Why Steve Young Is Completely Right About Tim Tebow, Broncos Offense

John Rozum@Rozum27Correspondent INovember 18, 2011

Tim Tebow has led the Denver Broncos back to a 4-1 record, and Denver has a chance to take control of the AFC West within the next few weeks.

However, former NFL QB and Hall of Famer Steve Young called what Denver is doing with Tebow "embarrassing," "not sustainable" and a "gimmick."

Coming from the NFL's current all-time leader with a career QB passer rating of 96.8, the MVP of Super Bowl XXIX gets the nod.

Now, we can't deny that the Broncos' college-style system with Tim Tebow has been working—as evidenced by the past five weeks, it most certainly has. That being said, the question is: How long this will last?

Yes, Tim Tebow is a winner—he's proven that since taking over for Kyle Orton; but look at how the Detroit Lions dismantled the Broncos offense in Week 8. A 45-10 massacre that forced Tebow and the Broncos to do nothing but pass in the second half.

By halftime, Denver was down 24-3 because their offensive concept is not explosive enough to outscore anyone. That being said, take a look at the Thursday night game against the Jets.

Tim Tebow may have kept the Broncos in the game thanks to not turning the ball over and scoring on the game's final drive, but can we really expect Denver to win against defenses like Baltimore, Pittsburgh, San Francisco or Houston?

Not to mention, if it weren't for the Orange Crush Broncos defense, Denver doesn't win against the Jets. Rookie LB Von Miller got 1.5 sacks and CB Andre Goodman had a pick-six to keep Denver within striking distance.

One thing Steve Young got wrong, however, is the reality of the weapons surrounding Tebow. When Eric Decker is your No. 1 WR, there's no legit TE and the best RB is a banged-up Willis McGahee, Tebow most certainly needs some help.

The question is how Tim would perform with a stud WR and/or a speedster in the backfield to add another dimension to the Broncos offense. If Tebow is still only going 9-of-20 for 104 yards like he did against the Jets, then we'll know more about his future as an NFL QB.

Right now, Denver is utilizing Tebow's strengths, since NFL defenders haven't had to defend anything like this since their college days. In some sense, it's a shock to defensive coordinators because who really plans on scheming for an option offense in the NFL?

No one.

They will now.

Each game is only going to get increasingly difficult unless Tebow becomes more of a passing QB. We can say all we want about how he's simply winning games—and that's fine.

But what's going to happen when the Broncos ground game gets completely shut down? They're not going to run for 125 yards each game. Can Denver really win on a consistent basis each year when Tebow completes less than 50 percent of his passes?


As important as running the football is, having a balanced offense is more important. It would be a whole different story if Denver could throw the ball effectively at will, but they haven't—and can't.

All this being said, it will surely be interesting to see how defenses adjust to Tebow moving forward.

Nonetheless, one of two things will happen during his career:

1. He continues to have success in the current option/veer offense and changes the NFL landscape forever.


2. Defenses adjust, Tebow doesn't develop as a passing presence and falls into being a career backup.

There is no middle road with what Tebow has done thus far. It's either go big or go home because something's got to give.


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