Although most of us Broncos fans would agree that the QB play in Denver wasn't terrible, it did at times leave some things to be desired.
Orton was good, but he appeared to fold under pressure.
Enter Tim Tebow.
After 13 games as Orton's backup, he received his first NFL start against Oakland, and many thought he at least brought an excitement to the game that had been lacking. Tebow has lots of potential, but is very raw.
The question those in Dove Valley must ponder now is this: Should Tebow be the starting QB for the Broncos next year? Read on for an examination of the pluses and minuses of making the 2011 season the first year that Tebow is the full-time starter for the Broncos.
The team, both defensively and offensively, seemed to play with more spark with Tebow at the helm than with Orton at the helm. The 24-23 come-from-behind win against the Texans is a case in point.
Tebow has made some risky passes, such as his interception in the end zone in the San Diego game. He will have to seek to understand how to make better reads in the pocket and transition from a running QB to a QB that can run when need be, like Elway, Romo and Vick.
Tebow is built like a fullback, which in his position as QB, he has used to his advantage. Against the Raiders this year, he became the third QB in history to throw a 30-yard pass and run for 40 yards in the same game.
Tebow will need to learn to transition from a running QB to a QB that can run, like Elway, Vick, Roethlisberger and Cunningham. He has to become more comfortable in the pocket and learn to make his reads effectively. If a play breaks down, he needs to go on to another receiver instead of immediately going to what he is used to doing, which is running.
It may not always be pretty, but good QBs will help their team get the "W." In the Broncos game versus Houston, Tebow did a variety of things to help the Broncos, much like other QBs such as Elway, Vick, Roethlisberger and others have done for their respective teams. Because of Tebow's help, the Broncos came out on top against the Texans.
A great early American politician once said that "facts are stubborn things." The fact of the matter is, Tebow has only started three games.
Picking a QB in the NFL is at best a crapshoot, and there are a lot more QBs with Hall of Fame POTENTIAL than there are QBs that actually are considered for the Hall of Fame.
Can Tebow become a Hall of Fame QB like Favre, Elway, or perhaps Roethlisberger? Can he even be a franchise player?
Well, to give Tebow his due, his starting performance in the 2010 season did surprise a lot of people. Teammates admire his grit and moxie, leadership ability and work ethic.
Will Tebow be the starter next year? Only time will tell, but based on his very early body of work, the starting job could very well be his.
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