Tebow’s first game will come after their bye when they travel to Miami for a game against the Dolphins. What’s even more surprising is that the Dolphins will be honoring the 2009 University of Florida Gators championship team. As if the game wasn’t going to be hyped enough.
Kyle Orton currently ranks 28th in quarterback rating and 24th in passing yards. Obviously the new coaching staff has impacted his passing totals from a year ago but the one stat the probably stands out the most is Orton’s 2-12 record in his last 14 games started dating back to last season.
Denver is going to have to give Tebow a number of games to show what he can do if they actually plan on moving in a different direction after the season. It will be interesting to see if Tebow can turn this team around and force them to play him for the remainder of the season.
John Fox’s decision to go with Tim Tebow had to come with plenty of reluctance but he ultimately opened the door for the Tebow era in Denver for the foreseeable future.
Mike Klis of the Denver Post see’s the move as all but official at this point.
Kyle Orton finished the game after only two quarters where he was 6-of-13 for 34 yards and an interception. In comparison Tebow went 4-of-10 for 79 yards and a touchdown while running for 38 yards and another touchdown. Tebow was also able to get the Broncos in position to actually win the game on the final play.
It’s worth noting that the teams final drive included a spectacular catch by Brandon Lloyd that allowed them to get in position for a game winning touchdown.
Tebow was unconventional to say the least but that’s what you’re get with him and despite the fact that he’ll never maintain a solid completion percentage, the guy brings a totally different element to the game that no one else on the Broncos roster can. He’s exciting to watch and makes what would otherwise be a pretty boring offensive much more compelling.
ESPN’s Bill Williamson writes that it’s time to see what Tebow’s got.
“With Denver essentially a non-factor in the AFC West at the bye, keeping Tebow at quarterback is the only choice. It is time to see if Tebow can prove he is ready to be a starting NFL quarterback. If he is, the franchise can make strides. If not, the Broncos will know that Tebow is not the answer and can find their quarterback of the future in the offseason. For the rest of the 2011 season, however, the only answer is sticking with Tebow.”
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