Tim Tebow: Why Denver Broncos' Problems Have Little to Do with the Quarterback

Kraig LundbergAnalyst IIIOctober 22, 2011

DENVER, CO - OCTOBER 9: Tim Tebow #15 of the Denver Broncos reacts to a play against the San Diego Chargers at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on October 9, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. The Chargers won 29-24. (Photo by Bart Young/Getty Images)
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Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow has gotten a lot of heat from just about everyone not wearing blue and orange over the past few years, and it's really difficult to understand why.

The Broncos are just 1-4 on the season, but with quarterback Kyle Orton struggling throughout the beginning of the season, head coach John Fox finally had enough and inserted Tebow into the lineup late in the game against the Chargers.

Though Denver still lost, Tebow brought the Broncos all the way back to within two. However, there are still many people who criticized Tebow for completing just 40 percent of his passes.

It's hard to critique Tebow before he's played a full game against a team that has come prepared for his game, but at this point you can't blame Tebow in the slightest for Denver's struggles, and even if the Broncos struggle with Tebow at quarterback, I doubt Tebow will be to blame.

First off, Denver has had a lot of trouble on defense. Their pass and rush defenses are ranked 22nd and 23rd, respectively, and they are giving up 28 points a game, good for second-to-last in the NFL.

Despite having some good players, such as Champ Bailey, Elvis Dumervil and rookie Von Miller, the Broncos haven't been able to stop anybody this season. It's ridiculous to ask Tebow to win games in shootouts, but with a defense as porous as Denver's, that's essentially what the coaches will be asking him to do.

Offensively, Tebow will have a lot to do with their success. But depending on what areas they struggle in, he may have little to no control over that as well.

DENVER, CO - OCTOBER 9: Willis McGahee #23 of the Denver Broncos rushes against the San Diego Chargers at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on October 9, 2011 in Denver, Colorado.  (Photo by Bart Young/Getty Images)
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Denver ranks in the 20s in every offensive statistical category except points per game, where they rank 19th. The running game has had its struggles in recent years, and outside of veteran Willis McGahee, they haven't had much success there this season either.

At receiver, the Broncos just got rid of leading receiver Brandon Lloyd for almost nothing, leaving Tebow with only one wideout that has been a legitimate threat this year in Eric Decker.

Tim Tebow has a unique ability to make all the players around him better, as we saw in the fourth quarter against San Diego. But the Broncos still have enough problems that, if and when they continue to struggle, it won't likely be Tebow's fault.

Yet, he'll still be hammered by his detractors. That won't stop until not only he, but his team, silence the critics.