Galloping Denver Broncos Look to Make Playoff Run with Tim Tebow at the Helm

AJ OlivieriContributor IDecember 5, 2011

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - DECEMBER 4: Tim Tebow #15 of the Denver Broncos huddles up with his teammates in the first quarter against the Minnesota Vikings on December 4, 2011 at Mall of America Field at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
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The Denver Broncos have become one of the most physically dominant offenses in the National Football League. 

After starting the year with a shaky quarterback in Kyle Orton, head coach John Fox decided to give Tim Tebow full reign of the Bronco offense. 

The entire team has bought into Fox’s new run-dominant offense. Ever since Tebow’s senior year at Florida, critics have scrutinized his elongated throwing motion. Knowing this, Fox and offensive coordinator Mike McCoy have put together a “Tebow friendly” offense. 

Fox is notorious for his love of the run game. But few expected his passion for the ground game would turn the National Football League on its head. The Broncos have rallied behind Fox and Tebow and have bought into this new run-heavy offense. The offensive line now looks hungry and eager to utilize their physicality on opponents. 

Aside from averaging 205.2 yards per game over their five-game winning streak (with four of those games on the road), the Broncos have established two very important aspects of the game. First is the time of possession battle. By running the ball, and running it often, the Broncos can keep the opposing team’s offense off of the field. This is the best form of defense for any team and is one area of the game coaches go crazy over. 

The other aspect of the game that the Broncos have dominated in has been wearing down the opposing team’s defense. 

Grinding the ball is a very demanding and physical way to play football. Gaining first downs on the ground demoralizes defenses and frustrates players. It also takes a toll on the guys in the trenches. After three-and-a-half quarters of brutal, physical football, defensive linemen get tired. 

The Broncos, especially their offensive linemen, thrive late in the fourth quarter.  Five out of Tebow’s six wins have come on a game-winning drive in the fourth quarter or later.

A lot of questions were answered when a young, run-heavy Bronco team up-ended the Rex Ryan defense of the New York Jets. In the next two weeks, we will see if the new, unconventional Broncos have what it takes to make it through the playoffs as they take on the Bears and Patriots

As the weather turns for the worse, and teams rely more on the ground game, the running game of the Broncos looks primed to make a valiant “run” at a championship.