The enigma that is the Denver Broncos…
Does new Redskins head coach, Mike Shanahan, have to prove that he wasn't carried by John Elway, and the rest of his coaching staff that left for greener pastures prior to him being fired?
Denver's front office may have something to say about that, or did they?
Broncos fans are torn, was getting rid of Shanahan a move in the right direction? Time will surely tell whether Josh McDaniels is the right direction for the Broncos or not.
McDaniels had Broncos fans pulling their hair out with a locker room turned upside down by a bunch of prima donnas in one instant.
And in the next instant, after a 6-0 start, Broncos fans’ hair was standing straight up with the electrifying performance that exposed McDaniels for the genius that he was.
Despite the 6-0 start, after Kyle Orton’s injury, the Broncos where unable to rally back to a winning pace and finish the season with a winning record.
Being torn apart and put back together by the front offices revolving door acting like a meat grinder, it appears that Broncos fans are currently caught up in the ringer of an identity crisis, the ringer of uncertainty.
This fan base however, is no worse for the wear. When week one rolls around, the banners will be flying a mile high in Denver.
The roar from the crowd will be heard round the nation. Fans all across the league will be tuned in to see arguably the greatest player to ever play at the college level, make his first play in the big leagues; to see the creative genius of McDaniels Wild Bronco in action.
It seems everyone I meet has an opinion about Tebow, football fans and nonfootball fans alike. Despite the upheaval, the Broncos are relevant again to fans all across the country thanks to Tim Tebow.
Mike Holmgren may have said it best, “They come to watch the quarterback play.”
"Those of us that know the position a little bit and watch the position and have coached the position, you saw it," Holmgren said during his visit to Gators pro day. "You saw he's worked hard on changing some of his technique, and I root for him. He's a wonderful young man. I pull for guys like that, and he's going to make some team very happy."
Mike certainly hit the proverbial nail on the head. There is absolutely no shred of evidence of the descent that existed in the locker room last season towards the head coach.
As a matter of fact, Tebow's presence in the locker room makes the atmosphere there the antithesis of what it was last season. Why you can almost hear the angels singing if it where not for all the static from the veterans singing Tebows praises…
"It kind of makes everybody work when you see your quarterback work the way he does," said DE Jarvis Moss, former Gator teammate. "You're like, 'Man, does this guy ever get tired or ever think about quitting, or shorting himself on reps?' Naw, never."
"There is no ego with Tim," Dawkins said. "He wants to work, he wants to learn, asks a lot of questions - not just from the offensive side of the ball, but he's asking me questions. He's trying to learn as much as he can to make himself a better player. And that's always an encouraging sign to see a young guy who's been a star to come in and be a humble player."
"It's just constant football." "There's nothing else to do. I love it. It's my job." Tebow said, "He (McDaniels) took a chance on me, so I want to prove people right, so they say, 'Man that was smart,' instead of, 'That was a bad decision.' "
It is amazing how Tebow's leadership skills managed to transcend over into the NFL as if he were a seasoned vet; this despite the fact that this rookie is a green horn at the moment when it comes to executing the position at the pro level.
Due to their ill-fated achievements at the pro level, I am afraid that mobile quarterback’s such as Jamarcus Russel, David Garrard, Josh Freeman and Vince Young, may have put a dampener on Tebow coming out of college to the pro level.
One can’t help but believe that this had to have played a role in him to slipping in the draft; given how he has built his reputation on his phenomenal mobility and athleticism.
Tim Tebow holds the career record for passing efficiency in the NCAA Bowl subdivision, from between 2006 and 2009.
Given his passing efficiency however, added to his mobility and athleticism, I think it would only be fair to say, that the sky is the limit for Tebows potential.
I am astounded at how many people have already written him off as a starter, despite the fact that this guy has a proven record of being a good decision maker, something neither of the mentioned mobile Quarterbacks can boast.
The Broncos have fueled the anticipation level for the season, not only for their fans, but for the entire nation that just waiting to see, Josh McDaniels, turn the Wild Cat into a Bucking Bronco!!
This is one of the reasons why Kyle Orton has an asterisk next to his starting role on this team.