Tim Tebow: Josh McDaniels and the Denver Broncos Need To Free Rookie in Week 2

Andy BaileyFeatured ColumnistSeptember 19, 2010

JACKSONVILLE, FL - SEPTEMBER 12:  Quarterback Tim Tebow #15 of the Denver Broncos practices prior to the NFL season opener game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field on September 12, 2010 in Jacksonville, Florida.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
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Tim Tebow's stat line from week 1 against the Jacksonville Jaguars: two carries for two yards.  Those two runs out of Denver's "Wild Horse" formation were thoroughly uninspired and had no influence on the outcome of the game.  They were token calls from Josh McDaniels.  Denver traded up in the this past summer's draft to select the former Gators quarterback in the first round and McDaniels was under a lot of pressure to get him on the field during the first game.

The first two plays of Tebow's career were safe choices intended to relieve some of that pressure McDaniels was feeling.  But the NFL is not a league where it typically pays to play it safe.  Tebow is an asset who can help Denver win in a variety of ways.  Simply snapping the ball to him and having him try to run it up the gut may be safe but it is not going to get the job done.

McDaniels needs to make it clear that the offense will still have options when Tebow is in the game.  If they maintain the strategy they used in week 1 opposing defenses will have little trouble stopping them.  Put eight guys in the box, stuff the middle and let Denver forfeit a down.

The Broncos should not be afraid to mix it up when number 15 is in the game.  Line him up in the backfield with a couple of running backs like Knowshon Moreno and Laurence Maroney.  A direct snap running play could be called for any of those three.  They could run a lot of fakes, reverses and end-arounds out of such a formation.  Let Tebow roll out one or two times a game.  And to really keep defenses on their toes... Run a play-action pass or two.

To win in the NFL you cannot be scared to mix it up.  The Denver Broncos have a lot of young playmakers on offense and a very unique asset in Tim Tebow.  

If the Broncos want to win in week 2 and bring some excitement to their city and the rest of the league they need to FREE TIMMY T!