Broncos coach John Fox celebrating with QB Tim Tebow
The Denver Broncos' 2011 NFL season started with more of a whimper than a bang. After he was named the starting QB going into the season, Kyle Orton repaid the Broncos with mediocre play, poor game management and a 1-4 record. Though he threw for a respectable eight TD's, Orton also threw seven interceptions—many in critical situations that took the Broncos out of ball games.
With the fans clamoring for Tim Tebow and the season looking like a wash, Broncos management did what they needed to do to fill the seats and keep the fans happy.
The Broncos needed to find out what they had in Tim Tebow before deciding whether they needed to consider drafting a new quarterback. If John Elway and John Fox had never given Tebow a chance, the fans may have torn down the new Mile High Stadium.
Since replacing Orton at the half against the Chargers (and almost leading the Broncos to a victory), Tebow has shocked and awed the football world. With his unorthodox style of quarterback play and his likable, hardworking, always-say-the-right-things personality, Tebow has won over the Broncos locker room—and many other players and coaches who thought he'd never stand a chance in the NFL.
Tebow to the Rescue!
Though his stat line (65-for-145, 852 yards, 8 TD's) doesn't jump off the page and make him seem a worthy Pro Bowl candidate, consider the other factors.
Tim Tebow has thrown ONE interception since taking over the starting job and only has two total turnovers (the other was a fumble) while leading the Broncos to a 5-1 record and the NFL's No. 1-ranked rushing attack. Tebow has rushed 78 times for 455 yards for an NFL-leading 5.8 YPC (for any player with more than 70 carries) to go along with three touchdowns.
Though the Broncos defense and rookie linebacker Von Miller's pass-rush abilities deserve just as much of the credit for the Denver Broncos improved record, the team has played harder with Tim Tebow as their quarterback.
They believe that, with Tebow in the game, they have a chance to win—no matter what.
That's what being a Pro Bowler is. That's the exact meaning of the word MVP.
I don't think, by any stretch, that Tim Tebow has any chance at the MVP, as Rodgers, Brady, and Brees seem to be fighting for that privilege.
However, the Pro Bowl is not a reach.
If you look at the Denver Broncos' remaining schedule, fighting for a wild-card spot is entirely possible:
The injury-riddled Buffalo Bills have fallen apart in the last few weeks after looking like playoff contenders earlier this season.
The Kansas City Chiefs could possibly have Kyle Orton at quarterback by Week 17 (Wouldn't it be great to watch Tebow go out and destroy Orton and the Chiefs?).
If Tebow can lead the Broncos to victories in four of the remaining five games, the Broncos would be in good position to fight for a wild-card spot with a 10-6 record.
That should earn Tebow a chance to start next season as well as a Pro Bowl bid (that would give him a 9-2 record as the starter).
Broncos fans, remember to support the Broncos players in the Pro Bowl voting.
To fill out your Pro Bowl ballot go to www.nfl.com/probowl