Broncos vs. Bills: Tim Tebow Killed by John Fox's and Mike McCoy's Playcalling

Christopher SmithCorrespondent IIIDecember 24, 2011

ORCHARD PARK, NY - DECEMBER 24:  Tim Tebow #15 of the Denver Broncos throws a pass against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium on December 24, 2011 in Orchard Park, New York. Buffalo won 40-14.  (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
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This Week 16 loss for the Denver Broncos falls right in the hands of the coaching staff and the receivers—unlike the football.

John Fox and offensive coordinator Mike McCoy really blew it for Denver in their Christmas Eve matchup.

Instead of focusing on the ground game that has won the team so many games—and was responsible for the opening drive score—Fox and McCoy asked Tebow to pass, and pass a lot.

Tebow had 30 attempts on the day—and that doesn't count the times he waited endlessly in the pocket before getting sacked.

Instead of doing what Tim does best—tucking the ball and running when the pass isn't there—he stayed in the pocket, toughed it out, and accomplished nothing.

The pressure from the coaching staff and the league to turn Tebow into a pocket-passer was detrimental to the second-year quarterback against the Bills.

The Broncos' six-game winning streak was the work of a running quarterback that makes good decisions, and a defense that bends but doesn't break.

On Saturday, Tebow was rarely allowed to run and the defense broke into a million pieces.

Where was the Tebow-option?

Why wasn't Tebow allowed to control the game as he usually does?

What possessed Fox and McCoy to trust a passing game that had only the potential to yield a best of 200 yards?

ORCHARD PARK, NY - DECEMBER 24: Jairus Byrd #31 of the Buffalo Bills steps in to intercept a pass intended for  Eric Decker #87 of the Denver Broncos at Ralph Wilson Stadium on December 24, 2011 in Orchard Park, New York. Byrd ran the interception 37 yard
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Instead of sticking with what has worked best for this team in the stretch, this coaching staff messed with success and asked Tebow to win the game with his arm.

Sure, Tebow passed decently against the 29th and 32nd ranked passing defenses—Vikings and Patriots—but when receivers aren't bringing in the ball it's time to abandon the pass.

Eric Decker proved to the football world that he was merely a flash in the pan for Denver early in the year.

Decker contributed more drops than I could count versus Buffalo—a sight reminiscent of the three previous weeks—while Tebow hardly had help in the pass game and was pressured relentlessly in the pocket.

At what point does a play-caller determine that they're blowing it? Apparently that point is only after four interceptions for Fox and company

Only until Tebow had turned the ball over four times did Fox finally move back to running the ball.

Unfortunately, the time for a comeback had passed and the Broncos slipped into a tie for the AFC West lead with the Oakland Raiders.

If Denver plans to take hold of the division in the final week of the season, they'll need to go back to what they're great at: running the ball and controlling the game.

Fox doesn't need to watch tape to figure out where he failed; he needs only to look at his playbook and rip out the pages.

Put Tebow back in control and let the kid run.

Fox isn't alone, Elway and the rest of the masses that think Tebow needs to pass more need to stop trying to turn Tebow into something he is not and let the kid do what he excels in.

The Kansas City Chiefs now play the role of spoiler in Week 17 and have nothing to lose as they travel to Denver in an attempt to knock the Tebow-led Broncos out of playoff contention.

For Christmas, I'll be asking Santa to let it be Tebow Time on New Year's Day and let the coaching staff worry about keeping their defense in line against their former quarterback who is most likely foaming at the mouth for a chance to get back at his former employers.