A lot of the credit for Denver's 2011 turnaround goes to the coaching staff.
The most important of whom might be Offensive Coordinator Mike McCoy.
Week 5 for Denver saw Kyle Orton hitting the bench and Tim Tebow hitting the field.
Two weeks later, it was evident that the Broncos would not be going far with passing-impaired Tebow running the show.
At least not while running Orton's old offense.
McCoy rose to the occasion and developed an offense that coordinated with Tebow's strengths and weaknesses perfectly.
Using elements from the single-wing, the Wildcat and Tebow's own spread offense that he ran so well for the Florida Gators, McCoy put together what is now referred to as the Tebow-option.
Shades of the triple-option made their way into the game plan, and running was the most critical factor.
Six weeks later, the Broncos would find themselves on the end of a winning streak that nobody—not even the most religious Broncos fan—could have predicted.
The team and this offense have come back down to Earth a bit over the past two weeks.
Nonetheless, this squad has shown what it can do when the pieces align the way they were designed and enters the final week of the season with hope for a playoff bid.
Denver will require every element of their recent success in order to take out Orton and company in Week 17.
With some luck and some seriously well done game-planning, we could all be reading about the most important players in Denver's playoff success in just a few weeks.