Flynn got the start while the frontrunner for the NFL MVP, Aaron Rodgers, rested for the playoffs. With Flynn’s impressive performance Sunday afternoon, his market value has skyrocketed. Flynn, 26, is amongst the top free agent quarterbacks this offseason and will be highly coveted by those teams in need of a starting quarterback.
One of the NFL franchises in dire need of a starting quarterback is none other than the Denver Broncos. Denver has managed to make the playoffs with a .500 record despite the erratic and unconventional play of Tebow.
The Broncos were the story of the NFL season with their improbable six-game win streak orchestrated by Tebow in the final minutes of the game. Thus began Tebow Time and Tebow Mania throughout the country. The key to the Broncos' success was the fact that Tebow wasn’t turning the football over and Denver has run the ball effectively along with stout defensive play.
Denver Broncos' Vice President of Football Operations John Elway has been very hesitant to get fully behind Tebow. Elway has stated that Tebow isn’t going anywhere and that he will work with him this offseason. That was during the win streak, though. The Broncos have lost the last three games of the regular season heading into the playoffs with a matchup with the Pittsburgh Steelers next Sunday in Denver.
If the Broncos play anything like they have over the past month, the team might be in for a long Sunday afternoon against the ferocious Steelers defense. Even if Tim Tebow has the game of his life and leads Denver to an upset victory, it is improbable that he has much of a future in Denver, at least as the starting quarterback.
Which brings us back to Matt Flynn. The Broncos are not going to be able to draft a top quarterback prospect in the first round like they were projected to earlier in the season. Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III will be long gone by the time Denver is on the clock in the middle of the first round.
Elway and the rest of the front office will have to make a decision to stick with Tebow or attempt to sign Flynn to a lucrative contract. It could be a very unpopular move even if Tim Tebow is relegated to being a backup, subject to switching positions, being released or traded.
It is excruciating to watch the Broncos offense since Tebow has regressed over the past few weeks. If the Broncos want to return to their winning ways and be a legit playoff team, they’ll have to look at replacing Tim Tebow at starting quarterback. A huge step in the right direction would be if Elway can convince Matt Flynn to sign with the Broncos, no matter how unpopular it may be.