I would like to start out by saying that I have been a Broncos fan since as long as I have cared about football. I remember when Elway held up the Lombardi Trophy. It was the first and one of the few times I actually saw my dad shed a tear.
It was the following year, however, in the next Super Bowl as I watched John Elway shred the Falcons secondary to bits, that I knew two things: I wanted to do that some day, and that my dad's passion for the Broncos had rubbed off on me.
Since then, I have watched this team through all the good times and stood up for them through all the bad. So before anyone goes on accusing me of being a Tebow groupie, just know I have been a Bronco fan for 11 years of the 19 I have been alive. With that said, let me get to the point.
I have been relatively silent, apart from dealing with people who just live to rile others up, when it comes to the Great Tebow Debate. But I, like many of you Bronco fans out there, am sick of all the extremes when it comes to Tim; so I have decided to break my silence.
I understand why people love him. He plays the game with so much passion, he is one hell of an athlete, and he is a breath of fresh air in a culture that is infested with stupid decisions and athletes thinking they are above the law.
I absolutely understand the energy he brings and how that can affect a team's play (if you don't think it can, you obviously have never played football at a high level for a winning team) and the outstanding college career he had. I get it. But I'm not ready to declare him the next Elway or even a franchise QB.
Now to the people who are ready to write Tebow off, I understand where you are all coming from too. His throwing motion is herky jerky, and he really needs to work on his footwork and play-action.
He had some pretty ugly throws that were off target and some even resulted in INTs, he missed (didn't see) wide open receivers and he runs too much. These are all very good indicators of a bust, if you're looking at a five-year veteran.
My point is this, fellow Broncos fans. It seems we are all forgetting one very pressing issue in this great debate: Tim Tebow is just a rookie. He has not even been in the league one full year, yet you guys are ready to crown him as the next John Elway or the next Ryan Leaf. He has had a grand total of THREE starts.
If quarterbacks were made in three starts, John Elway and Peyton Manning would have gone down in history as the worst ever. On the other hand, Matt Leinart had a fantastic first three starts, becoming the first rookie QB to throw two or more TD passes in each of their first three starts, but he spent most of the 2010 season behind this guy on the depth chart.
Too wrap it all up, it's pretty simple: It is WAY too early to jump to any conclusion about Tebow. Not a single person on the planet, not Mel Kiper, Jr., Todd Mcshay, Josh McDaniels, Urban Meyer, John Elway, Joe Blow or even Tim Tebow himself actually knows how Tim Tebow's career will turn out.
In the meantime, all this debating and the drivel that comes with it is nothing more than wasted time and energy, and quite frankly it's getting old.