Tim Tebow: Why John Elway Is Right to Continue Search for Another Quarterback

Ryan DuncanContributor IIIJanuary 16, 2017

SAN DIEGO, CA - NOVEMBER 27:  Quarterback Tim Tebow #15 of the Denver Broncos prays in the middle of the field with other players during the Broncos 16-13 overtime win over the San Diego Chargers in their NFL Game on November 27, 2011 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California  (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)
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Tebow-mania has taken the country by storm. Since becoming the starter, the Denver Broncos have rallied to five wins in their last six games. 

The problem with the recent success of the Broncos is that the only thing people are talking about is Tim Tebow. Has he made some impressive plays? Absolutely. However, playing well for five minutes in every game simply won't cut it, and John Elway knows it.

Let me say that I don't hate Tim Tebow. In fact, I think it's refreshing to see a professional athlete that seems like a genuinely nice guy. I think parents all over the country should be showing their kids the way that Tim Tebow presents himself. With that being said, if I were building a team today (in all of my infinite wisdom and experience), Tebow would not even be close to making my roster.

I'd like to say this isn't a knock against Tim Tebow, but it is. In four of his five wins, the Broncos defense has been phenomenal. They've allowed just 36 points throughout the last three weeks. 

If anything, people should be talking about rookie Von Miller, who is hands down the defensive rookie of the year. Through 11 games, Miller currently has 10.5 sacks. He needs just four more to break the rookie sack record held by Jevon Kearse. 

Over the last six weeks, the Broncos have won games because of defense, not because of Tim Tebow. In other cases, Denver has won because of luck. This team beat a struggling Miami Dolphins squad by three, before having the opportunity to face off against Carson Palmer in his first game out of retirement.

Against the Chiefs, Matt Cassel got injured and had to leave the game. Against the Chargers, they benefited from a missed field goal by Nick Novak.

Sometimes, things just happen to go your way. 

Ultimately, this defense has been beyond impressive during this stretch. They have been forcing turnovers, getting sacks and have been dominant on third downs. If not for defense, we all would have labeled Tebow a bust by now. 

People are disillusioned by the idea that all Tebow does is win. He's had a lot of help over the last two months, and eventually that luck will run out. Don't be surprised if John Elway drafts a quarterback early come April.