Tim Tebow: The Future of the Denver Broncos Franchise?

Jorden BonannoCorrespondent IDecember 20, 2011

DENVER, CO - DECEMBER 11:  Quarterback Tim Tebow #15 of the Denver Broncos leaves the field after defeating the Chicago Bears at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on December 11, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. The Broncos defeated the Bears 13-10 in overtime.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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Tim Tebow, starting quarterback for the Denver Broncos, is a hot subject in the NFL this season. He emerged to take the starting role when Kyle Orton started the team 1-4. Coach John Fox listened to the fans and finally took a chance.

It looks as if that was a great decision by the coach because Heisman winner Tebow has taken the team to an 8-6 record after winning seven of his last nine starts. The Denver Broncos now stand in first place in the AFC West and are in control of their own destiny. 

Tebow has risen to the challenge placed in front of him by this Denver Broncos team. Tebow's positive attitude, motivating spirit and excellent leadership qualities have gotten this team to where they are today. 

He has has gained many supporters, including his biggest: Skip Bayless. He has won the respect of his coaches, teammates and fans. But has he played well enough to earn him the role of starting quarterback next year, and maybe even for many years to come? 

With only two more games left in the season, one against the Buffalo Bills and the other against the Kansas City Chiefs, Tebow might be able to pull off a division championship.

It is evident that he needs a lot of work as a QB, but what he has shown to many NFL fans, is that he is a winner. Charlie Sheen would be proud, but Broncos GM John Elway doesn't yet seem sold on having Tebow as the Broncos quarterback of the future.  

Tebow shows promise, and really understands what his job is on the Denver Broncos team. But with all the positives that come with him, there are some haunting negatives. Tebow still struggles with his form and needs a lot of work on his throw, as he is very inaccurate.

Elway is dedicated to working with him in the offseason, and making him a more well-rounded QB. But are the Denver Broncos willing to take a gamble on making Tebow the future to their franchise?

One thing is for sure, if the Broncos decide that Tebow is not the answer, there will be many teams ready to take him onto their squad to see what he has to offer.

It will be up to Fox and Elway to decide whether or not Tebow gets to stay in Denver. He seems to have resurrected this franchise, and the fans just love him.

Unfortunately, the Broncos have found themselves in a difficult situation. Keep Tebow, and maybe he is the future of this team. Maybe he will work on his throw and get much better over the offseason. The risk in that is if he doesn't show improvement, he might not be very successful as a QB.

Another scenario is if the Broncos decide to trade him to another team. The problem with that is a lot of fans would get very mad, and the team risks letting his unconventional talents go to another team where he might find success.

In the end, it will be a hard decision to make for Fox and Elway. If Tebow can lead Denver to a division championship and win a game or two in the playoffs, it would make that decision a lot easier.

This is the time that Tebow must shine if he wants that vote of confidence from his coach and general manager. He must play well and win these next two games.

The future of Tebow in this franchise lies directly in the hands of Tebow himself. He controls his own fate.