Dear head coach John Fox and offensive coordinator Mike McCoy: I am immensely pleased to see that you are finally listening. The Denver Broncos won yesterday because you were willing to make the changes necessary to succeed.
Tim Tebow has now started three games in the NFL in 2011, and one cannot argue with the fact that those three starts have had their ups and downs. In six starts, Tebow’s record is now 3-3, and all of his three victories have been second-half comebacks.
Tebow has a far from stellar 46.4 completion percentage, and Denver Broncos coaches have been accused of trying to force the young Tebow into being a traditional drop-back passer. It is too early to determine if Tebow will ever be an effective pocket quarterback, but he clearly isn’t right now.
It seems evident that the coaching staff has realized that the team will not be successful if Tebow is under center for most of the time, and they clearly showed Sunday night that they are going to do whatever they can to give their young quarterback every opportunity to be successful.
Sooner rather than later, Tebow will have to become effective in the pocket, too, but it seems as if he is making progress. The young quarterback did a good job at stepping up into the pocket last night and he appeared to be more comfortable in general despite getting hit on nearly every play.
What John Fox and Mike McCoy did brilliantly on Sunday was not just putting Tebow in the shotgun, where he spent most of the time at the University of Florida, but they also have clearly implemented some of the old plays that Tebow used to run with the Gators.
On several occasions throughout the game, Tebow threw shovel passes to the tight ends. That is a play that Tebow had great success with at Florida when Aaron Hernandez of the New England Patriots was catching passes for the Gators.
The play never resulted in big gains last Sunday, but Tebow completed all of the shovel passes, and they always went for positive yards.
Naturally, Tebow didn’t win the game by himself. Willis McGahee had a huge day running the ball and it also helps to have a wide receiver like Eddie Royal, who can return punts to the house.
The defense also came up big in the second half, and the two interceptions by Champ Bailey underline the unit’s performance.
It is remarkable that the Denver Broncos were able to put up close to 300 rushing yards against the Oakland Raiders.
The Raiders are known for being very physical, and the team’s front seven had been very good against the run prior to the game last night.
It is possible that Willis McGahee was actually taking advantage of having a quarterback like Tim Tebow on the field with him.
Chris Johnson used to have that same advantage when Vince Young was quarterbacking for the Tennessee Titans, but now that teams do not have to watch out for the athletic quarterback anymore, the opposing defenses can attack down field more effectively.
We are also currently seeing the effect an athletic quarterback can have on the running back in Philadelphia. The Eagles’ running back LeSean McCoy has been very effective after the rejuvenation of Michael Vick.
The Broncos’ next challenge is the Kansas City Chiefs, and if Denver wins that game, the team will as incredible as it sounds, be in the race to win the AFC West.
What do you think?