Denver Broncos

Tim Tebow Is Who We Thought He Was

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - OCTOBER 23:  Quarterback Tim Tebow #15 of the Denver Broncos warms up prior to taking on the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium on October 23, 2011 in Miami Gardens, Florida.  (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)
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Logan RhoadesContributor IIOctober 24, 2011

After his first NFL start, Tim Tebow is exactly who we thought he was. And that goes for everyone—his supporters and critics.

For the first 54 minutes of Sunday's game against the 0-5 Miami Dolphins, Tebow played downright miserably. In that time frame, he was 4-14 for 40 yards and zero touchdowns. His feet were happy, his fans were upset and his team was down. But then, out of nowhere, he pioneered a three-minute drill comeback, that included two touchdowns and a two-point conversion to send the game into OT.

And, of course, the Denver Broncos came out victorious.

It was the most Jekyll & Hyde performance I’ve ever seen in my entire life, and it proved everyone right.

Tim Tebow is not a great NFL quarterback. In fact, he’s not even a pretty good quarterback. Right now, he’s a fundamentally flawed quarterback, who just so happened to beat the worst team in the league, the Miami Dolphins.

For the majority of the game, his throws were off-target, his footwork was sloppy and his decision-making was mediocre at best. He looked exactly like what he is, a rookie quarterback that needs a lot of work.

However, Tim Tebow is also a winner that never gives up.

You won’t find a bigger Kyle Orton supporter than me. I love the man’s neck beard, I love his IDGAF attitude, and I like that he can drink anyone under the table. He can also chuck the ball down the field like it’s nobody’s business, so, naturally, I like the dude.

And yet, I am confident that given the same situation, Orton could not have won that game yesterday.

Yes, it was mostly Tebow’s fault that they were down 15 points late in the fourth quarter. And, yes, he was incredibly ineffective for most of the game. But he also put the team on his back, like Greg Jennings has been known to do.

And in true Tebow fashion, when he needed to be great, he was.

It was what we’ve all seen for years while he was with the Florida Gators, and it’s what all of his supporters have been saying this whole season.

So, while Tim Tebow might not be where he needs to be as an NFL quarterback, he is exactly what Denver needs him to be right now. And that is a positive team leader on and off the field. As the opponents get harder, and their schedule gets tougher, the Broncos are going to need someone that doesn’t give up when it doesn’t look good. And based on what we saw from Tebow on Sunday, there's a lot that doesn't look good. But, clearly, that's not going to stop him from trying.

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