Why Tim Tebow is Defined By Play in Biggest Moments, Not Mechanical Flaws

Kraig LundbergAnalyst IIIDecember 18, 2011

DENVER, CO - DECEMBER 18: Quarterback Tim Tebow #15 of the Denver Broncos and quarterback Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots shake hands after an NFL game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on December 18, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. The New England Patriots won, 41-23 (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
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Tim Tebow and the Denver Broncos lost for the first time since October 30th in a 41-23 defeat at the hands of Tom Brady and the New England Patriots.

Cue the critics' claims that Tebow is unfit to be an NFL quarterback.

Regardless of the loss, however, Tim Tebow has had a remarkable season no matter which way you look at it. A 7-2 record with a team that started 1-4 is nothing to laugh at regardless of the schedule, which wasn't that easy anyway.

What's more impressive, however, is how he has been able to secure those wins—with five fourth-quarter comebacks in eight games.

It hasn't been all Tebow by any stretch of the imagination: The defense has been far better (in part because of Tebow, I would argue), the running game has improved and kicker Matt Prater has been money.

But let's be honest: Would all of this have ever happened had Tebow not replaced Kyle Orton as Denver's starting quarterback?

I certainly don't think so.

Despite Tebow's mechanical flaws and supposed deficiencies as a passer, he is a born winner and has that "it" factor that only starting NFL quarterbacks have.

You want 300 passing yards per game? Tebow's not your guy. At least not yet. But if you want to win football games, it's hard to go wrong with the former Florida Gator as long as he has weapons around him.

What's surprising about this season is that—to be perfectly honest—Tebow does not have many weapons to work with. Running backs Willis McGahee and Lance Ball have been overachieving in the running game. But, while receivers Eric Decker and Demaryius Thomas are dangerous, they've also let the team down multiple times with costly drops.

Outside of those two and Eddie Royal—who rarely even gets a look in the passing game—the Broncos do not have many reliable offensive weapons.

But, that's where Tebow comes in.

His running ability gives the offense another dimension, and his attitude and leadership ability inspires players. He has the whole team believing they can be special.

That's a unique trait, and it outweighs any deficiencies Tebow might still have.