Football is a game of inches. Games are usually won and lost in short-yardage situations. Even those pesky third-and-short situations, when the offense is nowhere close to scoring position, can be game clinching factors.
Teams that can keep drives alive, even if they don't score, greatly improve their chances of winning through ball control and milking the clock.
The good teams are the ones that consistently win the short-yardage battles, be it with great coaching, or more often, with good old-fashioned power in the trenches.
Denver was very bad in short yardage situations last year. Offensively, they were a complete joke, and defensively, they were a bit south of acceptable; a great formula for losing close games.
McDaniels and Co. have addressed the Broncos' defensive woes by signing three veteran lineman to battle it out in the trenches, the "thinking inside of the box" type of approach to fixing the problem.
Jamal Williams, when healthy, fills the all important role of 3-4 Nose Tackle at an all-pro level. His addition, along with the additions and Jarvis Green and Justin Bannon on the defensive line, will go a long way in solidifying Denver's defensive unit.
Offensively, the Denver Broncos will be relying on many familiar faces on the line. There will be some subtle changes, mainly at center, but I expect to see the interior of the offensive line get pushed around again this season.
Even with the weak interior offensive lineman play, however, I expect Denver to be a greatly improved short yardage offense next season. The reason why? Tim Tebow.
I have heard more criticism of this kid than I can handle. While the mainstream media weeps with Jimmie Clausen and Dez Bryant in their fall down the draft boards, they point and laugh at the Broncos for taking Tim Tebow with the 25th overall pick.
But all the snickering isn't going to keep Tim Tebow from having a profound impact on field for the Denver Broncos as a rookie this season.
People talk about how Tebow did most of his scoring in short-yardage situations as if it's a negative thing. Are these people watching the same sport that I am?
How did they miss the fact that most games are won by the team that executes the short-yardage situations better than the other?
The teams that keep drives alive instead of punting from their side of the field are the ones vying for the playoffs.
The teams that get touchdowns instead of field goals in the red zone are the teams that are serious contenders for the Super Bowl.
With Tim Tebow, the Broncos are getting a guy that can turn trips into the red zone into touchdowns. Not only is he quicker than most players on the field, as his 6.66 second three cone drill proves, but he can also throw the ball extremely well on the run.
Let's face it, pretty throwing motion or not, Tim Tebow just knows how to score.
He has that "it" factor that very few players have, and he will be a huge weapon for Josh McDaniels this season.
I feel like Tebow's obvious gifts on the field have been severely undervalued by the "experts," and I couldn't be happier to have Tebow as a member of the Denver Broncos.
Not only will he be a great addition in the locker room, but I am going out on a limb and predict that he will be a big-time player on the field for the Broncos in the 2010 football season.
McDaniels will use him at Quarterback in short-yardage and goal-line situations, as well as in the "Wild Horses" formation from time to time to keep the defenses guessing and on their heels. Tebow will put points on the board in bunches.
Denver has drafted itself an outstanding football player.
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