Tim Tebow: Broncos Are Playoff Bound With Unconventional Offense

Michael Mill@@MikeMill23Senior Analyst IIINovember 18, 2011

DENVER, CO - NOVEMBER 17:  Quarterback Tim Tebow #15 of the Denver Broncos rolls out against the New York Jets at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on November 17, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. Tebow went on to score the game winning touchdown as the Broncos defeated the Jets 17-13.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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I laughed when Tim Tebow went in the first round of the 2010 NFL draft.

I laughed when people said that he could be a starting quarterback in the league.

I laughed when he entered this season as the third quarterback on the Denver Broncos depth chart.

I laughed when he was drafted last overall in my fantasy league as a joke.

I'm not laughing anymore.

After the Broncos started the season with a 1-4 record, Tebow finally got the nod as the starting quarterback for the remainder of the season.

Now, the team has won four of their last five, including a three-game winning streak.

Last night, on Thursday Night Football, Tebow and the Broncos shocked the Jets in yet another fourth-quarter comeback.

Like I said, I'm no longer laughing. That doesn't mean that I'm sold on Tebow at quarterback. The road ahead for him remains long and difficult. I hope he succeeds, but I'm not ready to drink the Tebow Kool-Aid just yet.

Obviously, Tebow is not your conventional NFL quarterback.

Last week the Broncos won with Tebow completing just two passes in the game. In fact, Tebow hasn't completed more than 50 percent of his passes in a game this season.

Tebow has a total quarterback rating of 35.1 this season. That's 29th in the league. Last night he had a 7.8 quarterback rating through the first three quarters.

Then he finished the game with a 98.6 total quarterback rating in the fourth quarter.

The guy is a winner. Somehow, he always finds a way to win these games.

He is getting much of the credit; much of it he probably doesn't deserve.

The Broncos are suddenly sitting at a 5-5 record with a realistic shot at the playoffs. If the Raiders lose this weekend, Denver will actually be leading the AFC West.

The big change over the previous three games isn't at the quarterback position; it's been on defense.

The Broncos defense had allowed 28.6 points per game in their first seven games this year. Over the last three weeks, they are allowing just 15.6 points per game.

Forget Tebow for a second. If this team can keep playing this type of defense, they are going to take control of a very weak AFC West.

With teams like San Diego, New England and Chicago still on the schedule, it's not going to be an easy run.

However, I'm not going to sit here and laugh at the idea of it. So far all I have done is laugh at Tebow, and he's proved me wrong.