Tim Tebow: Has He Moved Closer or Completely Secured Starting QB Job in Denver?

James Walker@BRJamesWalkerAnalyst IIDecember 27, 2010

DENVER - DECEMBER 26:  Head coach Eric Studesville of the Denver Broncos celebrates with quarterback Tim Tebow #15 following the Broncos 24-23 victory over the Houston Texans at INVESCO Field at Mile High on December 26, 2010 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
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Last week it was on the road against the Oakland Raiders in the "Black Hole", and today, it was at home at Mile High Stadium in front of Denver Broncos fans. Yes, Tim Tebow has had two starts at QB, and his second one was a victory against the Houston Texans.

Was it enough to forget about Kyle Orton or Brady Quinn as starting QBs?

Before coming to that conclusion, let's put a few things into perspective. First, the win comes against a Texans team that came into Denver ranked 30th in total defense and 32nd in pass defense. However, the Texans were ranked ninth in the NFL in rush defense.

Based on just those three rankings, conventional wisdom would make the Denver Broncos and Tim Tebow focus on winning through the air more than the ground.

Tebow did just that, and did it quite well.

Tim's passing statistics were impressive for just his second start: 16-for-29 for 308 yards with one touchdown and one interception. On the ground, he rushed for 27 yards on 10 carries and one touchdown, the longest being 11 yards.

Tebow was efficient with whom he threw it to as well. He hit six different receivers, with Brandon Lloyd getting the most receptions and yards with five catches for 111 yards, the longest being 41 yards.  Fellow ex-Florida Gator Jabar Gaffney caught four for 90 yards.

What the statistics don't tell you is that Tebow led the Broncos back from a 17-0 score at halftime.  Starting the third quarter, Tebow hit Gaffney for a 50-yard deep pass down the middle of the field. It took just four plays to get the Broncos on the board when Correll Buckhalter ran six yards up the middle for the touchdown.

When it was all said and done, Tebow led the Broncos to a comeback victory over the Texans, 24-23.

Was it enough, however, to convince the team and fans that Tebow should remain the starter and be the franchise QB of the Denver Broncos?

It sure looked like a good argument presented by Tim Tebow.

Tebow still has a ways to go before Denver fans forever put away their John Elway jerseys and memories. Nonetheless, Tebow has met the challenge so far with very positive results.

One thing is for certain: current interim head coach Eric Studesville will not be there next season, but what remains the seen is if Tebow will be. I think so, but there are some that still feel that it was a mistake that he was drafted in the first round, and that Denver needs to find someone else to be the franchise QB.

Tim Tebow has never failed at the game of football. Yes, he has lost games, and made mistakes on the gridiron. However, he has proven time and time again that he knows how to lead his team to victory.

The jury is still out on Tebow, yes, but if you're smart, you may want to re-evaluate your feelings on him if you thought he would never make it in the NFL.

He may just prove you wrong.

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