Tim Tebow's Potential Much More Important Than His Production at This Point
So the title may be slightly misleading in regards to what this article is actually about, which is Josh Mcdaniels and his job security. As long as Tebow hasn't failed, I believe McDaniels will still have his job.
Watching the Raiders smash the Broncos was annoying to say the least...I actually wasn't even watching it. My ESPN phone text alerts had informed me that it was 7-0, 14-0, and 21-0 before I could even turn my laptop on and log in to my Direct TV account. After the third text message, I didn't even bother.
But than, the glimmer of hope. The silver lining to a black cloud during this merciless beating at the hands of the silver and black.
We might get to see Tim Tebow for an extended period of time! Dare I say he might actually have to throw a pass. Perhaps I should log back in...
But alas, it never came. Instead I sat and watched the Raiders continue to score, and watch our Denver offense look as bad as it has looked all year. Why no Tebow? Why is Orton out there still throwing the ball? Why has McDaniels allowed this to happen? For several reasons.
1. If Tim Tebow would have gone in and thrown three picks, rushed for 8 yards on 6 attempts and completed 3 of 14 passes for 36 yards, McDaniels would be gone. The concept of momentum is more relevant in football than any other sport, based upon prior playing experiences. With that much momentum on the Oakland sideline, there is absolutely no reason to have Tim Tebow in the game at that point.
Sports psychology is a growing business, and positive results go hand in hand with positive expectations. I would much rather have Tebow in the game during a blowout than down by a literal handful of touchdowns. If he enters the game, gets rocked and has the worst possible start he could have, he's going to have to climb back up from that. I'm not saying that he can't, but why wouldn't you avoid that if you could?
If every appearance after that leads Tebow to try harder to not screw up, as opposed to being aggressive and finding success that way, he may end up being as bad as Jay Cutler forcing the ball into any pocket of daylight that he can.
2. With all the work McD has put into Tebow, making a coaching change at this point would make even less sense than giving up all we did to draft him in the first place.
As of right now, I don't believe he is a wasted pick by any means, but if you go a completely different direction with your coaching staff, he might. We saw what Cassel did in New England, I'm sure we are all imagining what he can do with Tebow.
Letting Tebow get his feet wet with these 4-6 carries a game is McD's way of letting everyone get a glimpse of Tebow without actually having to play him full time. That touchdown run against the NY Jets on the 6 yard line was absolutely Brilliant. Tebow scores, makes the highlight reels, and McDaniels isn't quite as dumb as we thought, right?
3. Orton will be traded, eventually.
Depending on what happens in terms of Denver's record, Orton shouldn't be around to start the last 12 games of NEXT season. At the end of the year when we look at Orton's stats, we aren't going to look at them and analyze how many throws he didn't make because Tebow came in to closeout a blowout.
As a result, Orton was in there throwing, piling up yards and adding two touchdowns to his season total. Despite what people think, Orton is a top 10 quarterback in the league as an overall player, not just in passing yards. McDaniels will continue to run up his statistics so that he can finally dump him off to Minnesota next season when the Vikings start 1-3 without Favre...not that he's doing much good now. This of course relies very heavily on the Broncos starting out poorly as well.
4. Tebow is his insurance policy to a similar start next year. The fact that I had a moment of happiness during a 40+ point beating against the Raiders is a pretty big deal. If watching Tim Tebow succeed and lead my team from a 1-3 record to a 7-9 record distracts everyone that we still aren't improving, it may allow McDaniels one more year to see how a full season of Tebow goes.
With that being said, I really hope the Broncos start winning some games so that we don't have to see Tebow quite yet. The sooner he gets out there this year, the sooner McDaniels is back as an offensive coordinator somewhere else.
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