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Tim Tebow: How the Denver Bronco Is Forever Changing the Role of QBs in the NFL

DENVER, CO - NOVEMBER 17:  Fans show their support of quarterback Tim Tebow #15 of the Denver Broncos as the Broncos defeated the Jets 17-13 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on November 17, 2011 in Denver, Colorado.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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Thomas ConroyCorrespondent INovember 24, 2011

There is nothing more entertaining than watching the so-called “experts” critique the talents of Denver Broncos QB Tim Tebow. The negative barrage has been constant all season. They all have consistently criticized his exaggerated throwing motion and lack of experience in reading defenses. They also question whether a run-first quarterback can be successful in the NFL.

Tebow does have a role in the pros, but patience will be required by all. Past scrambling quarterbacks used their feet as a means of survival after the pocket had collapsed around them. While Tebow can hurt the opposition with his legs, his inexperience should be a recipe for disaster in a pass-happy league.

Yet, it’s not.

It’s amazing to see him run effortlessly through a defense with fast, hard-hitting defenders that love to knock running quarterbacks out of a game.

Tebow won’t hurt you through the air. His passing skills are mocked by opposing players. He has led the Broncos to a number of unpredictable fourth-quarter wins despite having a passing completion rate of over 44 percent.

Coaches cannot change a throwing motion, but they can speed up a delivery through repetition. Denver fans will need to wait for Tebow’s natural progression to evolve, and let him go through a full offseason workout program with the team’s coaching staff before evaluating his quarterbacking skills.

He’s a one-man show, often proving his critics wrong with each victory. Tebow has won at every level in football and simply puts the team on his back to win a game. He has revived a franchise that was on life support and turned them into a playoff contender. Just imagine if Tebow had a fast halfback that could keep defenses guessing even more on the option pitch.

Yes, the playbook is limited, but it works. His teammates truly believe in him. The Bronco defense is very stingy in giving up points and yardage, while waiting for Tebow to perform another miracle in the final minutes.

That formula hasn’t let them down just yet.

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