Tim Tebow: The Broncos' Misfiring Game Manager, Mule or Messiah?

Lake CruiseAnalyst INovember 9, 2016

DENVER, CO - NOVEMBER 17:  Quarterback Tim Tebow #15 of the Denver Broncos scrambles with the ball as Orlando Franklin #74 of the Denver Broncos blocks against Calvin Pace #97 of the New York Jets at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on November 17, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. The Broncos defeated the Jets 17-13.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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Is game-managing quarterback Tim Tebow the horse or mule that the Broncos can ride into a Super Bowl? Denver’s chief of football operations and former quarterback, John Elway, is after his first championship as an NFL executive.

Meanwhile, is another former Broncos quarterback, Jake “the Snake” Plummer, a symbol of evil going up against the Messiah (Tebow)? Both Elway and Plummer recently had some unflattering remarks about Tebow.

According to NFL.com (linked above), Elway was interviewed during his weekly radio show on KDSP-FM. The host, Gary Miller, asked Elway if he was "any closer to feeling if you have your quarterback on this team?" Without much hesitation, Elway answered, "No."

The proverbial air was immediately let out of Tebow’s considerable fanbase’s balloons. Some fans had been calling for Tebow to be the starter instead of Kyle Orton since the first Oakland Raiders-Denver game this year.

That was in September. It took a while for the fans’ requested change to come, but when it did, it was permanent for this season.

You see, now in November, Orton has been released from the Broncos. His being cut could be a blessing in disguise for Kyle who could possibly be home for Thanksgiving Day.

Tebow’s fans are giving thanks and deriding anyone, including Elway and Plummer, appearing to be arrogant enough to go against the extremely popular gridiron Messiah.

Contrarily, “The Snake” has gone on record saying that Tim needs to tone down his Christian antics. "I think that when he accepts the fact that we know that he loves Jesus Christ, then I think I'll like him a little better," Plummer was quoted as apparently dissing Tebow's displays of faith.No surprise, to me, that a prayerful person would be publicly dissed, given the circumstances of the morality-lacking world of today. Elway surprised some people, however, by also praising Tebow during the aforementioned KDSP interview:

November 23, 2006: Jake Plummer and Denver vs. Kansas City.
November 23, 2006: Jake Plummer and Denver vs. Kansas City.Brian Bahr/Getty Images

"Tebow did exactly what he thought he could [last] Thursday night [by beating the Jets]. When we get in tough situations, he's a guy that's going to be able to make those plays," Elway added. John was coached by Mike Shanahan and offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak in Denver.

Plummer was 39-15 as Shanahan’s quarterback with the Broncos. “The Snake” scrambled his way out of the NFL soon after Shanahan soured on him in favor of Jay Cutler. Jake has found a new beginning outside of the NFL.

But what’s with the snake reference for this column? You see, in the book of Genesis, in the beginning, a serpent (snake) is cited as causing Eve and Adam to disobey God in the Garden of Eden.

This act is referred to as the Fall of Man.

Conversely in the NFL, Tebow is viewed by some fans as an uplifting savior for their beloved Broncos. On the other hand, neither Tebow nor the Broncos have claimed he’s a savior.

Tebow is simply sparking the Broncos with zone reads; triple options and quarterback student body left scramble plays. The spark has become a red flame of hope to actually win the division after starting the season 1-4.

Can Tebow, though, continue to part the red sea of NFL defenders? It doesn’t sound like Elway is too confident in Tim’s ability to lead Denver to the Promised Land. Yet, I believe defenders will not soon catch up to Tim.I watched him play admirably in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio when he was a high school senior. He played alongside Percy Harvin in that high school All-Star game. They’d later team up to play for the Florida Gators in the SEC under Urban Meyer.

October 9, 2011: John Elway surveys the field before a game against the Chargers in Denver.
October 9, 2011: John Elway surveys the field before a game against the Chargers in Denver.Doug Pensinger/Getty Images

Leading the Gators to the 2008 national championship, Tebow became one of the most decorated college quarterbacks ever. That was mainly due to his ability to run the ball, in my opinion.

Further, running the ball, stopping the other team from running the rock and limiting turnovers is where it’s at in the NFL. That has long been a consistent formula for winning in the NFL.

While Tebow is often a misfiring game-manager—he’s only completing 40-something percent of his passes—Tim hasn’t been turning the ball over. With him taking the snaps, the Broncos have beaten two division rivals, including the division-leading Raiders.

He also beat the New York Jets with a 30-yard touchdown run. Now, can the franchise ride him like a mule or a horse to the Super Bowl? Not unless the Broncos join the mighty SEC.

Finally, Plummer could be a little jealous and have snaked Tebow because of it. At the same time, no football player, athlete or mere mortal is the Messiah. While I encourage Tebow to show his faith on the field, I can criticize some of his fans for too much worship of the young man.

Please, people, keep your eyes on the true and living God and don’t turn Tebow, or anyone else, into a pagan idol type of figure. The NFL has many men of faith. Tebow is no better or worse than anyone else.


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