Psychology is mainly divided into two branches—positive and negative psychology.
For as long as psychology has been around, the main focus has been on negative psychology—why have things gone wrong?
Recently, positive psychology has received much more attention, and the consensus is that positive psychology will soon overtake negative psychology as the dominant branch.
This is comparable to the situation we’re seeing with Tim Tebow. Since he became the starter for the Denver Broncos this season, the team has gone 6-1 after going 1-4 before Tebow succeeded Kyle Orton.
In the process, the team has beaten all of its division rivals on the road and is now in first place of the AFC West. The Oakland Raiders have the same record as the Broncos, but since Denver has the tiebreakers on its side, the Broncos are on top of the division.
As opposed to negative psychology, positive psychology focuses on situations where things are going well despite the odds.
Obviously, being 1-4 and leaning on an inexperienced quarterback is what you might call bad odds to have a successful season, and although many certainly had high hopes, there must have been far fewer that thought the Denver Broncos would be leading the division by now.
There used to be a lot of articles about why Tim Tebow would not succeed in the NFL—but ever since he took over and the team started winning, we’ve been seeing fewer articles of that kind.
The question that must be answered is the following: Why are the Denver Broncos winning?
Most people agree that Tim Tebow is far more spectacular to watch than Kyle Orton, but he does not pull out outstanding statistics.
Hall of Fame cornerback Deion Sanders keeps claiming every week that one cannot measure Tebow on the statistics that you’d usually use to measure a quarterback. He—and everybody else for that matter—keeps talking about the "it factor."
However, the "it factor" is hard to quantify.
I think it’s clear to anyone who regularly watches Denver Broncos games that the entire team has played better ever since Tebow took over as the starting quarterback.
If anyone bothers to look in my archive, you’ll find that I’ve argued that one of the reasons the Broncos were saddening to watch last season was because the defense kept giving up too many points.
My explanation was that the defensive unit was exhausted by the fourth quarter, because it was spending too much time on the field. It also seems evident that the team was lacking a dominant pass-rusher last season.
Elvis Dumervil is now healthy, so the pass-rush is better now that he is back, but it was obvious last night that the team also benefits from having rookie Von Miller, who has been exceeding everybody’s expectations.
His presence on the field was missed last night, as the defense gave up more points than we have gotten accustomed to watching lately.
With Tebow at quarterback, the Denver Broncos have regained the dominance of possession in the ball game. This has a lot to do with a stellar running game. Since defenses have to watch out for Tebow’s ability to run the ball, it becomes harder to stop the running backs.
Naturally, it also helps that the Broncos are not turning the ball over.
So, there you have it. There are several reasons why the Denver Broncos are doing well these days, and really—there’s nothing indicating that it’s about to stop.
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