him.
As it turns out Orton may not be available to bail out a potentially struggling Tebow after all; due to sore ribs Orton has yet to throw a football in practice this week. That leaves Brady Quinn who is still an adequate backup. Somewhere Josh McDaniels is crying and Eric Studesville‘s practicing his whistle’s lanyard twirl.
Originally I wasn’t against drafting Tebow, but I was against starting him. I thought it was a good idea to put him in against the Jacksonville Jaguars and he’s scored a touchdown nearly every time he’s touched the ball this season. I have never agreed with the, ‘Tebow Time!’ cries of the crowd though. Until now, unfortunately/fortunately it looks like it is going to be more out of necessity than as a positive effort to what remains of a dismantled coaching staff, a dismantled era, an era that never was and possibly never will be.Anyone who saw Tebow play in the Broncos preseason finale against the Minnesota Vikings knows, Tebow will make mistakes– possibly a lot of them… all in a row. Though he can and will recover, he’s electric, playing with such an urgency; an urgency to win, to score, to achieve perfection. We’ve come to assume this, The Mile High Messiah and at the end of the day, fans may truly feel as if McDaniels was an idiot for not replacing Orton earlier in the season, but as my friend Andrew Mason of MaxDenver said earlier this season, “Can Tebow play defense?”.
We checked with the Broncos public relations team and it turns out that Tebow actually can play defense, it’s just been advised that he not due to team lawyers fear of a potential monopoly lawsuit by the rest of the NFL.
All jokes aside, I am looking forward to the Oakland game. The offense will struggle and Tebow’s been built up so high in fans heads that he can’t possibly look good to everybody, but he does give fans something they desperately need… That is something to cheer for, something to untie behind and something to be proud of.
So how about it BroncoTalk, anyone bold enough to predict a stat line?