Tim Tebow: Should He Be the Denver Broncos' Starting QB for 2011?
Tim Tebow, a natural born leader from the University of Florida, was a highly publicized Florida Gator since he entered the school as a freshman.
Through his proven success, Tebow was awarded the Heisman Trophy in 2007, which made him the first recipient to receive this honor as an underclassman.
Following a successful college career, Tebow was projected to be picked up in the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft. Many NFL analysts believed in Tebow’s talent, including former head coaches of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Indianapolis Colts, Jon Gruden and Tony Dungy.
With that being said, Tebow was picked up in the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft, making him the 25th pick overall, by the Denver Broncos. Although some NFL analysts believed that Tebow wouldn’t be an advantageous player, Josh McDaniels, then head coach of the Denver Broncos, believed otherwise.
Wearing No. 15 for the Denver Broncos, Tebow also signed a five-year contract.
Tebow has been the backup quarterback to starting quarterback Kyle Orton. Tebow scored the first touchdown of his NFL career against the New York Jets on a five-yard running play. Tebow received more field time against AFC West division rivals the Kansas City Chiefs, where he gained his first pass touchdown thrown to Spencer Larsen on a three-yard pass, while he added another touchdown to the scoreboard during a one-yard rushing touchdown.
Even as a rookie, Tebow has proven his worthiness to the team. We’ve seen him throw, we’ve seen him pass and we’ve even seen him run. Does this mean that he should be the starting quarterback for the Denver Broncos in 2011?
Reason Why He Should No. 1
Tim Tebow suffered a loss in his first start of the season to the Oakland Raiders. Tebow has heart, passion and drive in order to put work in.
He scrambled and ran 40 yards to the end zone, scoring the first touchdown for the Denver Broncos. Who wouldn’t want to have a QB who can break tackles and risk injury in order to put points on the board?
Reason Why He Shouldn't No. 1
The Denver Broncos have faced serious disappointments, leaving them with a record of 3-11, but Kyle Orton has proven successful even with the 11 losses.
Orton has reached career-high accomplishments, including throwing for 476 yards against the Indianapolis Colts and throwing four touchdowns against the Kansas City Chiefs. With Orton on top of his game, will Tebow be useful?
Reason Why He Should No. 2
Tebow is a natural born leader. He can raise the spirits of his team when they're down. This particular trait isn't something you can gain; it's something he naturally has.
While he was a senior at the University of Florida, he motivated his team by yelling and screaming, "We've got 30 minutes for the rest of our lives!" Someone as inspirational and encouraging like Tebow could easily lift the disappointments of his team and fortify their playing game.
Reason Why He Shouldn't No. 2
Tebow could use the extra time in order to develop himself as a starting quarterback.
Unlike starting quarterback Sam Bradford of the St. Louis Rams, who jumped ship into the NFL as an immediate starting quarterback, Tebow has the ability to focus on his raw talent.
His talent needs to be refined and polished before he can take his next big step onto any open field.
Reason Why He Should No. 3
Tebow is more than a one-dimensional quarterback. Not only can he throw, but he can also run.
He’s a valuable asset when it comes to using Wildcat formations, and his talent is definitely versatile. You don't see your average quarterback making sacrifices in order to run the ball and gain more yards.
Reason Why He Shouldn't No. 3
With Josh McDaniels gone, it’s in Tebow’s best interest to sit out until a new head coach is named. Without a permanent head coach, the team’s offense can easily change.
Interim head coach Eric Studesville isn’t set in stone on whether or not he’s going to stay. Not having a permanent head coach can cause confusion when it comes learning a brand new offensive system.
Reason Why He Should No. 4
Tebow's abilities can cause a higher demand in preparation for the opposing team's defense in hopes to contain Tebow as a potential threat.
As a result, Tebow can cause a defensive linebacker to play as a quarterback spy instead of dropping back in zone or blitzing.
Reason Why He Shouldn't No. 4
Practice makes perfect. Tebow is seen constantly dropping the ball to his hip before he throws. Rookie mistakes like these are costly in a regular season game.
Learning the plays and audibles will only benefit Tebow in the long run. Quarterback mechanics are extremely vital for Tebow. Playing under center and dropping back are important assets that quarterbacks need to know.
With time, Tebow will feel more comfortable considering he threw only 10 times against the Oakland Raiders.
Reason Why He Should No. 5
Maybe Tebow can bring the hearts of the Denver Broncos back to life. Tebow has led an increase in jersey sales for the Denver Broncos. His popularity is only growing from here.
Since the 2010 NFL Draft, Tebow's jersey still remains as a best seller for the NFL. Not only that, but he has also broken NFL draft records for jerseys.
If Tebow were to start, I'm sure there would be more sales than just the No. 15 jersey, increasing excitement for the fans.
Reason Why He Shouldn't No. 5
As talented as Tebow is, he needs to learn how to stay in the pocket. During the game against the Oakland Raiders, he led the team in rushing yards. If he continues to run in a full 16-game season, he is making himself more prone to injuries.
We all know that Tebow can run, but he needs to have faith in his fellow teammates that he can actually pass the ball and let them do the work.
During his college career, Tebow ran for his 37th rushing touchdown, breaking the record of Hall of Famer and former Gator Emmitt Smith. Leave the running game to your running backs!
Kyle Orton Vs. Tim Tebow
Kyle Orton signed a one-year contract through the 2011 season. When his contract ends, will Orton remain a Denver Bronco, or will the rookie star player Tim Tebow have his shot?