Tim Tebow is not a Pro Bowl quarterback. I'm sorry, Broncos fans. While your team's savior has done some great things on the field this season, he is not deserving of one of the highest honors in professional football.
Some fans are insisting that Tebow is one of the top quarterbacks in the AFC and therefore deserves to be on the team. I disagree. For one thing, Tebow's sample size is incredibly small. He has only started eight games, which is half a season.
The other argument in his favor is that the Broncos have won seven of the eight games in which he has started. However, anyone who has watched Denver play knows for a fact that the team has won because of its defense and offensive line.
Yes, Tebow has played well in the fourth quarter and overtime of those wins, but it is not like he is single-handedly winning games. In fact, I'd argue that rookie linebacker Von Miller has had more of an impact on Denver's turnaround than Tebow has.
With those points out of the way, what you have to do to compare Tebow to the AFC's other top quarterbacks is look at the numbers. This is where he falls woefully short.
Tebow has completed just 96 of 198 passes (48.5 percent) so far this season, for 1,290 yards with 11 touchdowns and two interceptions. His passer rating of 83.9 ranks 13th out of the 32 quarterbacks who qualify.
Of those qualifying signal-callers, Tebow ranks last in completions, attempts, passing yards and completion percentage and is 27th in yards per attempt.
Tebow has moved up to third place in the fan voting portion of Pro Bowl balloting. I understand that—he's a very popular guy. However, other players have had better seasons than him and are far more deserving of playing in that game.
While it is a thin crop of quarterbacks in the AFC this year after Tom Brady and Ben Roethlisberger, several guys should get the nod over Tebow if the picks were made today. While Matt Schaub is injured, he should get the initial selection for his personal records. I would even argue that guys like Mark Sanchez, Andy Dalton and Matt Moore have had more complete seasons than Tebow.
If Tebow closes the season strong, my opinion could definitely change. However, as of now, he has not done enough to prove he deserves a spot in the Pro Bowl.