Stating the Obvious: Broncos State of the Franchise, Looking at QB.
The Denver Broncos are trying to reconnect with a fan base that was used and abused by former Head Coach Josh McDaniels.
His dealing and seemingly careless attitude towards this franchise's core and most talented players has cost us dearly.
Peyton Hillis? Gone. Brandon Marshall? Gone. Tony Scheffler? Gone. Jay Cutler? Gone.
"So what?" some of you might ask, they didn't fit the system the former coach was trying to install, or they didn't prove their commitment to his brand of football.
However, a closer look reveals that, not only where these players talented and could have been put to good use in any system, but what they did offer was exactly what was missing from our team.
A lot of you probably already know this, but the reason I point this out is because we are now back to step one.
We are now left searching for another 1,000 yard rusher, another match up nightmare at tight end, and very possibly a franchise quaterback.
These needs were created by bad coaching and management; needs that were already fulfilled by the time McDaniels came into town.
He did exactly what his mentor did (it's almost comical how much alike their first shots at head coaching were). Mr. Belichick got his shot at HC in Cleveland, where he proceeded to get rid of the franchise QB, and anyone who did not fit his system or way of thinking.
Let Tebow start next season?
Sound familiar? Now the franchise is in shambles, and looking to start over.
Just about the only thing that McDaniels did right—in the eyes of many Bronco's country residents—was the drafting of Timothy Tebow. We've all seen the fervor and line in the sand that the subject of Tebow draws.
Some call him the savior of the franchise and some call him less favorable things, but there is a third group. A group that seems to be mislabeled as Tebow haters, but only seem to ask reasonable questions regarding Mr. Tebow's ability to succeed at the pro level.
It is only reasonable to question McDaniels judgement of Tebow, when you take into consideration his other failed look at decisions towards other players.
Besides that, it is no secret that Tebow has issues regarding his ability to throw the ball. I am not questioning his heart, determination or leadership. We all know that those are attributes he has in abundance.
What I am questioning is his ability of be effective at this level.
His three-game excursion last season did little to swing my vote either way. Lets face it, he looked like a rookie during those three games.
Were there things that I liked during those three games? Absolutely, I like the way he seems to be able to rally the team; the way he was able to keep the offense on schedule; the way he helped put points on the board; but most of all, I like the way the team responded to him.
They responded with passion, enthusiasm, and heart. They played just a little extra hard for him, and that, my friends, is something you can't coach or measure at the combine.
I like Tebow—I really do—I like the fact that he stands for what he stands for in the public eye (as a God fearing man myself, how could I not?).
I like that he seems to refuse to take no for an answer, not only out of himself, but his teammates as well.
I like the fact that he answers questions honestly and to the best of his abilities, something that is lost in today's world of super athletes who want to be famous and celebrities.
He is the personification of "working hard will get you there".
But alas, I still have doubts and questions regarding his abilities.
In this league, you need more than heart. You need talent and physical ability to succeed in today's NFL.
I hear a lot these days that Tebow is a winner, and he just knows how to win. That is true, he did have a stellar college career, but then again so did a lot of other QBs who came into the league and failed.
Tebow has just as good a chance as any other QB that has been drafted to succeed or fail in the NFL.
While I still have questions about his mechanics, footwork and ability to win with his arm, one thing is clear: It is too early to tell whether he will be the one or not; we are already invested in him, whether we like it or not, so we might as well give him a chance.
Let's see what Tebow can do on a full year as starter, and if he so happens to be what a lot think he will be, then great.
But if he's not, then better Luck next year.
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