2010 NFL Draft: 10 Predictions for Tim Tebow's Rookie Season with the Broncos
Funny thing on the front page of DenverBroncos.com: The player profile that the Broncos chose to put up today is No. 3 on the QB depth chart (for now) but No. 4 in our hearts, Fresno State alum Tom Brandstater.
Hopefully, that's not a freaky glimpse into the future for Tim Tebow. He was the talk of the pre-draft, the big story of the first round, and will be a big story every day he puts on a Broncos uniform.
Now that Superman has a home, what lies ahead for Everybody's All-American? We got hold of a Mile High crystal ball for some answers.
Tebow Jumps the Depth Chart by Saturday
Brandstater, meet The Brand.
God put Tebow in the highest elevation stadium in the league to be closer to him.
Don't mess with the Almighty, Brandstater. Step aside, Tom, and there will be little to no Heavenly repercussions.
A World-Class Cleansing for No. 15
Tebow's a Christian, but we don't think he'd go for an exorcism. This would be Linda Blair-level epic if it happened though.
Instead, think more O Brother, Where Art Thou? The Tebow family will bring in some of the world's leading soul-cleansers, take Tim in a Broncos No. 15 jersey down by the river, and dunk him repeatedly until the soul of Brandon Marshall gives up and moves on to Miami.
Brady Quinn and Tebow Have Flex-Off for Preseason Start
Get ready for the Gun Show, folks.
If we didn't think Brady Quinn was on steroids before, he will be now—because he's got serious competition for the buffest white skill player in Broncos camp.
Josh McDaniels can't decide on who gets the first preseason start, so Tebow and Quinn have a posedown. Tebow wins. He always does.
Tebow Is Leveled in First Preseason Start
The Broncos head to Cincinnati for their first preseason game on Aug. 15.
Tebow will get some reps in the game, and the Bengals defense will serve notice to Timmy that you're in the NFL now.
There's a lot of players real tired of all the Tebow talk—angry enough to do some headhunting and absorb the fine.
Sept. 12: The Mother of All Standing Ovations
Anyone who says that Tim Tebow doesn't have a chance to start the 2010 season under center for Denver is fooling themselves. Josh McDaniels wants to put his stamp on this team. He will give Tebow every chance to earn the job in the preseason.
Still, even if he is on the sidelines, the Broncos' first game is Sept. 12 at Jacksonville. Wow, divine intervention. Talk about the schedule working out.
Jags owner Wayne Weaver may want to stay home. He'll get massive boos for not taking Tebow.
Meanwhile, No. 15 is going to get an otherworldly ovation from the Jacksonville crowd. We're talking two to three minutes.
Kyle Orton ages five years in those 180 seconds.
Oct. 24: Tebow's First Start
It's the first place on the schedule that makes sense.
The Broncs are going to be 1-5 going into the home game against Oakland.
Orton has thrown 12 picks already. Quinn is third string, if even on the team by then.
Tebow leads the Broncos to a 17-13 win over Oakland. Orton doesn't see the field again in 2010.
Oct. 31: London Gets Tebow-Mania
The Broncos cross the pond to play the 49ers at Wembley Stadium.
Londoners are immediately smitten with Tebow after a message is broadcast in the sky citywide a la V. One look into Tebow's eyes and another nation is hooked.
Tebow runs for 80 yards and passes for 220 as the Broncos beat the 49ers, 24-20.
Nov. 22: Monday Night Football Fever Pitch
After a bye week and a Nov. 14 win over Kansas City, Tebow Mania hits its 2010 climax as Tebow gets the Broncos back in the AFC West division race with a 23-20 overtime road win over the Chargers.
Tebow hits the 250-yard passing mark for the first time in the win and has his first two-touchdown passing game. The Broncos are back to .500 at 5-5.
Monday Night Football, baby. Urban Meyer joins the boys in the booth to tell the nation, "I told you so."
Nov. 28: Tebow vs. Bradford
Tebow takes the Broncos back to Mile High and has his first 300-yard game against an injury-depleted Rams secondary.
Broncos win, 28-20, as Tebow outperforms Sam Bradford.
Five straight wins. Did I say climax? There is no climax for Tebow Fever.
Jan. 2, 2011: The Storybook Season Ends
Tebow gets the Broncos to 7-5 with a win at Kansas City.
The first rough patch hits as losses at Arizona and home against Houston sandwich an Oakland win.
The Broncos host division winner San Diego with a win-and-you're-the-wild card opportunity.
It is not to be. Philip Rivers goes nuts for 400 yards. Ryan Mathews adds 150 on the ground, and the Bolts win, 33-20. Broncos finish 8-8.
Tebow ends the season with 2,100 passing yards and 700 rushing yards in 11 starts, good enough for an alternate spot on the Pro Bowl team—which he gets when Tom Brady begs off the team once more.