The Denver Broncos just put in a performance for the record books—but for all the wrong reasons. They allowed the Raiders, yes these Raiders, to score an eye-popping, franchise-best 59 points. The defeat tied for the largest deficit ever by the Broncos allowed at home, dating back to the woeful days of the 60s.
Before I go on, let me make something very clear: I have always backed Kyle Orton ever since the trade went down, and I have despised the articles that call for Tebow to replace him. There are a lot of things wrong with this team right now, but QB may be the one place that doesn't need fixing. So, what am I getting at here? Just hear me out, and when you're done reading this, you tell me it's not a good idea to play Tebow this Sunday.
The Broncos Just Got SPANKED
As I mentioned before, the Raiders just beat the Broncos by a score of 59-14. It was a nightmare game that never really should have happened, if not for a false start call that kept the Raiders from facing a 4th-and-5 on their opening drive...well, here we are. Teams do not respond well to this kind of a beating. Especially at home.
When you consider that the Broncos just barely lost to the best team in football, and followed that up with a dismal outing against a division rival, you have to question the Broncos' morale going forward. Being on a team like this, doubt starts to creep into your mind, and you begin to wonder if anything you do will ever be good enough for a win.
If you keep things stagnant on a team like this, then you are in for a long, heartbreaking season. You have to make changes and find a way to light a spark with a team like this. Starting Tebow could provide just that spark. Last year the Titans were blanked by the Pats 59 - 0. They replaced Kerry Collins with VY, and Tennessee nearly made the playoffs. Just food for thought.
Let's Be Real Guys, the Broncos Are Not Making the Playoffs
Denver now sits at 2-5, sharing the basement with the San Diego Chargers, who made mental mistakes that you would expect from a junior-high team against the Patriots. The AFC West is in the firm grasp of the Kansas City Chiefs, who not only hold the lead right now but also have the easiest remaining schedule in the division.
I think we can all agree that the wild card will not come out of this division but more likely the AFC East and South. So why not play the rookie and get him some experience for next season? Who knows, he just might be the next Roethlisberger to go unbeaten and lead his team to the playoffs his rookie year. You'll recall Tommy Maddox wasn't too shabby at that time, either.
Time Is of the Essence
An underlying factor that should at least be on the coach's mind is that there are some extremely talented, young quarterbacks out there with very bright futures. The big names of the next few drafts will likely be the following: Matt Barkley, Garrett Gilbert, Cam Newton, Kellen Moore—the list goes on and on.
My point is simple: Over the next two to three years, there is going to be a crop of QBs, the likes of which we have never seen. Andrew Luck could very well be the best QB to come from a California University since John Elway. The amount of talent is too great to take a chance on missing. Start Tebow now, because in two years or so you can find out if he is franchise-QB material, or if you should be reaching into the deep pool of young QBs.
On Sunday, when Kyle Orton threw a pick-six on his first play from scrimmage, I made a mental note: game over. Not because we were down 14-0 in the blink of an eye, not even because Orton threw the pick, but because of how Orton reacted. For those of you who don't know what I'm talking about, he hung his head and moped in a very Cutler-esque way.
When you are the quarterback of any team at any level, your team looks to you to be their leader, and they pay particular attention to how you respond to a bad situation, which sets the tone for the rest of the game. Tebow has a never-say-die attitude that the Broncos are severely lacking. The Broncos need an attitude like that if they are to have any hope of climbing back into the AFC West race.
The Game Is in London
Many coaches are afraid to start a new QB on the road in a hostile environment, while many QBs are scared to make their first start in front of the hometown fans (after all, first impressions are everything).
This game, however, is special. Because the game is in London, the crowd should balance out and be neutral. This presents the coach with a beautiful situation: Start Tebow in a neutral environment for minimal pressure and maximum performance.
Mechanically, Tebow is not a better QB than Kyle Orton, but it is his intangibles that the Broncos so desperately need right now.