Tim Tebow: 10 Reasons He'll Start Game One of the NFL Regular Season
Let me begin by saying I have no allegiance to Tim Tebow.
Though I appreciated his skills and heart, I never particularly cared for him at Florida.
And I thought the Broncos reached for him in the first round.
By the way, the Broncos are NOT my favorite team.
Now you know that I am being totally objective when I point out why the pros outweigh the cons as to why Timothy Richard Tebow should get the nod as the opening day starter for the Denver Broncos.
10. The Broncos Realistic Team Goals
Though Denver has a schedule that makes a double digit win season possible, you would have to be pretty optimistic to think this team is capable of winning the Super Bowl this year.
And yet there is enough talent, even with Brandon Marshall in Miami, to be a playoff team.
As opposed to in St. Louis where the forecast calls for pain for poor Sam Bradford.
Why not start Tebow early, let him work through whatever rookie bumps he is going to have and see if by the end of the year he doesn't turn into Sanchez, Flacco or Ryan?
9. Brady Quinn
Three things we know about the Denver backup quarterback situation:
1. Brady Quinn can pack on muscles if he takes his EAS. And so can you.
2. Brady Quinn is not ready to play quarterback in the NFL.
3. EAS isn't helping.
Tebow should be getting those second string snaps because...
8. Kyle Orton
Don't get me wrong, the guy is a gamer, but think about his stay in Chicago for a minute:
First he had to beat out Chad Hutchinson and Rex Grossman; the 2010 version of Joe Namath that I saw on Hard Knocks last week could probably do that.
In 2005 as their starter after Grossman got hurt, he had one of the lowest QB ratings in the league.
Even though the Bears won their division, he was immediately demoted to third string the following year.
Back and forth it went between Brian Griese, Grossman and Orton as to who should start when everyone knew the answer was none of the above.
So to finally get out from under that unholy trinity, the Bears trade away their future for Jay Cutler.
My point is, no one thinks Orton is the long term answer. And if he is, fire whomever it is asking the question.
Yes, he wins games but if you're a Broncos fan, you are holding his hand walking through the mall, checking out other chicks.
And you don't even care if he sees you doing it.
Why waste time? Pull the band-aid off now.
7. Josh McDaniels
You have heard it before and I will state it again here:
McDaniels is from the Bill Belichick school. That was his mentor and he was with the Patriots for all three championships.
And when you go to the BB University, you get a PhD in "I don't give a f*** about what anyone else thinks."
Belichick had a three time pro bowl quarterback coming off an injury but medically cleared to play back in 2001. His name was Drew Bledsoe.
He had a sixth round pick from the year before backing him up, named Tom Brady. He had football experts and NFL traditionalists all telling him that you can't sit a pro bowler for a sixth rounder and a guy can't lose his starting spot because of injury.
How'd that work out for ole Drew?
Do you think for a minute if McDaniels wakes up one of these days and gets a feeling that Tim Terrific should start, he won't do it?
6. The Broncos Veterans
Usually you worry that starting a rookie quarterback might cause dissension on a team because it tends to signals no faith in the veteran or a rebuilding year.
But all preseason, all we have been hearing is how much the vets love Tebow.
Here's a quote Champ Bailey gave on ESPN talking about wonderboy:
"It’s long after practice and he’s still out there. That’s what he does. That’s not for show. He’s not just doing that because the media is here today. He does that every day.”
If the vets have given the thumbs up, that means the team is open to a change.
So do it now.
5. The Tebow Investment
As badly as top pick Sam Bradford was beaten up in his first preseason game (completed six passes, sacked four times), the Rams have gone on record as saying this is our starter.
Why? Because they invested the first overall pick in him.
Well, the Broncos pretty much made a similar gamble in Tebow by trading three picks to get to number 25 in order to snatch him in the first round.
Most people think he would have been around for the 25th pick of the second round.
But what's done is done. Now that you made all those moves to get him...
Show the world what you saw in him.
4. Jacksonville Jaguars
A road game with less pressure is the perfect time to start a rookie quarterback.
And after watching Jacksonville's starters against the Eagles in their first game, things could go well.
You are thinking that I am crazy grading Jacksonville on a preseason game. I say it was first team against first team, and Kolb, a first year starter had three completions over 20 yards on the Jags first team D.
Oh and by the way, the first game is less than four weeks away.
One last thing, I heard a rumor that Tebow used to play in Florida, so there is a chance he might have some fans cheering him there.
3. The Owner
There are two things that professional sports feed on: winning and buzz.
Usually if you have the first thing you get the second. Some teams carry buzz with them all the time.
If you own a pro team, you need both in order to make money.
It is a business, after all.
Tebow has always had the first thing, and now he has the more of the second thing than anyone in the league (just check his jersey sales).
Don't think Broncos Owner Pat Bowlen doesn't realize this.
He wants the first thing as soon as possible.
Until that comes, he'll demand the second thing.
2. Tebow Toughness
If the game is close, and he can do anything to win it for you, don't you get the feeling that he will?
More so than any quarterback on the Broncos roster, you feel like Tebow will come up with a way to get the ball in the end zone, right?
1. The Fans
It's what the world wants to see. It's as close as the NFL can come to creating Miami Heat-like Buzz.
We want to see Tim make this same speech after losing a game to the Raiders.
And then leading the team to the Super Bowl.