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Denver Broncos: Why Tim Tebow Has Asserted Himself as Best Option at QB

OAKLAND, CA - NOVEMBER 06:  Tim Tebow #15 of the Denver Broncos warms up before their game against the Oakland Raiders at Coliseum on November 6, 2011 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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Adam OdekirkContributor IINovember 7, 2011

OK, so it's only 2-1, but when was the last time that Denver fans felt as satisfied leaving Oakland?

Granted the victory is not based solely on the play of Tim Tebow, but one thing that he did have a big hand in was the main factor that salted away the game. The Denver Broncos might have found the running attack that used to be their calling card for so many years.

Is there any other quarterback on the roster who can have the same kind of effect on the running game as Tim Tebow? The short answer is an easy: no.

Consider this as well: If John Fox could choose a way to win games in the NFL, would it be through the air like the Green Bay Packers or on the ground like they did today in Oakland? That answer should be easy as well.

John Fox talked endlessly about bringing a tough running game and grinding mentality to Denver, and now with Tim Tebow at quarterback, he is as close to having that as any Bronco team since 2005.

Tebow critics are relishing the fact that they were correct about how un-ready Tebow's throwing mechanics and footwork were, but will those same critics be quick to point out how good his play-fake is?

If they won't, I will. If Tim Tebow can continue to fake a hand off as well as he did today in Oakland, he is going to find wide open field to roam in for the rest of the season. 

This is not a myopic rant about how Tim Tebow secured his place as the Broncos quarterback for the next decade with his performance in the "Black Hole," but it is an admission that right now he is the right guy for the job.

OAKLAND, CA - NOVEMBER 06:  Tim Tebow #15 of the Denver Broncos throws the ball during their game against the Oakland Raiders at Coliseum on November 6, 2011 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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For example, how are the Denver Broncos going to be rewarded for their impressive road victory? By traveling to Kansas City to play in one of the most notoriously tough home field advantages in the AFC West.

Knowing that the Broncos next destination includes the swirling November wind at Arrowhead Stadium, would Fox prefer to see if Brady Quinn can air it out or see if Tebow and McGahee can keep the train running down the tracks?

Who knows if the Kansas City defense will prove to be as puny against the run as Oakland's did today, but even half of the rushing output from today could help keep the Broncos in the game at Arrowhead.

The recipe for victory that the Broncos stumbled upon today might not be good enough to win the West (which they are only one game out of), especially since the Broncos still have the Jets, Bears and Patriots coming to town.

However, the offense that Mike McCoy is evolving became very interesting today. If McCoy can continue to find ways to keep Tebow thinking less and reacting more, those teams might have more on their hands than they bargained for when they come to Denver.

Tebow didn't answer every question about his game and his ability today. He also didn't fold against every blitz that he faced. Some might say that is a very small victory, but the standings say the Denver Broncos victory counts as much as any other in the league.

Again, this was a team victory for the Broncos, who needed plays from everyone to make it happen. Since that is the case, then everyone involved should be back in the same spots next week to try and make it two in a row. 

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