I'm a diehard Oakland Raiders fan, so I've always thought Denver Bronco lovers were idiots. However, now this euphoric sensation sweeping Colorado, all because of a supposed football "guru," has left me even more puzzled. Nice guys might not finish last, but in this case they shouldn't start football games, either.
I know it seems unfair to critique Tim Tebow at this point. He's only started three NFL games and they were basically throw-away contests for the Broncos. Yet, I feel compelled to remind those that feel he is the answer that he went 4-of-10 against the Chargers in limited action.
Well, some will argue with me that he gave the team a spark when he came in. No argument there. However, the team was getting beaten handily, so any change would have created a spark. He was decent—by no means what Billy Volek did when he took over for Vince Young or how Matt Cassel kept the ship afloat in Tom Brady's absence.
What Tebow now has to do is justify all of this hype that has been thrust upon him. If Brady Quinn were given the nod to replace Kyle Orton, there would not be nearly as much pressure because the expectations aren't very high to begin with.
However, when you factor in that people as far away as Kentucky have spent thousands of dollars on billboards to convince the Broncos brass to give Tebow the car keys, that's extreme. Basically, Tebow would have to win you a Super Bowl within the first couple years under center to make your investment worth it. (By the way, the rest of the team is bad enough that that won't happen.)
Brian Bosworth, Ryan Leaf, JaMarcus Russell and even Young himself (although he still has some hope) were revered as legends coming out of the college game. Unfortunately, the pro game exposed all of their deficiencies and left them in the pile of players we call busts.
Tebow, with the spotlight glowing around him, has to win and win now. Even though he's anemic by the standards of what an NFL quarterback should play like, he's got to somehow over come that and win.
If he does, he shuts the mouths of prognosticators, haters and even the opinionated writers (finger pointing at me). However, if he ends up right where I think he will, he'll live out his days as either a backup QB in someone's system or even leave the game behind to pursue his ministry, a very worthy calling.
Just how good he might be remains to be seen. Whether he's more Elway than Leaf, more Randall Cunningham than Russell (I still have nightmares about that guy in silver and black) still remains to be seen.
One thing I do know for certain is that it's finally "put up or shut up" time.
For all of you Broncos fans that I insulted earlier, good luck. I have a feeling you'll need it.