Tebow established himself last season by leading the Broncos on a six-game winning streak, which against all odds led them to the playoffs. They were even able to knock off the perennial powerhouse Pittsburgh Steelers in the Wild Card round.
However, you would be hard-pressed to find many who would suggest Tebow’s skill and talent as a pure passer was what got them that far. Nearly all the victories came about through his intangibles, what the former Florida Gator has been deemed the master of.
His instincts would send him scrambling around the pocket, making impossible plays and fanatical fans excited by his every move. But ultimately, it is not a recipe for long-term success.
The fact that Tebow won so many games in the last five minutes is a testament to the kind of person he is. But being outplayed for the first 55 is more a testament to the kind player he is, and that is what really counts in the NFL.
The idea of Peyton Manning coming to Denver has been mixed amongst fans. Some see it as them finally getting a staple player at the position, the likes they have not seen since John Elway. Others see it as unfair to Tebow, who has been nothing more than a prime example of what an athlete should be.
But what it really does is give Tebow a mentor and an extra few years for him to hone his craft.
If Manning does come to Denver, he will undoubtedly be the starter. This favors Tebow, who can sit by and learn from Manning all the nuances of the position that he is far from mastering.
Right now, every time Tebow is put in a game, he attempts to work through conventional play calling and formations, but he reverts back to what he does naturally when the pressure gets to him.
By watching Manning, he would be able to safely see how to game is played and not have to worry about getting the results.
All the aspects of Manning's game that he does well are exactly the things Tebow needs work on, from accuracy to decision making. Tebow can run and dodge tackles better than some running backs, but he still needs work of the fundamentals of the position.
Between watching Manning in games, hearing his mind at work on the sideline and getting instructions from him at practice, he would be in more than an excellent position to develop those skills.
He will likely never be at Manning’s level, but if he is able to become half the thrower Manning is, combined with one of the most athletic players to ever play the position, he could be an impossible player to defend.
Once Manning retires in three or four years, Tebow will be ready to take over. From there his natural abilities, coupled with the knowledge he gained under Manning’s guidance, will have him destined for Canton.
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