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Denver Broncos: What Does Tim Tebow Actually Represent for the Broncos?

DENVER - DECEMBER 26:  Quarterback Tim Tebow #15 of the Denver Broncos rushes with the ball and is tackled by strong safety Bernard Pollard #31 of the Houston Texas at INVESCO Field at Mile High on December 26, 2010 in Denver, Colorado. The Broncos defeated the Texans 24-23.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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Sergio RomeroContributor IJanuary 13, 2011

A lot has been talked about the new QB in town.

A lot has been discussed about his trowing mechanics, his size, his speed, his role on the team, his high selling jersey, his religion, his charity foundation, the razor he likes to use in the morning, and how he feels about the new Britney Spears single.

People hate him or loathe him, worship him or trash him and the only thing certain about the now second-year Denver Broncos QB is that he's certainly not gonna have an unnoticed career.

You could certainly make a solid case about Tim Tebow the person, taking aside his religion, he just seems like an all around nice guy. The kind of guy who would pull over to help in case you've got a flat tire or a mechanical problem in the middle of a deserted road.

But if we talk about Tim Tebow the player, well that's a whole different story.

If you knew that a QB that has won two national titles and a Heisman trophy was drafted with the 25th pick overall in the Draft, would you even be surprised? I hardly think so.

So what is it about Tim Tebow? Why is he so questioned? Is his unusual delivery? Because a lot of NFL Quarterbacks have unusual deliveries and they weren't flamed because of it. Is it because he is a running QB? Or a lefty? How about Mike Vick or Hall of Famer Steve Young? They were runners and they were lefty's and they seem to be doing pretty fine.

If we go with the stats and stats only Tebow's stats are average when you take in count only the passing game:

Att      Comp      TD      INT      YDS

82         41          5         3        654

But when you have players like Tebow or Mike Vick or even Steve Young the so called "All purpose yards" become a really important stat, if we take the yards, TD's and lose balls that Tebow got in the running game:

Att      Comp      TD      INT      YDS

82         41         11         3        881

Well Tebow is not looking so "Average" after all eh?

Even if you take in account the—I admit it, tricky and sometimes misleading QB Rating, Tebow's 82.1 rating is better than the ratings of other nine starting QB's in the league including Donovan McNabb, Chad Henne, Mark Sanchez and even, soon to be named Rookie of the year, Sam Bradford.

So why are people doubting after all? His stats are not bad, his work ethic is unimpeachable, he is a leader and a far bigger offensive threat than Kyle Orton and bench warmer Brady Quinn. Why are people ready to ship him for a fifth round draft pick?

Is he perfect? No.

Is he going to make dumb mistakes? Sure.

Is he the second coming of the "Duke"? Is he the Golden Messiah everyone expects? Who knows.

But doesn't he deserve at least a try?

 


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