Another Tim Tebow start, another 4th quarter comeback, another big play by the Broncos defense at the end of the game, and another win for the 7-5 Denver Broncos. You can’t argue with the fact that Tim Tebow is a winner and has his team believing. He continues to keep you on the edge of your seat, and then allows you to let out a big sigh when the clock winds down to zero and the Broncos record yet another win. How does he do it? That’s the question everyone is asking right now, and none more than Broncos Chief Executive of Operations, John Elway.
“There were a lot of questions on the outside. Sometimes it gets built up like they were on the inside, but the one thing I will say is the guy wins,” Broncos head coach John Fox said. “He does it with his feet. He does it with his arm. He’s young. He’s just going to get better.”
Tebow has his head coach, along with the other 52 players on the Broncos roster, sold on the fact that he is the answer for this team. But does he have hall of fame quarterback John Elway convinced that he is the long-term answer? When Elway was questioned two weeks ago whether Tebow was the long-term answer, he paused and then replied, “No”. But if asked that question today, his answer may be different after a 5th straight road win with Tebow, something the Broncos haven’t done since they won 5 straight on the road in Elway’s’ last season as a Denver Bronco, continuing on to win their 2nd straight super bowl at the end of the 1998 season.
Tebow proved a lot today to everyone, and most importantly, John Elway. I’m not talking
about wins. He already proved he can win, under pressure, late in games. Today he confirmed something entirely different. He proved he can be the pocket passer that the NFL talks so wildly about, and something John Elway was very successful at during his extraordinary career. Tebow completed 10 of 15 passes versus the Minnesota Vikings, and if you watched the game you know that Bronco receivers should have caught 2-3 of Tebow’s 5 incompletions. Let’s not forget that John Elway completed about 57% of his passes during his career, but is still revered as one of the best quarterbacks to ever play the game.
One thing is for certain. If Tebow continues to win games, and continues to improve as a quarterback as he’s done the last 7 games, he will eventually (if he hasn’t already) win over the respect and trust of John Elway. Despite all of the criticism and disapproval Tebow has received over the past few months, he will be the starting quarterback for the Denver Broncos for years to come if he can continue to win.
“I was sure enough hoping we were going to get him, but I’ve been on his teams,” Vikings receiver Percy Harvin said, adding: “He’s a winner. He’s a leader. All of the things you hear about, you may think it’s too much, but that’s what he is.”
All quotes taken from ESPN: