Scouts knocked him for his shaky footwork, his quick-to-scramble mentality, his poor mechanics and his slow delivery. One thing they could not criticize, though, was his ability to win ballgames. Combined with his determination, character, energy and leadership, everyone knew there was something special about the former Gator.
Now, with an ineffective Kyle Orton at the helm in Week 5, it has cleared the way for Tebow-time in Miami. Head Coach John Fox has named Tebow the starting quarterback following the bye week, after he led a re-energized Broncos' offense last Sunday and brought them back to within an eyelash of beating the San Diego Chargers.
It was apparent that the offense surged under the young quarterback, and that every category that isn't measured on a stat line received a boost. That stat did not go unnoticed by Fox.
While Fox is giving Tebow his shot against the banged-up Miami Dolphins, can they do enough in the bye week to create an offense that Tebow can succeed in?
Think 2011 first-round pick Cam Newton and the recent success he has had in Carolina's offense. Offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski knew he had a unique player who would not fit the same schemes he had run in the past, so he tailor-made the offense to best suit the abilities of the Panthers' prized new weapon.
In that offense, it has consisted of only three wide receiver targets, with the remaining six receiving options being check-downs to two tight ends and four running backs.
This is the situation that offensive coordinator Mike McCoy needs to put Tebow in to succeed. McCoy needs to better utilize the abilities of Tebow and the current weapons around him.
Currently, the Broncos have hit four different tight ends for a mere 15 receptions. With Tebow's slower delivery, hitting quick outs to tight ends and running backs will be vital to keep himself upright in the pocket.
If Tebow is to be the future in the Mile High City, there's going to need to be changes during the bye week. Now it's up to McCoy and Fox to make it happen.