"In today already walks tomorrow.”—Friedrich von Schiller
The Denver Broncos were responsible for stealing most of the headlines after the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft when the organization spent the 25th pick overall on quarterback Tim Tebow.
More than a few people found themselves questioning then head coach Josh McDaniels’ decision to trade up to spend the 25th pick overall on the young quarterback. The pick was, by many, considered a reach.
Fifteen months have passed since the Florida alumnus and college record-setting field general was drafted. His rookie season has also passed.
Tebow’s rookie season was interesting, to say the least. It is safe to say that his first season in the league had its ups and downs. However, most people would agree that Tebow improved dramatically over his first three starts in the NFL.
Critics would argue that his 50 percent completion rate indicates Tebow is not ready to start in the NFL, while others would argue that his 300-plus yards against the Texans in Week 16 is proof that he can succeed in this league.
What’s most impressive about Tebow’s rookie campaign was his touchdown to turnover ratio: 11-3. That was the best among rookies by far and second-best in the league—just next to Tom Brady.
Some might argue that several of the touchdowns were short yardage runs, and anybody could do that. The fact of the matter is that not just anybody can do that. They would if they could.
The southpaw quarterback’s unique skill set makes him one of the most thrilling players to watch in the game today. It is common knowledge that Tebow, as well as any other second-year player, will need to improve in 2011.
The progress he made over his three starts in 2010 tells us he will show great improvement during his second year in the league.
During his first start against the Raiders, the Broncos coaching staff didn’t expose Tebow to a whole lot of the playbook—therefore making the signal caller very predictable.
In his second start, the coaching staff opened up more of the playbook, as Tebow was the architect behind a magnificent comeback victory against the Texans. He also came close to stealing the win against the impressive Chargers.
If the former college superstar continues to improve like he did over the later part of his rookie season, chances are he will become a very good player in the NFL.
Before Tebow entered the NFL, many people claimed he would not be able to run like he did in college and therefore would not be as successful as he was at the collegiate level.
Averaging 5.3 yards per carry, racking up a total on 227 yards on the ground along with six touchdowns shows he can indeed run the ball in the NFL.
He also showed he can throw at this level. Just like people doubted he could throw at Florida, people highly doubted he could throw successfully as a pro.
Three hundred and eight yards through the air against the Texans is proof enough. Houston’s secondary was awful last season, but Tebow was also just a rookie, and the Texans had an NFL defense.
In his three starts last year, Tebow scored seven touchdowns. That’s more than two scores per game. If that doesn’t get you excited about a rookie’s future, I don’t know what will.
If Tebow can keep this up, more and more people will start believing he can actually justify the first-round draft pick and all the hype surrounding him.
Denver and Tebow fans, along with anyone involved with the Broncos organization, sure hope he will.