Let the conversation continue, or maybe I should say argument. When it comes to discussing Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow, there seems to be a great divide. There is no middle, no gray, and no in between stage of followers. You are either for Tebow or dead against him. Much like political conversations, the Tebow argument generates much publicity and separation.
On Sunday, when Tebow led the Broncos back from down 17-0 to win 24-23, there was a ripple that moved through the NFL. In only his second start, Tebow threw for over 300 yards and ran for the game-winning touchdown with three minutes left to play. The ripple will multiply today and as the week continues. Former players and analysts will take their turns arguing either for or against. They will build their data and do their comparison and explain to all of us why Tebow will or will not succeed.
In the end, no one will be any closer to a conclusion. After all, how can we truly know if Tebow will be successful? In a league that has seen Jon Kitna survive for 13 years, there appears to be hope for anyone.
During Matt Cassel's time at USC, he did not start one game at quarterback, but was drafted in the seventh round by the New England Patriots. After a big win this Sunday, many so-called experts suggested Cassel appeared to be growing into a nice quarterback. Growing into a nice quarterback, you say? After five years in the league? The need to rush to judgment on Tebow now, after only two starts, seems somewhat premature.
If one thing is for certain, it takes time for a quarterback to adapt to the NFL game. Whether it is Peyton Manning or Tom Brady, there are bumps in the road. There have been some quarterbacks who seemed destined to have great NFL careers, but could not make it work, (see Matt Leinart). Others that appeared to have no chance at success, but somehow found a way to be successful, (see Tony Romo).
One confusing element to the Tebow debate is that he somehow has to be Tom Brady or Peyton Manning to be successful. Tebow will never be solely a drop-back passer. To suggest so is as impractical as suggesting Brady could run as well as Tebow.
This is where the argument gets off course. There are other qualities to be found in a quarterback that will allow them to be successful, however, the era we live in gives us Tom Brady and Peyton Manning and we’re left to compare and measure every quarterback to them.
Regardless, it remains too early in Tebow’s career to truly measure his ability as an NFL quarterback, but the conversation continues. One thing can be said after watching his first two career starts: he deserves an opportunity.
On Sunday, Tebow did what he has done throughout his career—win. At times it was ugly; at times he was confused. But in the end he was his same ole fist-pumping, crowd-pleasing self; running off the field victorious with a big smile on his face.
And so for now, the legend grows.