Denver Broncos: John Fox Making Tim Tebow Look Worse Than He Really Is

Kraig LundbergAnalyst IIINovember 13, 2011

KANSAS CITY, MO - NOVEMBER 13:  Quarterback Tim Tebow #15 of the Denver Broncos warms up prior to the game against the Kansas City Chiefs on November 13, 2011 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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One of the most memorable numbers from the Denver Broncos' 17-10 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday was "two."

That's how many passes Tim Tebow completed throughout the game.

Tebow also attempted just eight passes on the day, with the running game doing enough to keep the Chiefs at bay, despite injuries to Denver's top two running backs, Willis McGahee and Knowshon Moreno.

One of Tebow's two completions was a beautiful, 56-yard touchdown strike to Eric Decker, but he also threw some passes that announcers dubbed "comical."

Sometimes it's hard to argue against critics of Tebow who say his accuracy is terrible and he doesn't have the passing ability or mechanics to be a starting NFL quarterback. But based on Denver's play-calling since Tebow has taken over, it's hard not to cast some of the blame on head coach John Fox.

Fox may not be calling plays, but you can bet he has a hand in the game plan, and neither he nor his assistants seem to trust Tebow's arm.

While it's difficult to blame them, especially after a game in which the Broncos won almost exclusively with the running game, you have to think the play-calling has a lot to do with Tebow's perceived ineptness in the passing game.

In many 3rd-and-medium or 3rd-and-long situations in the past few games, the Broncos have gone the ultra-conservative route and run a quarterback draw or simply handed the ball off, which the defense will usually swallow up at the line of scrimmage.

This has gone to show the coaches' lack of confidence in Tebow, who has in fact made quite a few plays downfield with his arm this season.

On top of that, Tebow sometimes does his best work while scrambling or improvising, so giving him a little more freedom as he gets accustomed to life as a starter might be wise.

In addition, the problem with Denver's heavy reliance on the rushing attack is that Tebow will never have the opportunity get into a rhythm. It's often difficult for a quarterback to come in and throw accurate passes when he hasn't had the chance to get a feel for the secondary and get on the same page with his receivers.

The Broncos can only rely on their running game until they play a team that will stop it cold, and when they do, Tebow won't have the experience or the chemistry with his receivers to effectively move the offense.

It seems that Tim Tebow might be better than even his coaches give him credit for.